Wednesday, December 21, 2016

My Top 20 EdTech Posts of 2016

It was just one year ago that I launched the Control Alt Achieve blog. I have been involved in educational technology for over 20 years, and have had various websites, blogs, and podcasts over that time, but decided I needed to try something new.

So last December I started up Control Alt Achieve as a one-stop-shop for all of my resources, activities, help guides, training videos, and more.

And it has been a great first year!

During 2016 I shared 106 posts (not counting this one) and the site received a little over 1.3 million visits. However the most important statistic was the number of people who contacted me via email or Twitter or in the comments to share their awesome ideas, or to let me know how they used one of my resources in their class, or to share pictures of their students engaged in an activity I had posted.

Your comments and feedback mean so much! Over the years I have transitioned from being a classroom teacher to a tech integrationist at a district level to a tech integrationist at a regional level. It is so great to see that even though I am no longer in the classroom myself, the resources I share can still impact real students, helping them create, collaborate, write, learn, and explore.

Below are the top 20 posts from this year, based on the number of page views each received. I would encourage you to look through the list to see if there are some you missed the first time around, and consider sharing these resources with other educators you know who would benefit from them.

Finally there is a very short optional, anonymous feedback form at the bottom. Please feel free to provide some feedback to help me make 2017 even better!

The 2016 Countdown

#20 - 20 Instant Google Searches your Students Need to Know

#19 - 5 Fantastic Word Cloud Tools for Chromebooks

#18 - Improve Reading Comprehension with Google Docs "Black Out"

#17 - 10 Terrific Tools for Teachers

#16 - Googlink: Using Google Drawings like a Thinglink

#15 - Jeopardy Game Templates for Google Slides

#14 - 9 Awesome Add-ons for Google Forms

#13 - 3 Google Updates Announced at Education On Air 2016

#12 - Emoji Writing Prompt Generator with Google Sheets
(Bonus: See the non-emoji version here - Random Writing Prompt Generator with Google Sheets)

#11 - 11 Ways to Teach Math with Google Drawings

#10 - Skill Checklists for Google Certified Educator Level 1 and 2

#9 - Build a Snowman with Google Slides
(Bonus: For more wintertime fun see - Wintertime Magnetic Poetry with Google Drawings)

#8 - 20 Chrome Extensions, Web Apps, and Add-ons for Math

#7 - Improving Reading Skills with YouTube Closed Captions

#6 - Interactive Checklists in Google Docs

#5 - New Google Forms Quiz Feature vs Flubaroo

#4 - Alternatives for the Clearly Chrome extension
(Bonus: See the follow-up - 10 Alternatives for the Readability Extension)

#3 - How to Insert Text Boxes in Google Docs

#2 - The Totally New Google Sites
(Bonus: See the follow-up - The All New Google Sites for Schools - Video Tutorial)

#1 - 21 Chrome Extensions for Struggling Students and Special Needs

Feedback Form

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  1. Cheers, Eric : ) Have found your blog an invaluable resource. The G-Suite train seems to gather yet more momentum. Been using Drive and Classroom since they launched but feel like there is still so much more to learn and to implement. Exciting times. Keep up the awesome work and have a great 2017!

    1. Thanks so much Luke! Excited to keep learning along with you!

  2. Congrats!! I have followed you for years...before my job now...back when I was a tech coordinator and coach in a small district in Illinois. I love everything you do and love sharing your ideas with others. Please keep them coming!

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