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The Weekly Edtech Smackdown: Vol. V

April23

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 more Google goodness starting with this epic new release…

» Welcome home to the new Google Earth—It’s everything you love about Google Earth, plus new ways for you to explore, learn and share. Zoom in and see what adventures await you!

» 4 New Video Options in Google Slides That Will Make Your Day—By Kasey Bell, Shake Up Learning

» 100+ Great Google Classroom Resources for Educators—Compiled by Vicki Davis, the Cool Cat Teacher

Free Pattern Block Templates and Activities with Google Drawings—Lots of awesome digital pattern block ideas and resources by Eric Curts, Control Alt Achieve

For the Chrome Extension gurus…

» Sticky Notes: A Chrome extension for quickly and easily taking notes while browsing—Tip shared by Julie Smith, the JG Techie Teacher

» Reinventing Math Class with the EquatIO Chrome Extension—Post written by John McGowan, Math Product Manager, Texthelp

A few geeky gadgets worth checking out…

» iPad Cases: Bluetooth & Backlight ClamCases from Incipio—By Monica Burns, Class Tech Tips

» Go Adventuring with this Underwater Microphone—From KitHub, By KitHub

Other cool stuff…

» 10 Best Sites That Offer Gorgeous Free Images for Blogs—By Lifehack… Great places to snag images for classroom projects too!

» Student-Created Breakout EDU Games—Post written by Mari Venturino

» Another great 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…

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The Weekly Edtech Smackdown: Vol. IV

April15

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 more Google goodness… Be sure to check out the latest tips and tricks!

» 8 Fantastic Ways to Find Anything in Google Drive—By Kasey Bell, Shake Up Learning

» Stop Animation with Google Slides Examples and tutorials by Eric Curts, Control Alt Achieve

» Claim Evidence Reasoning with Google Forms… Use the Autocrat add-on to create color-coded paragraphs! Idea created by Mari Venturino

» 9 #Edtech Tools to Try—Compiled by Matthew Lynch, The Tech Edvocate

» 10 Commandments of Innovative Teaching—Post written by George Couros

» How to make a colorful Venn diagram in Google Drawings or Slides—By Tony Vincent

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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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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The Weekly Edtech Smackdown: Vol. II

March31

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!

» Google Forms & Sheets for Beginners—Sign up for this free webinar on April 4; Hosted by Richard Byrne, author of the Free Technology for Teachers

» 8 Ways the Post-It Plus App Can Be Used in the Classroom

» Almost Paperless Literature Circles (Archived webinar hosted by Ross Cooper)

» How to Insert Super Cool GIFs in Google Docs and Slides

» MySimpleShow: A New, Fun and Easy Way to Create Videos in the Classroom

» 15 Ways for Students to Use Google Keep Infographic—Plus, a bonus resource: The Google Keep Cheat Sheet

» Convert text to all CAPS and more in Google Docs

» Google Drive Tips You Can’t Afford to Miss

» Google Forms Cheat Sheet

» Throw away your coins, cards and dice. Siri can do all of this for you! Great visual from @tonyvincent.

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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