12 Good Tools for Gathering Real-time Feedback from Students

Chatrooms and polling services provide good ways to hear from all of the students in a classroom. These kind of tools allow shy students to ask questions and share comments. For your more outspoken students who want to comment on everything, a feedback mechanism provides a good outlet for them too. This summer I tried […]

The Week in Review – The Most Popular Posts of the Week

Good morning from Maine where the cool air, sweaters on sale, and school buses rumbling down the road indicate that school is back in session in my county. If you started school this week, I hope that it was a great first week of the 2014-2015 school year. Enjoy the weekend! If part of your […]

A Cautionary Reminder About Backchannels

I frequently write about and talk about the benefits of using backchannel tools like TodaysMeet in the classroom. Some of my favorite backchannel tools are featured in this guide. Here’s a cautionary tale from my early days of using backchannels in my classroom. Four years ago I had a short (15-20 minutes) video that showed […]

Two Google Apps Updates You Might Have Missed This Week

This week Google released a couple of updates that many of us have been eagerly waiting on for months. The most significant of those updates is the release of the Google Slides iPad app. The app allows you to create and edit Google Slides presentations on your iPad. The app also supports editing PPT files […]

IXL Math Practice – A Free iPad App for Elementary School Students

IXL Math Practice is a free iPad app from the popular online math practice service, IXL. IXL Math Practice offers hundreds of math practice problems for students in Kindergarten through sixth grade. The practice problems are arranged according to grade level and mathematics skill. To find a set of practice problems students select their grade […]

ABCya’s 100 Number Chart Offers a Fun Math Activity for Kids

From time to time I like to feature offerings from the sponsors of Free Technology for Teachers. ABCya.com is the longest running sponsor of this blog. ABCya’s 100 Number Chart offers a simple online activity for elementary school students. The chart offers “beginner” and “challenge” activities. In both activity levels students have to drag numbers […]

Remind Launches Stamps and Voice Messages

A couple of weeks ago I shared the news that Remind (formerly Remind 101) was planning to launch voice greetings and a feedback option. Those services are now available in the Remind mobile apps. You can now create short audio messages to send to students and their parents. Messages can be up to fifteen seconds […]

Kaizena Adds Tags to Voice Comments for Google Documents

Kaizena is a great add-on for Google Documents and Google Presentations. Kaizena allows you to add voice comments to Google Documents and Presentations that are shared with you. Earlier this month a notification feature was added to Kaizena. Today, Kaizena added a feedback tagging option. Kaizena tags allow you to select a portion of a […]

Students Can Create Study Planners on ExamTime

ExamTime is a neat service that students can use to create flashcards, mind maps, and practice quizzes to help them study. In addition to creating review materials students can create schedules for studying on ExamTime. Through the ExamTime study planner students can create schedules for reviewing study materials for all of their courses. The study planner allows […]

StoryMap JS – Create a Mapped Story to Save in Google Drive

StoryMap JS is a nice tool for creating mapped stories. On StoryMap JS you create slides that are matched to locations on your map. Each slide in your story can include images or videos along with text. As you scroll through your story there are simple transitions between each slide. StoryMap JS integrates with your […]