4 #EdTech Tools You Should Buy Roses For

In addition to showing that special someone in your life just how much you care this Valentine’s Day here are 4 #edtech tools, you should show some love to.

1. Overcast Podcast Catcher

Available for iOS, this podcast catcher is THE BEST! A powerful yet simple audio podcast player, with features such as Smart Speed, Voice Boost, and Smarter Playlists to help you listen to more podcasts in more places, try new shows, and completely control your experience.

Overcast is a modern, fully featured audio podcast player with many useful features in a simple, intuitive interface:

  • Download podcasts for playing anytime, even when offline.
  • Search and browse for new podcasts, plus get recommendations from Twitter.
  • Create custom Playlists with smart filters and per-podcast priorities, and rearrange the list whenever you want.
  • Receive optional push notifications when new episodes arrive.
  • Subscribe to a podcast, or just add an episode: try new shows without committing.
  • Download podcasts over cellular, set a sleep timer or use Voice Boost to enhance and normalize speech volume.
  • Adjust playback speed, and use Smart Speed to pick up extra speed without distorting the conversation.
  • Navigate with CarPlay. (On supported car radios.)
  • Apple Watch app, Glance, and notifications

2. Evernote

Evernote gets you effortlessly organized with notes that sync between all your devices. Be productive anywhere:

  • Write notes, checklists, and research
  • Clip from anywhere on the web
  • Discuss your work with others, right within the app
  • Present ideas without creating a slide deck


  • Stay focused: write in an uncluttered workspace
  • Get things done: make to-do’s and checklists
  • Attach files: keep Office docs, PDFs, and photos
  • Get organized: notebooks and tags keep work tidy
  • Find anything: searchable text in notes and photos


  • Work chat: discuss notes without leaving the app
  • Work together: share notebooks for team projects
  • Meeting prep: create agendas and action items


  • Make connections: turn biz cards into contacts
  • Track expenses: organize receipts, bills & invoices
  • Plan travel: save research and reservations


Evernote is free to download and use. Evernote Premium unlocks, even more, productivity:

  • More space – get more done with 10 GB of new uploads each month
  • Better search – search inside Office docs and attachments
  • PDF annotation – use shapes and comments to give visual feedback
  • Presentation mode – turn notes into beautiful presentations, no slides required

Two subscription levels:
1) Evernote Premium: $5.99 monthly, $49.99 annually
2) Evernote Plus: $2.99 monthly, $24.99 annually

3. Voxer

Voxer is a free app that combines the best of voice, text, photo and video messages for a powerful and personal messaging tool. Easily and instantly communicate with friends, family or teams at work – live or later. Voxer works over any 3G, 4G, or WIFI network in the world.

Voxer is the only service that delivers voice live – so it can be listened to immediately – and simultaneously records the message – so it can be listened to later. We have 120 global patents for this unique technology that is used in over 200 countries.

Voxer powers the #EdJusticeLeague and it can power your PLN too!

4. Periscope

Just over a year ago, we became fascinated by the idea of discovering the world through someone else’s eyes. What if you could see through the eyes of a protester in Ukraine? Or watch the sunrise from a hot air balloon in Cappadocia? It may sound crazy, but we wanted to build the closest thing to teleportation. While there are many ways to discover events and places, we realized there is no better way to experience a place right now than through live video. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but live video can take you someplace and show you around.

Thanks for reading, viewing, and sharing!

Mr. Christopher J. Nesi