Thursday, January 2, 2020

What Do You Want to Learn in 2020?

I posed this question on Practical Ed Tech and I'm going to pose it here too. What do you want to learn in 2020? It could be learning to code or it could be a new instructional strategy or it might be learning how to cartwheel. Whatever it is, I'd love to hear about it. And if it's something that I can help you with, you can bet that I'll cover it on the blog, in video, or in a podcast this year. So go ahead and fill out the short form below and I'll do my best to help you learn something new in 2020.

By the way, I want to learn new instructional strategies for adult education and some new Python skills in 2020.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Learn How to Use These 5 Time-saving Gmail Features in 2020

Some days it feels like I'm playing the world's longest game of whack-a-mole in my inbox. If this sounds familiar to you and you're a Gmail/ G Suite user, there are some things that you can do to tilt the odds of winning that game of email whack-a-mole in your favor. Those things include creating canned responses, scheduling messages, enabling smart replies, and creating message filters. Those time-saving Gmail features are demonstrated in the video below.

One more time-saver is to make sure that you have your contacts organized into groups. Doing that can save you time when you're trying to send a message to department members, parent groups, or any other group that you frequently send the same messages to.

FAQs About Teaching History With Technology 2020

For the new year I have updated my popular Practical Ed Tech course, Teaching History With Technology. The course begins next Wednesday. I announced the course about ten days ago and I've answered a handful of emails about it. Here are those questions and answers.

1. Will the sessions be recorded? 
Yes. Every live webinar in the course will be recorded so that you can go back and watch it whenever it is convenient for you. Of course, you'll still be able to send me questions just like you would if you were there for the live webinars.

2. How long are the webinars?
Each one is planned for an hour plus some time for Q&A as needed.

3. Can I register with a purchase order?
I will accept a purchase order if you have five more people from the same school who want to register together. Otherwise, I can't accept a PO because it generally takes a colossal amount of time to navigate school district paperwork requirements. Any major credit card can be used to register.

4. Do you offer any kind of certificate?
I do provide a certificate of completion for five hours of PD time. Whether or not your school district or certification/license office will accept it for license/certification renewal is a determination you will have to make.

5. Will I be able to use this with elementary school students? 
I've had lots of elementary school teachers take this course since I started offering it in 2015. I designed the course so that the ideas, tools, and resources can be modified to use with students as early as 4th grade through high school students.

Register Here!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

How to Make an Interactive Graphic With Canva

One of the many neat things that you can do with Canva is create interactive infographics. In fact, you can use nearly any design template in Canva to create interactive graphics. In the following video I demonstrate how you can make interactive graphics in Canva and then publish those graphics on your blog.

Applications for Education
Adding some hyperlinked elements to an infographic could be a good way for students to make the sources of their information readily accessible to viewers. Using the linking tool could also be a good way for students to provide additional information about the key points that they emphasize in their graphics.

The Twelve Most Popular Posts on Free Tech for Teachers in 2019

It's the end of the year. For me it's the end of my twelfth year of blogging about educational technology. Do I have twelve more years in me? We'll find out... In the meantime here are the twelve most popular posts that I published in 2019.

1. How to Add Audio to Google Slides - Updated
2. 5 Handy Google Slides Features You Might Be Overlooking
3. Ten Free Tools for Creating Mind Maps and Flowcharts - Updated for 2019-20
4. How to Use Flipgrid to Create Whiteboard Videos
5. 5 Helpful Gmail Features for Teachers
6. Google Expeditions is Now Available on Chromebooks!
7. Three Lessons to Learn from the $9.2M Copyright Ruling Against Houston ISD
8. How to Create Video-based Lessons
9. Where On Google Earth is Carmen Sandiego? - A Great Geography Game
10. An Online Lab for Learning About Weather Patterns and Forecasts
11. Boclips - Millions of Ad-free Educational Videos
12. Tools to Improve the Accessibility of Websites, Videos, and Slides