Monday, June 29, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Teachers: Organize your lesson plans in Evernote.
You can put all your notes, outlines, activities, research, etc in Evernote and have it searchable and accessible from anywhere. That way you can start working on a lesson plan at home then continue working on your computer in your class. You can tag lesson plans with specific topics or subjects to make calling them up the next school year even easier.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Brainstormer is a simple random word generator that is free to use. Simply click the center button and the wheel spins, highlighting three random words that can be used to get you started with writing a story or poem. It is great for helping with writer's block too.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
I post all of my files for students as PDF files so that they can not be edited. Also, everyone can get a free PDF reader, such as Acrobat Reader to view the files so I don’t have to worry about a student not having the software to view the file.
Creating the PDF file is very simple. I create the original file using a word processor or presentation program and then convert it to a PDF file using CutePDF Writer. CutePDF Writer is a free utility that installs onto your computer like a printer. You create your original file and then “print” it. Instead of selecting your printer, you select “CutePDF.” The software will convert the file to PDF form and ask you were you would like to save it. You can also use it to “print” any file, including web pages, to a PDF file. I use this often to save web articles for reading later.
There is also a free application available that allows you to merge multiple PDF files into one PDF file.
Quick PDF tools is a great resource. The software is easy to install and very easy to use and the website has easy to follow instructions. You simply select the PDF files you want to merge in Windows Explorer, right click, select QuickPDF tools, and select merge. You can then order them in the window in the order you want them merged, and then select merge. It is really that easy.
I have used both applications to create PDF files from PowerPoint presentation handouts and then merge those PDF files with downloaded PDF files to create a single file guidebook that I use when teaching Google for Educators.
I love the ability to save any file as a PDF file. I use it to post files to my class website for students to use, as well as to make backup copies of files that I know I will be able to open on any computer, regardless of the operating system or software.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Richard Byrne, a high school History teacher from Maine, also runs a blog about technology for education. His blog, Free Technology for Teachers, is a great resource for any teacher to use.