Showing posts with label #askrichardbyrne. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #askrichardbyrne. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Zing eBooks - Best of 2015-16 School Year

All of this week I am on the road working with teachers in Texas, Kansas, and Arizona. Rather than scrambling to write blog posts at the end of each day, I'm taking this time to feature some of the most popular posts and new tools of the 2015-2016 school year.

Zing is a new service offering thousands of free fiction and non-fiction ebooks to teachers and students. On Zing you can browse for books by topic, language, or reading level. You can read the books in your web browser on a laptop or tablet.

Zing is more than just a repository of free ebooks. In the Zing reader students will find a built-in dictionary and tools for taking notes while they read.

Applications for Education
If you create an accounts on Zing you will be able to create Zing classrooms. In those classrooms you can create and manage accounts for students. Through your Zing classroom portal you can check your students' reading logs.

I like the potential that Zing is showing. I did find the registration process and initial set-up of a classroom to be a bit time intensive. To really unlock the full potential of Zing you would need to spend some time exploring all of the nuances of the service.

It is important to note that Zing appears to be available only to readers in the United States.

Friday, December 4, 2015

The R&R Show - Answers to Your Ed Tech Questions and More

Last month the R&R Show featuring me and Dr. Rod Berger finally got on a consistent production schedule. We're now releasing one new episode every week. In each episode we answer some ed tech questions from readers of Free Technology for Teachers and discuss an education policy or practice issue. Six episodes are now available. You can find all of the episodes on Vimeo and on the EdCircuit Facebook page. As you can see in the episode embedded below, we have fun recording these shows.


R&Repisode6 from MindRocket Media Group on Vimeo.


If you have a question that you would like to have me answer please feel free to submit it on Twitter with the hashtag #askrichardbyrne, through the EdCircuit Facebook page, or by sending me an email richardbyrne (at) freetech4teachers.com

And for commentary on education policy issues and the business of ed tech, check out EdCircuit.com

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Episode 2 of the Rod & Richard Show - We Answer Your Ed Tech Questions

Last week I published the debut episode of the new Rod & Richard Show in which Dr. Rod Berger and I discuss trends in ed tech and answer your ed tech questions. We plan to release one new episode per week. Episode 2 is embedded below.


R&Repisode2 from MindRocket Media Group on Vimeo.

If you have an ed tech question that you would like me or Rod to answer, please Tweet with the hashtag #askrichardbyrne, post a message on EdCircuit, or send me an email at richardbyrne (at) freetech4teachers.com

Thursday, September 10, 2015

First Episode of #askRichardByrne Recorded

Last week I announced that I will be starting a new video series tentatively called #askRichardByrne. This week I recorded the first episode with my Mind Rocket Media Group partner Dr. Rod Berger. The raw video has now been sent off for editing and should be available soon on EdCircuit. In the meantime, if you have an ed tech question for me please use the hashtag #askRichardByrne on Twitter or post your questions on the EdCircuit Facebook page (a Mind Rocket Media Group property).

As I mentioned last week, I attempted to do a series like this on my own a couple of years ago and found that I didn't have the time to do all of the video editing that was necessary. By working with MindRocket Media Group I don't have to worry about that and I can just focus on answering your questions.

And, of course, you're always welcome to email me at richardbyrne (at) freetech4teachers.com I do my best to answer all of email every week. A good way to get to the top of my priority inbox is to address me by name in your email.

Friday, September 4, 2015

New Video Series Coming Soon - #askRichardByrne

One of the things that I've been doing since joining MindRocket Media Group in late June is getting things in order for a video series that will be appearing on EdCircuit. Every week I'll be answering some of the questions that I get asked on Twitter, Facebook, and in my email. While the series will mostly be focused on technology, I'll take on some other questions too. If you have a question for me Tweet it with the hashtag #askRichardByrne or send it to me on the EdCircuit Facebook page.

I attempted to do a series like this on my own a couple of years ago and found that I didn't have the time to do all of the video editing that was necessary. By working with MindRocket Media Group I don't have to worry about that and I can just focus on answering your questions. So if you have an ed tech question for me use the hashtag #askRichardByrne or send it through the EdCircuit Facebook page.

And, of course, you're still welcome to email me anytime at richardbyrne (at) freetech4teachers.com