Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: 14 Resources for AppSmashing with ThingLink

In November I launched the ThingLink AppSmash Challenge to encourage educators to share great ways to combine two or more apps together to create, publish and share content using ThingLink as a presentation tool. The goal of the challenge was to create resources to help educators discover new possibilities for teaching and learning with an iPad to better meet our teaching and learning needs.


Thinglink is one of my favorite apps. Susan Oxnevad is another fan who put out this challenge to other educators to share how they use Thinglink as part of an ‘AppSmash’. Here’s the results of these endeavours.

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Google Apps for iPad Users – Summit Resources

Lots of people were turning up at Google Summit workshops with an iPad, only to be disappointed that many things that work on a computer either don’t work at all on an iPad, or work very differently.

Although they have many advantages, its useful to remember that an iPad is not the same as a conventional computer. Many of the things that one can do on a laptop are definitely not the same experience on an iPad. It can be a little frustrating!

Google tools have typically been designed to run in a web browser and aim to be device-agnostic, but that ideal does not always translate well into an iPad experience.  The best experience on an iPad is when you use purpose built apps, and with the right apps it is quite possible to live comfortably in a Google world on an iPad.


My friend and colleague Chris Betcher is an inveterate sharer. He’s also a regular presenter at Google Summits and other events around the country and beyond. At his school the students use iPads within the classroom. This heady mix means that Chris writes from authentic personal knowledge and experience. In this post, (part of a much more extensive site focussed on things Google. If you’re looking for tips on how to best use Google tools on your iPad then this post is a great summary.

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Project Based Learning

In project based learning students are driven to learn content and skills for an authentic purpose. PBL involves students in explaining their answers to real-life questions, problems, or challenges. It starts with a driving question that leads to inquiry and investigation. Students work to create a product or presentation as their response to the driving question.

Technology can be helpful throughout a project, whether students use iPads, Chromebooks, Android tablets, laptops, or desktops. I’ve written a primer for each of the three major components of project based learning. I share useful websites and apps as I tell you about my take on project based learning.


Tony Vincent is just an all round nice guy who really knows his stuff. When he prepares content you know that not only is it extensively researched but that it grounded in theory. In this series of three quite extensive posts Tony tackles Project Based Learning from three perspectives, Crafting Questions, Investigating Authentic Questions and Creating Products to Show and Share Learning. In this case he also goes beyond his mobile focus to include Chromebooks and other technologies. This series is a must read for anyone wanting to ‘get into PBL’.

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Introduction to Google Drive 2014

As part of my work with Google Drive I have created a series of Quick Guide movies on working with Google Drive 2014. In the first of these movies I provide an overview of the Google Drive interface. In my Google Drive Playlist I have also added the following movies:

Here’s the Quick Guide to Google Drive 2014

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Drive Your Science Class Further

Last week I was privileged to present at yet another STAVCON Science Teachers’ Conference. One of the sessions was a rework of a previous presentation looking at the use of Google Drive in science classrooms. Here’s the Google Slides deck that I used.

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An iPad Year In Review: Another Chris Betcher Daily Create

Throughout 2014 my friend and colleague Chris Betcher has challenged himself to engage in a “daily create” as

part of an ongoing act of daily creation.

As the year is ending Chris has become rather reflective and in this case engaged some of the students he works with to look back at their use of iPads over 2014. As always such student responses can be quite revealing. Check them out…..

Make sure that you also look back over Chris’ year so far, (I look forward to seeing how he will end the 365 day challenge and what the  new year will bring).

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Ten Things You Need to Know About the Internet of Things: Infographic

Jacob Morgan has shared this infographic which attempts to explain 10 things you need to know about the Internet of Things.

Ten Things You Need to Know About the Internet of Things

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