2013 #edtech Smackdown with Tom Murray @thomascmurray [ECM #41]

Tom Murray @thomascmurray co-founder of #edtechchat on Twitter took time to share his favorite apps for everything along with me on a special edition of Every Classroom Matters as a gift to you this holiday. Take time to listen to the show (and check out our notes below) to find apps and ideas for your classroom.

Tom Murray #edtechchat cofounder and blogger

If you are an educator using or supporting the use of tablets in the classroom, this is a must listen. Curriculum directors, superintendents and anyone who wants to know what everybody is talking about in education will want to listen to this show.

One of my favorite things said in this podcast was when Tom talks about how apps are REALLY being used in the classroom and the proper focus of technology. (It may not be what you think.)

I’ve already been asked for a transcript of the show, but holiday time with my family has precluded me making one (yet) so I’ve attached a copy of our notes in Google Docs that we used to prepare for this show (sorry, links aren’t there yet but you can use it for the names of what we talked about since some of us have an accent. ;-))

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Show Notes

If you find this useful and wish I’d add links, let me know in the comments. Right now, the holidays have limited blogging time but enough of you have asked for the list so I wanted to share it. We didn’t mention every app on this list and may have mentioned a few more, but here’s the list that came from the rough notes Tom and I made in Google Docs to prep for the show.



  • Show Me, EduCreations, Whiteboard – Student verbalize content, play back

  • Toontastic, PuppetPals, We Make Stories, Comic Life, PhotoComic

  • SpellingCity, Drawing Pad


  • ColarMix app

  • Edmodo

What are the must follow hashtags for elementary educators?

  • Official chat list: bit.ly/officialchatlist

  • #kinderchat

  • #edtech, #ipaded, Grade level chats (Ex.) #3rdchat, #4thchat, #edchat (all), etc.

II. Middle / High School


  • AR: Nasa Spacecraft 3D, Aurasma

  • Google Hangouts / YouTube – Example of GH “HW Debate”

  • QR Code Readers / Scavenger Hunts

  • Edmodo


  • Evernote

  • Livescribe Pen

  • New Evernote Post It Notes

  • Google Hangout → Google Plus → YouTube??

  • Haiku Deck and Haiku Web

III. Fun for Teachers (Digital StoryTelling)

Picture Editing

– Pic Stitch

– Color Effects

– PhotoCollage

– Photo Editor by Aviary

– Bitstrips

– SonicPics

– MotionPics – Stop motion photography

Video Editing:

– Splice

– Lapse It – choose frame rate, add filters, etc.

– Viddy – short 15 sec video, add effects

– Magisto – good beginner app, offers short tutorials

– Videolicious


  • Camera Awesome, Snapseed, Leonardo – follow @iphoneartgirl

IV. Social media


– Twitter

– Tweetdeck

– Instagram


  • Hootsuite

  • SocialBro

  • Triberr

V. #flipclass / #mathchat


–  Camtasia

–  Recording Google Hangouts

–  Screencasting

– Any content curation app – teacher and student creations

–  Blended Learning Platforms – Edmodo, Blackboard, etc.

– Algebra Touch


  • Sophia.org,

  • Explain Everything, and

  • Screencastomatic and Jing

  • Socrative

VI. #sschat


– Google Earth

– Minecraft

– GeoMaster Plus (geography)

– Earth viewer – climate, data over time

– Geography Drive USA – students compete by answer questions (Oregon trail 2013?)


  • Dipity or Timetoast for timelines

  • Fakebook  / Fake SMS / Fake Twitter on classtools.net

VII. #scichat


Make Games with Us!  (Students create apps)

– Sky view

– Sky Map (stars, planets, etc.)

– Virtual Sky Astronomy – explore the solar system

– Video Science – collection of 2-3 min science videos in app

– The Ultimate Dinopedia – dinosaur exploration

– 3D Sun / Moon Globe HD

– Frog dissection app!

VIII. #spedchat


– Dragon Dictation

– VoiceThread



– Hour of code

– Code.org

– Khan Academy

– Lightbot – learn programming, game based 4+


  • Tyker, Scratch, Alice


IX. #engchat


– Sock Puppets (theatre)

– Gabit – Talking characters

– Storybuddy – create a picture book

– Organizational Apps: Assignments, Dropbox, Evernote, myHomework, Simplenote, Notability


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