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 . 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 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 . You might have already seen some of their videos without even realizing it!
Another of my favorite tools in this category is . 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.
Not to mention that two of my long-time faves also made this list:and ! You don’t want to miss this episode!
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 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.
[05:02] – It’s time to dive into the tools inspired by this . Kasey starts off by chatting about one of the Content Creation category tools, .
[08:15] – Kasey shares another reason that she likes Book Creator so much.
[09:16] – Next, Kasey chats about , which allows students to build virtual 3D environments.
[12:58] – We learn about another application, .
[14:38] – The last content creation tool for today is . Kasey talks about how powerful it is.
[17:48] – Kasey shifts into talking about tools in the Literacy and Numeracy category, starting off with .
[20:11] – The next tool that Kasey will chat about today is , which is great for finding age-appropriate news articles.
[23:02] – Kasey talks about , which may be perfect for math teachers.
[24:50] – We shift gears back from math into reading as we hear about the next tool, .
[26:03] – The last tool that Kasey wants to talk about in this category is .
[27:18] – Kasey moves on to talking about the next category, STEAM Tools, and discusses .
[28:24] – We learn about , which allows you to collaboratively create sheet music.
[29:44] – is one of Kasey’s favorite coding websites.
[31:33] – Kasey talks about , a tool from the Communication & Understanding category.
[33:07] – We hear about , which is now completely free for everyone!
[35:08] – Kasey shares her thoughts on , 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 , 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 !
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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!
60 Tools to Inspire Students with Chromebooks
This week’s content was inspired by a brochure from Google for Education: . 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
Literacy & Numeracy Tools
Communication & Understanding Tools
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