November’s Most Popular Posts on Free Technology for Teachers

Good evening from the Free Technology for Teachers World Headquarters in Woodstock, Maine. It’s the end of the month and as I always do at this time, I’ve put together a list of the most popular posts of the month. This list is based on the number of views each post received on this blog. […]

Polar Bears in Street View, Polar Bear Tracker, and Polar Bear Lesson Plans

Earlier today the Google Maps Blog featured Street View imagery captured by conservation organizations that are studying the effects of climate change on plants and animals. One of those organizations is Polar Bears International. I’ve written about some of PBI’s work in the past and I think that this is a good time to revisit […]

A Guide to Choosing a 3D Printer

3D printers and 3D design software can be powerful tools that allow students to develop and test designs for all kinds of objects from toys to car parts. Selecting and purchasing a 3D printer for your classroom can be a daunting task. Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager offer some good advice about 3D printers in […]

5 Good Health & Fitness Apps for Students

A few years ago my school district received a grant to purchase exercise and sports equipment used in lifelong fitness activities like biking and snowshoeing. Part of the grant also went to developing programs to get people involved in lifelong fitness activities. I was reminded of this today as a new session of fitness classes […]

Learn Chinese with Pleco

This is a guest post from Jennifer Carey (@TeacherJenCarey) of EdTechTeacher, an advertiser on this site. In the last few years, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese) has become a prominent language in American Classrooms. As learning Chinese requires not only learning the spoken word, but learning a new text and character system, touch screen tools have become […]

The Week in Review – The Most Popular Posts

Max is worn out by Thanksgiving. Good evening from Orange, Connecticut where I’m spending time with family friends after Thanksgiving. If you celebrated Thanksgiving this week, I hope that it was fun and restful time for you. Here are this week’s most popular posts: 1. 3 Good Tools for Creating Rubrics 2. 11 TED-Ed Videos […]

An Overlooked YouTube Feature

YouTube contains many useful features that are frequently overlooked. One of those features is using your YouTube channel to store videos even if you don’t make them public. Another overlooked aspect of YouTube is that it can serve as a file conversion tool for some video formats. When you upload videos to YouTube you don’t […]

Winter Around the World – A Collaborative Student Project

As we head into winter in the northern hemisphere, Shannon Miller has a launched a global, collaborative project for students. Winter Around the World is an effort to collect stories, pictures, poems, and songs about winter. The submissions will be organized into a Google Slides presentation and then assembled into an ebook. The project is […]

A Fun App for Learning to Identify Plants and Animals

Earlier this week I shared a couple of apps designed to help you get your students involved in learning about nature by going outside and documenting their observations. It’s not always practical to get outside. Your geography will also limit the number of plants and animals students can see on a walking tour of your […]

25 Guides to Teaching U.S. History

Disclosure: Storyboard That is an advertiser on Over the last couple of years Storyboard That has been steadily expanding their product offerings and their free teacher guides. The teacher guides have been developed by classroom teachers using the Storyboard That services. The latest set of Storyboard That teacher guides are about U.S. History. A […]