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Daddy, What Are Hiccups?

My youngest daughter had hiccups twice this week. On Friday morning she asked, “what are hiccups?” Fortunately, I knew the answer. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a great way of explaining involuntary muscle contractions to a...

It’s Maple Syrup Time, Yay!

Here in Maine we’re starting to notice that the days are getting a little longer and the sun is a little higher in the sky during the day. That means, as a few of my friends pointed out on social media this week, it’s time to st...

Build a Solar Oven – Hands-on Science Project

This week SciShow Kids released a new video about a favorite hands-on science project, building a solar oven. As you might expect, the video explains the science of using solar energy and explains the basics of how to build a solar oven. Ho...

How to Record a Video in Gmail

Sometimes it is easier to reply to an email with a video than it is to write out a reply. For example, when a colleague asks me for help with Google Classroom I could write step-by-step directions or I could record a short screencast that w...

Why Do We Use Filler Words? – And a Tool to Help You Eliminate Them in Presentations

TED-Ed recently published a new video that addresses the question of why we say “like” and other filler words in our conversations. The video is full of interesting pieces of information about why we use filler words and how the...

Kahoot Acquired Whiteboard.fi – What Could That Mean for You?

Last spring I got quite excited about a new online whiteboard tool called Whiteboard.fi. A lot of other people did, too. This blog post that I wrote about Whiteboard.fi had more than 100,000 hits! The success of Whiteboard.fi didn’t g...

How to Install Microsoft Edge Add-ons

In this week’s Practical Ed Tech Newsletter I outlined the things that I look for when I am considering installing a new browser extension or add-on. At the end of the newsletter I included directions… Read the whole entry at Fr...

How to Make Sure Students Aren’t Unsupervised in Google Meet Video Calls

Google Workspace for Education users finally have a way to make sure that students aren’t hanging out in a Google Meet without a teacher. Yesterday afternoon Google announced that teachers can now end… Read the whole entry at Fr...

A Tour of Google Arts and Culture for Teachers

Last week Google introduced Learn With Google Arts and Culture. Learn With Google Arts and Culture is a collection of lesson plans, Street View imagery, and virtual tours based around the content… Read the whole entry at FreeTech4Teac...

How to Install Firefox Add-ons

In this week’s Practical Ed Tech Newsletter I outlined the things that I look for when I am considering installing a new browser extension or add-on. At the end of the newsletter I included directions… Read the whole entry at Fr...

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