April 15, 2014

Richard Byrne

About Richard Byrne

Richard Byrne (richardbyrne@freetech4teachers.com), a high school social studies teacher, writes the award-winning blog “Free Technology for Teachers."

Cool Ways to Use Google to Inspire Your Students to Create Dynamic Worlds

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Here are some practical applications of how teachers and librarians can use Google’s Maps and Street View to create lesson plans and assignments on virtual tours of the streets of Paris, or map out some Civil War battles.

Cool Tools for Featuring Student Book Reviews

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There’s nothing like a book recommendation from a friend. Encourage students to share their opinions by creating a student-driven book review site. Richard Byrne shows you how in the accompanying screencasts.

Animation Made Easy: The best tools for student projects, from stop motion to GIFs

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With accessible tools, you and your students can create your own simple animations to convey powerful ideas. Screencast tutorials will have you up and running with the latest “Cool Tools” from Richard Byrne, SLJ columnist and blogger at “Free Technology for Teachers.”

Resources for Curating Video Collections and Creating Custom Courses

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A good video can be a powerful tool for helping students understand new concepts. The challenge isn’t locating quality instructional clips—but rather organizing your selections. Making playlists in YouTube is one strategy, but there are better options. Try these tools for organizing and creating video courses.

Teach Kids how to Code, Make Apps and 3-D Models With These Tools

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The best applications for teaching basic programming skills—no geek cred required to use them successfully in your classroom or library. Other apps enable kids to build 3-D models, which they can print, too.

From Scavenger Hunts to Photo Sharing, Fun Apps to Calm the Back-to-School Jitters

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Early in the school year is a good time to help kids get into the swing of things and get to know one another and these apps can help.

Summer Project? Six Tools to Upgrade Your School Website

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School’s out—and time to enjoy some serious lounging. Summer is also a time to consider your Web presence. If your website could use an upgrade, consider these tools to give it a boost for back-to-school—and save you time this fall.

Blogging for Reluctant Writers: Have students share their ideas using sound and video

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Here Richard Byrne covers sound and video applications that enable students to blog—without writing, from SoundCloud and Animoto to a new audio slideshow tool called Narrable.

The Best PowerPoint Alternatives for Creating Great Presentations

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We’ve all endured “death by PowerPoint.” It’s a painful experience for the audience and probably not all that fun for the presenter either. To help students deliver effective presentations—free of those deadly bullet points—SLJ columnist Richard Byrne cites his go-to applications.

Getting Kids Engaged with Primary Sources | Cool Tools

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Primary resources can help bring history to life for students. Make the most of first-hand accounts and other primary source content with tools such as the National Archives’ Digital Vaults, video tour included.