This Month’s Ten Most Popular Posts on Free Technology for Teachers

The old weather lore of “March coming in like a lion and going out like a lamb” has not held true here in Maine this year. We’re still waiting for the lambs to arrive. What is consistent though is that the school year marches along. Many of you, like my friends at MSAD 17, are […]

Access and Use More Than 20,000 Historical Maps from the New York Public Library

The New York Public Library recently released more than 20,000 historical maps through NYPL Digital Collections. These maps can be downloaded in high resolution to re-use in your own projects. Highlights of the collection includes maps of Mid-Atlantic North America from the 16th through 19th centuries, maps of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and more than 1,000 […]

Learn With Coursera on Your iPad or Android Tablet

Coursera is a great place to find free online open courses for personal and professional learning. Coursera currently has more than 600 courses available through its catalog. Most courses include short video lectures, interactive quizzes, and peer graded assessments. This month Coursera released an updated iPad app and a new Android app. Both apps allow […]

Browse Data Sets and Data Visualizations on is a community site for sharing data visualizations. Anyone can upload their data visualizations to the public gallery. The public gallery is divided into sixteen categories covering topics in health, science, government, economics, and education. Visualizations in the gallery can be downloaded, printed, and or embedded into your blog or website. Some of the […]

Sports and Data Visualizations

The World Series champion Boston Red Sox begin a new season today. Baseball players and their fans are fanatical about statistics. The same is true for many other sports. Tableau Public is currently featuring a graphic listing dozens of places to find sports data online. The list includes data for baseball, football, soccer, basketball, hockey, […]

Ten Seats Left at the Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp

Last summer I hosted the first Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp at Sunday River Resort and Conference Center in beautiful Newry, Maine. The response was great and many people have emailed me this winter asking if I was going to host it again. I am happy to announce that I will be hosting the Practical […]

TwistedWave – Create Audio Recordings and Save Them in Google Drive

TwistedWave is a new audio recording and editing tool that is now included in Next Vista’s list of recommended tools. Through TwistedWave you can create and edit spoken audio recordings from scratch. Your completed tracks can be exported to Google Drive and SoundCloud. If you have existing audio tracks in your SoundCloud or Google Drive […]

Haiku Deck to PowerPoint & PowerPoint to Haiku Deck

Haiku Deck is a fantastic tool for designing slideshow presentations. The best aspect of Haiku Deck is the built-in Creative Commons image search tool. That tool makes it easy to find high resolution images to match the message of each slide in your presentation. Over the last year I’ve had a handful of occasions on […]

Four Sources of Print-on-demand Graph Paper

Every mathematics teacher I know needs graph paper. If you’re a mathematics teacher and find yourself running short on graph paper or you need a graph paper that is different from what your school purchases, try one of these four places for printing graph paper. Incompetech offers more than forty different graph and lined paper templates. […]

Two Activities to Help Students Learn About the Cost of Living

Spent is an online game designed to teach players about the challenges of living on minimum wage (or slightly higher) employment. Players begin by selecting a job which will provide the wages they have to survive on for a month. Then throughout the game players are confronted with challenges that they have to handle by […]