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Shukes and Giff The Podcast

Shukes and Giff The Podcast

By Jen Giffen & Kim Pollishuke - members of the Education Podcast Network
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.
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S04 EP02: Losik & Giff

Shukes and Giff The Podcast

S05 Ep14: Wardrobe & Giff
In this episode Jen talks to Katie Wardrobe (@MusicTechTchr) from Midnight Music and the Music Tech Teacher Podcast, we talk music, all things audio, and all things sound. #ShukesAndGiff
April 24, 2022
S05 Ep13: Seven Short Shares (73)
In this Episode Jen Talks about AI created maps, charging your devices without cables, a couple of Chrome extensions for productivity, animated GIFs, Manga and, of course, Wordle. #ShukesAndGiff Show nate at:
April 10, 2022
S05 E12: Finally Motivated!
In this episode Jen talks about Animating Text Messaging, a free music resource, finding social media  trends, iPhone tricks, Google Fonts, Pokemon and a virtual meet up for Library Workers. #ShukesAndGiff
March 27, 2022
Season 5, Episode 11: Croupe & Giff
In this episode Jen talk to Lydia Croupe (@EDUCroupe) about Chrome tabs, emojis, accessibility, diverse clip art, coding and art, digital business cards, TCEA, and lots more fun… don't worry, of course we talk about Wordle. #ShukesndGiff
February 20, 2022
Season 5, Episode 10: Heupel & Giff
In this episode Jen talk to Vicki Heupel (@33heupel) about tips and tricks for Google Sheet, a tools to help read twitter threads, Book Creator,  Tall Tweets to make learning visible, a bunch of Itty Bitties, a cool app for podcast lovers, and of course, Wordle. http://ShukesAndGiff #ShukesAndGiff
February 06, 2022
E05 S09: I Don't Want To Take Credit For The Wordle Craze But...
In this episode Jen talks about Wordle, an app for those with visual impairments, controlling noise levels, projecting from your tablet, cures for boredom, free sound effect and pushing slides to students easily. #ShukesAndGiff
January 22, 2022
S05 E08: Will & Giff
In this episode Jen is joined by her middle son, William, and they share a cool way to animate drawings, tools to create and burn in captions on videos, a fun word game, and Jen's Learn to Sketchnote Course #TodayISketchnotED #ShukesAndGiff Show notes at:
January 08, 2022
S05 E07: Frankfort & Giff
In this episode Jen is joined by Michael Frankfort and we talk stop motion animation, math, Ditch Summit, #TodayISketchnotED cohort 3, #CreateWithChrome. Show notes at:  Follow #ShukesAndGiff 
December 12, 2021
S5AHA1 - AHA Overflow - GOTLearning
In this episode Jen talks to Mike Rutherford from Growth Over Time (GOT) Learning - a Collaborative Learning System that you can use to track those conversation and observations from the classroom.  
December 07, 2021
S05 E06: Mullaney & Giff
In this episode Jen is joined by Tom Mullaney, and we talk about spicing up your Google Docs for easy navigation & clarity, stop motion animation, digital breakouts, a platform for virtual conferences, Google Expeditions, Bitmojis, and Tom's podcast No Red Pen...including how it got the name. #ShukesAndGiff
December 05, 2021
S05 E05: Cottier & Giff
In this episode Jen is joined by Emma Cottier, and we share a ton of resources to get you creating and designing in Google Slides and Drawings. #ShukesAndGiff
November 27, 2021
S05 E04: Covington & Giff
In this episode Jen is joined by Tom Covington, co-host of TOSAS Talking Tech, and we share tips to manage social media accounts, cool podcasts, a wifi mouse tool, and do a manic minute! #ShukesAndGiff
October 31, 2021
S05 E03: Recipe for Fun and Engagement
In this episode Jen shares a cool app to bring read alouds alive, some Flipgrid news, an efficient way to share links, a chrome extension to help you learn a new language and some ways to build community and engagement in your learning environment. #ShukesAndGiff
October 16, 2021
S05 E02: With a little help from my friends
In this episode Jen shares podcasts, PD opportunities, templates, and more...all things shared by friends of the show. #ShukesAndGiff
October 03, 2021
S05 E01: Itty Bitty Bonanza
In this episode Jen shares a but of little finds from the summer - from games to Google updates, there is something for everyone.
September 19, 2021
Season 4, Episode 11: Together Again!
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 summer learning opportunities.
June 18, 2021
Season 4, Episode 10: Howell & Giff
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. #ShukesAndGiff
April 15, 2021
S4 Ep3: Conti & Giff
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. #ShukesAndGiff
March 23, 2021
S04 EP 08 - Strobel and Giff
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. http://ShukesAndGiff #ShukesAndGiff
March 09, 2021
S04 EP 07 - Helman and Giff - Bros United
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 those broken links. #ShukesAndGiff
February 23, 2021
AHA Overflow - Learning with Google Updates
In this AHA overflow, Jen shares all the cool updates coming soon to Google Classroom, Meet and more! #ShukesAndGiff 
February 17, 2021
S04E06 - Giff's February Finds
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. #ShukesAndGiff
February 08, 2021
S04E05 - Carp & Giff
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 productivity. htto:// #ShulesAndGiff
January 24, 2021
S04E04 - Losik & Giff take 2!
