Comprehensive Lesson Plans for Teaching Copyright

On Friday Ars Technica ran a good article about the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s attempt to balance a perceived bias in the Copyright Alliance’s educational materials. If you read the article, make sure you scroll down through the comments where there are some good (and some inane) thoughts on the topic of teaching copyright laws in […]

ESL Printables – Worksheets and Lesson Plans

ESL Printables is a community for ESL teachers to find and share worksheets and lesson plans. I use the term community to describe ESL Printables because of its unique registration policy and use policies. To use ESL Printables you have to be a registered user. Registration is free, but to complete your registration you have […]

NeoK12 – A Super Collection of Educational Videos

NeoK12 is a great collection of educational videos for science, math, social studies, and language arts. Each category is subdivided by topic. For example under the social studies heading you will find sub-categories of geography, government, industry and several more topics. Most of the videos come from YouTube or Metacafe. You could find these videos […]

Week in Review – 7 Most Popular Items

This week, thanks to all of you, Free Technology for Teachers exceeded the previous record for page views and visits in a month and the month isn’t even over yet. Thank you to everyone that has shared a link a told a colleague about Free Technology for Teachers. Without you this blog wouldn’t have the […]

Ten Spelling Games and Lessons… and a Laugh

Last night Kavya Shivashankar was crowned champion of the Scripps National Spelling Bee 2009. If you’re students would like to get started on preparing for next year’s competition they can test their skills on this sample test from Scripps. Below the video are other resources your students can use to develop their spelling skills.1. Spelling […]

Sketchcast – Demonstrate Concepts Through Video

I wrote about Sketchcast last year, but on the heels of today’s earlier post about screencasting I thought it would be appropriate to share information about Sketchcast again. Sketchcast is a great way to demonstrate ideas and concepts through drawing and voice. Using Sketchcast is as easy as drawing on a white board while explaining […]

Budget Cuts and Taxes – Lesson Plans

Today’s episode of CNN Student News contains a segment about impact of a proposed budget cut on students in California. This segment could be a good introduction to teaching lessons on how state budgets are formed, how a revenue is raised, and how tax revenue is spent. Below the video embedded below you’ll find a […]

Four Free Tools for Creating Screencasts

Making screencast videos is a good way to create a record of the instructions that you may have to frequently give to students or colleagues. Post your screencasts online and your students and colleagues can watch them when you’re not available to answer their “how-to” questions. In the past I have created screencasts for my […]

WebNotes – Highlight, Annotate, Organize the Web

Webnotes is a service that makes it easy to highlight, annotate, and organize your web research. WebNotes has free and paid versions of its service. The free version allows you to highlight, annotate, and organize the information that you find on websites. The paid version allows you to highlight, annotate, and organize information from PDFs […]

Picturing the Century – Lesson Plans and Worksheets

Picturing the Century is an online photo exhibit created by and hosted by the National Archives and Records Administration. The exhibit contains six galleries of images from 20th Century life in the United States. NARA provides teachers with six lesson plans including a printable worksheet for using the Picturing the Century images in their classrooms. […]