Animated Maps by Business Insider

Business Insider has some truly amazing animated maps on YouTube that are sure to start some amazing conversations in your social studies class. Here’s the Google search that will get you there!

Sample video:

Their YouTube channel focusing on science videos is pretty amazing too!


Rocketbook: Write Notes in a Microwavable Notebook and Post Them Straight to Google Drive

by Randy Fairfield, 10/24/17

My mind was blown when a teacher demonstrated to me how she could take notes in her Rocketbook and send them straight to Google Drive and other cloud-based apps without any other steps simply by taking a picture of her notes with her phone. Check it out! The best part of it all is sticking the Rocketbook in the microwave for a few minutes to erase the ink when the notebook fills up. So cool!


Quizziz: An Engaging Formative Assessment Tool!

Quizizz is a lot like Kahoot, but it’s better for having students work individually. One of the best things about Quizizz is that you can share it directly to Google Classroom!


The Fallen of WWII: Interactive Documentary

The Fallen of World War II is an interactive documentary that examines the human cost of the second World War and the decline in battle deaths in the years since the war. The 15-minute data visualization uses cinematic storytelling techniques to provide viewers with a fresh and dramatic perspective of a pivotal moment in history.

The film follows a linear narration, but it allows viewers to pause during key moments to interact with the charts and dig deeper into the numbers.


Words With Friends EDU App

Zynga has taken the Words With Friends App that we have come to know and love and turned into an educational app! This is a really great way for students to learn how to have fun with words and build their vocabulary through play. Here’s an idea: have students play the game for homework and keep a log of new words they learned as a result of playing!


How to Screencast Your Android Phone with AZ Screen Recorder

Ever wanted to show somebody how to do something on your smart phone? With AZ Screen Recorder, you can quickly and easily create a video of what’s happening on you phone’s screen while providing a voice over to explain what you’re doing! This free and easy to use tool has helped me help lots of other people operate their phones. If you’re interested in using AZ Screen Recorder, I hope this tutorial helps you get started!


WeVideo: Make and Share Videos Online

WeVideo is a free and very easy to use web-based platform that does a really great job of integrating with other websites such as Google Drive, Dropbox, Facebook, and Instagram to allow users to make and share videos online. The ease of allowing multiple collaborators on an editing project and its ease of use with Chromebooks is what sets it apart from some other platforms.


CoolText: Word Art on Steroids!

CoolText is a incredibly useful site to use where you’re looking to do some graphic design with text. You can create and use something quickly and easily, or you can create an account and save your designs for editing and reuse later on! CoolText is great tool to use when you’re building a website or presentation!


Autodesk 123D: Free Web-Based 3D Design Program

Check out Autodesk 123D! You’ll simply be blown away by the types of things you can do with this free web-based application! The quality of this program is something you would expect from a very expensive piece of software. Super impressive! Warning: I would not recommend running this program on a machine that has little RAM or a poor processor.


ThingLink: Create Interactive Digital Word Walls

ThingLink is really neat way to tag images up digitally with links, photos, or other information over it. The possibilities are endless! … and did I mention there’s Google, Facebook, and Twitter integration? My favorite use of ThingLink has been to create tutorials on how to use other edtech tools, but this is could also be an interesting way to tag up a map or create an interactive timeline.