5 Ways to Elevate Your Professional Learning with Participate Chats

Have you taken part in a Twitter chat before? Twitter chats have totally changed the way I think about professional learning. From #satchat on the weekend to #ADEchat on a weeknight, these live chats with educators from across the world have been helped me connect with other teachers, learn from their experiences, and build a network of…

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Honoring Curiosity in the Reading Classroom Free Webinar with Strategies for Teachers

I’m excited to partner with the folks at Kids Discover for a special event later this month! On September 19th, I’m hosting a webinar titled “Honoring Curiosity in the Reading Classroom: Strategies for Teachers.” This free webinar is designed to give you actionable tips and strategies to take back to your classroom or to the teachers you support…

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Edify Engaging Creativity Tool for Classrooms

Are you looking for new ways to create learning videos, presentations, infographics, and GIFs in your classroom? A few weeks ago I had the chance to take a look at Edify, a powerful creativity tool for educators. If you haven’t heard of Edify before its from the folks at Animaker who created a platform that lets teachers and students create fun and engaging digital products. This can include a variety of media-rich creations including…

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Potato Pirates Coding Card Game for Classrooms

This summer I connected with the folks at Potato Pirates who shared their plans for a new, pirate themed coding card game. They’ve developed a card game to teach logic and strategy related to computer programming. Now in Kickstarter phase, Potatoes Pirates was designed to combine potatoes, piracy, and programming in a game perfect for classrooms. It is geared for players ages…

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Transform Independent Reading with MoxieReader Blended Literacy Program

MoxieReader is a blended literacy program for school and home that digitizes and personalizes independent reading. It features book scanning and tracking, leveled book recommendations, and motivation to read through personalized reading plans. Independent reading is an important part of a child’s day and this tool helps children…

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mysimpleshow Educational Video Creator for Teachers and Students

Are you and your students creating videos this year? The team at mysimpleshow has a fantastic educational video creator that is perfect for students (and teachers) to use to create explainer videos. Whether you use this as a presentation tool for students or create your own videos to explain a concept, it’s a user-friendly teaching tool for…

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Education Book Spotlight: Learning Transformed by Eric Sheninger and Thomas C. Murray

You may have caught my Facebook Live update a few weeks ago where I shared a few of the books I’ve spent time with this summer. One of the favorites from my summer reading list is Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools Today (ASCD, 2017). Co-authored by Eric Sheninger and Tom Murray, two powerhouses in the field, this book is a must read for anyone working in schools…

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4D+ Augmented and Virtual Reality Bundles from Utopia 360

Earlier this summer I connected with the folks at Utopia 360 who told me about their new augmented reality and virtual reality education resources. I’m a big fan of AR and VR since there are so many meaningful ways to integrate this technology into the classroom. When connected to your curriculum goals, AR and VR can bring…

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VECTARY a Free 3D Modeling Tool for Students

If you’re a regular reader of ClassTechTips.com you know how much I love 3D printing. It gives students the opportunity to solve problems, think critically, and move through a design process that requires feedback. VECTARY lets students bring their designs to life. It is a free 3D modeling tool used by…

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Spark Page to Publish Google Docs: A Must-Try Combo!

This week I spoke at and event for New York educators about how to turn students into creators with Google Apps and Google-friendly tools. We discussed the power of giving students an audience for their work and strategies for supporting students during the process. Part of our session included tips for collaboration and planning on Google Docs before shifting our focus on how to take the work out of a closed ecosystem and…

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