GeoGebra Help for Beginners

This post was inspired by a request for help from one of my colleagues. My colleague wanted to know more about how to use GeoGebra in his classroom. Not being a mathematics teacher, I didn’t have a lot of ideas right off the top of my head but I did know of some links to […]

Wylio – Creative Commons Images for Bloggers

Wylio is an image search engine designed to help bloggers and others quickly find, cite, and use Creative Commons licensed images. Wylio results only return images that are listed with a Creative Commons license. Wylio makes it easy to give proper attribution to the creator of the image by providing you with html code that […]

Data Masher – State Data Mash-ups

Data Masher is a neat tool for creating visual comparisons of data sets about the United States. Data Masher displays data comparisons on maps and in list form. To use Data Masher just select a data set, select an operator, and select a second data set. After making those selections Data Masher will generate a […]

Google Apps for Education Webinar Recordings

Last week I posted the announcement about some Google Apps for Education webinars that are being held in December. If you miss those webinars they will eventually be available in the Google Apps for Education webinar archives. If you go there now you can find past webinar recordings including Google Sites for Educators which is […]

Snag Learning Film of the Week – Immersion

This week’s Snag Learning Film of the Week is Immersion. Immersion is a short film (12 minutes) that illustrates the challenges ESL/ELL students face when taking some standardized mathematics tests. The story follows Moises, a student who is good at math, as he struggles with the decision to take the standardized mathematics test or to […]

A Benefit of Collecting Students’ Work Online

One of the tasks of teaching that I’ve always struggled with is returning graded student work consistently on-time. Evaluating and assigning the grades is not the problem, the problem is actually sacrificing classroom time to pass back students’ work. I know I’m not the only teacher who struggles with this. To combat my “problem” I’ve stopped […]

CNN Student News – Tensions in Korean Peninsula

This morning’s episode of CNN Student News leads off with a segment about the latest tensions between North Korea and South Korea. The segment concludes with an explanation of why the US would get involved if North Korea declared war on South Korea. Watch the episode below. For more resources about tensions in the Korean […]

Why Can’t We Walk in Straight Lines?

Last week on my way to school I heard an interesting story on NPR. The story, A Mystery: Why Can’t We Walk Straight? examines an excerpt of the book Right Hand, Left Hand: The Origins of Asymmetry in Brains, Bodies, Atoms and Cultures. In the story we learn that without visual, audio, or touch input humans […]

3 Years, 3800 Posts, And A Lot of Learning

Image Credit: robokow Three years ago today I started Free Technology for Teachers. I didn’t know much about blogging then, in fact I knew almost nothing about blogging. I didn’t know that three years later I would have written more than 3800 blog posts and I certainly didn’t expect to have nearly 30,000 people subscribed […]

North Korea v. South Korea Incident Map

The Guardian’s Data Blog has created a map of every incidence of diplomatic or armed hostilities between North Korea and South Korea over the last sixty years. The map was created using Google Fusion Tables and a database of incidents published by the Congressional Research Service. Google Fusion Tables is a tool for creating a […]