5 Classroom Ideas for How-To Videos

One of my most popular posts last year was a list of tools teachers and students can use to create how-to videos. It’s been lots of fun to see which ones teachers are most excited about and I often get a chance to lead hands-on workshops taking teachers through these tools in person. There are plenty […]

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Special Dr. Seuss App Birthday Promotion from Oceanhouse Media

Are you celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday this week? A few years ago I had the chance to meet the team at Oceanhouse Media, the folks behind the awesome Dr. Seuss read aloud apps. They reached out to me because they’re holding a special promotion to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday… and they have given me a […]

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3 Things You Need to Know About Formative Assessment

Formative assessment can take place before, during and after a lesson to give you valuable information for instructional decisions. A quick baseline quiz can help you identify what students already know about a topic before you start teaching a lesson. A backchannel can be used during a lesson to collect student questions and help you […]

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6 Favorite Augmented Reality Coloring Pages from Quiver

Followers of ClassTechTips.com know that I’m a huge fan of scannable technology. QR codes and augmented reality can promote deeper learning when used thoughtfully in a lesson. One of my favorite augmented reality apps is Quiver. I had the chance to use their awesome augmented reality coloring pages just a few weeks ago during iPad […]

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#FormativeTech Spotlight: Check for Understanding with The Answer Pad

If you’re a regular follower of ClassTechTips.com you already know that I love easy-to-use tools that check for understanding  in the classroom. A few years ago I was introduced to The Answer Pad and it’s a tool I used in my one-to-one iPad classroom. They’ve sure come a long way, adding plenty of cool features […]

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360 Video Spotlight: National Geographic Videos for Your Next Lesson

Have you tried out 360° video with students? Panoramic images and 360° video are becoming increasingly popular media. You’ve probably seen someone post a panoramic image on Facebook showing off their last trip to the beach or a school field trip. One of the first times I snapped and posted a panoramic image was a […]

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6 Quick Classroom Activities for YouTube’s Discovery News Science Videos

Do you use YouTube clips in your classroom? When it comes to navigating YouTube the task might feel daunting. The content on this video hosting site ranges greatly – both in quality and subject matter. One of my favorite YouTube channels is Discovery News. Many companies and traditional television channels have carved out a space […]

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Education Book Spotlight: If I Were a Wizard by Paul Hamilton

How are you introducing coding concepts to your students? Fellow Apple Distinguished Educator Paul Hamilton has just published a fantastic read aloud book for students titled If I Were a Wizard. In this picture book, students are introduced to a variety of coding concepts through storytelling. The main character of the book imagines that they […]

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4 Virtual Exit Slip Prompts to Check for Understanding with Spark Post

As a big fan of the Spark tools from Adobe, I love sharing classroom applications for these totally free tools when I visit schools and work with teachers. Spark Post is a terrific creation tool that students can use on Chromebooks, using the Spark Post iOS app, or on any web browser. One of the […]

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#FormativeTech Spotlight: Check for Understanding with Today’s Meet Backchannel Tool

There are lots of great formative assessment tools available for digital devices including today’s spotlight tool Today’s Meet. How do you check for understanding in your classroom? I use the phrase #FormativeTech when talking about technology tools that can be used to check for understanding (aka formative assessment). Today’s Meet is a great example of […]

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