When I am not preparing the students or teachers for yearly assessments, teaching GAFE, or showing off the newest and greatest digital learning tool, I like to surf the web and find these new tools. My down time includes watching tutorial videos, playing with learning games, learning a new Google skill or shortcut ( cmd+D cmd+F and cmd+shift+T my personal favorites), reading blogs, etc. All is the name of keeping learning fresh and using meaningful tools.
Here are a few of my go-to sites:
Richard Byrne has a fabulous blog and it is chock full with current, useful, free tech stuff! Here is the link to his blog, I also follow him on Twitter (that too is a great resource). freetech4teachers
Another one of my favorites was or is the Gooru. Recently they went to a new website with a different format, I am still not sure how I feel about it, I haven't liked it so far but change is a process not an event. I signed up to receive e-mail updates on everything Google (there is more than Google) or you can follow the Gooru on YouTube or Twitter, here is the new website: The Gooru on BetterCloudMonitor
Finally, I have watched Common Sense Media expand over the past couple of years. There are now this technology integration resource jungle! Known now as Graphite, there you can find information, lessons, and resources for topics such as: Internet Safety, Bullying and Cyberbullying, Research, all the Core Subjects, and so much much more! Check Graphite out!
Have fun checking out these resources, I know they will be helpful to you in your classroom. Enjoy!