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Just thought that I would share this novel idea from one of my colleagues. She's organised a get together where more than 60 educators are coming together for a one-off app speed dating session. The idea is that you have a chance to share with others, in 5 minutes or less, an app that you think is indispensable in the classroom.

I thought it was a great idea. Now, what shall I share? I'm thinking the Evernote+Penultimate combo might be hard to resist...

After event, I'll come back and share any good ones.


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Samer Rabadi's picture
Samer Rabadi
Online Community Engagement Manager

One of my favorite parts of an EdCamp is the EdTech Smackdown.

During the Smackdown, anyone can get 2 minutes at the front of the room to share a resource (app, website, technology, etc.) that they love. Lately, people have also started talking about philosophy and approaches as well.

The organizers record everything and share out the list of resources to the attendees.

That's how I first learned about Google's Cultural Institute, which by the way is an amazing resource. You can visit museums all over the world:

Whitney Hoffman's picture
Whitney Hoffman
Producer LD Podcast, Digital Media Consultant, Author

I agree Samer- the edtech smackdown is great as well as the 60 in 60 resources- Brandon Lutz has done a series of presentations of 60 web based tools for education in 60 minutes- with links posted to his wiki you can find here:

I use it all the time- and he updates it regularly!

Laura Thomas's picture
Laura Thomas
Director, Antioch University New England Center for School Renewal, Author of Facilitating Authentic Learning, Director of the Antioch Critical Skills Program; Elementary Library Media Specialist

My favorite app these days is Pinterest- an oldy by a goodie. I've been using it to curate content when I'm visiting schools, organizing examples of teachers using Critical Skills, plus scanning challenges and tools and adding them to my boards.

I'll also share the link to the Edcamp Keene app smackdown from this August. Lots of good stuff there!

My personal favorite from the list (besides Remind101) is the Zombie Based Learning site. 'Cause, you know, ZOMBIES!

Toby's picture
Teacher Liaison

Wow, I hadn't heard of EdCamp/EdTech Smackdown before. Thanks for sharing! This is also a great idea and can't wait to hear what comes out of the event.

I think a great tech resource for early education is StoryBots. I'm cheating a bit since it's not one app, but a collection of apps. ;) But there's a wealth of quality videos on the ABCs, outer space, the body, time -- and the best part is that new videos are constantly being produced. There's a great reading app as well, which puts the students as the star of the book -- instant engagement. :) And, it's completely free for educators:

Keith Heggart's picture
Keith Heggart
High School Teacher from Sydney, Australia

See that's why I like Edutopia - I had never heard of StoryBots before! Thanks Toby, I'll check it out.

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