Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Week in Review - The Most Popular Posts

Good morning from Maine. Happy Canada Day to all of my friends north of the border. I've had many great days working with teachers in Canada and I hope that I get to visit again soon.

This week I was at the ISTE conference for a few days. It was a busy, fun, and informative conference. My recap of the conference is included in episode #10 of Practical Ed Tech Live.

 As I look forward to the rest of the summer I am getting excited about the Upstate Technology Conference in South Carolina. I will be giving the keynote at the conference ten days from now. I hope to meet many of you there.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. New Grading Options in Google Forms
2. Track Progress Toward Goals With This Google Sheets Template
3. SeeSaw Unveils New Features at ISTE 17
4. Kahoot Unveils a New Mobile App
5. The ISTE Presentation Almost Everyone Missed - And Shouldn't Have
6. 7 Places to Find Free Music and Sound Effects
7. Ten Ways to Use Google Earth In Your Classroom

Individual and group registration is still open for the Practical Ed Tech Chromebook Camp and the BYOD Camp. Register with a group and get a great discount!

Four online courses starting in tomorrow:
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Discovery Education & Wilkes University offer online courses for earning Master's degrees in Instructional Media.
PrepFactory offers a great place for students to prepare for SAT and ACT tests.
Boise State University offers a 100% online program in educational technology.
My Simpleshow provides a great way to create explanatory videos.

Free Webinar - Comics In the Classroom

Having your students create comics can be great way to help them get to know each other and for you to get to know them. The process of creating a comic is an excellent way for students to practice developing plot lines. You can learn more about these ideas and others in my free webinar Comics In the Classroom.

Comics In the Classroom is a free webinar that I hosting next week on Thursday at 3pm Eastern Time. The webinar will feature five ways to use comics in your classroom and a handful of tools for creating comics. You'll even get to contribute to the creation of a comic during the webinar.

Comics In the Classroom will last for about an hour. Those who register will receive a special discount code to use on my upcoming back-to-school series of professional development webinars.

Comics In the Classroom will be recorded for those who register but cannot attend the live session. You don't need to email me to get the recording. It will be sent to you if you register for the webinar. Register here.

A Calendar of G Suite Updates

As I've said many times over the years, it can be a challenge to keep up with all of the updates that Google makes to G Suite throughout the year. Fortunately, What's New in G Suite has a calendar of updates. The calendar includes updates for the rapid release track and the scheduled release track (that's the track that most schools are on). Click on any item in the calendar to read the full details of the update including who the update will affect.




Friday, June 30, 2017

The Month in Review - The Most Popular Posts

It's the end of the month and as I always do, I've put together a list of the most popular posts of the last 30 days. Take a look at the list and see if there is anything neat that you missed this month.

The Practical Ed Tech Chromebook Camp starts in three weeks. There is still time to register. If you're a Mainer, email me for a special discount only available to schools in Maine.

Here are the most popular posts of the month:
1. New Grading Options in Google Forms
2. Six Types of Video Creation Projects - And 18 Video Creation Tools
3. 4 Good Formative Assessment Tools for Classrooms That Aren't 1:1
4. Be Internet Awesome - Google's New Internet Safety Curriculum
5. Track Progress Toward Goals With This Google Sheets Template
6. Make Stop Motion Videos On Your Chromebook
7. Grade Items in G Suite Side-by-Side With Otus
8. How to Create a Word Cloud in Google Docs
9. How to Move from Google Drive to One Drive
10. 12 Sites and Apps for Learning to Code

Individual and group registration is still open for the Practical Ed Tech Chromebook Camp and the BYOD Camp. Register with a group and get a great discount!

Four online courses starting in July:
Please visit the official advertisers that help keep this blog going.
Practical Ed Tech is the brand through which I offer PD webinars.
Storyboard That is my go-to tool for creating storyboards.
QuickKey saves teachers tons of time when scoring formative assessments.
University of Maryland Baltimore County offers a great program on instructional design.
Discovery Education & Wilkes University offer online courses for earning Master's degrees in Instructional Media.
PrepFactory offers a great place for students to prepare for SAT and ACT tests.
Boise State University offers a 100% online program in educational technology.
My Simpleshow provides a great way to create explanatory videos.

The Tour de France Begins Tomorrow - Resources for Learning More About It

The Tour de France begins tomorrow. What started out as a promotion to boost the sales of newspapers in France is now one of the biggest sporting events in the world (and a big business). Here are some resources for learning more about the Tour de France.

Check out this animated video to learn all about the tactics of the race, the logistics of the race, the physiology of riding in the race, and many other interesting facts about the world's most famous bicycle race.



If watching the race (broadcast on NBC Sports in the US) inspires you to get outside and ride a bike, don't forget your helmet. The Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky offers some good resources about brain injury prevention. One of those resources is a short animated video designed to teach students about the need for wearing a helmet and how to wear helmets when biking or skateboarding. In the video students learn how to pick a helmet and how to properly fit a helmet. Watch the two minute video below.


The Science Behind the Bike is a four part video series from The Open University. The series has a total running length of 33 minutes and is a complement to a larger Open Learn course called The Science Behind Wheeled Sports. The videos and the course are designed to help students understand the physics, the physiology,  and the technology that influence the outcome of cycling events.

Sticking with the science of bicycling, Global Cycling Network offers a video addressing the question of whether having a light bike or light body makes the bigger difference in speed on a bike. The video is a bit long, but worth watching for the process and outcome. Ask your students for predictions before jumping to the end.


How is the overall winner of the Tour de France determined? It's not as simple as you might think. In addition to the overall winner's Yellow Jersey there are other prizes awarded in the race. Learn all about how the race times and points are calculated by watching the following video from the Global Cycling Network.


Minute Physics offers two videos about the physics of bicycles. In How Do Bikes Stay Up? we learn how bikes stay upright, how design and weight influences balance, and why bicycles are difficult to balance in reverse.


The Counterintuitive Physics of Turning a Bike explains how we turn bicycles.