S'Cool Tools of the Week: Block Posters, BuddyUp, ThingLinkEDU

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!—Block PostersPrint posters, segment by segment, on normal-sized paper. Posters often fall outside of the classroom budget (and so land hard on a teacher’s pockets). Upload an image, choose the size, cut it into printable pieces, and make yourself a do-it-yourself decoration.

Free!—BuddyUpFind study buddies among other students in your college classes. BuddyUp integrates a social network of participants in the class and a calendar to set study group times and places. Privacy flag: BuddyUp collects student names and pictures, which it may share as aggregate, impersonal data with third parties. BuddyUp also uses email addresses; the company may share its email list with third-party advertisers. Not for students under 13.

Freemium--ThingLink and ThingLinkEdu--Add links, videos, comments and explanations to images. ThingLink functions on a browser, a mobile app and a tablet. Teachers can create classrooms within the application so students can present to one another, collaborate, submit their work and receive feedback. Privacy flag: ThingLink requires users to create an account, which collects names and may collect email addresses, depending on the type of account. ThingLink does not share personally identifiable information with third parties except hosting providers. ThingLink is not appropriate for students under 13.

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