Good evening from Maine where the sun has set on the last day of January. The first month of the year went much too fast. And 2021 has been just as challenging as 2020 for me. The capper was a phone call from my school’s director a few hours ago to tell me that my room was flooded over the weekend. Tomorrow should be interesting to say the least when I get to go in and assess the damage. Until then I’m going to try to get a good night’s rest after compiling this month’s list of the most popular posts of the month. Writing my weekly and monthly summaries is the most “normal” thing I did in 2020 and so far it’s the most normal thing I can do in 2021. These were the month’s most popular posts:

1. How to Create Your Own Online Board Game
2. How to Create Freehand Drawings in Google Slides
3. Ten Time-savers for G Suite for Education Users
4. Video – How to Annotate Your Screen in Google Meet
5. Overviewer – Turn Your iPhone or iPad Into a Document Camera in Zoom
6. Two Ways to Create Your Own Online Memory Games
7. Seven Apps and Sites to Encourage Healthy Diet and Exercise Habits
8. Boomwriter’s Writing Bee – A Unique Creative Writing Contest for Kids
9. My Favorite Chrome Extensions Right Now – And What They Do
10. Tips to Help Busy Teachers Get and Stay Fit

Professional Development Opportunities 

Through Practical Ed Tech I’m currently offering two on-demand learning opportunities:

Thank you for your support! 

  • More than 300 of you have participated in a Practical Ed Tech course in 2020. Those registrations help keep Free Technology for Teachers and Practical Ed Tech going. I couldn’t do it without you!
  • BoomWriter is hosting a unique creative writing contest for kids. Check it out!
  • Pixton EDU is a great tool for creating comics and storyboards. 

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 week’s most popular posts from Free Technology for Teachers.
  • My YouTube channel has more than 33,000 subscribers watching my short tutorial videos on a wide array of educational technology tools. 
  • I’ve been Tweeting as @rmbyrne for thirteen 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.





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