Monthly Archives: September 2012

Fooducate – Health Scan

There are lots of apps that allow you to scan barcodes to compare prices of different products. Fooducate takes this to a new level! When you scan the barcode of a processed food item, Fooducate connects you to information on “How Healthy” that product is – even assigning it a letter grade. Students can use this app on a supermarket field trip or to scan items you bring into your classroom.  The Fooducate website also performs… Read Article →

Behavior Watch: ClassDojo

UPDATE 8/8/13: ClassDojo has a new feature called Class Sharing that is definitely worth checking out – it let’s teachers who “share” students with teachers during different parts of the school day to collaborate in order to build positive behaviors! Learn more here. ClassDojo is a fantastic behavior management tool that monitors students’ positive and negative behavior.  It’s free to sign up and their app makes it easy to keep track… Read Article →

Soho Apple Store

Thank you for attending my presentation at the Soho Apple Store! Please visit my blog for new posts and upcoming events – don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @ClassTechTips and like my Facebook page If you’d like to download this file for offline viewing CLICK HERE.

iBooks Reading Guides

One thing I love about iBooks is how easy it is to take notes and organize your thinking. I use iBooks to prepare reading guides for student book clubs. If your students are reading classic texts (Treasure Island, Jane Eyre, etc.) these books can be downloaded for free.  If my students are going to be reading in a book club with hard copies of a text, I’ll purchase a copy… Read Article →

What’s inside my iPad?

Sometimes it’s hard for visitors to my classroom to understand how students use their iPads. I like to post a reference chart that shows off how technology is used in our classroom.  It’s also helpful for students, who are often asked about our work on iPads. This list will grow as the school year progresses and works with any technology cart (“What’s inside my netbook?”)

Haiku Deck for Small Presentations

I love Keynote and use it to present information to students across the content areas.  Haiku Deck is a great alternative platform for presentations. The best part:  it’s free and student friendly! This app allows you to create swipeable slides with a photo background and a small amount of text (…think haiku).  It has a gallery of photos to choose from, and uses words on your slide to help you… Read Article →


There are lots of ways to browse the Internet on your iPad.  Besides the Apple Internet browser Safari (that comes built in with your iPad) one option is DiigoBrowser.  Although Safari is my go-to when using the Internet, DiigoBrowser has one feature that I find particularly helpful in the classroom. You might have noticed the annotated screenshot included on my post about accessing archived content on ClassTechTips.  I followed a… Read Article →

Getting to Know the iPad AND Each Other

One of the challenges of introducing anything new to students is allowing time for self discovery.  This is especially true when using the iPad in the classroom.  As the new school year approached, I knew that I wanted students working on their iPads on Day One. In addition to introducing some apps that we will be using this year, I felt that it was important to give them some free… Read Article →


Whether you’re a subscriber or not, the BrainPop app for the iPad (and the website for PCs) is a fun and interactive learning tool for students of all ages.  The website as well as the BrainPop app, is full of video explanation on a variety of topics as well as quizzes that monitor students’ understanding and retention of what they’ve just learned.  If you do have a subscription, you’ll be… Read Article →