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Free Technology for Teachers: Blogs, Books, and Icebreakers

Hello from Maine where we hope the forecast rain showers provide a respite from the high heat and humidity we have experienced all week. How wet was it? On Wednesday, I leaned my bike against the house as I ran to get a bottle of water. When I returned there was condensation on my saddle and handlebars.

This week I hosted a webinar on search strategies for a group of libraries in Kansas. They asked good questions and two hours passed. This week I also worked on updates to The Ed Tech Handbook. This will be posted tomorrow to anyone who subscribes to my handy Ed Tech newsletter.

I hope all of you who started school this week have had a good first few days of the new school year. Those of you who still have a few weeks of summer vacation, take advantage!

Here are the most popular articles of the week:

1. Where I would like to go – An Icebreaker with Google Drawings

2. Great resources of book creators to start the new school year

3. Nimbus screenshot – Scrolling annotated screenshots

4.15 new primary source activities from DocsTeach

5. Ideas for blogging with K-12 students this year

6. A new Google Forms feature requested by teachers for years!
7. Add Google’s Ngram Viewer to your list of search tools

Professional development on demand


  • Every year I publish a new version of the Ed Tech Handbook. The 2021-22 version will be available tomorrow! It will be sent to those who subscribe to my Practical Ed Tech newsletter before it becomes available elsewhere. If you are not a subscriber, you can register here.
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 most popular articles of the week from Free Technology for Teachers.
  • My YouTube channel has over 37,000 subscribers who watch my short tutorial videos on a wide range of educational technology tools.
  • I tweeted as @rmbyrne for fourteen years.
  • The Free Technology for Teachers Facebook page features new and old posts from this blog throughout the week.
  • And if you’re curious about my life outside of education, you can follow me on Instagram or Strava.

This post originally appeared on If you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission. Sites that steal my work (from Richard Byrne) include CloudComputin and WayBetterSite. Featured image captured by Richard Byrne.



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