Month in Review – July’s Most Popular Posts

Well another month has come and gone in 2011. This summer I have been busier than ever traveling and speaking at conferences and at schools across the country. It has been great to meet so many of you in person. Unfortunately, all the travel has taken a little bit of a toll on the frequency […]

Speech to Text in Google Chrome

Speech recognition software can be very pricey, but adding a speech recognition option to your computer doesn’t have to be expensive. If you use Google’s Chrome web browser one of the apps you can add it to is a Speech Recognizer. The Speech Recognizer available through the Chrome Web Store is free and easy to […]

Bears and Punnett Squares

This month’s issue of National Geographic magazine features a cover story about the “Spirit Bears” of British Columbia. “Spirit Bear” refers to the Black Bears that are white in color due to a recessive trait called Kermodism. As always the National Geographic website has some neat resources to support the main article. One of the online resources […]

Have You Changed Your Passwords Recently?

It’s the end of the month and this is a time when I like to share simple reminders of things that we all know we should do, but often forget to do. So this month I’d to remind you that it is important to periodically change your frequently used passwords. And if you’re currently using […]

Show Me What’s Wrong – Help Your Friends With Their Computer Problems

Show Me What’s Wrong is a free service offered by Screencast-O-Matic. The service is designed to help you help others with their computer problems. To use the service enter your name and email address to have a custom url assigned to you. You then send that url to the person who needs help. They open […]

One Day on Earth – Mapped Videos of Life Around the World

One Day on Earth is a global collaborative project that launched last fall for the purpose of documenting 24 hours of life around the world. On October 10, 2010 (10.10.10) people around the world filmed life in their parts of the world. Those recordings were then contributed to a massive film project that will eventually […]

New Geographic Features Labels in Google Earth

Earlier this week Google added some new labels to Google Earth. Now when you turn on the “Borders and Labels” in the Layers menu you can view labels for mountain ranges, deserts, and plains. For large mountain ranges, deserts, and plains that can’t be viewed in their entirety without zooming way out, you can mouse […]

5 Google Plus Tips from Tekzilla

Tekzilla Daily is one of my favorite web shows for learning about fun and useful apps, sites, and technology tricks. The short episodes provide me with just enough information to get started exploring something new on my own. Today’s episode of Tekzilla Daily is about Google Plus. I’m currently using Google Plus, but still learning […]

CNN Student News Explains “Debt Ceiling”

What is a debt ceiling? This week’s special summer edition of CNN Student News tackles that topic in five minutes. The episode explains what the term “debt ceiling” means and what it means in the current political landscape of the United States. Click here if you cannot see the video.

Three Purposes for Classroom Blogs

image credit:  One of the most common requests for workshops that I receive is to help teachers create and utilize blogs in their classrooms. Over the last few years I’ve run blogging workshops many times and each time the workshop is a little different and hopefully a little better than the last. This year I’ve […]