Free Technology for Teachers: Bugs, Brass and Gardens

Good morning from Maine where the sun is shining as I sip my second cup of coffee of the day. Yes, at 5:07 I drink my second cup. That’s what happens when you have small children and a puppy. As for the puppies, ours is our first meeting with the trainer this morning. We are all excited about it. I hope you have something fun and interesting to do this weekend.

The only thing I’m not looking forward to this weekend is the swarms of black flies I’ll encounter when I’m standing on my bike mowing the lawn. In Maine, May is defined by the transition from cold and wet days to warm days filled with swarms of biting black flies (mosquitoes).

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1. 71 Google Slides Tutorials for Teachers and Students

2. A fun augmented reality app for spelling practice

3. Science of horticulture

4. How sound is created by wind instruments

5. Here’s how to merge images in Google Slides

6. Three ViewPure alternatives for distraction-free YouTube viewing

7. Seven Simple Steps to Creating Videos in Your Classroom

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