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34 Categories–Over 500 Links–of K-8 Links for Your Classes

I’ve spent a good chunk of time this summer updating my link collections so they are easier to wander through and reflect more topics you’re …

Digital Citizenship

A Round-up of This Summer's Google Drive, Apps, and Maps Updates

As the new school year begins many teachers and students may notice that some things have changed in Google Drive, Apps, and Maps over the summer. …

What an Insect Can Teach Students About Search Strategies

Last week in my house I found an insect that I had never seen before. I tried to get the clearest picture I could of it before settling on the …

Show Your Students How Far Their Blogs Can Reach

Last week during a presentation that I gave about Google Apps I mentioned that the Goo.gl URL shortening tool will show you where in the world people …

Google Maps Some Christmas Traditions Around the World

This year Google's Santa Tracker website has a neat feature about Christmas traditions around the world. The Christmas Traditions map features the …

100 Word Challenge - A Fantastic Blogging Activity for Students

This morning in the Rising Stars booth at BETT 2015 I saw Julia Skinner give a nice presentation on the 100 Word Challenge. The 100 Word Challenge is …

What Good Technology Use Looks Like in the Early Years

Educational technology in the classrooms of young children is here to stay. Now, the challenge is making sure it is used appropriately. In the …

Teaching

Redefining learning with iPads

"To bring the writing alive, the children performed their compositions using the app Shadow Puppets Edu."<p>I now lead inset and training …

Education Technology

How to Integrate Web 2.0 Tools into the Classroom

Create a <b>classroom blog</b>. Blogging has become one of the most effective learning tools in education. It introduces students to new methods of …

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5 myths of online student privacy

One of my greatest challenges as a technology integrator is helping teachers overcome their fears of letting students engage with the digital world …

How to Use Padlet to Manage Tasks

Padlet is one of my favorite web tools because it can be used in many ways for many purposes. Today, I used it to have teachers share the things that …

A Handful of Good Resources for Learning About Dinosaurs

How Do We Know What Dinosaurs Looked Like? is a new video from the crew at Brain Stuff. The video provides a short overview of the clues that …

5 Timeline Creation Tools Compared - Chart

Over the last couple of weeks I have published a chart comparing mind mapping tools and a chart comparing student response systems. Both of those …

Collaboratively Create Music and Vocal Recordings On Almost Any Device

Soundtrap is a web-based platform for collaboratively creating music and vocal recordings. On Soundtrap you can create music from scratch by using …

Add Your Voice to Diagrams By Creating TinyTap Sound Boards

<i>Parts of this post originally appeared on my other blog, iPadApps4School.com</i> <br>TinyTap is a great iPad app for developing your own educational games. …

Top 10 Cool Tools 2014

The close of the year is a good time to take stock of the best productivity apps and websites launched over the last 12 months. A quick count of my …

How to Create Shape Puzzle Games for Your iPad or Android Tablet

Last week I wrote a couple of posts about the updates to TinyTap. In addition to the update making the app available on Android tablets, I like that …

5 Free iPad Apps for Drawing and Sketching Notes

<i>Parts of this post originally appeared on one of my other blogs, iPadApps4School.com</i><p>Sometimes when students are taking notes words don't do enough to …

Chromebooks get an always listening “OK Google” command

Advertisement<p>9 Comments<p>Credit: Kevin C. Tofel/Gigaom<p>Over the last year, Google added the “OK Google” hotword to both the Chrome browser and Chrome OS …

ChatterPix – Create Talking Pictures on Your iPad

ChatterPix Kids is a free iPad app that you and your students can use to turn pictures into talking pictures. To create a talking picture just snap a …

5 Activities to Kick-start Brainstorming Sessions

On Saturday I shared a chart comparing 11 free mind mapping tools. Those tools are great when you have ideas to map. Sometimes we need a little help …

11 Free Mind Mapping Tools Compared In One Chart

Last weekend I published a chart comparing 9 popular student response systems. That chart seems to be popular so I decided to create a similar one …

5 Favorite Websites for K-5

One of the biggest problems I face as a technology teacher is the wealth of information out there for teachers, parents, students. I try to stay on …

Taking An Hour Of Code

Recently my daughter and I have been enjoying our Kano computer. If you haven't heard, a Kano is a small Raspberry Pi computer you build yourself. …

The magic of QR codes in the classroom

Quick Response (QR) codes are a growing trend in our physical world, connecting us to the virtual world in a simple scan; this article will show you …

Education Technology

Why Google’s Chromebooks are beating Apple’s iPads in the classroom

For several months earlier this year, my family toured various middle schools in Oakland, trying to figure out where to enroll our oldest son. As we visited different classrooms, one scene kept repeating itself.<p>A school administrator would wheel in a cart piled high with Google Chromebooks. The …

How to Create Placemarks, Layers, and Polygons in Google Maps Engine Lite

Google Maps is a versatile tool that I've been using with students and sharing with teachers for years now. From simple virtual scavenger hunts to …

A Handful of Helpful Google Forms Tutorials for Teachers

Google Forms and Google Sheets can be very useful for collecting all kinds of information from students and others. Three of the most common uses of …