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5 Pieces of Advice for New Teachers

By |June 30, 2022|

Asking questions and making sure to give yourself time off are among the advice veteran and award-winning educators offer for new teachers.

Reading Comprehension Can Predict College Success

By |June 30, 2022|

For a new study, researchers looked at 26 previous studies and a total of 25,090 students and found that differences in reading comprehension could explain 8.4 percent of the variation seen in college grades.

Best Origami Apps for Kids and Students

By |June 30, 2022|

Origami is an ancient Japanese work of art that involves ‘folding paper into decorative shapes and figures’.  Origami is not only about creating beautiful designs but is also about…

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Great Social Emotional Learning Apps to Use with Students and Kids

By |June 30, 2022|

Social emotional learning (SEL), as defined by EQ, is “the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and…

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10 Great Search Engines for History Teachers

By |June 30, 2022|

The purpose of today’s post is to provide history teachers (and history aficionados for that matter) with a collection of useful history search websites to help them search for, locate, and…

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5 Good Visual Note Taking Apps

By |June 30, 2022|

Below is a collection of some great visual noting apps. The apps provide a wide variety of interesting features that will enable you to take your visual note taking experience to the next level. For…

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Good Drawing Apps and Websites for Chromebook

By |June 30, 2022|

Below is a collection of some good drawing websites and tools to use on Chromebook. Students will find them helpful and they can use them to engage in creative activities that involve drawing,…

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3 Awesome Google Docs Lesson Plan Templates for Teachers

By |June 30, 2022|

The new Google Drive Template Galleries for Docs, Sheets, and Slides embeds some really interesting templates to use for a variety of educational purposes.There are templates for creating resumes;…

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Free Lesson Plan Templates for Teachers

By |June 30, 2022|

Lesson planning is an essential part of our work as teachers and educators. It is our private lab where we put to work our knowledge of pedagogy, methodology, and learning to create instructional…

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20 Great STEAM Websites for Young Learners

By |June 30, 2022|

If you are looking for STEAM websites to use with your students in and out of class you are in the right place. Below is a collection of some great websites to start with. For each section I provided…

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Bloom’s Taxonomy Wheel Featuring Educational Web Tools

By |June 30, 2022|

Updated June 30, 2022
Bloom’s Taxonomy is a framework that classifies human cognition into various levels.  Developed in 1956 by Benjamin Bloom and his colleagues, Bloom’s taxonomy consists of 6…

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Best Drawing Websites Teachers and Students

By |June 30, 2022|

The purpose of this post is to share with you this selection featuring some good drawing websites I curated specifically for use with students in or out of class. These educational resources are…

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Ten Good Templates for Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts Activities

By |June 30, 2022|

At the start of this year ReadWriteThink re-released all of their popular interactive templates for creating all kinds of things including poems, story plots, timelines, compare & contrast maps, and much more. If you haven’t looked at ReadWriteThink in a while, take a look at these updated templates that can be used for lessons in language arts, science, and social studies.

ReadWriteThink offers a good interactive guide that can help students craft a good persuasive essay. The Persuasion Map asks students to start with a thesis statement before walking them […]

Automatically Forward Important Google Workspace Email to Secondary Email Address

By |June 30, 2022|

It’s summer (in the northern hemisphere) and for many people reading this blog that means it’s time to cut back on reading work email. Some folks simply turn on a vacation responder for the summer and come back to a pile of email in late August. Others like to occasionally check their email during the summer. And some will selectively forward work email to a personal account so that they only have to look in one inbox for important messages during the summer. 

In this short video I demonstrate how to create a filter […]

Enroll in Tract’s Free Virtual Summer Creator Camp

By |June 30, 2022|

Disclosure: Tract is an advertiser on FreeTech4Teachers.com.

Throughout the school year I published a handful of blog posts and videos about an exciting platform called Tract. Tract is a place where students can learn a wide array of things from other students through a sequence of videos and challenge activities. Some of the things that you’ll find on Tract include lessons on making video games, composing music, and taking better photographs. You’ll also find lots of lessons about things that are “on trend” in the middle school and high school […]

Transforming the Traditional Learning Environment with BookWidgets

By |June 30, 2022|

Disclosure: BookWidgets is an advertiser on FreeTech4Teachers.com

BookWidgets is an online tool that you can use to create interactive activities for your students to use in Google Classroom, in Canvas, in Moodle, in Microsoft Teams, and right on the BookWidgets website. I covered BookWidgets in depth back in October. Throughout the year BookWidgets added more features for teachers and students. Those features and more will be highlighted at an ISTE session titled Transforming the Traditional Learning Environment With BookWidgets.

Transforming the Traditional Learning Environment With BookWidgets will […]

Short Lessons About American Independence Day

By |June 30, 2022|

American Independence Day, the Fourth of July, is one week away. Most of you reading this aren’t in school right now. That said, I can’t help sharing a few video lessons about the Declaration of Independence the celebration of Independence Day. Take a look then bookmark these for your U.S. History lessons in the fall.

History offers the following excerpt from the America: The Story of Us series. The clip is commentary from talking heads like Tom Brokaw and Aaron Sorkin. It could prompt some thought and discussion amongst your students.

TED-Ed has a lesson […]

Climate Kids Helps Kids Learn About Climate Change

By |June 30, 2022|

NASA’s Climate Kids website has many excellent online and offline resources for teaching students about climate change. One of those resources is the Big Questions page. The Big Questions page guides students through the basic concepts and issues related to climate change. Six big questions are featured on the page. Students select a question to discover the answers through the exploration of a series of smaller questions. Each question is addressed with a mix of image, text, and video explanations.

The Climate Kids Big Questions are:

What is climate change?Why is carbon important?What is the […]