The Economics of Seinfeld – Lessons Based on Seinfeld Clips

The Economics of Seinfeld – Lessons Based on Seinfeld Clips

The Economics of Seinfeld is a neat concept for teaching economics lessons developed by economics professors from Eastern Illinois University and Baker University. The Economics of Seinfeld is a catalog of clips (sometimes entire episodes) from the hit sitcom Seinfeld that demonstrate various economics concepts. There are seven pages of clips that you can browse through. Alternatively, and more practically,…
Turn Your Spreadsheets Into Stories With Storyline JS

Turn Your Spreadsheets Into Stories With Storyline JS

In yesterday's Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week I featured the storytelling tools produced by Knight Lab at Northwestern University. One of those tools is called Storyline JS. Storyline JS lets you create an interactive, annotated line chart. The purpose of Storyline JS is to enable you to add detailed annotations to the data…
Slides, Forms, and Novels – The Week in Review

Slides, Forms, and Novels – The Week in Review

Good morning from Maine where this morning it actually feels like spring! It's a nice contrast to the snowy mornings that we had twice this week. I'm hoping that the weather stays nice through the weekend because we have a couple of fun outdoor activities planned including a Tinkergarten class tomorrow. Speaking of outdoor activities,…
Dimensions – An Academic Research Engine

Dimensions – An Academic Research Engine

When it comes to searching for research studies and other academic articles many people turn to Google Scholar. But as your friendly librarian will tell you, there are still other databases that you should try. Dimensions is one such example of that. Dimensions is a search engine focused on helping users discover research publications including…
Publishing an Example of Copyright Infringement

Publishing an Example of Copyright Infringement

Update: after filing a DMCA takedown notice, this copyright infringement issue was resolved. Thanks to a friendly reader, I was tipped-off to the latest case of an educational technology "expert" committing an egregious copyright violation. It has been a few months since a good example like this has come across my desk. In this latest…
Enable These Google Forms Settings to Save Time When Making Quizzes

Enable These Google Forms Settings to Save Time When Making Quizzes

Making quizzes and giving quizzes is a common use of Google Forms. If you have ever built a quiz and given it to your students only to notice after the fact that you forgot to assign a point value to a question, then you need to watch my video about setting Forms preferences. If you've…
A Fun App That Helps Kids Learn How Animals Adapt to Their Environments

A Fun App That Helps Kids Learn How Animals Adapt to Their Environments

As the weather warms students start asking, "can we have class outside today?" If you're an elementary school teacher who has heard this recently and you're ready to get your kids outside for a lesson, take a look at Plum's Creaturizer. Plum's Creaturizer from PBS Kids is a free iOS and Android app that lets students create fun…
How to Install and Manage Chrome Extensions

How to Install and Manage Chrome Extensions

From time-to-time the icons in my Chrome browser prompt questions from viewers of my YouTube videos. Usually, the questions are about which extensions I'm using. Today, I was sent this question: Do you ever worry that by having so many extensions installed you have more risk for security breaches? My answer was that I do…
A Replacement for the Deprecated “Announcements” Element in Google Sites

A Replacement for the Deprecated “Announcements” Element in Google Sites

Google's replacement of the classic version of Google Sites with a new version has left some people wishing that Google had left Sites well enough alone. The new version doesn't, yet, have all of the features of the classic version and it may never get all of them. For example, the "announcements" feature of the…
Watch Live – Bison Calves in Yellowstone

Watch Live – Bison Calves in Yellowstone

A few minutes ago I was browsing Facebook when I noticed that the Yellowstone National Park page was livestreaming images of bison and their new calves. You can view the stream here right now. If you're not able to view the stream because of restrictions on your school filters or you want more information about…

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