Patrick Donovan

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Benefits of Using Backchannels In Your Classroom

Over the years I've introduced a lot of teachers to using tools like Padlet, TodaysMeet, and Socrative in their classrooms. All three of these tools …

Screencast-o-Matic Now Offers Background Music

Screencast-o-matic has long been my favorite tool for creating screencasts on Windows and Mac computers. This morning I logged into my account and …

Try YouTube Live for Review Sessions - Breakfast With Tom Richey

This morning I opened YouTube to see a notification from my friend Tom Richey that he was going live with a review session for AP European History …

7 Ways to Use Google Keep in Your Classroom

This week's Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week featured a demonstration of how to use Google Keep to annotate images. That is just one of many ways …

10 Ways to Use Google Earth in Your Classroom

A couple of weeks ago Google released the new web-based version of Google Earth (take a tour of it here). The older desktop version of Google Earth …

How to Create a Flowchart on Padlet

Late last month Padlet introduced a handful of new features. One of those features is the option to show connections between notes on a Padlet wall. …

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Teaching

How to Annotate Images on a Chromebook

From time to time you may find yourself needing to highlight portions of an image or point out features of a diagram for your students. Or you may …

More Than 400 Science Animations

Learners TV, like many similar sites on the Internet, offers an index of math and science video lessons. What makes Learners TV a little different is …

Desmos Now Offers an Online Geometry Tool

Desmos, the company known for its online graphing calculator, recently released a new online geometry tool. Desmos Geometry is designed to help …

7 Google Product Updates You Might Have Missed in March

It can be hard to keep up with all of the changes and updates that Google makes to the products that have become an integral part of many teachers' …

Downloads On A Chromebook and 4 Other Tips for New Users

This morning I received an email from a reader who was concerned that her school was going to be using Chromebooks next year and she couldn't …

Pixlr Mobile - Easy Image Editing & Collage Creation

Last week I published a post about Pixlr's suite of online image editing tools. That post prompted a few questions from readers seeking iOS and …

5 Ways to Show YouTube Videos Without Related Content

Anyone who has ever opened YouTube in front of a classroom knows the feeling of dread that comes with hoping that the "related" content in the …

Formatically Helps Students Properly Format Essays

Formatically is a free service that helps students properly format their papers in MLA style.<p>Students can use Formatically without creating an …

Put a Planetarium In Your Web Browser

Planetarium by Neave Interactive is a website on which you can specify your current location and it will show you a map of the night sky based upon …

YouTube Is Removing Annotations Option - Try This Instead

Earlier this week Google announced that the option to add annotations to your YouTube videos will be going away on May 2nd. This is sad news for many …

Storymap JS - Tell Stories With Maps

The New York Times has a new feature called Harriet Tubman's Path to Freedom. The feature is a presented in scrolling map format. The map is combined …

How to Quickly Total a Spreadsheet Column

Google Sheets and spreadsheets in general offer a good format for organizing numerical data. If you have a lot of cells in a Google Sheets column …

Three Good Tools for Creating Screenshots on Chromebooks

Capturing an image of your screen as you see it at a particular moment in time can serve a lot of purposes in a school setting. You can use …

Pixlr Web Apps - Image Editing At the Level You Need

Pixlr, an Autodesk product, offers three good tools for editing images in your web browser. All three of those tools can be accessed from the same …

Create Comic Strips in Google Slides

Yesterday I was asked for a recommendation for a completely free way for students to create comic strips online. Two options immediately came to …

Game on: Scott Hebert's Grade 8 science class is a live action role-playing adventure

FORT SASKATCHEWAN — In the mythical land of Scientia Terra, four guilds gather for battle under scattered cotton-wool clouds.<p>The Minotaur King has a …

MIND BLOWN: Now Possible . . . Narration in Google Slides (and it's EASY and FREE)

So, we hope everyone who reads the friEdTechnology OR Brenham ISD blog is ready to have their minds blown!<p>By Guest Blogger Tom Spall, find him on …

How to Insert Google Keep Notes Into Google Docs

A couple of days ago Google announced that Google Keep is becoming a core product of G Suite. With that announcement came a new integration of Google …

12 Ways to Create Videos On Chromebooks

It seems like every month there is a new tool for creating videos on Chromebooks. In the two months since I published my last post about making …

Can Gamification Help Struggling Students?

If you aren’t familiar with the idea of gamification, be prepared to thank the Millennials for its inclusion in almost everything. Gamification …

What Digital Footprints Are You Leaving Behind? | July | 2011

Social media sites are not only used to connect with friends, but they are also used as a hiring tool for employers.<p>More hiring managers are looking …