Seven Mind Mapping Tools to Try This Year
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Earlier this week a reader emailed me to ask for my suggestions for online mind mapping tools for her students to use this fall. My preference is often to draw mind maps by hand and then digitize them by taking pictures with either the Google Keep or OneNote mobile apps. But that doesn't work for everyone. So if you want to do the mind mapping process in a completely digital format, take a look at the following options.  Canva Whiteboard Templates Canva's whiteboard templates include mind mapping templates that you and your students can use individually or collaboratively. Watch this vid ..read more
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Five Great Microsoft Forms Features for Teachers
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Most of the time I like Google Workspace tools better than the equivalent tools from Microsoft. There is one exception to that rule. That exception being forms. When it comes to making and publishing online forms, Microsoft Forms has more features that I like than Google Forms has. For example, there is nothing like the new live presentation mode in Microsoft Forms available in Google Forms.  There are other aspects of Microsoft Forms that I also like that aren't equaled in Google Forms. Those features are demonstrated in my new video that is embedded below.  1. Convert docs to for ..read more
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Five Tutorials on Google Earth Basics
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6M ago
The start of the school year is when many of us are excited to try new and different things. If you're looking for something new to try this year, take a look at my Around the World With Google Earth activity. It's loosely based on The Amazing Race and it's a fun way to introduce students to the basics of using Google Earth. If you need some help getting started with Google Earth, take a look at the tutorials that I have embedded below.  How to Measure in 2D and 3D in Google Earth How to Add Videos to Your Google Earth Projects How to Record a Narrated Google Earth Tour in Your Web B ..read more
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Lesson Plans for Setting SMART Goals This Fall
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Storyboard That is a great tool that can be used for creating cartoons, flowcharts, timelines, and wireframes in addition to typical storyboards. Storyboard That also offers a huge library of lesson plans on everything from classic literature to history to cyber safety. One of those lesson plans is about helping students set and reach SMART goals. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Action, Realistic, Time. The SMART goals lesson plans are designed for use in middle school settings. Each of the five lesson plans focuses on a different aspect of the goal setting and goal reaching processe ..read more
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Keep, Books, and Canva - The Week in Review
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Good morning from Maine where it's overcast and drizzly, again. It has been that kind of summer. Nonetheless, it has been a good summer filled with fun things for me and my family (my miserable cold not withstanding). I hope that it has been a good summer (or winter) for you as well.  We have less than two weeks until school starts again. We're making the most of it. This week I took one of my daughters for a one-on-one trip to Story Land. Next week, I'm doing the same for my other daughter. If still have a bit of vacation, I hope you make the most of it as well.  These were the wee ..read more
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Have Your List Cleared by Book Creator
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6M ago
Earlier this week I shared a handful of ways to use Book Creator this fall. At the bottom of that blog post I mentioned Book Creator's #clearthelist campaign. If you missed it, it's a free opportunity to have Book Creator clear your classroom Amazon wishlist of up $500. All you have to do is enter by August 31st.  This fall Book Creator is going to clear the classroom wish lists of three teachers. You can enter here and if you win, Book Creator will clear your Amazon wish list up to $500. Disclosure: Book Creator is currently an advertiser on this blog.  Online PD you can start ..read more
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Google Classroom Overview for Parents
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6M ago
Last Friday I published a video in which I demonstrated the teacher view and student view of Google Classroom. A lot of people replied to ask if I had a similar one about the parent view of Google Classroom. I didn't have one, but I was happy to refer people to this section of Sam Cary's video How to Use Google Classroom for Parents.  The whole video gives a complete walk-through of Google Classroom. The part that most teachers will care about is toward the end beginning around the 7:19 mark. It's at that point in the video that Sam begins to show the guardian summaries feature of Google ..read more
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How to Use Microsoft Flip - Teacher and Student Views
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It's that time of year again when many of us are thinking about ways for our students to get to know each other and us. One popular way of doing that is through short video introductions. Microsoft Flip (formerly known as Flipgrid) provides a great platform on which to do that. As a teacher you can create a safe space for students to record and share short videos.  If you've never used Microsoft Flip or you are a tech coach responsible for introducing it to other teachers, I have a new video for you. In the video that is embedded below I demonstrate the following: How to create a Micros ..read more
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How Wastewater Gets Recycled
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6M ago
This morning my YouTube subscriptions included a notification of a new TED-Ed lesson that caught my attention. That lesson is titled How the Water You Flush Becomes the Water You Drink. As the titled implies, the lesson is all about how wastewater gets cleaned and put back into the water cycle where we'll eventually drink it once more.  The lesson introduces viewers to three types of wastewater and how wastewater is treated. The two key terms from the video are direct potable reuse and indirect potable reuse and the differences between the two. You can watch the lesson on YouTube or as e ..read more
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47,000 People Get Their Educational Technology Tips This Way
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6M ago
This morning when I checked my YouTube Studio account I noticed that my little channel had passed the 47,000 subscriber mark. Despite publishing videos on YouTube since at least 2009, I've never had a viral hit and probably never will. Instead of worrying about that I just try to make as many helpful videos as I can. To get a sense of the type of videos that I publish, take a look at the five most-watched videos of the last month.  How to Use Google Takeout in 2023 How to Combine Audio Tracks Quickly & Easily How to Change the Color of Google Calendar Events How to M ..read more
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