Online Resource: ReadWriteThink for Lesson Plans & Reading Passages

ReadWriteThink is a fantastic online resource for K-12 teachers.  It includes access to English Language Arts lessons and activities for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade.  Teachers can search by theme, lesson objective, and grade level as they look for the perfect idea to bring back to their students. ReadWriteThink also has resources for professional development and […]

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Happy New Year! 2015 News & Updates

It’s been an amazing year at ClassTechTips.com and I am so excited to see what 2015 will bring! Here are a few highlights for the upcoming year: I’ll be traveling across the US (and internationally) sharing my favorite apps and ideas for technology integration.  Come say hello at the EdTechTeacher iPad Summit, SXSWEdu, and ISTE […]

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Elements 4D for Augmented Reality Chemistry

Elements 4D by DAQRI is a fantastic app for students exploring the Periodic Table of Elements.  Using augmented reality technology, users can scan a trigger and see one of 36 elements come to life on their screen. It’s a unique way to get children excited about science and learn important chemistry facts at the same time. Visit the […]

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Tweeting the Read Aloud: Engaging and Motivating Readers

Here’s a preview of my new post for Edutopia – click on the link below to read more! Read-alouds are a crucial part of English language arts instruction. Students of all ages should be exposed to high-quality stories and informational text. Reading aloud to children provides an amazing opportunity for them to engage with text. […]

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How to Link Google Forms to QR Codes

I’ve shared some of the reasons that I love Google Forms, including how they can be used to collect assessment data.  Google Forms can also be used for students to turn in information.  They might fill out a Google Form to submit a book recommendation, request extra help, or to complete an interest survey. Google Forms […]

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Puzzle Making with Stick Around: A Creation App for iPads

Stick Around is a super fun app that students and teachers can use to make puzzles straight from their iPad.  I have the chance to talk to lots of teachers about ways to use iPads in their classrooms and this is a great example of a content creation app that can be used in multiple […]

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iBook: iOS Accessibility Tools

If you are using iPads in your classroom you’ll want to check out the amazing accessibility tools that can help all of your students interact with their device.  Jenny Grabiec is an Apple Distinguished Educator who has created a fantastic iBook that makes it simple for teachers to understand the accessibility features available on iPads.  You […]

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Endless Wordplay: Spelling and Phonics App

Endless Wordplay is an app with a focus on spelling and phonics.  From the creators of Endless Numbers, Endless Alphabet and Endless Reader, this app features whimsical animations and familiar cartoon characters.  Children will work through different activities to learn letter sounds and new words.  The directions are easy to follow and would be a […]

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PocketPhonics Stories Reading Program for iPads

Brand new in the Apple App Store, PocketPhonics Stories is a step-by-step reading program for iPads incorporating 42 storybooks.  It is based on the award-winning PocketPhonics app that’s used in over 2000 schools.  With this app children will learn how to recognize letter sounds, identify how letter sounds are blended together to make words, and learn how […]

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Google Forms Spotlight: Formative Assessment Checklists

I am a big fan of Google Forms – a fantastic customizable survey tool.  If you have access to Google Drive through your school email address or have set up your own for free, then you can create amazing forms to meet the needs of your classroom.  A Google Form is a survey tool that […]

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