Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Week in Review - The Most Popular Posts

Good morning from Woodstock, Maine where the snow is falling and the mercury is too. Looking across the valley I can see snow on our local ski mountain and I'm ready to hit the slopes for the first time this year. Whatever you're doing this weekend, I hope that you have a good time too.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. Have You Looked At Google Lit Trips Lately?
2. Three Good Tools for Creating Multimedia Books Online
3. Five Good Online Tools for Creating Infographics
4. Seven Essentials of Good Infographic Design
5. Teaching With ChronoZoom - A Timeline of Almost Everything
6. MIT App Inventor 2 - Design Android Apps in Your Browser
7. Three Good Tools Students Can Use to Organize Online Study Groups

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Practical Ed Tech is the brand through which I offer PD webinars.
Remind 101 offers a free tool for sending text message reminders to students.
IXL offers a huge assortment of mathematics lesson activities.
Typing Club offers free typing lessons for students.
MathDisk provides a great platform for creating interactive math lessons.
Discovery Education & Wilkes University offer online courses for earning Master's degrees in Instructional Media.
MasteryConnect provides a network for teachers to share and discover Common Core assessments. is a provider of free educational games for K-5.
The University of Maryland Baltimore County offers graduate programs for teachers.
Boise State University offers a 100% online program in educational technology.
EdTechTeacher is organizing two iPad summits this school year.
Classmint offers a nice multimedia flashcard service.

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Registration Is Open for My January Practical Ed Tech Webinar - How To Use Google Drive In School

Register by December 31, 2013 to save $10!

Use the discount code "2013" (no quotation marks) when completing the online payment to save $10.
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How To Use Google Drive In School is a three hour interactive course for educators who want to learn how to use Google Drive (Google Docs, Presentations, Forms, Spreadsheets). This course covers everything from the basics of document creation to using scripts to automate workflow in Google Drive.

Registration is limited to 25 people per course. For only $97 all participants receive digital how-to guides, access to three hours of live webinar training, access to all webinar recordings, and access to a dedicated course discussion forum. The cost of this course is $97.00 USD. The next section is scheduled to meet on January 6, 13, 20 at 7pm Eastern Time. Registration is limited to 25 seats per section.
Click here to register today!

Course Highlights
*Creating and sharing documents, presentations, and spreadsheets.
*Using Google Documents and Presentations for collaborative writing and reading exercises.
*Using Google Forms and Spreadsheets for collecting and analyzing data. 
*Using Google Documents as a publishing platform.
*Managing the flow of files in your Google Drive. Registration is limited to 25 students per course.

This course is designed for educators who: 
*Are new to using Google Drive/ Documents.
*Have previously used Google Drive/ Documents but would like a refresher course.
*Would like to learn how Google Drive/ Documents can be used to help their students meet ELA Common Core Standards.
Nice Things People Have Said About This Webinar:
Very good Webinar yesterday. One of the few I've heard that was so well organized!
Your workshop was so informative and got me going as well. A big "thank you"!!

Click here to register today!

*The discount code only applies to registrations that are completed and paid online. Discounts are not available for registrations processed with PO or check. 

Five Google Product Updates You Might Have Missed This Week That Can Help Your Students

From Drive to Maps to Chrome Google released a bunch of updates to their product offerings this week. These updates could be helpful to you and your students. In case you missed them, here's a short list of updates to Google products released this week.

1. Now You Can Sort Files on Google Drive for iPad
2. Offline Use Is One Of Many New Google Spreadsheets Features
3. Is Street View Not In Your Area? Create Your Own Street View Spheres
4. Chrome Desktop Apps Now Available for Mac Users
5. Need Google Product Use Tips? Visit Google Tips

Friday, December 13, 2013

Video - Three Ways Students Can Search for Creative Commons Licensed Images

Whenever students start searching on the web for pictures to use in their slideshows, videos, or infographics I have them search first for public domain and Creative Commons licensed images. Using public domain images and Creative Commons licensed images (with proper attribution) ensures that students don't accidentally infringe on someone's copyright rights. In the video below I demonstrate three ways for students to search for Creative Commons licensed images.

The CC Attribution Helper mentioned in the video can be found here.

Professional Development with Discovery Education, Steve Dembo, Dean Shareski, and Kathy Schrock

Sponsored post: Discovery Education and Wilkes University are long-term supporters of Free Technology for Teachers. I've worked with Discovery Education on a number of occasions. Discovery Education is staffed with fantastic people who have classroom experience.

Discovery Education and Wilkes University have once again joined forces to launch a new 12-credit program designed to prepare educators to meet the challenges and opportunities of the ever-changing digital classroom. Called the EDGE Letter of Endorsement, this program provides another pathway to expertise in emerging technologies and allows participating teachers to stay on the cutting edge of digital technology and instruction.

The EDGE program (Emerging trends and technologies, Digital transition, Graduate level, Endorsed skill set) is a unique professional development opportunity that combines a forward-thinking curriculum with existing and proven pedagogy.  The EDGE program's coursework focuses on exploring critical topics such as mobile learning, digital literacy, inquiry-based learning, and internet tools for teaching.

EDGE courses are offered fully online for added convenience and affordability, and access to Discovery Education¹s full suite of services, including Discovery Education Streaming, Discovery Education Streaming Plus, Discovery Education Science Techbook, and Discovery Education Social Studies Techbook are included in the tuition.

Want to learn more about the program?  On Monday, December 16th at 7pm ET, you can join Kathy Schrock, and course designers Dean Shareski and Steve Dembo, for a discussion about the changing state of professional development including the EDGE Letter of Endorsement.

Requirements for ongoing professional development are shifting within schools, and the options for learning are increasing rapidly. Between degree programs, conferences, workshops, and e-learning events, there have never been more options for extending your own professional growth. Schrock and her panel of experts will guide you through some of the best options out there, and share insights into the new courses that they have recently created.

If you’d like to attend the Hangout, you can RSVP here!