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.
January 07, 2021
S4 Ep3: Briggs & Giff
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 way to video edit FREE on a Chromebook, and a bunch of games and activities for the winter and holidays. #ShukesAndGiff Show notes at:
December 18, 2020
S04 EP02: Losik & Giff
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. #ShukesAndGiff
December 08, 2020
S04 EP01: #GIffSTE Day 1
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. Visit: for show notes #ShukesAndGiff
November 30, 2020
Check This DIESOL TOSAS Giff Out cross over episode
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!
March 23, 2020
S3 Ep 10 - We're Tongue Tied with Tools for Parents
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 2020, and an app for book clubs. #ShukesAndGiff
March 11, 2020
S3 Ep8: Design Tips, Pants Optional
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. www.ShukesAndGiff #ShukesAndGiff
March 06, 2020
S3 EP 9 - Squirrels & Crickets & Share Smashing
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!
February 28, 2020
S3, Ep 7: Unicorns and Fairies seem to love Jen's Computer
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, there might be more stuff in there.. we haven't talked in a while. It's a long one... #ShukesAndGiff
January 28, 2020
S3 EP6 - This F'n episode
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.
December 04, 2019
S3 Ep5 - We're Making Things Accessible, Baby
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. #ShukesAndGiff
November 19, 2019
S3 Ep4 - Keeping up with Keep
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! #ShukesAndGiff
November 05, 2019
S3, Ep 3 - Gesundheit
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 Trainers, a tool to make a custom route in maps, a word game, appointment calendars, and making big posters. #ShukesAndGiff
October 22, 2019
S3 Ep02 - Parler Vous Français?
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.
October 08, 2019
The Bard and Barbara Streisand
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 #ShukesAndGiff
September 18, 2019
Shukes And Giff: The Podcast LIVE from MI GoogleFest!
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, Planbook, Powtoon, and a multiplication table trick.
August 12, 2019
Take 2 for the end of season 2
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 project. #ShukesAndGiff
June 11, 2019
S2 EP13 - Bon Appetit!
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
May 21, 2019
S2 Ep 12 - Shall We Play A Game???
In this episode we discuss a tools for drawing, searching, spelling, and reading and we do it all with digital games. #ShukesAndGiff
May 07, 2019
S2 Ep 11 - Is it an Eagle? Is it a Birdie? No.. It's a Tiger!
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. #ShukesAndGiff
April 23, 2019
S2 Ep 10 - What's the Title?
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. #ShukesAndGiff
April 09, 2019
S2 EP9 - The Robots Are Coming...
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.  #ShukesAndGiff
March 26, 2019
#FaheyAndMoura - Midterm #5
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! Shownotes at: #ShukesAndGiff
March 12, 2019
Midterm EP 4 - #FakeKimAndKelly
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 Builder and Creator, and layers in Google Earth Voyager Stories.  #ShukesAndGiff
February 26, 2019
AHA Overflow #2
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 solving and to spark inquiry, and a site to see news trending around the world.
February 15, 2019
Midterm EP 3 - #ShukesAndDanny
In this midterm episode, Kim chats with Danny Leeming (@dleeming2) #ShukesAndGiff
February 12, 2019
Midterm EP 2 - #CurtsAndVincent
In this episode we talk about some tools to remove background from photos,  a teleprompter tool,  resources for teaching arts, music, and science, a cool video app, and a dad joke resource. #ShukesAndGiff
January 29, 2019
Midterm EP 1 - #ShukesAndJake???
In this episode we talk about an extension for typing shortcuts, a brand new incredible education podcast, quick check-ins with Forms, Videos in Drawings, stylizing comments and bullets, and a couple of command shift surprises. #ShukesAndGiff
January 15, 2019
S2 EP8 - Maybe We Should Talk About EdTech?!
In this episode we talk about an emoji builder, a different resource from Eric Curts, some wellness tools, a way to integrate coding and storytelling, a digital notetaking tool and a cool Chrome extension.
December 11, 2018
S2 EP 7 - Changing the World, One Keystroke at a Time
In this episode we share a bunch of keystroke and Google Classroom Itty Bitty Shukey Giffy's, an augmented reality app to showcase notable women, a couple of new Screencastify features, and a website the curious.
November 27, 2018
S2 EP6 - This Might Be The Shukes Show!
In this episode, we talk about easily accessing websites on a mobile device, making direct links to pages in a PDF, finding people in a Google file, force copying a Google Form, the truth behind linking slides in Google Slides, Twitter shortcuts, bulk printing Google Files, format painter, and a new way to watch YouTube videos.
