Showing posts with label practical ed tech. Show all posts
Showing posts with label practical ed tech. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

AI Writing Check

AI Writing Check is a free tool created by the collaborative efforts of the non-profits Quill.org and CommonLit. AI Writing Check is a tool that was created to help teachers try to recognize writing created through the use of artificial intelligence. 

To use AI Writing Check you simply have to copy a passage of text of 100 or more words and paste it into AI Writing Check. The tool will then tell you the likelihood that the writing has or has not been created by artificial intelligence. That's all there is to it. 

AI Writing Check isn't foolproof and as is pointed out on the site, students can still develop ways to get around tools designed to detect AI-generated writing. It's also worth noting that it can't handle more than 400 words at a time. 

Applications for Education
A couple of weeks ago my Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week was to get to know AI writing tools before your students use them to turn in an essay. In that newsletter I explained and demonstrated two AI writing tools. The first was ChatGPT and the second was Canva's Magic Write tool. In response to that newsletter I got at least two dozen notes from teachers who were concerned about students using those tools to "cheat." If that's one of your concerns about AI, you may want to take a look at AI Writing Check

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

The Practical Ed Tech Newsletter

Between social media and email it can be hard to keep up with everything going on in the world of ed tech throughout the week. That's why nine years ago I started the Practical Ed Tech Newsletter. Every Sunday evening/ Monday morning I send out my favorite tip of the week and summary of my most popular posts of the previous week. 

Weekly Newsletter

In my Practical Ed Tech Newsletter I also usually include a personal note like the fun I had in my 171 year old attic or I make fun pop culture reference like "were Ross and Rachel really on a break?" The Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week newsletter is also where I usually publish handouts like my guide to finding classroom-friendly media before I publish it anywhere else. 

Click here to subscribe to the Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

New Course - How to Create & Sell Your Digital Products in 2023

Two weeks I hosted a webinar about creating and selling digital teaching materials. After the webinar a handful of people reached out to ask if I could go into more depth on the topics covered in the webinar. I certainly can, but it's hard to do in just one webinar. Therefore, I've created a new four-part course titled How to Create and Sell Your Digital Products in 2023

The format of this new course is email-based. Starting on January 10th every week for four weeks you'll get a new lesson delivered to your inbox. The lessons include written material, digital handouts, and video tutorials. You can work through the lessons on your pace and reply to each lesson to get feedback and or ask questions. 

In the course you'll learn:

  • The types of digital products you can create. 
  • How to make the a variety of digital products. 
  • The pros and cons of using platforms like TPT.
  • How to market and sell your products. 
  • My $100 email strategy. 



Register here to join me for this new course in 2023!

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

A New Course to Start 2023

Last week I hosted a webinar about creating and selling digital teaching materials. After the webinar a handful of people reached out to ask if I could go into more depth on the topics covered in the webinar. I certainly can, but it's hard to do in just one webinar. Therefore, I've created a new four-part course titled How to Create and Sell Your Digital Products in 2023

The format of this new course is email-based. Starting on January 10th every week for four weeks you'll get a new lesson delivered to your inbox. The lessons include written material, digital handouts, and video tutorials. You can work through the lessons on your pace and reply to each lesson to get feedback and or ask questions. 

In the course you'll learn:

  • The types of digital products you can create. 
  • How to make the a variety of digital products. 
  • The pros and cons of using platforms like TPT.
  • How to market and sell your products. 
  • My $100 email strategy. 



Register here to join me for this new course in 2023!

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Webinar Today - How to Create & Sell Your Digital Products in 2023

One of the ways that I'm able to keep Free Technology for Teachers going is through the support of generous people like you who purchase my digital products like 50 Tech Tuesday Tips and my Practical Ed Tech courses like Animated Explanations. None of those things on their own provide a living, but they do help me save a little bit more for my kids' college funds. If you'd like to learn how to do the same, register for the webinar that I'm hosting today!

This afternoon at 3pm ET I'm hosting How to Create & Sell Your Own Digital Products in 2023.  In this live webinar you'll learn how to create and sell eBooks, webinars, video courses, lesson plans, and more. In some ways creating digital products is easy. Selling them is the harder part. I'll show you my top strategies for selling digital products without feeling like your "that" salesperson.

Watch this video to learn more.



Register Here!

Sunday, December 11, 2022

How to Create & Sell Your Own Digital Products in 2023

One of the ways that I'm able to keep Free Technology for Teachers going is through the support of generous people like you who purchase my digital products like 50 Tech Tuesday Tips and my Practical Ed Tech courses like Animated Explanations. None of those things on their own provide a living, but they do help me save a little bit more for my kids' college funds. If you'd like to learn how to do the same, register for the webinar that I'm hosting on Wednesday afternoon. 

