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GotTechED the Podcast - Eric Guise/Nick Johnson 15th March 2021
The 2021 Fantasy EdTech Draft
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The 2021 Fantasy EdTech Draft

GotTechED the Podcast

Episode #81: 2021 Edtech Fantasy Draft

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Welcome back to GotTechED the podcast this is Episode #81 called “2021 EdTech Fantasy Draft” In this 3rd anniversary episode of GT the podcast we bring back a former guest, Jeff Losch, for our EdTech Fantasy Draft. In this episode we’ll all draft our dream team of edtech tools, by the time we’re done featuring 21 awesome apps, extensions, and websites. This is another episode you don’t want to miss. Check it out.

Segment 1: A Reflection on the 2019 Edtech Draft (Episode 41)

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Segment 2: The 2021 Fantasy Edtech Draft

The Categories: 

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Extensions (2 each)

  1. Go Full Page
  2. Capture a screenshot of your current page in entirety and reliably—without requesting any extra permissions!
  3. The simplest way to take a full page screenshot of your current browser window. Click on the extension icon (or press Alt+Shift+P), watch the extension capture each part of the page, and be transported to a new tab of your screenshot where you can download it as an image or PDF or even just drag it to your desktop.
  4. *No bloat, no ads, no unnecessary permissions, just a simple way to turn a full web page into an image.*
  5. Additor - Highlight & organize into notes
  6. Additor helps you to organize bookmarks and highlights from article, blog, PDF, and etc into notes.
  7. VidYard
  8. Capture your screen, share your video and track who's watching it!
  9. Vidyard’s free screen recorder makes it easy to communicate better with video. 
  10. Web Paint
  11. Draw on any web page. Annotate the web!
  12. Web paint allows you to draw on web pages! 
  13. Use a powerful image editing tool right in the browser.
  14. MindZip · Remember everything you learn
  15. Remember everything you learn! The art of learning and mastering skills twice as fast.
  16. Remember everything you learn. Knowledge that we do not repeat or apply fades quickly. **With just 5 minutes of MindZip a day, you can internalize all the key points from up to 20 books per year!** How often do you struggle to recall facts that you’ve already learned? MindZip · The art of learning and mastering skills twice as fast. 
  17. With MindZip you can internalize the key thoughts from blogs, books, audiobooks, educational videos like Ted talks, online courses like Udemy, Coursera, lectures in school and university and more. 
  18. MindZip is also a smart bookmark tool, you can bookmark any source in the web with your thoughts attached. 
  19. How frustrating is it to spend hours reading and then having to read it again and again and again to get the key details to stick? 
  20. Don’t worry, you’re not alone:
  21. Our human brain forgets up to 70% of newly learned information within the first week.  
  22. The solution? 
  23. Breaking information into bite-sized chunks of compressed knowledge and learning it through smart repetition. 
  24. Introducing MindZip, the fun and easy way to convert new details into long-term memory. Our virtual Study Coach organizes the essentials from your whole library and prepares optimized daily repetition sessions.  
  25. With MindZip you can easily: 
  26. • Enter exams and job interviews with confidence. 
  27. • Replace bad habits with good new ones. 
  28. • Prepare your mind for social interactions and dating.      
  29. • Master challenging situations by recalling successful approaches.                                      
  30. Weet: Video and screen recording made collaborative
  31. Weet, the 1st collaborative Screen & Video recorder. Simple, free and unlimited screencast recording.
  32. Meet less, send a video message instead
  33. Cut down on the back-and-forth emails and make your communication better.
  34. Why Weet is unique ? 🤔
  35. - Record your video with co-authors
  36. - Add filters and virtual backgrounds
  37. - Update your video even after sharing the link
  38. - Track who watches your video
  39. - Add links & a CTA in your video 
  40. - Rich commenting options
  41. - Auto-transcription & auto-captions
  42. Weet is for everyone, yes everyone! 🤠
  43. 🌟 Record your webcam only
  44. 🌟 Record your screen with or without your webcam
  45. 🌟 Add filters on your webcam
  46. 🌟 Add a virtual background to your webcam
  47. 🌟 Record different sections in the same video 
  48. 🌟 Update your video anytime (even after sharing the link)
  49. 🌟 Unlimited recording length
  50. 🌟 Add a virtual background to your webcam
  51. 🌟 Invite others to record their section in your video
  52. 🌟 Interact with your webcam & share your screen at any point of the video
  53. 🌟 Get notified about who watched your video
  54. 🌟 Export in mp4 format, embed your video on other websites and share it on social media
  55. 🌟 Share your video with anyone, anywhere and with advanced control options

