Standards Planner: Summer Time-Saver for Your Lesson Plans

  This year I’ve shared Standards Planner, an online tool that lets teachers create and organize their lessons quickly and easily. As you wrap up classes for summer and get ready for next year, Standards Planner will definitely come in handy. They are offering a free account for teachers with extra support, setup, and resources. […]

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How-To: Create Reading Guides for Students with iBook Tools

One thing I love about iBooks is how easy it is to take notes and organize your thinking. I’ve used iBooks to prepare reading guides for student book clubs. If your students are reading classic texts (Treasure Island, Jane Eyre, etc.) these books are free to download.  If students are going to read in a book club […]

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Critical Thinking Resources from Mentoring Minds

Critical thinking is an essential skill for students both across grade levels and content areas. Mentoring Minds, a national publisher of critical thinking resources for K-12, offers educators curriculum solutions in print and digital formats that integrate best practices for supplementary instruction, learning and assessment across a range of subject areas. Last year, the company launched […]

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10 Apps and Online Museum Resources for Students

Finding the time and resources for on-the-ground field trips can be a challenge.  You want to make sure you have all of the resources your students need anytime of the school year. Whether your students are visiting the museum, or you just want to find the very best resources for them to explore in your […]

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Tocomail Online Communication Tool for Kids

Tocomail provides fun and safe online communication for kids. Kids can use Tocomail to send messages to family members and friends, and it is great as classroom communication service. Since I first wrote about Tocomail, a lot of new options have been added. This includes single click audio and video messaging, texting, and updated interface. With […]

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Tiggly Words: An Interactive iPad Toy for Young Learners

I’m a huge fan of Tiggly Shapes and Tiggly Math an interactive toy that can be used with special iPad apps to build foundational skills.  The folks behind this awesome product have just released Tiggly Words to help children master foundational literacy skills. Tiggly Words includes five colorful smart vowel toys that students can place on their iPad […]

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Webinar Recap: Use Gamification in Your Classroom

I recently hosted a webinar with Greg Toppo from USA Today, who wrote the book The Game Believes in You: How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter.  He discussed the power of gamification in the classroom and shared lots of terrific resources.  ….  ….d Greg spoke about the idea of “hard fun.” Gaming is often about challenging […]

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Storytelling With Wearable Technology

Here’s a preview of my new post for Edutopia – click on the link below to read more! Wearable technology is incredibly exciting for educators and students of all ages. In the past few years, mobile devices have found an essential place in the classroom. If you’ve used smartphones and tablets as instructional tools, you […]

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Kinedu Baby Development App: Build a Foundation for Future Learning

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of speaking at the Universidad Regiomontana in Monterrey, Mexico about the power of educational technology.  While visiting the campus I met the folks behind Kinedu, an exciting baby development app that supports foundational learning.  Although ClassTechTips.com mainly focuses on PreK-12 educational technology I wanted to share this very […]

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Reading Rainbow eBook Library for Early Readers

Reading Rainbow has inspired young readers long before an iPad entered any classroom.  This powerful iPad app gives students access to hundreds books in a variety of genres.  Within the app are over 100 educational video field trips hosted by Reading Rainbow favorite LeVar Burton.  Students can listen to books read aloud to them or read independently […]

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