On Wednesday I'm hosting How to Create & Sell Your Own Digital Products in 2023.  In this live webinar you'll learn how to create and sell eBooks, webinars, video courses, lesson plans, and more. In some ways creating digital products is easy. Selling them is the harder part. I'll show you my top strategies for selling digital products without feeling like your "that" salesperson.

Watch this video to learn more.



Register Here!

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Free Webinars Today and Tomorrow

Today at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT Rushton Hurley and I are hosting the last live episode of Two Ed Tech Guys Take Questions and Share Cool Stuff. After two and a half years of hosting these live webinars we're changing formats in 2023, but we wanted to have more live session to end 2022. I hope you'll join us! Register here

Tomorrow at 3:30pm ET I'm hosting Best of the Web 2022. Join me for a live presentation of my favorite new and updated ed tech tools of the year. I'll demo my favorites and answer your questions about them. If you can't make it for the live presentation you can watch the recording on Thursday. It will be posted on Free Technology for Teachers on December 8th. 

Come to the live presentation of Best of the Web 2022 and you'll get a special discount link for 50 Tech Tuesday Tips. 50 Tech Tuesday Tips was curated from more than 400 editions of The Practical Ed Tech NewsletterIn 50 Tech Tuesday Tips you will find ideas for lots of helpful things that you can teach to your colleagues and to students. Throughout the eBook you'll find tutorials and handouts that you can pass along in your school. 

Some of the many things you'll find in 50 Tech Tuesday Tips include:

  • What to do when a web app isn't working as you expect.
  • Building your own search engine.
  • How to create green screen videos.
  • Improving instructional videos. 
  • Streamlining email management.
  • Creating educational games. 
  • DIY app creation.
  • Podcasting tips for teachers and students. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

One More Day

Over the last year many of you have kindly supported my work here on Free Technology for Teachers and Practical Ed Tech by purchasing a copy of my eBook, 50 Tech Tuesday Tips. If you've been thinking about purchasing a copy, there's a 20% discount available until the end of the day on November 30th. 

50 Tech Tuesday Tips was curated from more than 400 editions of The Practical Ed Tech Newsletter. In 50 Tech Tuesday Tips you will find ideas for lots of helpful things that you can teach to your colleagues and to students. Throughout the eBook you'll find tutorials and handouts that you can pass along in your school. 

Some of the many things you'll find in 50 Tech Tuesday Tips include:

  • What to do when a web app isn't working as you expect.
  • Building your own search engine.
  • How to create green screen videos.
  • Improving instructional videos. 
  • Streamlining email management.
  • Creating educational games. 
  • DIY app creation.
  • Podcasting tips for teachers and students. 



Get your copy of 50 Tech Tuesday Tips right here!

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Making and Teaching With Animated Explanations - A New Practical Ed Tech Course

At the end of this week’s Practical Ed Tech newsletter I teased a new online course that I’ve been developing. That course is Animated Explanations. It will begin on November 1st.

In Animated Explanations you’ll learn why creating animations is a great teaching and learning activity in elementary school, middle school, and high school classrooms. Of course, you’ll also learn how you and your students can create animated explanations of a wide range of topics and concepts.

This course is going to be delivered in a little different manner than other courses that I’ve hosted in the past. Rather than being a series of live webinars or being a big dump of materials all at once, this course will be delivered via email. Every week, beginning on November 1st, you’ll receive an email that contains a written lesson, video tutorials, and handouts that you can use in your classroom. In total you’ll receive five lessons that all together should take you about five hours to complete.

As this course will be delivered via email, you’ll be able to ask questions by simply hitting reply at the end of each lesson.

Be a part of the inaugural class!
I’ve offered Animated Explanations in the past as an in-person workshop. This is the first time that I’m presenting it in an online format. I’ll be looking for your feedback throughout the course. And because it’s the first time I’m offering this course in this manner, I’m pricing it much lower than other five-week courses that I’ve hosted in the past.

Sign-up for the course today and you’ll receive a welcome email from me within minutes of your registration. Then on November 1st at 6am ET the first lesson will arrive in your inbox.

Course Outline
The course will be delivered in five parts through weekly emails throughout November. The lesson titles are as follows:
  • Big Picture(s)
  • Creating from Drawings
  • Stills to Animations
  • Narrated Animations
  • Programmed Animations
Questions?
If you want to know more about the course or just make sure that it’s right for you, send me an email at richard (at) byrne.media and I’ll be happy to answer any and all questions that you have.

Sign-up for the course today and you’ll receive a welcome email from me within minutes of your registration. Then on November 1st at 6am ET the first lesson will arrive in your inbox.

A note about registration fees: Registration fees from my Practical Ed Tech courses are what help to keep Free Technology for Teachers going. Without them this blog would have ended years ago. Thank you to all who have supported it over the years. 

