Friday, April 11, 2014

Five Tech Things on a Friday v.12

It's Friday, and that means I'm sharing some of my favorite tech tools, news, and videos.  This week, I'm sharing five of my favorite apps you can use in Google Chrome.  Have you been to the Chrome Web Store?  There are so many wonderful free apps and browser's a little overwhelming!  To help you get started, here are five of my favorite apps:
  • Movenote for Education allows you to present your documents with video.  What a great way to present an upcoming project by allowing students and parents to see and hear you explain the project while following along with the directions.  Students could also record themselves presenting a project or explaining a math problem.  Movenote integrates with Google Drive, allowing you to easily create presentations using documents from your Drive.  Presentations are then saved in Drive for you to access and share.
  • Tired of PowerPoint?  Getting sick from too many Prezis?  Check out Powtoon Edu!  Powtoon allows you to easily create animated videos and presentations which can be quickly shared to YouTube, Facebook, or downloaded to your computer.  Here's a peek at what Powtoon looks like:

  • I've heard several teachers say that they miss having Kidspiration and Inspiration.  Well, now you can have Lucidchart for Education!  Lucidchart allows you to create flow charts, venn diagrams, mind maps and more...and it allows you to do it collaboratively!
  • If you're a fan of Publisher, I think LucidPress Layout and Design will quickly become your new favorite publishing tool.  LucidPress allows you to create beautiful content for print, digital, or mobile platforms.  Check it out: 

  • My final app to share this week is  I love to watch TED talks, but I struggled with how to jot down notes or remember key moments that I wanted to return to. allows me to take notes alongside YouTube and Coursera videos.  What I love most is that my notes are synchronized with the video.  If I click on a note, I can automatically jump to that point in the video.  This would be a great tool for students to use to take note on video assignments or if you are flipping the classroom!  
What are some of your favorite Google Apps?  How are you using them in your classroom?

1 comment:

  1. I have heard of a couple of these and a couple of these are new. Either way it's a great list of tools and a reminder I need to check them out and try them. And oh don't I love me the chrome tools!!! So great!