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Diigo Weekly Bookmarks


What’s new this week in my Diigo bookmarks? Check out the links shown below for some really neat iOS apps that can teach learners of all ages computer programming skills.

In this gamified way to learn computer science, a friendly Turtle will introduce students to the basic concepts of programming in the graphic environment. Each new level of achievement increases in difficulty and teaches a new command.

» Cargo-Bot

An iOS app that teaches coding skills. On each level, the objective is to teach a robot how to move colored crates from one place to another by programming a claw crane to move left or right, and drop or pick up.

» Hopscotch

Learn to code through creative play with this iOS app. No setup. No typing. No syntax. Just drag blocks and instantly play what you’ve made. Bam!

» Daisy the Dinosaur

Learn the basics of computer programming with Daisy the Dinosaur, a fun iPad app that has an easy drag and drop interface for kids of all ages!

» Scratch, Jr.

An iOS app that teaches students to solve problems, design projects and express themselves creatively as they program their own interactive stories and games. With this resource, students don’t just learn to code, they code to learn! Recommended for ages 5-7.

» Encode: Learn to Code

Learn to code with languages such as JavaScript, HTML and CSS or make a webpage on the go via the Encode way: Bite-sized lessons with real code examples combined with interactive coding challenges that put the learning to the test. The app includes timely feedback, answers and handy hints.

» Swift Playgrounds

Apple’s iPad app that makes it fun to learn and experiment with code. Students solve interactive puzzles to master the basics of coding, while additional challenges let them explore code and create programs that are engaging and unique. This freebie requires no coding knowledge, so it’s perfect for students just starting out, from twelve to one-hundred-and-twelve!

And if you need some rationale for teaching student to code, here are ten reasons why you should get it done!

A shout out to Brian Aspinall and sketchnote guru Sylvia Duckworth for creating and sharing this useful infographic!

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links can be found here.

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Just Resize It!


Do you ever need to quickly and easily resize or compress an image? Then here’s the perfect solution for you!

Resize Your Image, is not a new web resource, but it’s definitely a very simple and useful one that should be added to your tech toolbox.

Whenever you need a quick and easy way to resize an image without having to use a full-size image editing tool like Gimp or Photoshop, then be sure to check out Resize Your Image. This utility allows users to upload an image, specify the desired dimensions and then download the resized image. Resize Your Image also provides users with rotation and zooming tools as well as the option to save in one of three file formats: jpg, png and gif.

Not only does Resize Your Image allow users to modify the size of an image (in pixels), the tool also reduces the size of the actual file itself.

Classroom Connection:

Use Resize Your Image when you (or your students) want to reduce the pixels and/or overall size of an image for print, email and/or use in web sites, wikis and blogs.

My students and I love, love this tool! We utilize it frequently when preparing pictures for upload on our online school newspaper site. Be sure to check out The B-A BluePrint sometime!

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Diigo Weekly Bookmarks


What’s new this week in my Diigo bookmarks? Check out the links shown below to access some super cool digital resources that can be utilized to engage students in your classroom!


An online annotation and collaboration tool for reviewing documents and images. Compatible with all common web browsers, with no software or plugins to install.

» Podcast Garden

A web tool that allows users to upload content to the internet making it available to various downstream distribution outlets. Each podcast is assigned a unique RSS feed URL that is compatible with the iTunes Store and Google Play.
A Windows OS download that allows users to convert files to different formats so they can be easily shared with others. Free to use!

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links can be found here.

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Tech It Up Tuesday: 50 Tools & Apps for Showcasing Student Knowledge


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Are you ready for the first summer edition of “Tech It Up Tuesday”, a weekly series in which I share an edtech tool, app, site or other resource that can be utilized in the educational setting?

If so, you’re going to love this week’s resource—a super cool and extremely useful infographic created by Tony Vincent, edtech guru and author of the Learning in Hand web site. Read on…

With a myriad of web tools and apps available to teachers, it’s sometimes mind-boggling trying to identify which are the most effective for the classroom. But if you’re looking for some innovative ways to showcase student learning using tech tools, here’s an awesome collection of resources spanning 11 categories—audio recordings, collages, comics, posters, slides, digital books, narrated slideshows, movies, animations, screen casts and study aids—to help get you started!


