Sunday, March 31, 2019

Add-ons, Jeopardy, and Carmen San Diego - The Month in Review

Good morning from Maine where we still have plenty of snow, but it is starting to melt fairly quickly.

This month I had the privilege to speak at a couple of conferences and spend a week working with my favorite charter school in Key West, Florida. In April I'll be speaking at three events starting with New Jersey City University tomorrow. If you're interested in having me speak at your conference or work with your school, please send me an email at richardbyrne (at) freetech4teachers.com

These were the month's most popular posts:
1. Where On Google Earth is Carmen Sandiego? - A Great Geography Game
2. 5 Favorite Google Slides Add-ons
3. My 5 Favorite Google Forms Add-ons
4. Six New G Suite Features for Teachers and Students
5. Get a Copy of My Jeopardy Gameboard Google Slides Template
6. My 5 Favorite Google Docs Add-ons
7. Five Good Places to Find Current Events Stories for Kids
8. Make Trading Cards for Historical and Fictional Characters
9. 5 Good Chrome Extensions for Teachers and Students
10. Fast & Fun Formative Assessment - Slides


The Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp is happening on July 15th and 16th. I've secured a beautiful location for it that offers lots of activities for the whole family within walking distance. Register in March and save $50! Registration is now open here.

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More Than 14,000 People Get Their Ed Tech Tips This Way

Every week I record three to five tutorial videos. I've been doing this for the last five years. There are now more than 1,000 videos on my YouTube channel including 300 tutorials about various G Suite tools. As of this weekend more than 14,000 people have subscribed to my YouTube channel so that they're notified as soon as I publish a new tutorial. You can subscribe here. Three of my most popular tutorials of the last 365 days are included below.

How to Use Google's VR Tour Creator


How to Share Videos Through Google Drive


How to Create a QR Code for a Google Form

5 Ways to Blend Technology Into Outdoor Lessons – Spring 2019

As the winter fades and spring begins to bloom here in New England, kids and adults are itching to get outside more often. This is a great time to take your students outside for some lessons. That's why on Tuesday at 4pm ET I'm hosting a Practical Ed Tech webinar titled 5 Ways to Blend Technology Into Outdoor Lessons.

In this live webinar you’ll learn five ways that you can incorporate technology into outdoor lessons. These strategies can be used in elementary school, middle school, or high school settings.

Join me on April 2nd at 4pm Eastern Time to learn how you can blend technology into outdoor lessons.


In this webinar you’ll learn about:

  • Augmented Reality 
  • Digital mapping
  • Geocaching 
  • Activity tracking 
  • Observing and collecting scientific data

Your registration includes:

  • Access to the live webinar on April 2nd at 4pm Eastern Time. 
  • Unlimited access to the webinar recording. 
  • Digital handouts. 
  • PD certificate.
Use code "April" to save $5 on registration. 

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Math Keyboard and More Updates to Microsoft Forms

Microsoft Forms doesn't get as much coverage on this blog as Google Forms, but that doesn't mean that Microsoft Forms doesn't have some great features. In fact, it has some features that I wish Google would add to Google Forms.

In March Microsoft added some nice features to Microsoft Forms. For students and teachers, the most significant of those new features is the inclusion of a math keyboard. This feature lets students use a virtual keyboard to answer open-ended math questions in Microsoft Forms.

A small, but convenient update to Microsoft Forms lets you launch Forms from the header of Office.com

Six G Suite Updates You Might Have Missed in March

Every month Google rolls out new features for G Suite and many of their other products. Some of those updates are irrelevant for teachers and students while others can have a direct impact on how teachers and students use their favorite Google products. If you want to see every update that Google makes to G Suite throughout the month, follow the G Suite Updates Blog. But if you prefer to trust me to filter and pass along the relevant updates, here's what I think were the Google product updates that were relevant for teachers and students.


  • You can now use your own VR tours in Google Expeditions
    • You can use Google's VR Tour Creator through your G Suite account if your domain administrator has enabled it. Those tours can now be used in the Android and iOS versions of Google Expeditions. I wrote about this update and included tutorials here