Add-ons (2 each)

  1. Koalendar: Free appointment scheduler for Google
  2. [ FREE ] Appointment Scheduler for Google Calendar. Get your booking page ready in 5 minutes. The easiest scheduling tool to share your availability.
  3. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ • "I've used this calendar program for one week and I cannot believe I've ever lived without it."
  4. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ • "Teacher friends, this Koalendar extension is a game changer for conferences. You can send them links to sign up + even ask a question “what would you like to discuss during our conference today?” And it syncs to your calendar. You can do 1:1, capping it at 1/slot or do small groups!"
  5. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ • "BEST APP EVER! I have found this tremendously helpful in my work. It has saved me a ton of back and forth trying to figure out when I can meet with people."
  6. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ • "Absolutely love this. I just installed it and it seems like it is going to save me so much time. I ran into a few issues while I was setting it up and Victor walked me through each one. Excellent customer service. I would highly recommend this software."
  7. 100% free plan available. 
  8. Build for educators, recruiters, consultants, and sales.
  9. Create your booking page in a few minutes and share your link so that your invitees can book the perfect time without exchanging any email.
  10. Gone are the days where you send a mass email for availability and have to sort through each person to figure out the best time.
  11. Form Approvals:
  12. Turn Google Form submissions into interactive workflows
  13. Need support? Contact support@formapprovals.com and our team will get back to you shortly!
  14. Designed for use within organizations of all sizes to automate any process needing approval.
  15. Within minutes you'll be able to: 
  16. * Create a form to capture information/data requiring approval;
  17. * Assign approvers; 
  18. * Create multi-level workflow;
  19. * Include routing conditions (e.g only send to an approver if a condition is met); 
  20. * Have requests sent to approvers automatically each time a form submission is made;
  21. * Set up automatic reminders;
  22. * Attachment documents to notifications; and
  23. * Manage forms, track requests and view form submission data from one convenient portal. 
  24. Try it for free today, for your time off, expense, project, or contract approvals.
  25. Depending on your usage, there may be a cost to use this add-on. Refer to formapprovals.com/pricing for details.
  26. Diagrams.net
  27. diagrams.net is the most tightly Google Drive integrated diagramming application available.
  28. draw.io is completely free online diagram editor built around Google Drive(TM), that enables you to create flowcharts, UML, entity relation, network diagrams, mockups and more.
  29. Your data is stored only in Google Drive, so no additional third-party to trust with your data.
  30. draw.io can import from .vsdx, Gliffy(TM) and Lucidchart(TM) files.
  31. AirTable
  32. Organize anything with Airtable, the world's friendliest database.
  33. Airtable is the easy way to create your own organizational databases. From indie filmmakers to cattle farmers, creators and creatives around the world are using Airtable to organize their lives, their way.
  34. Use Airtable to share survey forms and manage entries, track collections or ideas, and manage customers or contacts — all in one place. Get started instantly with a variety of templates ranging from store inventory to applicant management, or easily piece together your own layout from scratch.
  35. Airtable's built for collaboration and lets you share your data, chat with teammates, and see changes as they happen. Airtable syncs across all your devices to keep your data up-to-date wherever you go. Our mobile apps make it easy to add and remove data, attach files, and collaborate with your team.
  36. Here are some ways that Airtable is being used today:
  37. ▸ Organizing People and Customers
  38. ▸ Cataloging Collections, Ideas, and Inventory
  39. * Store or restaurant inventory
  40. * Product catalogs
  41. * Personal clothing collections
  42. * Pet medical history
  43. * Cattle and farm inventory
  44. * Frequent flyer accounts
  45. * Camping supplies
  46. ▸ Managing Projects and Tasks
  47. * Team project management
  48. * Events and conferences
  49. * Blog editorial calendars
  50. * Wedding planning
  51. * Building inspection checklists
  52. * Planning out novels
  53. * Study guides
  54. * Film production
  55. Collabrify
  56. Collaboratively create concept maps!
  57. Collabrify Map is a “collabrified” concept mapping tool. Students can work together, synchronously, in real­time, to co-­create concept maps that graphically help students to organize and represent knowledge – and their evolving understanding! Each colored, labeled node can include a text comment and/or an image; the image will be display in the node on the concept map. Use colored, labeled arcs to connect the nodes to express the relationship of the nodes to each other. Use Map and the other apps in the Collabrify Suite to “collabrify” your classroom! EDUCATORS: Please contact us @imlc­info@umich.edu for webinars and pedagogical support – free! Map works with Google Classroom.
  58. Icons by the Noun Project
  59. Get access to millions of high-quality icons from Noun Project. For icons from Beyoncé to Venn diagrams, we got you covered.
  60. Icons are a great way to visually illustrate any idea. With this add-on, you can quickly find the icon you need, change its color and size, and insert it right into your slide or doc with just one click, all without leaving your workflow. Choose from a huge, ever-growing collection of high-quality symbols, built by creatives from around the world.
  61. Perfect for teachers, marketers, sales teams, and anyone needing to quickly create beautiful, insightful content. 
  62. The add-on is free to use (no account required) with access to 100 of our most frequently used pictograms. Or unlock the entire collection of over 1 million royalty-free icons, as well as full access to all Pro features, for $39.99 per year. Special discount is available for the Education Community. All proceeds are shared directly with our creative community.
  63. - No account required for free use, no trial periods to deal with
  64. - Easily search and insert icons right from your doc or slide, stay in your workflow
  65. - Add icons to your Docs or Slides with just one click
  66. - Add-on remembers your last used color and size for speed and consistency
  67. - Connect your existing Noun Project account, or start a new one (no account needed for free users)
  68. - The most diverse collection of icons for everything
  69. - Cave paintings < ClipArt < Noun Project

