The Week in Review – Search, Coding, and Microsoft Forms


Good morning from Maine where the sun is rising and revealing all of the colors of fall. Fall is my favorite time of year to be outside. Playing outside is what I plan to do with my kids today. My oldest daughter has been asking all week for us to make a leaf pile for her to jump into. So that’s the first order of business after breakfast. Wherever you are this weekend, I hope that you have something fun on your schedule. 

This week was a weird one in my classroom. On Tuesday we went back to 100% remote teaching and learning. Then on Friday we learned we’re going back to a hybrid model next week. Flexibility and being prepared for anything is the theme of this fall. Through it all, I keep blogging. 

These were the most popular posts of the week:
1. “Whoa!” – This Is Why We Should Review Search Strategies Every Year
2. Think Like a Coder – The Final Episode!
3. Good Video Lessons About Cyberbullying and Digital Privacy
4. How to Create Your Own Online Board Game
5. How to Use Microsoft Forms for a Classroom Sign-in/ Sign-out Sheet
6. A Similarity Checker in Word – How Did I Miss This?
7. How to Add Shapes and Drawings to Google Docs

Thank you for your support!

  • More than 300 of you have participated in a Practical Ed Tech course or webinar this year. Those registrations help keep Free Technology for Teachers and Practical Ed Tech going. I couldn’t do it without you!
  • Pixton EDU is a great tool for creating comics and storyboards. 
  • Cloud Stop Motion makes it easy to create a stop motion video in your web browser. 

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 nearly 30,000 subscribers watching my short tutorial videos on a wide array of ed tech tools. 
  • I’ve been Tweeting at @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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