Monday, April 22, 2019

More Than 17,000 Teachers Get Their Ed Tech Tips This Way

Over the last ten years the most common reason that people give me for unsubscribing to the blog is "too many updates." That is why five years ago I started the Practical Ed Tech Newsletter. This is a newsletter that I send out once a week on Sunday evenings. In the newsletter I share my tip of the week and a list of the most popular posts of the week from Free Technology for Teachers. As of this evening 17,129 people are subscribed to the Practical Ed Tech Newsletter. You can join them by signing up here.

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13 Flipgrid Tutorial Videos - #FlipgridFever

Flipgrid is a free video response service that has become massively popular in the last couple of years. Everywhere that I go, including today's visit to Bonner Springs, Kansas, teachers are using Flipgrid to collect students' video responses to all kinds of prompts. If you haven't tried Flipgrid, I have thirteen tutorial videos that will walk you through everything you need to know to get started. I recommend starting with this one.


If you're trying to get your colleagues on board with Flipgrid, feel free to share this playlist of tutorials.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

AP Government Review Resources - Kahoots and Quizlets from C-SPAN Classroom

AP exam season will be here soon. As they have done for the last five years, C-SPAN Classroom will be hosting a live Cram for the Exam session on May 4th. It's free and open to any student who is taking the AP Government exam. That's not the only AP Government review resource that C-SPAN offers. This year they're offering five units of Quizlet and Kahoot activities that students can use in your classroom and or independently.

C-SPAN Classroom's AP Government Key Review Terms lesson contains five units aligned to the AP Government and Politics course and exam. In each unit you will find links to the aforementioned Quizlets and Kahoots. The lesson also includes charts, Google Docs, and suggested review activities.

To access C-SPAN Classroom's lesson plans you do have to have a C-SPAN Classroom account. Fortunately, accounts are free and take only a minute or two to create. Additionally, you can probably find the Kahoot activities by searching Kahoot's gallery of public games.

Create Individualized Spelling Games Through Flippity Spelling Words

Flippity's Spelling Words is a free Google Sheets template that you can use to create individualized spelling games for your students. To do this you simply have to make a list of words that you want each of your students to practice. You'll then put those lists under your students' names in a Google Sheets template that is provided by Flippity.

How to Create a Spelling Game Through Flippity:

  • To get started you can either go to Flippity.net and select the Spelling Words template or use Flippity's Google Sheets add-on and select Spelling Words. 
  • Once you have made a copy of the template you then have to write your students' names across the second row of the spreadsheet. 
  • Below each student's name you will enter the list of words that you want them to practice spelling. 
    • If you would like to, you can enter a sentence along with each spelling word in order to provide students with some content for its use. 
  • There is an option to have students' results emailed to you. To do that you enter your email address below each student's name in your spreadsheet.
  • Once you have completed the steps listed above, select "publish to the web" from the "File" drop-down menu in Google Sheets and then click the "get link here" tab that appears at the bottom of your spreadsheet. That link is the one that you will give to students to play the games. 


How to Play a Flippity Spelling Words Game:

Flippity Spelling Words games has three primary modes for students. The first is "list" which simply reads each spelling word aloud to students. The second mode is "practice" in which students hear a word read aloud and then have to type it. The third mode is "quiz" mode in which students again hear the words read aloud and have to type them. It is quiz scores that you can have emailed to you. 

For students to play a Flippity Spelling Words game they have to go to the URL that you generated in the last step of the creation process outlined above. They then have to select their names from the list of names that appears on the screen. If a student chooses the wrong name, he/she can simply hit the back button to choose a different name. Students can progress through the games at their own pace. 

If your students master the spelling games that you have created for them through Flippity Spelling Words, they can choose the "more" tab on their games and see a set of related activities that are based on the same set of words. Those additional games included a memory/ matching game, a snowman/ hangman game, a word scramble, and a word search. 

Saturday, April 20, 2019

DIY Apps, Patriots' Day, and Taxes - The Week in Review

Good evening from rainy Paris, Maine. If April showers bring May flowers, I'm going to have a nursery on my hands in a couple of weeks! Ten days ago my yard was covered in snow and today it is resembles a small river.

This week I had the privilege of speaking at TLA's annual conference. Thank you to everyone who came to one or more of presentations. Next week I'm speaking in Bonner Springs, Kansas. If you'd like to have me speak at your school or conference, please get in touch with me here. I'm currently booking for back-to-school season and the fall.

These were the week's most popular posts:
1. Two New Options in Google Classroom's Classwork Page
2. Glide - Make Your Own App by Just Making a Spreadsheet
3. How to Make Your Own Mobile App
4. A New Way to Customize Google Slides
5. A Flipgrid Feature That is Often Overlooked
6. Pictures of the American Revolution - And Other Resources for Patriots' Day
7. A Few Resources for Learning About Income Taxes

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