Good morning from Maine where the wind is howling and the temperature is rapidly dropping. We had planned to ski today, but the wind and ice has altered our plans. So instead of skiing we’ll putter around the house making sure everything is ready for Santa to visit tonight. I predict some cookie eating and hot cocoa drinking is also in our near future. I hope that you have something equally fun and relaxing to do today. 

There were two developments in my professional life this week. First, I got hired to be a part-time ski instructor at our local ski mountain. I’ve always said that I’d like to teach physical education, this is probably as close as I’ll ever get to that. Second, this week I announced a new online course that I’ll be teaching over the course of four weeks in January. 

These were the week’s most popular posts:
1. How a Generator Works – And Other Short Lessons About Generating Electricity
2. 17 Tools for Collaboratively Creating Mind Maps and Flowcharts
3. How to Collect Pictures Through Google Forms
4. Slideator – Add Your Voice to Almost Any Type of Slideshow
5. How to Clip Sections of Your YouTube Videos
6. Some Thoughts About AI in Education
7. Create Animations from Audio in Adobe Express

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Other Places to Follow Me:The Practical Ed Tech Newsletter comes out every Sunday evening/ Monday morning. It features my favorite tip of the week and the week’s most popular posts from Free Technology for Teachers.My YouTube channel has more than 44,000 subscribers watching my short tutorial videos on a wide array of educational technology tools. I’ve been Tweeting as @rmbyrne for fifteen years. The Free Technology for Teachers Facebook page features new and old posts from this blog throughout the week. If you’re curious about my life outside of education, you can follow me on Strava.This post originally appeared on If you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission. Featured image captured by Richard Byrne.