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Changes in Ed Tech
Just as there is always something new in technology, there are also things that change or go away. There have been several announcements in April relating to educational technology that may affect services you use in your classroom. Here’s what’s new, what’s changed, and what’s going away from this past month.
In early April, Padlet announced a change to its free plan from unlimited Padlets to all users to any new accounts being limited to three Padlets and all pre-existing users keeping the Padlets they had plus three new ones. Everything you love about Padlet is still there to use for free, such as YouTube videos and websites that can be viewed inside Padlet, but in order to get more than three new Padlets, you’ll need to subscribe to Padlet’s Jetpack at $99 a year. Keep an eye on Padlet’s Twitter account, as they have suggested there may be a lower tier subscription option coming soon.
If you like shortening your URL’s before sharing them, Google’s URL shortner, goo.gl, is coming to an end. If you’ve never used the service before, unfortunately, you won’t be able to ever use it after April 13, 2018. Current users will still have access to the page through March 2019, but then it will disappear forever. Google says that any URL created with goo.gl will continue to direct to the correct website after that, but if you want to create new shortened URL’s, you’ll have to use a different service, such as bit.ly or TinyURL.