Monday, January 28, 2019

What's the Difference Between England, Great Britain, and United Kingdom?

Since I've just returned from a trip to London, I figure it's a good time to revisit one of my favorite geography videos. That video is The Difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and England Explained. The video explains name refers to, the differences between the three, and why some people incorrectly use them interchangeably.

Applications for Education
When I taught World Geography one of the things that occasionally baffled and or annoyed my students was my insistence that they knew that United Kingdom, Great Britain, and England are not correct interchangeable terms.This video does a good job of explaining the historical origins as well as modern implications of the differences. My only complaint about the video is the narrator speaks very quickly.

How to Create a Self-grading Quiz from Google Classroom

This afternoon I received an email from a reader who had watched one of my YouTube videos about Google Forms. She wanted to know if it was better to manually place the link to her Google Form into Google Classroom or if she should make the Form within Google Classroom. The answer is that it doesn't really make a huge difference which way you do it because the Form will operate the same regardless of how it was started. All that said, here's how you can create a Google Forms quiz from your Google Classroom Classwork page.

A Few of My 2019 BETT Show Highlights

On Friday evening after spending the day at the 2019 BETT Show I recorded a video of my observations of walking through the maze of vendors. If you didn't see the video on my YouTube channel, you can now watch it as embedded below.

The 2019 Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp

After putting it on hiatus last year, I'm happy announce that the Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp is returning this July! Registration is now open for this two-day, hands-on learning experience. This year's workshop will be held at the historic Bethel Inn & Resort in picturesque Bethel, Maine.

Highlights of the Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp:
  • Practical ideas for using technology in your classroom.
  • A small, collaborative, hands-on learning environment. Bring your laptop because you’ll be doing, not just listening.
  • Sixteen+ hours of learning in a relaxed and picturesque setting.
  • Develop a repertoire of new tools and tactics to effectively integrate technology into your lessons.

Read more about the Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp right here. Super-early registration is $377 which is a savings of $70 compared to the standard registration.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

PhotoScissors, STEM, and BETT - The Week in Review

Good evening from terminal five in Heathrow airport. I'm waiting for my flight home after spending a couple of days in London for the annual BETT Show. For my U.S. readers who might not be familiar with BETT, it's a bit like ISTE without all of the breakout sessions. Basically, it's all vendors, all the time which is why admission to the show is free. Some of the vendors do put on useful presentations. I saw excellent and useful presentations in the Microsoft and Micro:bit booths. As much as I enjoy going to events like BETT there is nothing like the feeling of heading home to my daughters. I'm especially excited to give them these little Paddington Bear teddy bears.

These were the week's most popular posts:
1.Remove Image Backgrounds With PhotoScissors
2. Boclips - Millions of Ad-free Educational Videos
3. Students Can Create Their Own Tours to Share in Google Expeditions
4. Three Good Places to Find Hands-on STEM Activities
5. A Master List of Resources About Microsoft's Inclusive Classroom Tools
6. Vizor 360 is Now Free for All - Create Interactive 360 Imagery
7. How to Use PhotoScissors to Remove the Background from Any Image

Now Booking Summer Workshops!
I know that June can feel a long way away in the middle of January, but I'm already booking my summer workshop calendar. If you'd like to have me come to your school this spring (I have two May openings) or summer, please take a look at my speaking page and fill out the short form at the bottom of it.

And speaking of summer, the Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp will return this year! I've secured a beautiful location for it that offers lots of activities for the whole family within walking distance. Registration information will be available soon on

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