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The Weekly Edtech Smackdown: Vol. III

April9

Welcome to the weekly edition of The Edtech Smackdown—a collection of digital resources containing a few of my most favorite activities curated from various social media spaces throughout the past week.

Check out some super cool edtech gems right here, right now and get ready to use these ideas to support learning and to engage students in your classroom!

This week kicks off with lots of Google Goodness from some of the best gurus on the planet… Check. It. Out!

» Google’s Buried Treasure: 18 Hidden Tricks and Tools—A super useful Google Slides prez by Matt Miller, Ditch that Textbook

» Create interactive Jeopardy games with Google Slides—Templates, examples and tutorials by Eric Curts, Control Alt Achieve

» Create animated online comic strips with Google Slides—Another awesome resource from Eric Curts, Control Alt Achieve

» Google Slides Picture Writing Prompt Journal Template—Instructions included by GoogleAppsAction.com

» Without Mentioning It, Google Silently Released a Pretty Awesome Video Editor—Are you looking for a simple video editing tool to use with your students for that once and done classroom project? Find out from Jeffery Bradbury of Teacher Cast how Google Slides just might be the perfect fit!

» The Complete Guide to Google Certifications—A free eBook by Kasey Bell, Shake Up Learning

» Teaching Math with Google Apps: 50 G Suite Activities—Awesome book by Alice Keeler & Diana Harrington

» Google Tip: Accidentally close a tab in Chrome? Bring it back with CTRL/SHIFT/T.

And for the Apple fans…

» Tips for Using iPads in the Classroom—Written by Matthew Lynch, The Tech Edvocate

» A Free Interactive Guide to Boost Students Learning on iPad—Created by Apple Education, this resource is available for free and can be downloaded with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.

» 5 Ways to Use Apple Clips in the Classroom

Other useful edtech gems…

» 14 Fun Formative (and Summative) Assessment Ideas—Lots of fun and engaging ways for students to demonstrate understanding brought to you by the EdTechNut

» 10 Wordless Videos That Teach Problem Solving—Very cool idea that can be used for classroom discussions, writing prompts and/or storytelling from speechisbeautiful.com

» How Biology Helps in Solving Challenges Facing The Planet—A free interactive book app available for free on iOS and Android devices

And there you have it—this week’s smackdown! Stay tuned for additional resources coming your way in the next round…

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