Week in Review – The Knuckle Hopping Edition

Good morning from the Toronto International Airport where I am waiting for my flight home to Portland, Maine. This week I had the privilege of presenting in Paramus, New Jersey and Grande Prairie, Alberta. I always learn something new when I travel. In Paramus I learned about Blue Laws and in Grande Prairie I learned […]

What Is Money? – A Short Economics Lesson

The Atlantic’s new series Economics In Plain English is a good resource for social studies teachers to bookmark and share with their students. One of the new additions to the series is What Is Money? What Is Money? uses the fun scenario of trying to deposit a banana into a bank to explain the basic purpose […]

Updated – A Search Engine for Videos Not On YouTube

A few weeks ago I created a Google Custom Search Engine for videos that are not hosted on YouTube. You can find the search engine on this page. This evening I updated that search engine to include four more resources. The alternatives to YouTube that I added to the search engine were the National Film […]

Web Rangers Offers a Fun Way to Learn About U.S. National Parks

Web Rangers offers seven categories of games about different subjects related to the National Parks. The game categories are people, animals, parks, science, history, nature, and puzzles. Each category contains games of varying difficulty rated from easy to difficult. Some of the game topics include dendrochronology, animal tracking, animal identification, fire fighting, and map reading. […]

How to Create Image-Based Quizzes in Google Forms

Today, in Grande Prairie, Alberta I wrapped-up the second day of a Google Apps workshop. Creating image-based quizzes in Google Forms was one of the things that was a hit with a good portion of the participants. Earlier this year I created a short tutorial on the process. That tutorial is embedded below.

40+ Examples of Classroom & School Blogs

Last Friday I set up a Google Form to collect examples of classroom and school blogs. This evening I put together a Google Slides presentation from those submissions. As of right now there are 75 submissions. In some cases there were duplicate submissions, a few spam submissions, and some submissions that were very similar to […]

How to Develop Web Search Challenges for Students

I spent the last two days working with teachers in Grande Prairie, Alberta. One of the activities that we did yesterday was develop our own Google Search challenge activities. We used the basic model of the Google a Day Challenges combined with some of the obfuscation methods that Daniel Russell uses in his weekly search challenges. […]

Dispelling Myths About Web Filtering Requirements

There are very few things as frustrating as excessive Internet filtering when you’re trying to integrate technology into classroom. Some filtering can be good and is actually required, but I have visited a lot of schools in which the filtering goes way beyond what is actually needed. Sometimes the reason for the excessive filtering is […]

Huzzaz – Create and Discuss Collections of Educational Videos

Huzzaz is a new site (still in private beta although you can request an invitation) for organizing and sharing collections of educational videos. It’s a bit like EduClipper or Pinterest, but it has some unique features that could make it a fantastic discussion tool too. The basic purpose of Huzzaz is to help you create […]

C-SPAN Classroom Releases an Improved Lesson Plan Collection

C-SPAN Classroom offers a lot of excellent resources for U.S. Government and History teachers. In the past I’ve featured their interactive timeline of Supreme Court rulings and their classroom deliberations lessons. C-SPAN Classroom Lesson Plans section has been re-organized and new materials have been added for the new school year. When you log into the […]