Click here for a larger version of this infographic as well as access to a pdf that can be printed. A link to view the info on Scribd is also available.

Classroom Connection:

Use the visual to discover resources that will provide your students with the opportunity to show, explain and retell their knowledge.

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Diigo Weekly Bookmarks


What’s new this week in my Diigo bookmarks? Five super cool resources that can be used to locate and/or enhance images for educational purposes. Check ’em out below!

» PicJumbo

Totally free stock photos for educational, commercial and/or personal use. No attribution needed!

» Pixabay

A treasure trove of royalty-free images for use in all types of multimedia projects and classroom activities.


High quality free clip art for use on all types of educational projects.

» PicResize

Resize, shrink, and crop pictures online for free before posting them to a blog, web page or social media site.

» Clipping Magic

Easily remove image backgrounds and/or create masks, cutouts and clipping paths with this quick and simple online tool.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links can be found here.

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Diigo Weekly Bookmarks


What’s new this week in my Diigo bookmarks?

Check out the links shown below to access two super cool and very useful resources that can be utilized to engage students in the classroom with maker projects and vocabulary activities.

» Instructables

From science experiments to merit badges, this web site offers instructions for 100,000+ DIY projects in the areas of woodworking, paper, puzzles, laser cutting, 3D printing, sewing, kitchen hacks and more! Looking for a classroom maker project? You’ll find it here!

» VocApp Flashcards

Learn vocabulary faster and remember it forever with multisensory flashcards. Import, type, dictate or upload a photo and let the tool do the rest! Study anywhere, anytime with the Android & iOS apps.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links can be found here.

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Diigo Weekly Bookmarks


What’s new this week in my Diigo bookmarks?

Check out the links shown below to access two super cool and very useful apps that can be utilized to engage students in a classroom and/or makerspace setting!

» Zotebook

An iPad app that recognizes rough sketches and transforms them into precise drawings for laser cutters or 3D printers. A simple alternative to CAD programs!

» Blokify

An iOS app that allows builders to create blok based models, either free-form or through a guided building experience. Once complete, the model can be transformed from virtual to physical play via a 3D printer.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links can be found here.

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The Weekly Edtech Smackdown: Vol. X


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!

As usual, this week kicks off with more Google goodness you won’t want to miss…

» Video Mash-Ups with Google Slides—By Eric Curts, Control Alt Achieve

» Google Keep: An Overview—By Meagan Kelly, I ❤ EDU

» How to Create a GoogleClassroom Custom Header with GoogleDrawings—By Kasey Bell, Shake Up Learning

» Our Favorite Google Docs Tips & Tricks—From the Google Teacher Tribe Podcast with Matt Miller & Kasey Bell

» Creating a Yohaku Puzzle with Google Sheets—By Alice Keeler, Teacher Tech

» Creating a Duplicate Tab in Chrome—By Alice Keeler, Teacher Tech

» 16 G Suite Challenges for Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Users—By Alice Keeler, Teacher Tech

» Worksheet Trapped in a Notebook—By Alice Keeler, Teacher Tech

For the Apple Gurus…

» 2000+ iPad Lessons—By Lisa Johnson, Techchef4u

» 8 Must-Have Websites and Apps for Science Reading Passages—By Monica Burns, Class Tech Tips

» 4 Ways to Use QR Codes with Students in 2017—By Monica Burns, Class Tech Tips

» QR Codes: Pushing the Narrative on Scannables—By Monica Burns, Class Tech Tips

» 3 Reasons to Try the Paperscorer App This Year—By Monica Burns, Class Tech Tips

» Level the Playing Field with these iPad Accessibility Apps—By Nick LaFave, EdTechPicks

» Update: iOS 11 allows users to record their iPhone or iPad’s screen—By

The #MakerEd Movement…

» Tinkering Forward: The Maker Movement Continues at B-A—By Jamie Forshey, Edutech for Teachers

» 7 Tips for Planning a Makerspace—By Leila Meyer via THE Journal

Other #EdTech Faves…

» Thinking of starting a student-led technology helpdesk? Check out a student-made iTunes U Course here!

