Innovate and try some new apps. Today, Richard Byrne, author of Free Technology for Teachers, talks about eight edtech apps that you should try. (He also shares a bonus fitness opportunity for educators.) Listen to the show and learn how it is used and follow the links in the show notes below.
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Links from Today's Show
- gosynth.com – create short podcasts with your students (256-second podcasts “like Flipgrid for voice only.)
- Google VR Tour Creator https://vr.google.com/tourcreator/ – new features including uploading audio
- Remove.bg – Cut out backgrounds (hat tip Tony Vincent)
- Glideapps.com – Make your own web app with Google sheets
- Brush.ninja – make animated gifs
- Yoteachapp.com – a backchannel chat tool (replaces Today's Meet)
- Kaizena.com – Ad voice comments to Google Documents, PDF's, and Word
- Sworkitkids – An app for your iPhone or Droid with fun, short physical fitness activities that will make great brain breaks
- Bonus: Ed Tech Fitness Challenges
Podcast PD Challenge for Episode 532
To encourage you to apply what you've learned, there's now a daily challenge at the end of each episode and in the show notes. Here's today's challenge!
Today, I challenge you to innovate like a turtle! This means that you pick something small and try it for fifteen minutes this week. Here are a few suggestions:
- Make a podcast with your students about a topic like the future of exploration or space or introducing people to your classroom with gosynth.com
- Make a historical tour of your city with Google VR tour Creator
- Create a quick picture of you and remove the background with remove.bg (like I did on the show graphics today) and you could even talk about Photoshop, privacy, and the recent FaceApp controversy
- Try out voice comments with Kaizena
- Take a brain break with sworkitkids
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