Rubrics, Mind Maps, and Foliage – The Week in Review

Good morning from Maine where it is a perfect early autumn morning. It’s ideal for going fishing with my loyal dog, Mason. We did that on Thursday afternoon and it was perfect. I’m looking forward to doing that again this weekend. I hope that you also have something fun that you’re looking forward to doing this weekend.

These were the week’s most popular posts:
1. How to Use Rubrics in Google Classroom
2. My Top 5 Google Tools for Social Studies Teachers and Students
3. Ten Free Tools for Creating Mind Maps and Flowcharts – Updated for 2019-20
4. 2019 Fall Foliage Map – And Why Leaves Change Color
5. Glide Now Lets You Publish App Templates
6. One of My Favorite Tools for Quickly Creating Audio Slideshows
7. Ten Sites & Apps to Help Students Learn New Vocabulary Words – Updated for 2019-20

A New On-demand Professional Development Course
Last week I launched a new on-demand version of my popular Getting Going With G Suite course. You can sign-up now and complete it at your pace.

Thank You for Your Support!

  • More than 400 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!