Monday, December 30, 2019

My Ten Most Watched Ed Tech Tutorial Videos in 2019

In 2019 I created and added more than one hundred new ed tech tools tutorial videos to my YouTube channel. That brought the total for my channel to more 1,000 videos. This morning I sat down and looked at the analytics for my channel. According to the YouTube analytics these were the ten most watched tutorial videos on my channel. As you look at the list you'll notice that some of them were uploaded prior to 2019 yet were still among the most watched of the year.

How to Create a QR Code for a Google Form

How to Add a Timer to PowerPoint Slides

How to Share Videos Through Google Drive

How to Use the Citation Tool in Google Docs

How to Add Your Voice to Google Slides.
Important Note: This method is no longer necessary as Google Slides now has a native feature for using audio in Google Slides.

How to Use Google's VR Tour Creator

The Basics of Creating a Quiz in Google Forms

How to Record Audio in Google Slides

How to Find and Use the Embed Code for YouTube Videos

How to Quickly Show or Hide Your Chrome Bookmarks Bar

Bonus Item: This is how to add audio to Google Slides with the new native audio tool.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

The Week in Review - The Most Popular Posts

Good morning from Maine where it's cold and dark at the moment. Fortunately, sunshine is in the forecast and we're going to play outside in some fresh air after a day of being stuck inside because of sleet and rain. There's nothing worse than a sleeting, raining day during school vacation week. But I probably shouldn't complain as we did have a beautiful day for Christmas. Overall, it has been a good vacation week. If you're on school vacation this week, I hope that you're having a good one too.

This week I announced that I'm offering a new section of Teaching History With Technology starting in January. I've updated the course for 2020 to include a section on making your own history apps. The course starts on January 8th. You can get more information about it here.

These were the week's most popular posts:
1. My Favorite New & Updated Tools in 2019
2. Burning Vocabulary - A Chrome Extension for Expanding Your Vocabulary
3. How to Add Alt Text to Images in Google Documents
4. How to Add & Edit Google Sites Image Carousels
5. Word Game - A Simple Game Vocabulary Game
6. Boclips - Millions of Ad-free Educational Videos
7. Two Easy Ways to Share Google Forms Without Google Classroom

I'll come to your school in 2020! 
2020 will be my tenth year of speaking at schools and conferences. Send me an email at richardbyrne (at) to learn more about how we can work together.

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  • Practical Ed Tech Newsletter - This comes out once per week (Sunday night/ Monday morning) and includes my tip of the week and a summary of the week's most popular posts from
  • My YouTube Channel - More than 16,000 are subscribed to my YouTube channel for my regular series of tutorial videos including more than 300 Google tools tutorials. 
  • The Practical Ed Tech Podcast is where I answer questions from readers, share news and notes, and occasionally talk to interesting people in education. 
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  • Twitter - I've been Tweeting away for the last twelve years at
  • Instagram - this is mostly pictures of my kids, my dogs, my bikes, my skis, and fly fishing.

Friday, December 27, 2019

Practical Ed Tech Podcast Episode 25 - The Last Podcast of the Decade!

This afternoon I recorded my last podcast of the decade! I resisted the urge to use REM's End of the World as bumper music for the episode. Instead, I just went with the usual bumper music then jumped into some news and notes from the week followed by answers to questions from readers and listeners. I also threw in a little rant about someone getting upset with me for not answering his help request on Christmas Eve. (Note to self, don't check email on holidays).

Listen to episode 25 of the Practical Ed Tech Podcast right here or on your favorite podcasting network.

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Teaching History With Technology 2020

The primary means through which I'm able to keep this site running is through revenue from speaking engagements and sales of my Practical Ed Tech professional development courses like Teaching History With Technology. For 2020 I've updated the course to include new things like making your own history apps, creating green screen videos, and using the latest features of Google Earth in your history lessons.

The next session of Teaching History With Technology will begin on January 8th at 4pm ET. You can save $30 on the registration when you fill out the form on this page then register by midnight (ET) on January 6th.

A Few Course Highlights
  • Search strategies history students need to know.
  • How to make your own history review apps!
  • Creating virtual reality history activities.
Dates & Times for Teaching History With Technology
  • This course is comprised of five live webinars. The webinars will be held at 4pm Eastern Time on January 8, 15, 22, 29, and February 5th. The sessions will be recorded for those who cannot attend the live broadcasts.
  • You can receive a certificate for five professional development hours for completing the course. 

Register Here!

How to Find, View, and Download Thousands of Historical Maps

There are some good historical map collections available in Google Earth. But you can also import your own historical maps into Google Earth. topoView is a good place to find historical maps that you can import into Google Earth. topoView is a USGS website that provides historical maps dating back to 1880. You can download the maps in variety of file formats including JPG and KMZ. In the following video I demonstrate how to find and download historical maps on the topoView website.

Applications for Education
One of my favorite uses of Google Earth in history classes is overlaying historical maps on current map views. Doing that can provide students with context for places they read about in history lessons. Doing that also provides a good way to see how places change over time.

You can learn more about using Google Earth in history lessons in my upcoming course, Teaching History With Technology. Register by January 6th!