My favorite new and updated tools in 2019

The end of the year is only five days away, so I have compiled a short list of my favorite new and updated tools in 2019. You can view my video overview of these tools, view the slides or read more about them below. This is a very subjective list that is not subject to any scientific or editorial review process no company on this list has paid to appear on it.

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You can learn more about all these tools and find tutorials on how to use them on my YouTube channel. is the platform that I use to produce the practical Ed Tech Podcast. It makes it super easy to distribute my podcast to all major podcast networks, including Google Play and Apple Podcasts.

Slido is a new service that allows you to easily insert interactive quiz and survey questions in your Google Presentations.

VidReader makes a transcription of every YouTube video that contains spoken English. Transcripts are both printable and hyperlinks with time stamps.

Canva has released a whole series of updates to close 2019. These updates include a new video editor and a new background removal tool for each image. Best of all, teachers can download all Canva’s professional functions for free at

Padlet has been a staple in my tools menu for the entire decade! This year Padlet has added a new multimedia card tool.

The web version of Google Earth received much-needed updates this year, including the addition of new geography games. The best update, however, was the addition of a tool for creating multimedia placemarks and tours. The web version of Google Earth is still lagging behind the desktop version, but it is improving.

In 2019, Google Presentations finally has a native audio function! Now you can add audio to your slides without having to use third-party add-ons or weird solutions.

Canned replies was one of the new features added to all Gmail / G Suite email accounts this year. I use this function a lot when answering questions from students and parents.

Glide Apps is perhaps my favorite new tool from 2019! With Glide Apps, anyone who can create a Google spreadsheet can create a working mobile app. It has been a hit everywhere that I have demonstrated this year. Glide Apps is one of the tools I use in my updated Education History course with technology from January.

ClassTools has been on my list of sources for the past decade. In 2019, ClassTools added some new game templates and an interactive image generator template.

Educandy is a new game creation service that appeared on my radar this year. My blog post about that turned out to be one of the most popular of the year.

BoClips is an educational video service that I discovered in January. It offers millions of educational videos without all the distractions that are usually associated with YouTube, but includes licensed content from some of the most popular educational channels on YouTube.

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