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We Picked the 11 Best Historical Novels to Read Now (Beyond Pride and Prejudice)

There's something particularly responsive about reading a romantic story versus watching one. Perhaps it has something to do with the depths of our …

Books

I'm a teacher — here are 7 thing people get wrong about my job

Tess Plona<p><b>Summer break is NOT a three-month vacation.</b>• <b><br>Our hours extend well beyond the school day.</b>• <b><br>We are under a lot of pressure. All the time.</b>• <b><br>We're</b> …

Pedagogy

12 Dystopian Books to Read If You Couldn't Put Down The Hunger Games

There's a soft spot in our hearts for Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence in Lionsgate's adaptation of <b>The Hunger Games</b>, but we definitely shouldn't forget about Suzanne Collins's dystopian novel that started the entire franchise. It's a page-turner of a book about the society of Panem, where …

Books

Teacher has enough of the BS her kids give her so quits after posting an epic rant online

Teaching can be rewarding but has become for many an utterly thankless, hard task.<p>Not only do you have to deal with annoying kids, but you’ve also …

Lessons Learned After a Week with Only an Apple Watch Series 3

I’m not new to the smart watch craze. Back in 2001 I purchased my first smart watch: the Web @nywhere watch which then retailed at $85. Wearables …

Smartwatches

The $26 home security cam that keeps selling out when we cover it is back on Amazon

Bargain hunters, this is not a drill. We repeat, this is not a drill. The Wyze Labs 1080p HD Wireless Smart Home Camera sells out on Amazon each and …

Sweatcoin App Uses Cryptocurrency to Pay People For Walking and Exercising

Never mind the blockchain, meet the walkchain.<p>Bitcoin mining involves some seriously impressive power consumption, but a new app rocketing up the …

Google's Files Go app uses AI to declutter your phone

Millions of Indians are making their way online for the first time, discovering new ways to connect and share with friends and family. And because …

Apps

Sweatcoin lets you earn crypto for working out

Want a way to workout and earn some coin? Sweatcoin has risen to the top of the App Store for helping folks get something more than just a glow for taking those daily steps.<p>The startup says it has accumulated more than 5 million users in the past year and increased revenue by 266 percent in the …

This $48 Sound Bar has a 5-star Rating on Amazon, And It’s Time to See What All The Fuss is About

When it comes to home entertainment devices, it’s often a good idea to stick to the higher-priced items, but sometimes it’s not necessary to pay the …

Soundbar

Wow! It Looks Like iCivics Wants To Be THE One-Stop Shop For Social Studies Teachers

I haven’t always enamored with iCivics, but they’re really upped their game over the past couple of years.<p>They’ve continued to do so, which you can …

Google Classroom: Record Video Straight to Classroom - Teacher Tech

This is a game changer, from your mobile device you can record video straight to Google Classroom.<p>Record Video to Assignment<p>On your mobile, create an …

25 Great G Suite Add-ons & Chrome Extensions for Teachers

On their own the core tools of Google Drive (Docs, Slides, Forms, and Sheets) are powerful tools for teachers and students. When you install Add-ons …

Google

These are the highest quality apps and games right now, according to Google

Google introduced its Android Excellence collections in June. This was a new take on its Editor’s Choice category of the Google Play Store, highlighting what Google believes to be the best apps and games available at the moment.<p>The fall selection of Android Excellence titles, which were picked …

Here's how to keep up with Nest's growing smart home

Trying to make sense of Nest's new product announcements? Start here.<p>Nest debuted a bunch of new devices at last week's press event -- the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor security camera, the Nest Hello smart doorbell and the Nest Secure alarm system. The Google company also reintroduced the long-anticipated …

Home Security

Apple Watch Series 3 Observations- Part 2

Rather than a single 3,000 word review, I am going to just keep on gradually logging thoughts and observations on the new Apple Watch Series 3 as I use it. For today, I’ve been using the Watch as my primary communications device, but I’ve just been running errands, walking around the local Farmer’s …

Here’s What Tech Industry Insiders and Experts Really Think of the iPhone X

Is the future really here?<p>Rumors about the iPhone X had been swirling for months before it was finally officially unveiled earlier this month. The 10th anniversary model comes with a slew of new features, with everything from an edge-to-edge Super Retina display and new Face ID technology added, as …

Mobile Technology

One month with the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus: Today's best smartphone for work and play

After more than a month with the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus it's easy to say it is the best smartphone available with an incredible design, solid …

Samsung Galaxy S8+ Review: What you get for $850!

Just when I thought I was done with big phones, Samsung drags me back in. There’s an obvious commentary happening here. The return story. The …

Phones

“Quiznetic” Lets Teachers Create – & Students Play – Online Racing Games For Learning

Quiznetic is a Kahoot-like tool that lets you create learning games in various racing forms. Students can then “race” each other in answering the …

The new wave of ‘unlimited’ data plans: How Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T compare

Over the last week, all four of the major United States carriers either announced new unlimited data plans or made changes to existing plans in an effort to better compete. With all four carriers offering some form of unlimited data, now may be as good of a time as ever to analyze your current plan …

T-Mobile

Android Wear 2.0 was worth the long wait

When Google introduced Android Wear back in 2014, the smartwatch industry was young. The only players worth noting were Pebble, Samsung (with its Tizen-based offerings) and a few other niche options (like Sony's proprietary SmartWatch OS). Google, however, aimed to kick the door wide open with the …

The Best Super Bowl Commercials Of 2017 Were All For Video Games, TV Shows And Movies

Super Bowl commercials get worse and worse every year.<p>This year, Super Bowl LI’s ads were preachier and less funny than ever.<p>However, a few good commercials did make it in front of the 100 million plus eyeballs that tuned into the big game yesterday. Leading the pack were video game commercials and …

Media Management

Google Apps: Create a Copy for EACH Class - Teacher Tech

Google Apps: Create a Copy for EACH Class<p>If you teach multiple sections of the same class you might find yourself making a copy of a collaborative …

Education Technology

Sphero’s app-enabled ball is the most fun you’ll ever have learning to code

Every single child should learn at least some basic coding as they grow up. In fact, even adults who think they’ll never have a need to program …

Tech Trends

These declassified maps show how the CIA saw the world at the height of the Cold War

Perhaps more so than any other tool used by the clandestine services, an accurate map can mean the difference between success and failure, or life and death.<p>The CIA, renowned for its secrecy, has long kept its maps and cartographic methods under wraps.<p>But, in honor of the agency's Cartography …

'My Brother's Keeper' uses new VR tech to reenact the Civil War

A story about two estranged brothers facing off on a Civil War battlefield might seem like a strange fit for a virtual reality film, but <i>My Brother's Keeper</i> isn't your typical VR movie. The PBS film, which premiered at Sundance last week, uses its period setting to show off several new filmmaking …

Simple & Effective Speaking Rubric For Class Presentations

Talented student teacher Kevin Inlay created this simple and effective speaking rubric that we used with class presentations in our ELL World History …

Good Advice On “De-Escalating Power Struggles In The Classroom”

Power struggles in the classroom are bad news. And, to modify an old community organizing adage: “Sometimes the only worse thing than losing a power …

Teaching

This 1967 classroom experiment proved how easy it was for Americans to become Nazis

The ‘terrifyingly normal’ urge to conform<p>In 1967, when Ron Jones, a 25-year-old social studies teacher in Palo Alto, California, set out to teach his …

Teaching