Monday, December 4, 2023

EdTech Links of the Week - 12-4-23

Each week I keep an eye out for the latest edtech resources through blogs, social media, podcasts, videos, user groups, and more. I then try to reshare these resources in many ways.

One way I share these is here on the blog in these "EdTech Links of the Week" posts. See below to explore the latest batch of resources, and be sure to share with others who may benefit.

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This week I have 3 resources from around the Internet and 3 resources from my blog.

▶️ Recorded Video

🔎 MyLens
  • Free AI-powered tool to generate timelines on any subject.
  • Enter your topic, including details for more accuracy, and click "Create Timeline".
  • The AI will generate a timeline with key events for that topic.
  • You can share the final timeline as a link for others to view.
  • Or you can download a PNG image of the timeline.
  • Example - History of AI
  • Example - Tesla versus Edison

🖼️ Kids Think Wide
  • Free collection of engaging AI-generated images to serve as writing prompts for students.
  • Each image also comes with a narrative writing prompt and several warm-up discussion questions.
  • The site also includes "Sparks" which are animated writing prompt images.
  • When browsing the images you can filter by type including descriptive, design, informative, narrative, persuasive, poetry, recount, and more.
  • Students are welcome to download images and incorporate them into school reports, presentations, etc. for free, so long as proper credit/citation is given.

⌛ Revision History
  • Revision History helps teachers see students' process when they write essays in Google Docs. 
  • It is meant to help teachers guide their students through revisions as well as to ensure that students are not just copy/pasting text from AI/LLMs/ChatGPT or other sources.
  • With Revision History, you can see:
  • Active writing time - Total time spent actively typing in the document
  • Number of writing sessions - Any breaks of more than 5 minutes count as a new session
  • What snippets they copy/pasted - This only counts copy/pastes of 20 or more words or 150 or more characters
  • Number of deletions - Anytime text was removed from the document such a pressing the backspace key or selecting text and pressing delete
  • Watch a video replaying the document being written

❄️ Cool Tools 2023 

As we wrap up 2023 I am sharing 24 of my favorite "Cool Tools" from this year, with one new entry per day from December 1st through 24th (sort of like an EdTech advent calendar).
  • For this year I am going with the theme of artificial intelligence tools and resources, since that has been the hot topic.
  • As I release each new entry, I will add a new link to a growing list in the post at
  • And you can access each tool through my "Cool Tools 23" slideshow here - Google Slides link
So far the Cool Tools I have shared include:

⛄ 8 Googley Wintertime Activities for Kids

If you are looking for seasonal projects that are fun, tie into wintertime themes, and still provide our students with a chance to be creative, write, or improve some content area skills, be sure to check out my collection of eight wintertime-themed activities that use free Google tools, including Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Drawings including:
  • ⛄ Build a Snowman with Google Slides
  • 🎄 Decorate a Holiday Tree with Google Slides
  • 🧲 Wintertime Magnetic Poetry with Google Drawings
  • 📬 Holiday Greeting Cards with Google Drawings
  • 🎁 "12 Days of Christmas" Guided Google Sheets Math Activity
  • 🌟 Pixel Art Ornaments with Google Sheets
  • ❄️ Wintertime Emoji Rebus Stories with Google Docs
  • 💡 Holiday Lights Writing with Google Docs

📰 What's New in Google - November 2023

For an easy way to catch up on everything new in Google for Education from the last month, check out the recorded video, detailed agenda, and all the links from the GEG-Ohio November 2023 Meeting. As usual we shared lots of news, updates, helpful ideas and resources for schools.

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