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The Weekly Edtech Smackdown: Vol. VII


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…

» Using Google AutoDraw for Sketchnotes, Infographics, Drawings, and More—By Eric Curts, Control Alt Achieve

» Create a Mother’s Day Movie with Google Photos—Google Blog via Eric Curts, Control Alt Achieve

» Code a List of Your Calendar Events with Google Calendar—By Alice Keeler, Teacher Tech

» Favorite Google Tools and How to Use Hyperdocs in the Classroom—The Google Teacher Tribe Podcast featuring Karly Moura

» Browser Tech Tip: Ctrl-F to Find Words Anywhere in a Browser Window—Kelly Walsh, EmergingEdTech

» 6 Ways to Use Adobe Spark with Google Classroom—By Monica Burns, Class Tech Tips

For the Apple Gurus…

» codeSpark Academy with The Foos—Develop problem-solving skills, encourage persistence and promote creativity with the #1 learn to code app for kids ages4-9! #EveryoneCanCode

» Clips Video App Update: Live title editing and other improvements—Info by AppleInsider

Other #EdTech faves…

» Create a Read Aloud Backchannel in Your Classroom—By Monica Burns, Class Tech Tips

» AR/VR in EDU—Tons of augmented and virtual reality resources—Compiled by Jaime Donally

» Augmented Art Show….via Quiver—By Katie Ann Wilson, Diary of a Techie Chick

Good reads…

» Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom—A book about the maker movement written by Gary Stager

» 12 structures to keep kids focused when using the internet in class—Written by Angela Watson

» Teaching Kids about Standing up for the Underdog—Written by Annie Fox via Matthew Lynch, The Tech Edvocate

Other super cool stuff…

» Science & STEM EdTech Links of the Month—Compiled by Eric Curts, Control Alt Achieve

» The Edvocate’s List of 20 Must-Follow K-12 Education Twitter Feeds—Matthew Lynch, The Tech Edvocate

» How to Recover Lost Files from a USB Flash Drive—By Jessica Carrell via Nick LaFave,

» How to Make a Lightboard for Less Than $100 (Step-by-Step, With Illustrations)—Kelly Walsh, EmergingEdTech

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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