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8 Epic Edtech Tools to Try This School Year


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Feb 16, 2024
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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis
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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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Listen to Richard Byrne on the Podcast​

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Links from Today's Show​

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
Get Credit! Some schools, districts, and organizations allow credit for listening to podcasts. Whether they do or don't, to get the most out of listening you can use this Podcast PD Template Hyperdoc. Just make a copy and adapt it for your use or print it. If you don't have Google Docs, just use this PDF.

Richard Byrne – Bio as Submitted​

Richard Byrne
Richard is best known for his award-winning blog, Free Technology for Teachers. He was a high school social studies teacher before becoming a full-time technology integration specialist. In addition to his work in schools, Richard has been a consultant to some of the largest companies in the educational technology industry.
Blog: http://freetech4teachers.com
: @rmbyrne
Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored podcast episode.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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