Classloom Parent Portal: Free Parent Communication Application

Classloom is a free social communication platform for teachers and parents.  With Classloom, a teacher or class parent can open a group and invite parents by email.  The group can be used to share school events, homework assignments, exam schedule, announcements, photos and documents with members.  All groups are closed and group members are the only ones who can access content. Each…

Teachwise Inspire: Teacher-Reviewed Lesson Plans & PD Resources

Teachwise Inspire is an online tool for educators that provides easy, affordable access to classroom resources and professional development on-demand. For a low monthly cost, members can access tens of thousands of teacher-reviewed, teacher-approved K-12 content that is aligned to the Common Core Standards and connected to curriculum goals. There are also professional development videos…

appoLearning Collections: Prepare for Units & Collaborate with Fellow Teachers

Earlier this year I shared appoLearning Collections which makes it easy for teachers to create collections of their favorite digital tools.  Teachers can prepare for units they are teaching by grouping together free digital resources that relate to a particular subject.  appoLearning Collections is a wonderful tool that makes it easy to find digital resources (videos,…

Things to Learn – Study Tools for iOS

Things to Learn Study Tools was first created to help students with little or no keyboard skills study for Spelling Bees on their own.  This app lets children listen to the words to spell and write the answer on their iPad using handwriting or the keyboard. Families and teachers can participate in the process by creating the tests, recording voice…

Get Parents Involved in Your Classroom with SimplyCircle

  Earlier this summer I wrote about SimplyCircle, a free, safe and simple way to communicate with parents. Now they have apps for iOS and Android that are perfect for quick, on-the-go communication: Sending photos.  Families love seeing their kids’ photos and artwork. With SimplyCircle’s app, teachers can share photos from field trips or classroom activities easily and…

Questbase Online Tool: Organize, Manage & Deliver Assessment

QuestBase is an assessment tool that lets teachers create online quizzes, tests and exams. Teachers can add their own questions, import them from external files, set options (for example, randomization, time limits, grading, etc.) then tests are ready to be taken by students. Results are available in real-time, allowing teachers to save time.  Math equations and formulas can be used,…

Easy Annotate: Simple & Dynamic PDF Tool

Easy Annotate is a fantastic iPad app that gives teachers and students a simple and dynamic way to interact with documents.  Users can upload PDF documents to Easy Annotate for side-by-side editing.  Easy Annotate lets students highlight, write, and take notes all over documents.  It’s a great choice for researchers and readers interacting with text…