Assessment

Getting Started with Pear Deck for Google Slides

Learn everything you need to get started making interactive presentations using Pear Deck for Google Slides in under seven minutes. Pear Deck is a...

Assistive Technology

Digital Accessibility Resources to Empower All Learners

Technology is most powerful when it empowers everyone. Apple.com One of the first times I heard George Couros speak he said, “Technology is not...

Communication

Rephrase Sentences With Wordtune

Rephrase Sentences with Just a Few Clicks

Rephrase Sentences the Easy Way Need to rephrase sentences? Just copy and paste or type your sentence into Wordtune’s editor, and let artificial intelligence do...

Content Creation

TikTok Template - Google Slides

TikTok Template for the Classroom – Perfect for Any Subject Area

TikTok Template Students can now make a TikTok profile for historical figures, book characters, landforms, math functions, and more just by replacing the placeholder...

  • Fake Text Animations
    May 5, 2022

    How to Create Fake Text Animations

    What if fictional characters, historical figures, or even cell organelles could send text messages?  Now they can. It’s quick, easy, and no accounts are...

  • How to Graph with Excel for Mac
    April 21, 2022

    How to Graph With Excel for Mac

    Follow these step-by-step screencasts to learn how to graph with excel. Designed as a how-to for high school students, this video series covers how...

  • QR Code Maker
    March 24, 2022

    My Favorite QR Code Maker

    Not Your Average QR Code Maker I’ve previously featured a number of QR code makers, but QR Code Chimp stands out as my new...

Distance Learning

Virtual Waiting Room Slide Templates

Virtual Waiting Room Slides If you’re hosting virtual meetings or classes, chances are you spend a fair amount of time waiting for people to...

Featured App

Timeline App

Not Your Average Timeline App – Timeline 3D

Timeline 3D iPad App The average timeline maker looks like it still belongs on the internet of 1999. Timeline 3D is not your average...

Flipped Classroom & Blended Learning

Best Free Screen Recorder for Teachers

The Best Free Screen Recorder for Teachers and Students

Loom Loom is the best choice for teachers and students looking for a free screen recorder. They generously offer many of their paid features...

Gadgets

Learning-Design-and-Technology-2020-Holiday-Gift-Guide

Learning Design & Technology Holiday Gift Guide

I was just starting to think about my annual Tech/STEM toys of the year when my friend and mentor, Dr. Marshall Jones, shared his...

  • Top Tech Toys of 2019
    November 24, 2019

    The Top Tech Toys of 2019

    Nick’s Picks for Tech Toys So many of my previous picks for educational toys remain among my top choices (now at lower prices), but...

  • November 25, 2018

    Nick’s Picks for Educational Toys 2018

    Top Educational Toys Under $50 Here are my top 10 picks for STEM/educational toys under $50 for 2018. I opted for only 10 picks...

  • STEM Toys Under $25
    December 3, 2017

    The Best STEM Toys Under $25 – 2017

    The Best STEM Toys Under $25 – 2017 Nick’s Picks for Educational Toys 2017 There are so many great choices for STEM toys under...

General

EdTech Graveyard 2022

5 New Additions to the EdTech Graveyard

#EdTechGraveyard This year the EdTech Graveyard honors the memory of 5 more tools that have passed on. Since 2019 the EdTech Graveyard has served...

  • Beginners Guide to Apple Pencil
    August 29, 2022

    The Complete Beginners Guide to Apple Pencil

    Learn everything you need to get started with your Apple Pencil in under eight minutes. From drawing perfect shapes to converting handwriting to text,...

  • Star Wars Day Ideas
    April 28, 2022

    Star Wars Day Ideas for the Classroom

    May the Fourth Be With You Engage your students this Star Wars Day by incorporating some Star Wars Day ideas into your classroom. Check...

  • Wordle for Math - Oodle (TW)
    February 17, 2022

    Oodle – It’s Wordle for Math

    Ooodle puts a math spin on the popular word game Wordle. Instead of guessing a daily 5-letter word, players are presented with a daily...

Learning Apps Gone Free

Learning Apps Gone Free July 31 2017

Learning Apps Gone Free – July 31, 2017

Paid Learning Apps Gone Free July 31, 2017 Learning Apps Gone Free Today’s learning apps gone free feature tools for stargazing, photo editing, and...

Management

Everything You Need to Implement a Classroom Economy

Not Your Typical Classroom Economy I heard an NPR interview with Rafe Esquith where he was sharing his strategies for teaching fifth-grade students about...

Presentation Resources

Ignite Student Voice with Flipgrid

Ignite Student Voice with Flipgrid

Ignite Student Voice with Flipgrid Free Access to Flipgrid Classroom Get FREE access to Flipgrid Classroom through September 30, 2017 with promo code NICKLAFAVE....

Reading Roundup #TeachDifferent

Halloween STEM Activities

100 Free Halloween STEM Activities

100 Free Halloween STEM Activities I’m a big believer in leveraging student interests for instructional engagement rather than fighting against their excitement (check out...

Review & Study

Let Students Create Your Next Review Game in Gimkit with KitCollab

One of my favorite review game platforms just added a great new collaborative feature. Teachers can now let their students collaboratively create questions for...

Sharing Content

Share Google Docs

The Easiest Way to Share Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, or Drawings

Four Ways to Share Google Docs Sir Links-a-Lot is a must-have Google Chrome extension that provides four quick options to share Google Docs, Sheets,...

Social Media

#mathematicalsongs

#MathematicalSongs

#MathematicalSongs Look what showed up in “Trends for you” on Twitter this morning! I collected a few of my favorite #mathematicalsongs. If your school...

Student Response Systems

Online Buzzers for Classroom Games

Simple Online Buzzers for Classroom Games

Early in my career, the technology for my review games consisted of flyswatters: Each team was given a flyswatter, and an opponent from those...

Video Tools

Take Time-Stamped Notes While Watching YouTube Videos

Take Time-Stamped Notes While Watching YouTube Videos

I frequently take notes when watching videos but often find it difficult to go back to the point in a video to which a...