App Smackdown

Technology Tools for Educators

App Smackdown Files

Nearpod Student paced code: XWJPS

- use this code to access presentation at a later time if you choose

Google Presentation - Slides that were used in the Nearpod

Today's Meet Discussion

Product Focus

Adobe Tools

Presentation Tools
  • Prezi - presentation tool that uses motion, zoom, and spatial relationships to bring your presentation to life.
  • Movenote - portable presentation tool that brings images to life with recorded narration
  • Powtoon - presentation tool to create animated video explainers
  • Haiku Deck - creates simple and beautiful presentations using various templates

Graphic Organizers

  • Spicy Node - create interactive graphic organizers on the web
  • Popplet - mind map app...lets students think visually. Lite ipad version

Make a free Webpage


My Favorite Curation Tools

Use these tools to bookmark content and share with students.

1. Blendspace

2. Scoop It

3. Pinterest

4. Symbaloo

5. Google Keep - lets you bookmark links, images, and write notes to a page that looks like post it notes.

20 Ways to use Pinterest in the Classroom

Assessment Tools

Kahoot - Enter questions, can play on computers or mobile devices. Go to to play. Go to to create your own. New ghost mode.

Cram - create a list of terms and definitions. Play in game format.

Play my cell organelle example here.

Socrative - create quizzes, exit tickets, and has one game option.

Nearpod - interactive presentation tool that gives instant feedback

TodaysMeet - backchannel site to have discussion

Plickers - turn your device into a remote control and answer questions. Help resources

Edpuzzle - engage students with video while tracking their understanding

Poll Everywhere -poll your students using any device. Will embed into ppt

PearDeck - very similar to NearPod. Designed to work with Chromebooks. Allows teacher to send slides to student and control what they look at. Limited free uses before you have to buy.

Google Forms - create and analyze survey results or assessments.

Passing Out and Collecting Assignments

Showbie - app allowing students to turn in work digitally on iPad.

I also use itunes U to create my class and post assignments, websites, videos, and apps to look at. Then the students turn in the work using Showbie.

Google Classroom - set up classes to pass out assignments and turn in work. Can use desktop/ laptops and iPads.

Seesaw - iPad app set up classes. Pass out assignments. Journal of student learning. Invite parents to join.

Wrap Up

Tools allowing students to respond.

Schlecty Center Resources


Tiny PDF - iPad app that allows students to annotate on pdf files

Graphite - Website with information about tech apps, resources, ratings, and lesson ideas.

Problem Attic - Website with searchable questions from state assessments.

Smore - create newsletters and flyers easily and email them to parents and students.

Bulb - Share work easily - Here is a bulb shared from our virus project.

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