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The Weekly Edtech Smackdown: Vol. VIII

May14

Welcome to the weekly edition of The Edtech Smackdown—a collection of digital resources containing a few of my most favorite activities, tools and articles 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 more Google goodness you won’t want to miss…

» Creating Lit Trips and Tours for Google Earth—By Eric Curts, Control Alt Achieve

» The Google Drawings Manifesto for Teachers—By Matt Miller, Ditch That Texbook

» Google Slides: Make a Draggable Stack—By Alice Keeler, Teacher Tech

» Bring In a Google Doc into a Spreadsheet—By Alice Keeler, Teacher Tech

» 7 Hidden Tips for Google Sites—By Alice Keeler, Teacher Tech

» How to Easily Assess Student Writing in Google Docs—By Kasey Bell, Shake Up Learning

For the Apple Gurus…

» Running an iPad App Draft in the Classroom—By Erin Flanagan,

Other #EdTech faves…

» And Here is Your 5000th Poster Assignment—Love, love this crowd-sourced doc containing alternatives to the typical poster project! From Alice Keeler, Teacher Tech

» 6 3D Printing Lesson Plans from MakerBot’s Thingiverse—By Monica Burns, Class Tech Tips

» 8 Examples of Transforming Lessons Through the SAMR Cycle—Kelly Walsh, EmergingEdTech

Good reads…

» The Maker Mindset & Invention Literacy—By Colleen Graves, Maker Ed Author

» Makerspaces Around the World—By Laura Fleming, Worlds of Learning

» Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom—A book written by by Sylvia Libow Martinez & Gary Stager

» 8 Ideas to Make the End of the Year Race Better—By Pernille Ripp

» Teach Kids to Code and Secure Their Future—By Matthew Lynch, The Tech Edvocate

» Making Science: Reimagining STEM Education in Middle School and Beyond—A book written by Christa Flores

Other super cool stuff…

» The Educational Hashtag and Twitter Chat Database—Compiled by Kasey Bell, Shake Up Learning

» School STEM Program Website—Deerfield Academy (Deerfield, MA)

» Websites & Blogs to Follow—Compiled by Bret Gosselin, The One Room Globetrotter

» Another excellent sketchnote by Sylvia Duckworth…

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

In the meantime—if you’ve missed any of my previous edtech collections, check ’em out within the interactive image embedded below… Be sure to hover over the image to reveal the hotspots!

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