The Week In Review – The Most Popular Posts

Good morning from the world headquarters in sunny Woodstock, Maine where the thermometer currently reads -9F. In other words, it is a great morning to snowshoeing with my dogs. (They don’t wear snowshoes). While I’m out snowshoeing my thoughts will surely wander to the next few weeks of conferences at which I will be […]

Customize Your Wikispaces Navigation With Favorites

Wikispaces has long been a favorite tool of mine for students to use to create resource pages and digital portfolios. Over the years Wikispaces has continuously evolved by adding handy little features to their service. One feature that I wasn’t aware of until reading yesterday’s Wikispaces blog post was the option for members of a […]

Lesson Plan – How Expensive Are Payday Loans?

Econ Ed Link is a good source of comprehensive lesson plans for teaching economics lessons. How Expensive Are Payday Loans? is one of the featured lesson plans for use with ninth through twelfth grade students. The lesson is based upon a Federal Trade Commission video explanation of the costs of payday loans. The video in […]

5 TED-Ed Lessons on How the Human Body Works

This morning I visited TED-Ed’s Lesson catalog and saw a new lesson about the pancreas. Seeing that video prompted me to look for other TED-Ed videos about the human body. I came up with four more and put them into a little playlist on YouTube. The five videos cover the pancreas, kidneys, lungs, heart, and […]

How to Search for Old Newspaper Articles in the Google News Archive

When I talk about search strategies in my workshops I stress the importance of getting students to utilize more than just the default search engine. One of the ways to do that is to introduce students to resources like the Google News Newspaper archive. In the Google News Newspaper archive you can search for […]

Develop Science Writing Projects on ProjectWriter

Disclosure: BoomWriter Media is an advertiser on Last month BoomWriter Media released a great new tool called ProjectWriter. ProjectWriter enables you to create writing assignments for students to complete in groups that you organize. Students log into their BoomWriter accounts (you can manage those accounts) and select the ProjectWriter tab to see their groups […]

WeVideo Makes Updates to Their Online Video Editor

For the last couple of years WeVideo has been the alternative to iMovie that I’ve recommended when asked. The biggest selling point of WeVideo is that it operates completely online which makes it a good choice for Chromebook users and folks who don’t have regular access to desktop video editing tools. The downside to WeVideo […]

How to Use Tackk to Create Blogs and Digital Portfolios

Tackk is a free tool for creating blogs, simple webpages, and digital portfolios. It’s flexible and easy to use so I included it in my Best of the Web presentation at the Ohio Educational Technology Conference earlier this month. In the video embedded below I provide a demonstration of how to create a simple digital […]

Now You Can Customize Headers, Footers, and Page Numbers in Google Docs

One of the complaints about Google Docs that I’ve heard for years is that it isn’t easy to apply proper headers, footers, and cover pages to documents. This week Google took steps to change that for Google Apps for Education users. You can now customize the placement of headers and footers in your documents. You […]

Webinar Recording – Storyboards in the Classroom

Last night I hosted a webinar with Aaron Sherman from Storyboard That. During the webinar we took a look at the new features of Storyboard That and how those features can be used in the classroom. Some of the new features include captioning storyboard frames, new graphic organizer layouts, and a slew of new teacher […]