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Unconventional Uses for EdTech Tools

episode 47 unconventional edtech

In this episode of GotTechED the Podcast we discuss:

  • Using current events to promote problem solving and critical thinking
  • Unconventional uses of edtech tools
  • GotTechED Shoutouts

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Segment 1: Current Events

Somethings wrong in the world today

Using current events as a means to motivate students to be solution finders


  1. Climate change article for lesson on weather, habitats, food webs, etc.
  2. Upcoming Election article for lesson on government function


Segment 2: Unintended Uses

  1. Flipgrid- scavenger hunts called “Fliphunts” with Kathi Kersznowski
  2. Murder Mystery 
  3. ClassroomQ
  4. Google Slides for Stop Motion Videos (edit URL for auto-playback through slides)
  5. Google Sheets conditional formatting to answer check
  6. Google Drawings Red Reveal Template 
  7. Red Reveal Template Part 1
  8. Red Reveal Template Part 2
  9. QR Code Scavenger Hunt (
  10. Google Docs as HyperDocs (

Segment 3: Shoutouts

Edtech world is a exciting positive space, so many people online, thanksgiving up, we’ve gotten lots of support and we wanted to say thanks. If you have a fav podcast or blog, its always good to hear from audience 

If your a listener of ours, we’d love to hear from you , subcribe, like, rate us on itunes , youtube

  1. Rae Hughart @RaeHughart @teachbetterteam 12 Educational Podcasts 
  2. Anuj Agarwal from Feedspot: @anuj_feedspot Top 75 Educational Technology Blogs And Websites For Educators in 2019
  3. Jeff Bradbury
  4. Ask the Tech Coach Podcast: The Importance Of Tech Coaches Focusing On Function And NOT On Application 
  5. Teachercast Blog: How Can Tech Coaches Help Teachers Embrace Technology Integration Challenges? 
  6. Twitter Chats:
  7. #PD4uandme 10/26/19 Podcasting” @specialtechie
  8. #masterychat with the @teachbetterteam Wednesday’s at 8pm

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Google Docs Best Practices

Flipped Classroom, UDL, and EdTech Reform

Need a Presenter?

As experienced presenters and content creators, you can contact Nick and Guise to speak at your school, event, or conference. They can customize a workshop that meets your organization’s unique time and content needs. While no topic is out of bounds, GotTechED is best known for sessions on:

  • 1:1 Chromebook Integration
  • EdTech Throwdown
  • TargetED Learning
  • Gamification (Badge Systems)
  • Game-Based Learning (Escape Rooms, Amazing Race, and more)
  • Google apps and extensions
  • Personalized learning and Choice Boards

About the author, Eric

Eric Guise is a media specialist and technology coach with more than a decade of experience as a teacher.

Eric was named the 2016 Biology Teacher of Year by the New Jersey Biology Teachers Association and is currently pursuing an EdD in Leadership in Digital Transformation in Educational Technology.

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