» HyperDoc Lessons for When You’re Out of the Classroom—By Meagan Kelly, I ❤ EDU

» Favorite Sites for Free Clipart and Photos—By Tony Vincent, Learning in Hand

» Creative Book Trailer Ideas—By Brenham Tech Daily

» Green Screen Editing in GsuiteEdu (with a PicForward Template)—By Larissa Aradj,

» 6 Reasons to Lead Your Next Faculty Meeting with Nearpod—By Monica Burns, Class Tech Tips

» Creating Visual Six Word Stories—By Adam Shoenbart, The Shoenblog

» 10 Apps to Help Students With Their Social Studies Homework—By Matthew Lynch, The Tech Edvocate

» Geometry: More Resources for Flipping—By Meagan Kelly, I ❤ EDU

» Edtech Quality, Not Quantity—The EdTech Vlog by Matt Harris, Ed.D.

Good Reads…

» Strategies for Seamlessly Integrating Technology into Class—By Matthew Lynch, The Tech Edvocate

» Duh! You Don’t Need Technology to Gamify Your Classroom—By Matthew Lynch, The Tech Edvocate

» The A-Z of EdTech Literacy—By Matthew Lynch, The Tech Edvocate

» Creating a Site-Based EdTech Bootcamp—By Meagan Kelly, I ❤ EDU

» Micro-Credentials for Micro-Students: Kindergarteners Swap Grades for Badges—By Brad Simala, Jennifer Meliton and Mary Carole Perry, Elementary Principals in the Elizabeth Forward School District via EdSurge

» Sometimes It Is Just About the Technology—Chris Aviles, The Teched Up Teacher

» Easy-to-Use Guide: The K-16 Instruction and Technology Integration Model—By Getting Smart

» Fair Haven: School Startup Spins a Profit—Via the web site

 Geeky Gadgets Worth Checking Out…

» Scribbler DUO: The World’s First Dual-Nozzle 3D Printing Pen—By Scribbler 3D Pen

Other Super Cool Stuff…

» Another awesome idea from Tony Vincent, Learning in Hand

So 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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Diigo Weekly Bookmarks


diigo iconWhat’s new this week in my Diigo bookmarks? Check out the links shown below to access two super cool and very useful photo apps can be integrated into classroom activities during the upcoming school year!

» Bubbli

An iOS app that allows users to create and share impressive photospheres, or 360-degree images of places in the world. It’s the next best thing to being there!

Need more info about generating photospheres with this cool tool, then check out this video…

» Fonta

An iOS design app that allows users to create stylish images with special effects including various fonts, masking, collages, frames, vintage filters, color layers, blur effects and more! Great for generating cool photos for social media channels, blogs and web sites!

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links can be found here.

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ViewPure: YouTube Videos Without the Clutter


Looking for a way to watch YouTube videos with your students minus the distracting and sometimes inappropriate advertisements, comments, and other extraneous info that is included on the page? If so, ViewPure is the perfect tool for you!

ViewPure allows users to copy the URL of a video into the “purifier”. Once this link is inserted, the “Purify” button can be selected and bang! Your video is displayed on a clutter-free background.

Videos can also be “purified” through the use of the ViewPure bookmarklet. Simply install the applet to your favorites toolbar, then click the “purify” button while on the YouTube page of the video you wish to filter and voila!

Check out the example below showing how ViewPure works:

» An Ancient Egyptian video from YouTube before using ViewPure:


FYI: The actual URL for this video lives here.

» The same Ancient Egyptian video from YouTube after using ViewPure:


Click here to view the unique URL ViewPure generates for each video that is “purified”.

Classroom Connection:

Use ViewPure to eliminate unnecessary distractions from YouTube videos so students can better focus on the content at hand.

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