Pros and Cons of Emailing School Announcements

On Tuesday I evaluated the pros and cons of using social media for school announcements. Yesterday, I did the same for text messaging school announcements. Today, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of using good old fashioned email for distributing school and classroom announcements. Pros of using email for school announcements: There […]

Turn Your Mind Maps Into Presentations With LucidChart’s New Presentation Mode

Lucidchart is a good tool for creating flowcharts, mind maps, and graphic organizers. I’ve been recommending it for a couple of years because it can be added to Google Apps for Education accounts at no cost. This week LucidChart introduced a new presentation mode that enables you to turn your diagrams into slide presentations. When […]

Explore History Through Project Writer

Disclosure: BoomWriter is an advertiser on When BoomWriter started out it was simple platform for collaboratively creating fiction stories. Over the last couple of years it has steadily grown by adding WordWriter and ProjectWriter into the mix. WordWriter is a BoomWriter service through which students practice using vocabulary words in context. ProjectWriter is a […]

Pros and Cons of Using Text Messages for School Announcements

Yesterday, I published a post about the pros and cons of using social media for distributing school announcements. Today, let’s take a look at the pros and cons for using text message services to distribute class and school announcements. The services you might use for sending messages: For this post I’m going to include not […]

Password Alert – A Chrome Extension to Protect Your Google Account

Password Alert is a new Chrome extension that Google released less than an hour ago. The purposes of Password Alert is to alert you to phishing sites and to encourage you not use the same password on multiple services. Password Alert tries to accomplish its goals in two ways. First, Password Alert will show you […]

What is Hotlinking? – Why You and Your Students Should Avoid It

This morning Alice Keeler, Sue Waters, myself, and a few others had a nice Twitter conversation about sharing images online. In that conversation Sue indirectly brought up the topic of hotlinking. When I teach courses on classroom blogging I always talk about how to correctly use images in blog posts. One of the things that […]

Commenting on Dropbox & Box Files – Alternatives to Google Drive

It is not a secret that I love Google Drive and use it for nearly everything that I do in my professional life. I know that not everyone loves Google Drive the way that I do therefore I also have Dropbox and Box accounts that I use for sharing files. Dropbox recently added a new […]

Social Studies Teachers, This Course is for You

History teachers come learn with me, Richard Byrne, and Ken Halla of US and World History Teachers’ Blogs. In Teaching History With Technology we take you through the process of developing engaging, web-based history lesson plans. This course features three interactive online meetings along with a discussion forum in which you can further interact with me, […]

SoundCloud Is Making It Easier for Anyone to Publish a Podcast

SoundCloud is one of the audio recording tools that I have been recommending for years. I’ve always liked the ease with which you can record, save, and share audio through the service. The option to insert text comments into SoundCloud tracks has been an appeal of the service too. Today, SoundCloud added a new feature […]

New Animation Options Added to Google Slides

When I started using it with students Google Slides was a very basic slideshow creation tool. Over the years it has evolved and new features have been added. In fact, at one point there wasn’t an option for building-in transitions or animations. When those were added they were still rather basic. The latest update to […]