Free Technology For Teachers

Free Technology for Teachers: Beaker – Education Article

Beaker is an iOS and Android app that lets students virtually mix chemicals. In the app students can select chemicals to mix to see how they react to each other. The app also has a virtual match that students can light to see how chemicals react to heat. The most impressive feature of the app is called Air Mix. The Air Mix feature in Beaker lets students virtually pour chemicals from one Beaker to another. When you have two phones…

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DocsTeach Adds Good Artifacts for Teaching About the Transcontinental Railroad – Education Article

DocsTeach has long been one of my go-to recommendations for teachers of U.S. History. DocsTeach provides a wealth of digitized primary source artifacts that can be incorporated into lessons for elementary school, middle school, and high school students. You can search for those artifacts according to era in U.S. History, according to artifact type (text, photograph, map, audio, video), and you can search DocsTeach’s library according by keyword. Speaking of keyword search, if you search for “transcontinental railroad” you’ll find…

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How to Measure Distances in Google Maps – Education Article

A couple of weeks ago in the Practical Ed Tech newsletter I featured ten ways to use Google Earth in your classroom for more than just social studies lessons. Many of the ideas in that list can also be applied to the web browser version Google Maps. A good example of that is found in Tom Barrett’s Maths Maps. Maths Maps is series of activities designed to help elementary school students develop an understanding of distance, scale, and units of…

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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Automatically Send G Suite Email to a Gmail Address – Education Article

The end of the school year is here for many of us. It is at this time of year that I am often asked about how to forward G Suite for Edu email to Gmail addresses. Some people want to do this because they only want to check one inbox during the summer. Others do this because they are moving from one district to another and need a place to store important messages in the time between jobs. In the…

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The Ethics of Making Copies of “View Only” Google Docs – Education Article

Last week I published a blog post about how to make copies of Google Documents that are shared as “view only.” In that same post I included a video on how to find public Google Documents. That post raised a good question from a reader who asked about the ethics of making copies documents that are shared as “view only.” I shared my thoughts on that question in the following short video. For those who can’t watch the video or…

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ClassHook Adds Pause Prompts to Personal Clips – Education Article

ClassHook is one of my favorite alternatives to searching on YouTube for educational videos. A few months ago ClassHook added a feature called Pause Prompts that enables you to add discussion questions to the videos that you find through their site. Then last month ClassHook added a new playlist feature called Personal Clips. As of today, those two features now work together. Today, ClassHook announced that you can now add Pause Prompts to the videos that you have saved in…

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Four Ways to Show & Share Videos Without Distractions – Education Article

At this point I think we can all agree that YouTube can be a great place to find educational videos to share with students. Of course, the downside to YouTube has always been all of the “related” content that appears around the videos that you find on YouTube. In the following video I demonstrate four methods of displaying and sharing YouTube videos without all of the “related” sidebar content. And if you’re looking for alternatives to YouTube, check out the…

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Educational and Moving Memorial Day Videos – Education Article

Tomorrow is Memorial Day here in the United States. Students often confuse the origin and purpose of Memorial Day with those of Veterans Day. The following videos can help students understand the origins and meanings of Memorial Day and Veterans Day. The Meaning of Memorial Day is a two minute video covering the origins of the holiday in the United States. The video is embedded below. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers the following video overview of the history…

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Free Technology for Teachers: AR, VR, and Bowling – Education Article

Good morning from Maine where the sun is shining to start this Memorial Day weekend. We’re going to Maine Wildlife Park, riding bicycles, and playing outside for as long as we can put with the black flies this weekend. I hope that wherever you are this weekend, you can get outside too. Before I head out for a day of outdoor fun, I have this week’s list of the most popular posts of the week. These were the week’s most…

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Five DIY Virtual Reality Projects for Students – Education Article

Google’s VR Tour Creator offers an excellent way to create virtual tours that can be viewed in your web browser and or in the Google Expeditions app. Google’s Street View imagery is the backbone of the VR Tour Creator. To start creating a tour you have to identify a location using the built-in connection to Google Maps. Once you’ve identified a location you then add a scene to your tour. At a minimum each scene will include a Street View…

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A Good and Free Summer Activity for Rainy Days – Education Article

This afternoon I was talking with my childcare provider about activities for kids to do on rainy summer days. One of the things that I mentioned was going bowling. Doing that reminded me of a free program that I’ve been sharing almost every year since 2012 and has been running for a dozen years. That program is Kids Bowl Free. Kids Bowl Free offers two free games per day to students in the United States and Canada. Kids Bowl Free is a program…

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Free Technology for Teachers: Summer Reading, Portfolios, and Animations – Education Article

Good evening from sunny and windy Paris Hill, Maine. It was a great day for playing outside and that’s exactly what my little family did today. I had a nice long bike ride through part of the White Mountain National Forest that ended with meeting my daughters at a playground besides the Androscoggin river. Wherever you are this weekend, I hope that you had a fun and relaxing day too. These were the week’s most popular posts:1. Ten Great Tech…

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How to Make an Animated Timeline in Google Slides – Education Article

Eighteen months ago I published a video about how to use Google Slides to create a timeline. Yesterday, that video hit 50,000 views. I watched the video again and realized that I could use the animation tools in Google Slides to add animations to my timeline. So yesterday I made a video about how to do that. In the following video I demonstrate how to create an animated timeline in Google Slides. If you like this video, please take a…

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Free Technology for Teachers: Wikispaces Alternatives – Education Article

Almost a year after it ceased operations, Wikispaces and “Wikispaces alternatives” are still two of the most frequently searched terms on this blog. If you find yourself looking for an alternative to Wikispaces, here are some good options to try. Google SitesGoogle Sites, like almost every G Suite for Education product, offers collaboration options. Create a Google Site and invite students or colleagues to be editors on that site. As editors of the site they can add content to the…

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Free Technology for Teachers: Easy Notecards and Flashcards – Education Article

Easy Notecards is a free study aid that Vicki Davis introduced to me eight years ago. This post is an update on what I wrote eight years ago. As you probably guessed from name, Easy Notecards is a free tool for creating text-based and image-based flashcards. What makes Easy Notecards a little different from other notecard and flashcard services is that you can search for public notecard sets according to textbook topics and titles. This is possible because when an…

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Adding Audio to Google Slides When Your Domain Doesn’t Have the Native Audio Feature – Education Article

Six weeks ago Google announced the introduction of native support for audio in Google Slides. Unfortunately, the roll-out of that feature seems to be taking longer than was initially promised. I have been receiving emails for weeks from people asking me if they missed something in their Google accounts. They haven’t. I don’t have the feature in any of my accounts yet, either. And, unfortunately, Ed Tech Team seems to have pulled support for their AudioPlayer for Slides extension and…

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