November 13, 2018
AHA Overflow #1
In this overflow broadcast, we share some tips that just could not wait for the next official episode. Check out Unhangouts, Cool Keystrokes, and a new feature in Google Sites. #ShukesAndGiff
November 06, 2018
S2 EP5 - Slides, slides, and ... wait for it... more slides
In this episode, we talk about a whole bunch of ways to use Google Slides including stop-motion animation, making GIFs, embedding Screencastify videos, the new closed captioning feature, and a way to showcase social media, as well as Drive and Dropbox files automatically in a scrolling deck. #ShukesAndGiff
October 30, 2018
S2 EP4 - Full of Apologies
In this episode, we share a message from a listener, and we talk about #SketchnoteFever, embedding Twitter in Sites, two Chrome extensions - one for accessibility amongst other uses, another for lesson delivery, some design tips, hiding pages in Google Sites, and making Docs temporary.
October 16, 2018
S2 EP3 - Seven Nifty Shares
In this episode we talk about a couple of ways to help you tell your accounts apart in Chrome, a tip and an extension to help you cue up YouTube excerpt quickly, another mindfulness tool, a fast way to make infographics in Google Slides, and a nifty math resource. #ShukesAndGiff
October 02, 2018
S2 EP2 - Itty Bitty Shukey Giffy
In this episode we talk about a mindfulness tool, the Chrome Music Lab, a new back channel tool, and a tool to create pngs. #ShukesAndGiff
September 18, 2018
S2 EP1 - Weeeee're Baaaaaaaack!
In this episode we talk about changes in Google Classroom, Flipgrid, YouTube, an extension for recording sounds in Google Slides, an app to create GIFs from your photos, a Google Forms add on to help with loaning out resources and how to copy images from Google Docs. #ShukesAndGiff
September 04, 2018
Special Episode: #ShukesAndgIffSTE18
In this episode we share some AHA Ambushes from #ISTE18
June 29, 2018
Ep. 13 - Season 1 Finale
In this episode we talk about big Flipgrid news, Lunapic, the green screen tool , a Mac screen capture time saver, and Gmail tricks. #ShukesAndGiff
June 19, 2018
Ep. 12 - Making Things Pretty
In this episode we talk about an easy way to access & edit FormMule templates, docAppender for primary teachers, design tools for the design challenged, and how to make yourself into an android. #ShukesAndGiff
June 12, 2018
Ep. 11 - Say Anything
In this episode we talk about embedding a live slide in Doc, Prefixes and Suffixes in a numbered list, Saving photos directly to drive from an iOS device, and making a copy of a Google Site. #ShukesAndGiff
June 05, 2018
Ep. 10 - A Ping Pong of AHAs To Get You Going
In this episode we talk about 10 tips, tricks and extensions. #ShukesAndGiff
May 29, 2018
Ep. 09 - Talking, Looking, and Saving for Later
In this episode we talk about things that are trending, yet another way to force copy, a new AI tool from Google, a new feature in Google Photos, a pair of tools to keep you up to date, and a bonus! #ShukesAndGiff
May 15, 2018
EP 08 - We're Getting Good At Keeping Secrets
In this episode we talk about the Checkmark extension for feedback, the Grasshopper app to learn Java Script, a change to Google hangouts, and the Name Those Docs! add-on for Sheets. #ShukesAndGiff
May 08, 2018
Ep. 07 - The Cut Off
In this episode we talk about alternatives to Today's Meet, using the CopyDown Sheets add-on to keep formatting, & a teleprompter tool #ShukesAndGiff
May 01, 2018
Ep. 06 - We Need Sound FX
In this episode we talk about Commenting in Slides, Tab Resize & Tab Glue, Converting from Classic Sites to New Sites, Backing up iOS Photos to Google photos and searching multiple people in Google Photos. #ShukesAndGiff
April 24, 2018
Ep. 05 - Ditch that Regular Format
In this episode we have a special guest co-host Matt Miller, we talk about saving images in Chrome, Slides Yearbook, & the Toby Chrome extension. #ShukesAndGiff
April 17, 2018
Ep. 04 - Let's be Lazy
In this episode we talk about Padlet changes and alternatives, Collaborative YouTube Videos, Video Notes and 10 great Google Drive Tips for the "The Lazy".
April 10, 2018
Ep. 03 - Elton John Can Never Destroy Anyone's Day
In this episode we talk about, the Doc To Form Add-on, Noisli, Time/dates in google sheets, & #Sketch50, and using comments to make thinking visible. Shownotes at: http:/ #ShukesAndGiff
April 03, 2018
Ep. 02 - Waffles, Pancakes & Timbits & other Google Goodies
In this episode we talk about the PhotoMath, Google Doc URL Tricks, Editing Master Slide on Google Slides, Version History & the Story Speaker Google Docs Add-on. Shownotes at: http:/ #ShukesAndGiff
March 27, 2018
Ep. 01 - We're Giving It A Go!
The very first episode of Shukes and Giff The Podcast! In this episode we talk about the Anchor app for podcasting, changes in Bitmoji, new formatting options in GSuite, inserting GIFs in Google Classroom headers, new activity dashboard, & the Flipgrid discovery library. Shownotes at: Tags us on twitter - #ShukesAndGiff
March 26, 2018