Why I’m Excited About 360 Video in Education

If you’re a regular follower of ClassTechTips.com you know that I’ve been really excited about virtual reality this year. One of my favorite types of resources are the 360 videos that transport students to new places. I’ve featured some of these resources on my site, including virtual reality videos from CNN, National Geographic and Discovery […]

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Blended Learning Program Lexia Reading Core5 for Fundamental Literacy Skills

Are you using a blended learning program in your classroom? Lexia Reading Core5 is a research-based program for students in PreK through fifth grade that is friendly for schools with lots of different types of technology. It provides norm-referenced data for teachers to help make instructional decisions for individual students. Instead of taking a test, the activities students […]

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22 Must-Have Reading Apps for Kids of All Ages

Looking for reading apps for your students? As a one-to-one teacher, families were always asking me for recommendations for the best reading apps for kids. It’s hard to know which one is the “best” since every reader has different interests and reading goals. I put together this list of twenty-two reading apps for kids to […]

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Flybrix Drones for Schools: Build a Drone with Legos

Have you thought about using drones in your classroom? Well the folks at Flybrix sent me their Deluxe Flybrix kit earlier this year so I could try it out and share it with my readers. I grew up surrounded by Legos and was really intrigued at the idea of building a drone out of colorful […]

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Apple Store Field Trip: Exciting Learning Experiences for Students

As a former one-to-one classroom teacher, I know how powerful an iPad can be in the hands of students and I loved taking students on lots of field trips. There is now the opportunity to combine two of my favorite learning experiences for students… with an Apple Store field trip. At Apple retail stores, K-12 teachers […]

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Stepping Stones 2.0 Video Math Program for K-6 Students

Videos have the power to bring concepts to life so I’m super excited about the new resources from ORIGO Education. They just launched Stepping Stones 2.0, a comprehensive math program for students in kindergarten through sixth grade. This program uses a range of instructional tools including exemplar videos. It combines print and digital media to bring […]

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Education Book Spotlight: Along Came a Leader by Kelly Croy

This month I had the opportunity to dive into Along Came a Leader by fellow Apple Distinguished Educator Kelly Croy. Kelly has written a book on leadership that serves as a guide for aspiring leaders and a great tool for those in leadership roles to reflect on their own practice. Along Came a Leader is full of stories […]

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8 Adobe Spark Poetry Activities for Chromebook & iPad Classrooms

Looking for poetry lesson ideas? I’m very excited to share the free Adobe Spark tools and eight poetry activities for students. Whether you’re in the middle of a poetry unit in your classroom, or introducing a topic like figurative language, technology tools can elevate and energize your next lesson. Earlier this year I shared a super […]

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Sharing Lessons, Resources & Ideas Through Video

How do share your favorite lesson ideas with colleagues? Videos make it easy to capture ideas and share them with other educators – both near and far. 30hands Storyteller gives teachers to power share best practices with fellow educators in quick clips. These videos are perfect for showing off classroom highlights, new lesson strategies and […]

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Make Better Student Placement Decisions with Class Composer

Last month I had the chance to connect with the team at Class Composer. They are a software service established by a former elementary school teacher in Colorado designed to help elementary schools create balanced classes efficiently and make better student placement decisions. Launched this year, Class Composer was designed to help elementary schools create positive learning environments and […]

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