Tuesday, January 9, 2018

What is a Red Herring? - And Other Lessons on Critical Thinking

In today's age of clickbait headlines and increasingly polarized news reporting, it is more important than ever to teach students to be critical thinkers. One of the ways that we can do that is to teach them about logical fallacies and how they are used to try to win an argument.

Wireless Philosophy offers 35 videos that explain various logical fallacies and how they are employed by writers and speakers. The latest addition to the Wireless Philosophy library is Red Herring - Critical Thinking Fallacies.


Take a look at these 7 great tools for creating flipped lessons with this video.

How to Quickly Copy Questions from One Google Form to Another

formRecycler is a free Google Forms Add-on that I wrote about in a blog post yesterday morning. If you haven't seen it yet, formRecycler is an Add-on that will let you pick questions from your existing Google Forms to reuse in a new Google Form.

formRecycler is demonstrated in my video that is embedded below.


The Google Forms for Beginners webinar that I mentioned in the video can be viewed on-demand right here.

New Workshops and Keynotes for 2018

Facilitating on-site workshops and giving keynotes at conferences is one of the ways that I am able to fund Free Technology for Teachers and, in turn, future college tuition costs for my daughters. For 2018 I have developed some new standard offerings to go along with the custom workshops that I am always happy to develop for your school. You can book me for either by sending an email to richard (at) byrne.media or by completing the form on my work with me page

Here are the new workshops and keynotes I'm offering in 2018:
  • Built to Last - Identifying What Works in Educational Technology
    In the last decade I've seen thousands of educational technology tools and programs. Some come and go quickly while others stand the test of time. In this presentation I feature not only the tools that stand the test of time, but the characteristics to look for in choosing the next educational technology tool to use in your classroom.
  • Edupreneurship 101 - Turning Your Teaching Skills Into Extra Income
    It's hard to be a good teacher when you're worried about paying your bills. I know that because I spent two years doing that before I figured out that I had some skills that could help me earn a little extra money online while still doing the job that I loved. In this workshop I will share the strategies and tools used by me and other teachers to turn our teaching skills into extra income.
  • The Past, Present, and Future of AR & VR in Education
    This research-based presentation offers an overview of how augmented reality and virtual reality has been used in education for more than two decades. Attendees will walk away with an understanding of how to use these immersive technologies in their classrooms.
  •  DIY App Creation
    Not that long ago creating a mobile app required extensive coding skills and knowledge of programming. Today, there are many tools that make it possible for most teachers and students to develop their own functioning apps without any prior programming experience. Participants in this workshop will develop an app.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Space Camp Scholarships

The Mars Generation Space Camp Scholarship is a great opportunity for U.S. high school students to receive an all-expenses paid trip to space camp in Huntsville, Alabama.

Applying for and receiving this scholarship will take some significant effort on the part of students who apply for it. Students must propose an outreach project that they can complete as a result of attending space camp. They must also create a video to include in the application. Finally, students will need to have a letter of recommendation from a teacher or mentor.

The Mars Generation Space Camp Scholarship applications are due by January 15, 2018. Complete rules and eligibility requirements are available here.

Doodle 4 Google is Back for 2018

Google's annual drawing contest is back again for 2018. This year's Doodle 4 Google theme is inspiration. The contest is open to students in grades K through 12 in the United States. To enter the contest students should create a drawing that represents something that inspires them. The drawing, of course, must include the word Google somewhere within it. The artwork must be submitted on this official entry form.

This year's national Doodle 4 Google winner will receive a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology prize package for his or her school.

If you're thinking about using some classroom time to have your students draw for the Doodle 4 Google contest, take a look at the free lesson plans that Google offers. Making drawings for the Doodle 4 Google contest might also be a good indoor recess activity during the cold days we're having here in New England.