PhET, Grasshoppers, and AR Creatures – The Week in Review

Good morning from Maine where spring is in the air. Lately, we’ve had some rainy days mixed with wonderfully warm and sunny days. That’s a winning combination to make the flowers grow start to sprout in our gardens. It’s also great for getting outside to walk, run, bike or just enjoy not having to wear a parka. Wherever you are this weekend, I hope that the weather lets you get outside for fun too. And if the weather isn’t great, take some time to catch up on this week’s top stories on Free Technology for Teachers.

Here are this week’s most popular posts:
1. PhET PowerPoint Add-in – Add Science & Math Simulations to Slides
2. A Fun App That Helps Kids Learn How Animals Adapt to Their Environments
3. 5 PowerPoint Features Often Overlooked by Students and Teachers
4. How to Use Flipgrid – A Guide for Getting Started
5. Grasshopper – Learn to Code on Your Phone
6. WikiWhere – A Challenging Map Game
7. How to Convert Old Google Sites to New Google Sites

Online PD Opportunities

On May 7th I’m launching a self-paced course about classroom video projects. This is in addition to all of the other on-demand webinars and self-paced courses currently available on

For the rest of the month, group packages for my G Suite for Teachers online course are on sale. If you have five or more teachers register from your school, you get 40% off. Have more than 15 and you can get an even better deal.

Book Me for Your Conference

I’ve given keynotes at conferences from Australia to Alaska for groups of all sizes from 50 to 2,000+. My keynotes focus on providing teachers and school administrators with practical ways to use technology to create better learning experiences for all students. I like to shine the light on others and so I often share examples of great work done by others as well as my own. Click here to book me today.

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