Edtech Tools including URLs (2 each)

  1. Kapwing.com (The Fonz by My Edtech Life)
  2. No watermarks
  3. 250MB file upload limit
  4. Export videos up to 7 minutes long
  5. Publish up to 3 hours of video per month
  6. Edit and store content up to 2 days old
  7. Access to all tools
  8. KumoSpace (Fonz, Nesi, Mike Brilla)
  9. Move around a space and join into different conversations 
  10. Kumospace is easy, immersive, and most importantly fun.
  11. Say goodbye to the boring grid of video conferences.
  12. Kumospace makes connecting online feel as natural as connecting offline. Guests in Kumospace move across virtual rooms to chat with friends. Just like in the physical world, the environment suggests behavior, whether it’s casual chatter in a cozy lounge, a professional discussion in a boardroom, or a presentation given from a stage.
  13. Thinkio.it
  14. Alternative to Kami
  15. Free
  16. TalkingPts.org
  17. Communicate with families in their home languages to build strong partnerships all year long. Join the millions of teachers and parents who already use TalkingPoints.
  18. TalkingPoints is a non-profit organization solely focused on family engagement for families of under-resourced, multilingual communities.
  19. Highest-quality translation
  20. The only platform investing in enhanced education-specific translation using humans and machine learning.
  21. Seamless multilingual communication
  22. Two-way communication with all families across over 100 home languages.
  23. Essential accessibility during remote learning
  24. Reach all of your families, which is even more critical during remote and hybrid learning.
  25. Polotno Studio
  26. Make designs through templates
  27. Quickly add backgrounds, images and text
  28. No sign ups
  29. Free
  30. Visiwig
  31. Vector Creator 
  32. Free and Easy
  33. Icons backgrounds and images for websites


  1. Spline
  2. A design tool, for 3d
  3. Easily create and publish 3D web experiences. Build and iterate fast with production-ready results.
  4. 3d for the web in realtime
  5. Use text, create basic geometric shapes, edit materials, import 3d models, and more. Control the outcome of your design work.
  6. Try the Preview Release
  7. Spline is still very early, but we would love to see what you can build with it at this stage! Feel free to tag us on Twitter or IG with your work.
  8. Clipdrop AR/VR
  9. Capture directly from your desktop
  10. Then just drag & drop to any other app.
  11. Incredibly accurate
  12. We use state of the art vision AI to provide the best analysis & cut-out technology, no matter what you’re capturing.
  13. ▸ Download and try for free
  14. Integrates with your workflow (Photoshop, Canva, PPT)
  15. Drag & drop images directly to any other app or website.
  16. New! Import editable masks with the Plugin for Adobe Photoshop.
  17. A simple pricing
  18. Get access to unlimited clips, and full access to all features on all platforms with a single subscription. 4.99 (Free Trial)
  19. Thingiverse
  20. Grab digital designs (STL) files to 3-d print or change
  21. Search the gallery 
  22. Choose the file
  23. Download the file

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  1. Alfonso Mendoza

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