S'Cool Tools of the Week: BandBlast, Airtable, Fantasy Geopolitics

TOO COOL (PERFECT FOR SCHOOL): We've got our favorite edtech teacher and administrator tools for the week right here, as highlighted in our Instruct newsletter. By the way--got a favorite S’Cool Tool you like to use? We would love to hear and share your recommendations! If you’ve got a tool that makes you or your students sing from the proverbial mountaintops, fill out this form to let us know. It might just get featured!

Free! Music teachers and lovers, are you listening? We’ve got an app just for you. BandBlast from MusicLifeboat.org contains 350+ videos from musicians, musical theory mini-games, and a built-in recorder to help you learn the basics of music and sight-reading. Available on the App Store and the Google Play Store, it’ll get you strumming along--and perhaps picking up some mathematically-minded skills along the way.

Free! Staying organized is a lot harder than you’d think, especially when you’ve got papers to grade, a mess of lesson planning to do, and any semblance of a life outside of school. Luckily, you’ve got Google Sheets to help keep data and information in check, but a new tool--Airtable--allows you to do even more with your spreadsheet savvy. Unlike Google Sheets, Airtable lets you create connections between different tables, and mix and match different types of data--like adding a photo field alongside a numeric field.

Freemium: Fantasy football + geography and social studies = some good old learning fun. That’s essentially the gist of Fantasy Geopolitics, a social studies game in which students draft countries and earn points as they track current events. So who are you rooting for? The Patriots? Japan? The island of Guam? Pricing is free for 0-5 players, and then starts to go up from there.

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