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Where on Google Earth is Carmen Sandiego?

Where on Google Earth is Carmen Sandiego?

Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? The world of educational video games was minuscule in the mid-80s, but that didn’t stop us from spending hours trying to not die of dysentery on the Oregon Trail. Then came Carmen Sandiego to make learning geography fun. At a time when film strip projectors were considered essential… Read more

TED Talks for Teachers – Volume 7

TED Talks for Teachers – Volume 7

My seventh annual collection of TED Talks for teachers has something for every educator: from using hip-hop to explain biology to the myth of average. These five talks will inform, inspire, and perhaps challenge your thinking. How Hip-Hop Helps Us Understand Science Danielle N. Lee This incredibly entertaining talk appeals to both the science teacher… Read more

Top EdTech Picks of 2019

Top EdTech Picks of 2019

Here’s a look back at my top #EdTech picks of 2019: Netflix and Instagram Templates, PD on the Potty, Create Your Own Google Expeditions, and How to Make Google Docs Templates. Netflix Template – Engage Your Students in Any Subject Area Students create fully interactive preview/info pages for a Netflix series. This fully customizable template… Read more

Hour of Code 2019

Hour of Code 2019

Get ready for Hour of Code 2019! This year ‘s Hour of Code will officially take place during Computer Science Education Week, December 9-15, 2019, although you can host an Hour of Code at any time of year. More Than 400 Hour of Code Activities While this page doesn’t provide links to every Hour of… Read more

7 Essential iPad Text-Editing Gestures

7 Essential iPad Text-Editing Gestures

iPad Gestures As a daily iPad user, I’m amazed at how frequently I discover shortcuts and gestures the I didn’t know about previously. Text-editing gestures can be a real time-saver when working on an iPad. Some of the text-editing gestures below have been around for a while, while others are new to iPadOS. Undo and… Read more

EdTech Graveyard

EdTech Graveyard

Alternatives to EdTech Tools That Have Kicked the Bucket The rapidly changing world of EdTech has seen a lot of great resources come and go. Many great ideas just couldn’t find a profit model to sustain them, or simply faded away. Inspired by a trip to the Flavor Graveyard at Ben & Jerry’s, I’m finally… Read more

Create a QR Code for Any Site with One Click

Create a QR Code for Any Site with One Click

The QR Code Extension QR codes are one of the most convenient ways to share a link with students who are using tablets or phones. The next time you’re on a site that you would like to share, use this one-click solution. Simply add “The QR Code Extension” to Google Chrome Visit any site. Click… Read more

Automatically Translate Vocabulary Lists into Any Language

Automatically Translate Vocabulary Lists into Any Language

Translate Any List of Words Instantly in Google Sheets More than a great tool for foreign language teachers, it’s a must-have resource for nearly all educators, especially since most of us teach ELL, ESL, ESOL students. Enter words in one column and use a simple formula to translate them to a different language in another… Read more

Back to School iPad Activities

Back to School iPad Activities

Nothing is more important than building strong relationships during the first days of school. When you’re ready to break out the iPads, consider these two awesome activities to help students learn more about each other. All About Me Apple has created a fun activity to help students learn more about each other. It’s available on… Read more

View the Edit History of a Cell in Google Sheets

View the Edit History of a Cell in Google Sheets

Whether multiple students are adding data to a class spreadsheet or I’m sharing a sheet with colleagues, real-time collaboration is my favorite feature in Google Sheets. Unfortunately, it’s easy for collaborators to make changes to the wrong cells. Now it’s easier than ever to view the edit history of a cell in Google Sheets. While… Read more