Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Good morning from my hometown of Manchester, Connecticut. This morning I'm going to watch the Manchester Road Race with the same childhood friends that I've been watching the race with for 25+ years. That's my favorite Thanksgiving tradition. I hope that all of you who are celebrating Thanksgiving today have a wonderful time with your friends and family. Last night I shot a little video (the video is posted below)through the YouTube uploader just to say thank you to everyone who has supported Free Technology for Teachers over the years. Today, is the 6th anniversary of my first post here.


And just for fun, here's another American Thanksgiving tradition, have a listen to Alice's Restaurant. Here's a little history of the song.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Tutorial - How To Use the New Haiku Deck Web App

Over the weekend I shared my review and my first presentation created with the new Haiku Deck web app. I have received a handful of questions about the web app since then. In the video below I provide a demonstration of how to use the Haiku Deck web app and in so doing address the questions that I've received about it.


Click here if you cannot see the video.

Class Central - Find the MOOC for You

It seems like every week a new MOOC is launched. It can be difficult to keep track of them all and or find one that addresses a subject of interest to you. Class Central is a free service that aims to help students find MOOCs of interest to them.

Class Central provides an online catalog of MOOCs. On Class Central you can search for MOOCs according to subject, start date, and course provider. Class Central also offers "MOOC Tracker" that will alert you when a MOOC of interest to you becomes available.

Applications for Education
MOOCs offer a good way for anyone to learn about topics of interest to them. If you have a student who is ready to learn about a subject, but your school doesn't offer an advanced course, a MOOC could be the solution.

Plural Words, A Silent "B," and the History of English

English is a tricky language. Silent letters and quirky rules about plural and possessive words will trip up native speakers as well as ESL students. TED-Ed and The Open University offer short lessons on the evolution of English and some of its trickier rules.

A Brief History of Plural Words - complete lesson.



Why is there a "b" in doubt? - complete lesson.


The History of English in Ten Minutes.

A Brief History of the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

Tomorrow morning one of the traditions that millions of Americans will participate in is watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. If you and or your students are curious about how this tradition started and how it has evolved, Macy's has the answers for you. Macy's Parade History offers a short timeline with video clips explaining the history of the parade. On the same site you will also find pictures from past parades as well as a map of the parade route.