Technology Smackdown

Session Objective

It is time to brush up on new and great resources that will turn an ordinary classroom into a stage for engaging learning. This fast-paced session will showcase the latest finds in standards based content, productivity life-savers, web 3.0 tools, collaborative tools, and student engagement applications. Come prepared to share your favorite resources with the group.



A great way to share information! Use Tackk to create class newsletters to send by email, on your website, or simply print. Also, Tackk is great for presenting information and sites to students in a classroom setting. You could also have students create a newsletter, timeline, book review, or other class projects on Tackk.

  • Integrated with Office 365 and Edmodo so teachers and students don't have to create a new login
  • Can insert headlines, text, photos, video, audio, hyperlinks, maps, forms, RSVPs, and a whole list of other types of media  (PPTs, infographics, embed codes, Twitter feeds, etc.)


A visual bookmarking tool that makes it simple and fun to organize the best of the web.  You can embed your "webmixes" on your webpage or share public links in emails or on Edmodo.


Quizizz is a fun multiplayer classroom activity, that allows all your students to practice together.  Students use their own devices or a computer lab to interact together in a quiz show type review game.  Choose from curated public questions sets or create your own.  After each session, student responses and scores download into an Excel file.


Educators can apply for a free Animoto Plus account for use in the classroom. Its powerful features can be used to create stunning presentations incorporating images, video clips, music and text. Create presentations to use in class or have students create presentations for an alternate project option!

  • Get advanced options when you create an education account


Plickers is a powerfully simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices. Use Plickers for quick checks for understanding to know whether your students are understanding big concepts and mastering key skills. No waiting for students to log-in on a computer or even open the right app. Plickers integrates seamlessly into the way you already teach.


Socrative lets teachers engage and assess their students with educational activities on tablets, laptops, and smartphones. Through the use of real time questioning, instant result aggregation and visualization, teachers can gauge the whole class’ current level of understanding. Socrative saves teachers time so the class can further collaborate, discuss, extend and grow as a community of learners.


Create interactive presentations students can access on their own smartphones, tablets, or in a lab setting.  Import your pre-existing PowerPoint presentations or create from scratch.  You can embed questions, polls, drawing questions, videos, webpages, etc. At the end of each session, download student results to a PDF file.

PlayPosit (FKA Educanon)

  • Easily find educational videos online or search our 300,000+ pre-made interactive videos.
  • Add any of seven interactive question types and rich media into the video's timeline to actively engage on mobile or web devices.
  • Share with students, copy from colleagues, and learn from administrators. Embed directly into your Learning Management System!
  • Understand student learning as it happens in-class or better prepare when delivery is in a flipped environment.


Access hundreds of interactive, video-driven lessons aligned to Common Core State Standards.  Create classes and make assignments that students can complete in a lab setting or on their own.


Sway, which is part of Microsoft Office and designed for creating presentations, is in many ways an alternative to PowerPoint. But what is the difference and what can it do? The purpose of Sway is to convey concepts quickly, easily and clearly. Unlike PowerPoint, it is primarily for presenting ideas onscreen rather than to an audience. Tutorials, topic introductions and interactive reports are the sort of things to which it lends itself. Sway presentations are backed up to the cloud, and can be easily shared or embedded in websites.

  • The Sway interface is based around a storyline, into which users add a series of cards.
  • These cards are then filled with content, with different cards available for different types of content, and which can be grouped together into sections.
  • Content intended to be the user's narrative can be easily added, removed, edited or reordered.
  • This flexibility should allow stories created in Sway to be much more free-flowing that presentations created in PowerPoint.

Your turn to share!

Now it's your turn!  If you have technology resources that you love to use in your class that we haven't gone over here, please share them in the comment stream below.  Be sure to describe the resource and, if applicable, share the hyperlink so we can all get to it!

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