Ed Tech Ideas

Tech Integration for Busy Teachers


Keith Ferrell is a Technology Integration Specialist at Singapore American School.  He has been a classroom teacher since 1996 and has taught everything from grade two through twelve. As a classroom teacher he has always integrated technology into the curriculum even back when he only had one Apple IIe in his classroom of 34 fourth graders.

kferrell2Keith has taught internationally since 2001 and has served as a Technology Coordinator; Integration Specialist; Classroom Teacher; Softball, Basketball and Soccer Coach;  has served on numerous committees, led workshops and staff development seminars, and has held many leadership roles.

This blog was created partly as a personal reflection of things that went well and things that can be learned from during Keith’s daily lessons; and also as a resource portal for teachers from around the world.


disclaimerHaving no false assumptions, I am not writing this blog to show off my superior writing ability or amazing, grand ideas.  Most of my posts are simple thoughts jotted down in 5 minutes after a class leaves my lab.

My hope is that by showing my few successes and frequent failures, teachers will possibly grab hold of a single idea or two that enables them to integrate tech into their classroom in a way that they hadn’t thought of before.

Also, the views expressed here are my own and in no way represent the views of my employer.


15 responses to “About

  1. mlosnedahl41 November 29, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    I just stumbled upon this amazing blog. I am a SAS alum(93)! I currently am a technology coach in the Chicago Suburbs and am very interested in facilitating some type of Skype exchanges. I am new to the blogging world and have just started a little blog to chronicle my experiences and ideas. http://losnedahl.wordpress.com/

    Best Wishes!

  2. Allison LaFalce October 10, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Hi Keith,

    I came across a Prezi you made about Twitter for Teachers. May I use it for a PD day at my school?


  3. Mauro Pasi July 31, 2012 at 11:33 pm


    I hate writing comments but I couldn’t find an email address to contact you.
    My name is Mauro Pasi and I am writing about the website I work for: http://www.myhistro.com
    It’s a tool to create geolocated interactive timelines that we think are a great FREE resource for teachers. I wrote an article about it here: http://www.myhistro.com/blog/interactive-timelines-for-teachers-and-students

    Is that something your audience would be interested in reading in your blog? If so I am at your disposal to give you all the background information you need.

    Best Regards

    Mauro Pasi

  4. Gooru4U July 13, 2012 at 5:43 am

    Hello Keith,

    We’ve enjoyed following your content and commentary on, “Ed Tech Ideas.”

    We wanted to introduce ourselves and reach out regarding the opportunity to collaborate with Gooru. Gooru enables teachers and students to search thousands of online resources that are indexed to standards so if a student is missing a skill or concept you can find related materials and practice quizzes to help.

    Gooru is also an excellent tool for teachers to build and share lesson plans. Gooru is non-profit and free to use so please check it out and feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

    I include more information including a video “About Gooru” below.
    We will soon be coming out with our own mobile Apps, the initial one will be for iPad – so please stay tuned…
    We’d love to have you be one of the first to review and give feedback – would you be interested?

    We would look forward to collaborating together to enhance the quality of education resources and tools!


    Gooru | Outreach Team

    About Gooru

    Gooru is a free search engine for learning. Teachers and students can use Gooru to search for rich collections of multimedia resources, digital textbooks, videos, games and quizzes created by educators in the Gooru community. Collections are aligned to standards and currently cover every 5th-12th grade math and science topic, with other subjects coming soon.

    Gooru is free (of cost and ads) and developed by a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to honor the human right to education. To get started, watch this video introduction to Gooru. For additional training materials, check out this short demo, which outlines all of Gooru’s key features, or review these interactive tutorials.

  5. Richard Mellott July 6, 2012 at 2:13 am

    Hi Keith,
    I just read your “48 websites…” on an EdTech SmartBrief paper that had a link to your blog, so I wanted to let you know that I have linked to it, and actually have made a word document that can be downloaded, in which I give you credit. I already did it, but I can take it down, if you don’t approve…I only did this because I have never had anyone refuse to allow me to spread the word about their work. I would also like to put up a link to your blog (which I have not done yet). If you go to my Mathematics page on : http://mrmellott1003.weebly.com, and scroll down, you’ll find it. Let me improve on it, and link to your blog, please?
    Thanks, Richard Mellott

  6. Shereef Bishay October 4, 2011 at 1:41 am

    Hi Keith,

    Thanks for an incredible blog. And congrats on being in the the top 100 ed tech blogs for teachers.

    We just launched a text messaging platform for teachers. We are in private beta, and I wanted to give your readers early access (and free credits) in order to get their feedback.


    When you get a chance, it would be great to get your feedback on what we do.

    Shereef Bishay

  7. Ryan August 26, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Hi Keith,

    I’d like to suggest a resource for your blog.


    In the help section you’ll find many uses for this tool in classes.
    It was also reviewed recently by Innovation Tools quite favorably.



    – Ryan

  8. George February 9, 2010 at 8:03 am

    Keith, thanks for the nice mention of FaceChipz! We’re doing our best to keep the site cool (and safer) for kids.


    George Zaloom

  9. Mikey McKillip January 8, 2010 at 8:32 am

    Hi Keith,

    You have fantastic list of resources on your blog. Thanks for sharing! I am the elem tech coordinator for the International School of Tanganyika. Curious if you guys would like to do some collaborative projects. Here is what I have been doing with grade 2 http://istgrade2.wordpress.com/
    Let me know if you are interested.


  10. hadleyjf December 27, 2009 at 6:48 pm


    You have a nice looking blog. You are doing just what I started to do on mine, hadleyjf.wordpress.com, which is reflect on what is working and what I am trying to in a Middle School classroom. I want to find the ways that technology can help kids think and learn more effectively. I also am really interested in their use of the internet, Facebook specifically, and how to teach them to stay safe while using it.

    I just started to follow you on Twitter after getting the EduPLN email. If you have collaboration ideas, let me know. I teach history.


  11. Rich Cantrell December 27, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Hello Keith,
    Just saw your notice of you becoming a Educator’s PLN member on Twitter. Welcome and I think you will find twitter a wonderful tool to stay up on the lastest in technology and also the contacts will keep you at a passionate level as a teacher. I am a elementary school principl in San Antonio Texas and I used twitter to technology ideas and sites to share with our staff. Happy New Year and wishing all the best in 2010.

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