Built-in Reading Assessments from News-O-Matic

Informational text is so important in the elementary school classroom.  Students should have opportunities to read high quality, interesting articles, and News-O-Matic lets them do this straight from their tablet.  In addition to providing access for students, News-O-Matic gives teachers easy options for assessing student reading comprehension.   Every article on News-O-Matic includes multiple choice questions aligned […]

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Connecting Teacher Tutorials to QR Codes

Scannable technology can be a powerful way for teachers to put content in the hands of their students.  I’ve talked about how easy it is to make QR codes talk with audio clips and how to make a picture pop up on your screen as soon as you scan a QR code.  Another option is […]

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Bigsaw Designer – Puzzle Maker for iPads

Bigsaw Designer is a picture puzzle maker for iPads that lets users create their own interactive games.  Students and teachers can snap pictures with their iPad, use a picture saved in Photos, or select a picture they have found online.  Once you’ve created your puzzles you don’t have to worry about being connected to the […]

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10 Totally Terrific Current Events Resources

I love using current events with students as a high interest informational text.  There are tons of video and print news stories that can be accessed from terrific websites and iPad apps.  Here are a few of my favorites, add your picks in the comments section below! News-O-Matic Scholastic News Newsela Smithsonian Tween Tribune The Wilson Center […]

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Top Techy Gifts for Your Favorite Teacher

Here’s a preview of my new post for Edutopia – click on the link below to read more! As 2014 draws to a close, it’s that time of year to pick out a gift for your favorite teacher. From simple and sweet to thoughtful and elaborate, there are plenty of techy choices to add to […]

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Augmented Reality Read Aloud Stations (with QR codes too!)

If you’re a regular reader of ClassTechTips.com you know how much I love scannable technology!  I’ve had the opportunity this past year to work with LitWorld as they’ve developed iPad literacy programing for children and families.  One super fun set of posters we’re using this fall let’s students scan a poster to access a video of a […]

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MONKEYmount for iPad Classrooms

Classrooms looking to use their iPad as a document camera will absolutely love MONKEYmount 280 by GORILLAdigital.  MONKEYmount turns your iPad (or any tablet) into a document camera that works in both portrait and landscape mode.  It lets teachers make a 360° pivot and 360° rotation.  The MONKEYmount also has a vertical adjustment arm and can be attached […]

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USA Today for Mobile Devices: Current Events Resource

There are lots of options for finding news stories for your students.  If you are looking to connect them to informational text try searching for your favorite newspaper in the App Store.  USA Today is one example of a print newspaper that has a mobile application for iOS and Android devices. Students can access articles […]

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16 Presentation Tools for Educators on iPads

Presentation tools are an important part of any educator’s tool set. With an iPad thrown into the mix, there are a lot of options with different benefits to them. Picking just one presentation app to use can be a challenge in your classroom. Presentation tool apps need to fill needs for easily running presentations but […]

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Easy Workflow with Drawp for School

I’ve shared some of the reasons why I love Drawp for School and this includes how easy it makes workflow in an iPad classroom.  With Drawp students can swipe across their screen to turn in work or share with others.  They can easily send their creations to teachers, other students in their class or even […]

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