Monday, October 3, 2022

Webinar This Week - Search Strategies Students Need to Know

Many students will spend just a minute or two looking at search results before declaring, "Google has nothing on this." If you have ever had a student say that to you, you know that they think of search as a function and not a process. In a webinar this Thursday I'll teach you how to get students to approach search as a process and employ a variety of strategies to discover new information. 

During Search Strategies Students Need to Know on October 6th at 4pm ET you’ll learn the tools and strategies that students need to know to conduct good online research. Register Here!



Highlights of this webinar include:
➡ How to formulate search lessons for your students.
🔎 The alternative search tools students often overlook.
🔖 Tools and tips for organizing online research findings.
🏫 How to make your own school-safe search engine.
🤔 Why you should be on a first-name basis with your school’s librarian.

Join Live or Watch the Recording!
The live webinar is at 4pm ET on October 6th. It will be recorded for those who register in advance but cannot attend the live session. Register here!

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

The 2022-23 Practical Ed Tech Handbook

Every year I publish an updated version of The Practical Ed Tech Handbook. This year it took me a bit longer than usual to get it done. That said, the 2022-23 version of The Practical Ed Tech Handbook is now available for free to anyone who is subscribed to The Practical Ed Tech Newsletter or who registers for it here

This year’s edition of The Practical Ed Tech Handbook has 58 pages divided into thirteen sections.

1. Communication with students and parents – page 5
2. Creating Blogs & Websites – page 9
3. Web search strategies – page 15
4. Digital citizenship – page 17
5. Video creation and flipped lessons – page 22
6. Audio recording and publishing – page 31
7. Backchannels and formative assessment – page 32
8. Digital portfolios – page 36
9. Augmented and Virtual Reality – page 38
10. Intro to Programming and Makerspaces – page 43
11. Accessibility Tools – page 48
12. DIY Game Creation – page 54
13. Helpful things that don’t fit into one category – page 56

You can get your free copy of The Practical Ed Tech Handbook when you subscribe to The Practical Ed Tech Newsletter right here.

Friday, July 22, 2022

Search Strategies Students Need to Know

The next webinar in my Practical Ed Tech summer series is Search Strategies Students Need to Know. This is the most popular webinar that I host every year and I'm hosting it next Wednesday at 11am ET. I’ve updated it with new activities you can do to help your students get beyond the first page of search results.  

If you have ever had a student say, "Google has nothing on this," this webinar is for you!

In the webinar you'll learn how to get your students to look beyond the first page of Google search results and dive deeper into the online research process.

Highlights of the webinar:
  • Creating search lessons.
  • Search strategies for all students.
  • Handouts to guide students through the search process.

Register here to join the live webinar on July 27th at 11am ET!

Recordings will be available for those who register in advance but cannot attend the live session. 

Sunday, July 17, 2022

Webinars This Week and Next

This month I've hosted three webinars and I have two more scheduled before the end of July. By the end of August I'll have hosted seven. 

The next webinar in my summer series is DIY App Creation for the Rest of Us. Join this webinar to learn how you can have your students create mobile apps in your classroom even if you don't have any computer science background.  

Next week I'm hosting Search Strategies Students Need to Know. This is always my most popular webinar of the summer. If you have ever had a student say, "Google has nothing on this," this webinar is for you! In the webinar you'll learn how to get your students to look beyond the first page of Google search results and dive deeper into the online research process.

Both webinars will be held live and recorded for those who cannot attend the live sessions. 

Friday, July 1, 2022

Seven Summer Webinars With Me!

As I announced last week on Practical Ed Tech, starting on July 6th and running through August I'm hosting a series of webinars on a wide range of edtech topics. 

All of the webinars will be held live and will also be recorded for those who register in advance. You can register for one, two, or all of them! Watch the following video or click through the list below to learn more and register for the webinars. 


Wednesday, June 29, 2022

50 Ideas for Short Tech Workshop Sessions

Are you a tech coach, tech integrator, or media specialist who has been asked to run a summer workshop for your staff? Or are you (gasp!) already thinking about back-to-school season workshops. If so, 50 Tech Tuesday Tips is for you! 

50 Tech Tuesday Tips was curated from more than 400 editions of The Practical Ed Tech Newsletter. In 50 Tech Tuesday Tips you will find ideas for lots of helpful things that you can teach to your colleagues and to students. Throughout the eBook you'll find tutorials and handouts that you can pass along in your school. 

Some of the many things you'll find in 50 Tech Tuesday Tips include:

  • What to do when a web app isn't working as you expect.
  • Building your own search engine.
  • How to create green screen videos.
  • Improving instructional videos. 
  • Streamlining email management.
  • Creating educational games. 
  • DIY app creation.
  • Podcasting tips for teachers and students. 



