Category: Tech Tips

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A Big Thank You to My Students from Last Year!

I just finished my presentation at Vermont Fest and it seemed to go very well. I owe a great deal of gratitude to my students from last year -it was their work that made the presentation effective. Below is the presentation I gave with some student videos embedded…

Re-Thinking the Flipped Classroom

Some Common Concerns Doesn’t the ‘Flipped’ model rest on the assumption that homework will be given?  What if I don’t believe in giving homework? What about the digital divide?  How can students without internet watch these videos? Is this really anything new?  Haven’t teachers been doing this for years? Is this really realistic for an…


Vermont Fest 2012 – The Flipped Classroom

“To flip or not to flip.  That is the question.” Agenda Who am I? Quick Poll Funny Hook What is a Flipped Classroom Re-thinking the Flipped Classroom – Pro/Con Discussion The Tools You’ll Need Quick Poll – What are you taking away from this presentation? Who am I Matt Henchen Full-Time Social Studies/Civics Teacher at…


Vermont Fest 2012 – iBooks Author Presentation

Post-Presentation ‘Exit Card’ Responses Thanks for participating.  Check out some of the great ways fellow Vermont educators plan on using iBooks Author… Description “Apple’s announcement of the new iBooks Author publishing software introduced a new realm of possibilities for students and educators.  Now anybody can easily create and publish a fully interactive digital textbook that…


A New Skype Network Just for Teachers!

Teachers already use Skype to connect with other classrooms around the globe, bring in guest speakers without asking them to travel, and take virtual field trips. Now, Skype is making it easier for them to do so. The company launched Skype in the Classroom, a dedicated teacher network, on Tuesday. Using the platform, teachers can…


How to Find Copyright Free Images

Great Overview of Copyright Law and Fair Use


The Best Free Screencasting Tool for Teachers

Interested in ‘flipping’ your classroom or creating a quick and easy how-to tutorial?  If so, then Screencast-o-matic is the right tool for you!  Click ‘Read More’ to watch a quick tutorial on how you can use Screencast-O-Matic to record your computer’s screen, audio, and even your webcam.  Screencast-o-matic is easy to use, functional, and free. …


How to Download Videos from Youtube

How to Download Videos from Youtube and other web hosts… You can use the Firefox Add-on – DownloadHelper 1) Open Firefox and click ‘Tools’ 2) Click ‘Add-Ons’ then click ‘Get Add-ons’. In the search box, type ‘downloadhelper’ (all one word), then hit ‘Enter’…


Yo! Educational Rap

Click here to find some great educational rap songs. Sample Clip

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How to Use Google Forms for Peer Assessment

Learn how to replicate a rubirc on Google Forms, save it as a Google Template, and use it over and over again for peer assessment.  The beauty of this set-up is the rich data that the student being assessed automatically receives after the particular performance….