Chromebooks have transformed classrooms! But we have to find tools that will engage and inspire our students to be creative thinkers and innovators.
This post and podcast episode was inspired by a resource I found from Google for Education. You can’t pass up the opportunity to share 60 AWESOME tools for Chromebooks! (Original source is linked in the show notes below.)
I don’t have time to touch on all 60 tools in one episode, but I’ll chat about the highlights. If you want the entire list, just scroll down! If you need any inspiration for tools to use, this is definitely the episode for you.
One of the tools I love is Book Creator. So often, kids are given the same presentation tools over and over, and this tool can help educators break out of that box and offer an alternative to the traditional presentation.
If you haven’t used it before, I think CoSpaces Edu will blow your mind! It allows students to build 3D virtual environments, that can then be viewed in virtual or augmented reality.
In the literacy and numeracy tools category, I particularly love Flocabulary. You might have already seen some of their videos without even realizing it!
Another of my favorite tools in this category is Newsela. This is perfect for finding non-fiction articles that are appropriate for your students. They take news articles from reputable sources, and “translate” them into four different reading levels.
Can you tell I’m excited about these tools? I wish I had time to talk about all of them, but I can’t wait to highlight at least a few of my favorites! Tune in to hear about even more apps that I love, in four different categories.
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In This Episode:
[00:28] – Welcome to episode 9 of the Shake Up Learning Show! Kasey explains her inspiration for today’s topic.
[01:05] – Kasey sends a shoutout to @AlexTravisITRT on Twitter.
[03:18] – Today’s question comes from Julie Cobb, who wants to know if Kasey will be doing any on-air coaching for coaches.
[08:15] – Kasey shares another reason that she likes Book Creator so much.
[09:16] – Next, Kasey chats about CoSpaces Edu, which allows students to build virtual 3D environments.
[12:58] – We learn about another application, Explain Everything.
[14:38] – The last content creation tool for today is Adobe Spark. Kasey talks about how powerful it is.
[17:48] – Kasey shifts into talking about tools in the Literacy and Numeracy category, starting off with Flocabulary.
[20:11] – The next tool that Kasey will chat about today is Newsela, which is great for finding age-appropriate news articles.
[23:02] – Kasey talks about EquatIO, which may be perfect for math teachers.
[24:50] – We shift gears back from math into reading as we hear about the next tool, Fluency Tutor.
[26:03] – The last tool that Kasey wants to talk about in this category is Read&Write for Google.
[27:18] – Kasey moves on to talking about the next category, STEAM Tools, and discusses Tynker.
[28:24] – We learn about Flat.io, which allows you to collaboratively create sheet music.
[29:44] – Code.org is one of Kasey’s favorite coding websites.
[31:33] – Kasey talks about Edpuzzle, a tool from the Communication & Understanding category.
[33:07] – We hear about Flipgrid, which is now completely free for everyone!
[35:08] – Kasey shares her thoughts on Pear Deck, which is a favorite tool of hers (and this episode’s sponsor!).
[37:59] – The last communication tool that Kasey will talk about today is Screencastify, which is a Chrome extension that lets you easily record your screen.
Podcast Question of the Week:
[40:48] – Ready for the question of the week? Here we go! What are three tools from this week’s episode that you want to try in your classroom, and how will you integrate them into your curriculum? Post your answers on your favorite social media platform using the #ShakeUpLearning hashtag, or share them in the Shake Up Learning Community!
[41:44] – Have you thought about getting Google Certified? Kasey can help! She helps educators get certified through her three online courses:
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[44:12] – Kasey thanks listeners for tuning in, and offers a way to give back: leave a review (using the word “y’all” if you can squeeze it in!). This helps other teachers find the podcast, and might get you a shoutout on a future episode!
If you’re stuck in a rut with your tech tools, this episode of #ShakeUpLearning is for you! Discover fantastic new tools & hear creative ideas for implementing them.
60 Tools to Inspire Students with Chromebooks
This week’s content was inspired by a brochure from Google for Education: 60 Tools to Inspire Students with Chromebooks. While I won’t be able to talk about all 60 tools in this episode, I am going to hit the highlights and share the entire list of 60 tools in our show notes at shakeuplearning.com/9.
Content Creation Tools
- Adobe Illustrator Draw
- Adobe Photoshop Mix
- Adobe Spark
- Book Creator
- CoSpaces Edu
- Explain Everything
- Stop Motion Studio
Literacy & Numeracy Tools
- CK-12 Foundation
- DOGO News
- Flocabulary (just acquired by Nearpod)
- Motion Math
- Plotagon Education
- Reflex Math
- Fluency Tutor
- Read&Write for Google
- Autodesk Tinkercad
- Dremel DigiLab
- LEGO Education
- MyScript Calculator
- SAM Labs
- Science Journal
- Sphero Edu
Communication & Understanding Tools
- JABtalk AAC
- Pear Deck
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