Get your copy of 50 Tech Tuesday Tips right here!

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Tech Coaches, Here Are 50 Ideas for Summer Workshop Sessions

Are you a tech coach, tech integrator, or media specialist who has been asked to run a summer workshop for your staff? If so, I have a resource for you! I created 50 Tech Tuesday Tips with you in mind. 

50 Tech Tuesday Tips was curated from more than 400 editions of The Practical Ed Tech Newsletter. In 50 Tech Tuesday Tips you will find ideas for lots of helpful things that you can teach to your colleagues and to students. Throughout the eBook you'll find tutorials and handouts that you can pass along in your school. 

Some of the many things you'll find in 50 Tech Tuesday Tips include:

  • What to do when a web app isn't working as you expect.
  • Building your own search engine.
  • How to create green screen videos.
  • Improving instructional videos. 
  • Streamlining email management.
  • Creating educational games. 
  • DIY app creation.
  • Podcasting tips for teachers and students. 



Get your copy of 50 Tech Tuesday Tips right here!

Monday, May 23, 2022

Teaching History With Technology - Online Course Starting in June

This summer I'm not hosting the Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp. I am, however, hosting a some online courses for those who are interested. The first one that I'm hosting starts in June. That course is Teaching History With Technology.

Teaching History With Technology is a five-part course that will meet via Zoom at 4pm ET every Thursday in June. It has been a year since I last taught this course so I've updated it with some new resources and new strategies for 2022. 

In Teaching History With Technology you will learn how to help students conduct better online research, how to make history videos, how to create online primary source-based activities, how to develop virtual tours, and more. You'll even learn how to make your own history app even if you don't have any computer science experience!


The course consists of five live meetings. Every meeting will be recorded for those who register but cannot attend all of the sessions. Handouts will be provided for every session. 

Save 10% if you register online by midnight (ET) Friday. Register here!

A note about cost:
I am able to keep Free Technology for Teachers running through the support of people who register to attend my webinars, courses, and workshops. While the tools that I feature in my courses are free, my time for teaching and hosting is not. 

Monday, May 16, 2022

Two Easy Ways to Support This Blog

The popularity of my blog has waxed and waned over the years. But for nearly fifteen years I've published new blog posts almost every day. New blog posts even appeared on the days my daughters were born (no, I didn't write blog posts on those days, I just had them scheduled in advance). I've been fortunate to have the support of many great folks over the years. Some of that support has been financial by hiring me to speak at your conferences or to run workshops in your schools. But most of the support has come through folks just sharing my blog posts and videos with their colleagues. 

Creating new blog posts, recording new videos, and answering lots of questions from readers takes a lot of time and, in the case of delivering my newsletters, a lot of money. If you're interested in helping to support my work, there are two easy ways to do that.

Respectfully Share My Work
If you have a friend or colleague who you think could benefit from something I've written or recorded, please share it with that person. Tell them why you're sharing it and let them know where they can find more of my work. 

Grab a Copy of my eBook
50 Tech Tuesday Tips is an eBook that I created by combing through more than 400 editions of my Practical Ed Tech Newsletter. In the eBook you'll find ideas for interesting ways to use technology in your classroom, school, and library. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Blending Technology Into Outdoor Learning

On Monday we had our first truly warm and sunny spring afternoon here in western Maine. I went fly fishing for a little while on a little stream near my house. It was while I was fishing that I thought to myself, "self, you haven't hosted your outdoor learning webinar in over a year." So when I got home I revamped the materials for that webinar and scheduled it for next Tuesday at 4pm ET. 

On May 10th at 4pm ET I'm hosting my Practical Ed Tech webinar titled Blending Technology Into Outdoor Learning. By attending this webinar you'll learn five ways that you can use technology to enhance outdoor learning experiences. In the webinar I'll cover geocaching, augmented reality, data logging, digital mapping, and using technology to solve some outdoor mysteries. 

Watch the video below to learn more or click here to register today!




Yes, the webinar will be recorded for those who register in advance.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Join Me Next Week for a Webinar About Creating Digital Products and More

Creating and selling digital products like webinars, on-demand courses, and eBooks is one of the ways that I've been able to keep this site going and keep a roof over my head for the last decade. And I've done it without using any of the big marketplaces like Teachers Pay Teachers that take a substantial cut of your sales. Next week I'm hosting a webinar in which I'll show you how you do the same. 

In How to Create and Sell Your Own Digital Products you'll learn how to create eBooks, lesson materials, and online courses. In some ways creating the materials is the easy part. Selling is the harder part for many teachers. That's why during the webinar I'll show you how to sell your products without paying huge commission fees to online marketplaces. 



Learn more and register here to join me for this live webinar on March 22nd at 4pm ET.