Saturday, December 10, 2022

Canva, Search, and Goodbye - The Week in Review

Good morning from Maine where it's a cold and breezy December morning. It was a busy and sad week here at the Free Technology for Teachers world headquarters (AKA, my house). This week I hosted or co-hosted a couple of webinars including the last live episode of Two Ed Tech Guys Take Questions and Share Cool Stuff. And on Wednesday morning, we said goodbye to our loyal dog, Mason. 

Mason was a great dog that we adopted when he was already nine years old. He was by the side of our daughters for all of their lives. Until he got too weak to climb the stairs on his own, every evening he would check my daughters' bedrooms before he settled down for the evening. As we said a few times this week, there were times when it seemed like he was the only one not going crazy in our house in the days of having two babies who didn't sleep through the night. We miss him. 

And now for what you expected on Saturday morning, here's the list of this week's most popular posts:

1. 50 Canva Tutorials for Teachers
2. A Few New Search Tools from Google
3. Ten Good Tools for Making Multimedia Timelines
4. Biographies in Infographic Form
5. A Handful of Resources for Computer Science Education Week
6. How to Correctly Use Google Images to Find Pictures for Your Projects
7. Interactive Math & Science Simulations for Online and Offline Use

50 Tech Tuesday Tips!
50 Tech Tuesday Tips is an eBook that I created with busy tech coaches, tech integrators, and media specialists in mind. In it you'll find 50 ideas and tutorials that you can use as the basis of your own short PD sessions. Get a copy today!

Workshops and eBooks
If you'd like to have me speak at your school or conference, please send me an email at richardbyrne (at) or fill out the form on this page. Book me for this school year and I'll include copies of my eBook for all of the teachers in your school. 

Other Places to Follow Me:
  • The Practical Ed Tech Newsletter comes out every Sunday evening/ Monday morning. It features my favorite tip of the week and the week's most popular posts from Free Technology for Teachers.
  • My YouTube channel has more than 43,000 subscribers watching my short tutorial videos on a wide array of educational technology tools. 
  • I've been Tweeting as @rmbyrne for fifteen years. 
  • The Free Technology for Teachers Facebook page features new and old posts from this blog throughout the week. 
  • If you're curious about my life outside of education, you can follow me on Strava.
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New Base Map Options on Felt

Felt is a new digital mapping tool that I've featured a few times in the last month because I think it is fantastic alternative to Google's My Maps and the web version of Google Earth for creating custom maps. In fact, I like it so much that I demonstrated it in my Best of the Web 2022 webinar. The next day Felt sent out an email announcing new base map options. 

The new base map options on include a set of default maps that you can pick from to apply to your custom map. You can customize those base maps by turning some of their features on or off. There's also a new option to customize the color scheme of your base map on Felt. All of the new base map options are demonstrated in my new video that is embedded below. 

Applications for Education
One of the reasons that I like Felt is that it is far easier for students to use to create custom maps than Google's My Maps is to use for the same purpose. Felt includes more, easy-to-use customization tools than My Maps includes. For example, students can quickly customize a map on Felt by picking any of the data layers to have automatically applied and then use the drawing and highlighting tools to annotate their maps. Watch the videos that are embedded below to learn more about how to use Felt.

Video - Felt Offers a Great Way to Create Custom Maps

Video - Two Cool Mapping Tools on

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