The Week in Review – Icebreakers, Cool Cats, and Pictures

Good morning from Maine where it is a beautiful start to Labor Day weekend. We have family visiting for the weekend so I’m going to quickly write this week’s week-in-review before they everyone wakes up.

This week I had the privilege to work with teachers in Saint John’s High School in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. We worked through a progression of learning experiences that I chose based on their needs and wants. If you’d like to have me do the same at your school, please get in touch.

These were the week’s most popular posts:
1. A Couple of Good Places to Find Icebreaker Activities
2. 5 Google Drive Tips You Might Have Overlooked or Forgotten
3. These Cool Cats Will Teach You About Phrasal Verbs
4. How to Embed Google Docs Into Your Blog Posts
5. Ten Tools for Telling Stories With Pictures – Updated for 2019-20
6. Four Good Places to Find Audio Files for Multimedia Projects
7. Camera and Locomotive – A Mapped Story About the Transcontinental Railroad

A New On-demand Professional Development Course
This week I hosted the fourth Practical Ed Tech webinar of the month. I won’t be hosting any more live webinars until the end of September. But I will have a new on-demand course available next week.

Thank You for Your Support!

  • More than 375 of you have participated in a Practical Ed Tech webinar this year. Thank you!
  • Pixton is a fantastic tool for students to use to create digital stories. Get started by using their free “Truth or Lie” lesson plan. 
  • PrepFactory offers free, personalized SAT and ACT prep. 
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County has been supporting this blog for many years.
Other Places to Follow My Work
Besides and the daily email digest, there are other ways to keep up with what I’m publishing. 
  • Practical Ed Tech Newsletter – This comes out once per week (Sunday night/ Monday morning) and includes my tip of the week and a summary of the week’s most popular posts from
  • My YouTube Channel – More than 15,000 are subscribed to my YouTube channel for my regular series of tutorial videos including more than 300 Google tools tutorials. 
  • Facebook – The Facebook page has nearly 450,000 followers. 
  • Twitter – I’ve been Tweeting away for the last twelve years at
  • Instagram – this is mostly pictures of my kids, my dogs, my bikes, my skis, and fly fishing. 

Thank You Readers for 14 Amazing Years!