Shukes and Giff
Putting the "AHA" in EdTech
Shukes and Giff The Podcast is a weekly podcast by Canadian educators Kim Pollishuke (@KimPollishuke) and Jen Giffen (@VirtualGiff). The podcast aims to share EdTech treasures with the audience in hopes of creating an AHA moment and encouraging listeners to take those AHAs and give it a go.


All Episodes

In this episode Jen shares a but of little finds from the summer – from games to Google updates, there is something for everyone.

In this episode Kim is back (!!) and Jen & Kim talk about some fun end of year activities including Games, Google Doodles, Online instruments, Sound Effects, Laundry Art, and apps to help you get in touch with nature. As a bonus, we share some great…

In this episode Jen is joined by Stephanie Howell (@mrshowell24) and we talk, EDUProtocols, a tool for summarizing, video captions, storytelling and deciphering between assessment levels.

In this episode Jen is joined by Jen Conti (@Conti_Jen) and we talk a bunch of slide deck trick, creating interactive worksheets, keyboard shortcuts, a game app for engagement and strategy building, and keeping track of student questions….

In this episode Jen is joined by Kim Strobel (@StrobelED) and we talk about the science of happiness, the top 5 happiness habits and tech tools to help you keep them in the front of your mind.

In this episode Jen joined by Charity Helman (@CharityHelman) and we talk about online Whiteboard tools, making interactive PDFs,  an interactive tool for real time feedback & assessment, leaving comments in Doc, and finding old web content to access…

In this AHA overflow, Jen shares all the cool updates coming soon to Google Classroom, Meet and more!

In this episode Jen’s all alone and she talks about creating Jamboard backgrounds, a website for great videos for kids, creating QR codes, support for using Google Classroom, and posting to Instagram from your computer.…

In this episode Jen joined by Bryon Carpenter (@BryonCar) and we talk about tools for background removal, the power of QR codes & URL shorteners, a math game, a tool for making quick hands-  on tech tutorials, and a Chrome extension for motivation and…

In this episode Jen joined once again by Andy Losik (@MrLosik) and we talk chrome tabs, site for creative commons pictures, a tools for LARGE online gatherings, and Hyperdocs.

In this episode Jen is joined by Brian Briggs (@BriBriggs) and we share a tool to help those with learning exceptionalities and another to simulate those exceptionalities.  A VR tool, a place to make some pretty cool differentiated learning paths, a…

In this episode Jen is joined by Andy Losik (@MrLosik) and we share some tools for annotation, screencasting, and transcribing online meetings as well as a fun activity to share compliments.

In this episode Jen shares some cool things she learned during day 1 of #ISTE20 Live….and some other stuff she found as she tumbled down the Twitter rabbithole.
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In this episode we talk chat with our friends from Check This Out, the DEISOL podcast and TOSAs Talking Tech about the things we are doing (or can be doing) to stay well during school closures.   Get comfy – it is looooooong!

In this episode we talk about: A new tool from the people at, a couple of itty bitties including one to help combat germs, a whole bunch of digital citizenship resources – particularly for parents, New tools thanks to Flipgrid’s Appsmash…

In this episode, we talk about a few new updates to Sites and Docs, more design tips, a whole bunch of audio, image and video content creation ideas that you can do for free!

In this episode, we talk about online math manipulatives, typing games, tips for design, lessons for effective google searches, and an add-on to create GIFS from a slide deck.

In this episode we talk about a site to prompt inquiry, a new feature in Google Slides, a trick with manipulatives in Drawings, a few tips on productivity in different tools, fun sound effects, time management, and updates to a couple tools we love,…

In this episode we talk about Kim’s big milestone, a bunch of Google Itty Bitties, Google’s Earth creation tool and some great voyageur stories, creating with Chrome, wildlife cams, and presentation coaching.

In this episode we talk about a few updates to Google Sites, audio in Google Slides – finally, a quick trick to mute sound in videos,  a few different accessibility tools, and a new feature in Chromebooks.

In this episode we talk about some cool Keep extensions, a tool that shows you changes made in a Doc over time, nesting labels in Gmail, New .new shortcuts, and aligning Chrome profile pictures.  It’s a short one!

In this episode we talk about Googley things like changes to slides captioning, their Pinterest account, getting started with Google for EDU, new ISTE standards for coaches, tools that are now free for Google for Education certified Innovators and…

In this episode we talk about a newish feature in Google Forms, an auto-magical add-on that translates slides, a new Wakelet layout, another way to engage audiences, a shortcut to voice typing and Gmail labels.

In this episode we talk about a free online PD opportunity, an emoji Chrome extension, some email hacks, inserting audio in slides, a way to digitize post it note activities,  new slide templates, the Bard and Barbara Streisand…

In this LIVE (from the MACUL conference in Detroit, MI)  we talk about Flipgrid shorts and camera  & AR, a tool to copy FOLDERS (!!) in Drive, and a couple of cool Drive tricks. Audience members share Google Photo scan, Autodraw in Book creator,…

In this episode we talk about a bunch of features and tools for your Mac, Chrome extensions to change favicons and access Instagram, some Google EDU on air learning on accessibility, making learning visible in Scratch, and an amazing student 20 time…

In this episode we talk about a rapid writing tool, ideas for student privacy, using lists in Twitter, new Google Meet news, writing poetry with robots, Google Tasks, and two Google Chrome extensions one for Google calendar and one for GMail

In this episode we discuss a tools for drawing, searching, spelling, and reading and we do it all with digital games.

In this episode…we talk about updates from Google, a tool to create scavenger hunts or digital breakouts, communication and Netflix, Building an app prototype, some geo tools, and Can Lit.

In this episode we talk about art – seeing yourself in it and making it, a couple of Google Earth resources, design thinking tools, Google experiments, and how to change link colours in a slide deck.

In this episode we talk about Two Itty Bitty (soon to be) Shukey Giffys, Twitter reply etiquette, captions to Drive files, a new curation and organization tool, and graphic organizers from a friend. 

In this episode we talk about a curation and collaboraton tool, a Chrome extension to gather a ton of links, virtual field trips on a budget, a kid safe search engine, and a bitmoji hacks that will blow your mind!
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In this episode Jen talks to Kim Randall and Kelly Kermode (author’s of “Bring the World to Your Classroom: Using Google Geo Tools”) about lists in Google Maps , a tool to get your students connected globally, A test creator powered by AI, Google Tour…

In this overflow episode we give some shoutouts, share some timeline making tools, tips to manage bookmark bar real estate, a Chrome extension to help with altering URL addresses for different kinds of sharing, a site to promote curiosity, problem…