The Ten Most Popular Blog Entries of 2008

In 2008 I wrote more than 1000 blog entries. The following list contains the ten most clicked on items of 2008. Thank you to everyone that continues to read Free Technology for Teachers, I’m looking forward to writing another 1000 entries in 2009. Open Zine – Collaborative Magazine CreationTen Teachers to Follow on Twitter (This […]

World Sunlight Map on Google Earth

The Google Earth Blog is a great place to find interesting and educationally useful KML files. Today, on the Google Earth Blog, a KML file that displays and automatically updates the where in the world it is night or day. The updates occur every thirty seconds. The file also includes a layer displaying and automatically […]

Langwitches Blogging Unit Available As a Download

Silvia Tolisano writes the great Langwitches blog. In the past she has put together an excellent series of blog posts about digital storytelling. Recently, she has put together a series of blog posts outlining the process of using blogs in the classroom. Today, Silvia posted all eight of the blog posts as one unit available […]

A Calendar To Help Elementary Teachers Plan

I’ll start this blog post by saying, if you’re not following Angela Maiers on Twitter, you should be. Everyday Angela posts useful resources for teachers including this one, the Teacher Planning Calendar, from Scholastic. On the topic of Twitter, if you’re looking for educators to follow, check out this list. The Teacher Planning Calendar from […]

SqoolTube – Free K-8 Videos

SqoolTube is video resource designed for K-8 teachers and students. I originally looked at SqoolTube a few months back and at the time it did not have nearly as many video choices as it does now. SqoolTube offers ten categories of videos and dozens of sub-categories of videos. Visitors to SqoolTube can find videos for […]

Capitol Words – Just What is Congress Saying?

Capitol Words is an interesting way to look at what your Senators and Representatives are saying in Washington. Capital Words creates “word clouds” based on key words used most often in Congress. The words in each cloud are pulled from the Congressional record. There is a national word cloud as well as word clouds for […]

College Crunch – Resources for College and Career Planning

College Crunch claims to be “the best college resource online ever.” I don’t know if it’s the best ever, but it is good. College Crunch features college reviews, college profiles, tips for navigating the logistics of college financing, and career planning advice. The career planning advice includes lists of salaries by career. Not all aspects […]

Four “Year-In-Review” Quizzes

It’s the time of the year when major news outlets create year-in-year slide shows, videos, and quizzes. I shared some year-in-review slide shows last week. Larry Ferlazzo and Jeffrey Hill have assembled some good lists of year-in-review slide shows that you should check out. Today, I found some year-in-review quizzes worth checking out and sharing […]

The History of Credit Cards in the United States

The CBS News Sunday Morning show is one of my favorite weekend shows because of the variety of topics that are covered. Every episode covers stories from the world of news, entertainment, and the peculiar. Yesterday, the Fast Draw segment explained the history of credit cards in the United States. I’ve embedded the two minute […]

A Great Example of a Student Built Website

Last week I posted a review of the free website creation service Synthasite. This morning when I logged in to moderate comments, I found a comment from a middle school teacher in Omaha, Nebraska sharing a link to a project that his students created using Synthasite. These students created a website as the culminating activity […]