Check for Understanding During Project-Based Learning Experiences

This is an excerpt from my book #FormativeTech: Meaningful, Sustainable, and Scalable Formative Assessment with Technology​ (Corwin, 2017) highlighting project-based learning strategies. As educators, we know students need opportunities to apply what they’ve learned in meaningful, authentic ways. When long-term projects are designed with this goal in mind, students can explore a topic with more […]

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Gift Ideas for Teachers: iPad Classroom Gift Guide

Over the past year I’ve worked with schools across the country who leverage the power of different types of technology to meet the needs of their students. Last week I posted a gift guide for teachers that spotlighted a few ideas for teachers in a Chromebook classroom. I was so excited about the response that […]

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Arduino Sketch Lesson from Because Learning! STEM Program

Are you using a hands-on STEM program in your school? Last month I shared the Because Learning! STEM program for classrooms. If you haven’t heard of them before, Because Learning! provides a hands-on STEM program for teachers and parents. The program includes standards-mapped curriculum, teacher guides, hands-on kits, and curated units.  Their team has a special […]

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Gift Ideas for Teachers: Chromebook Classroom Gift Guide

This year I’ve worked with lots of schools across the country where they’re using Chromebooks to give students a space to document their learning. From activities like book trailers with Spark Video to introducing formative assessment routines with Nearpod, this technology is powerful when thoughtfully integrated into instruction.  Are you looking for a gift for […]

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Free Webinar: 10 Tips to Differentiate for Readers

How do you differentiate for readers in your classroom? I’m very excited to join the folks at Voyager Sopris to share ten tips for differentiating instruction for K-5 readers. On Monday, November 13, 2017 at 7PM ET, you’re invited to a totally free webinar for educators, “10 Tips to Differentiate for Readers” (click here to register.) During this […]

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Using Otus Student Video Responses to Check for Understanding

Last month I featured Otus, a student performance platform that combines the power of many popular EdTech tools. Otus provides a space for a classroom/learning management system, access to assessment management tools, and a full data warehouse – this means that some of your favorite features with other tools all come together in one place with […]

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KudosWall Pro Online Resume Builder for Students

Are your students in need of an online resume builder? KudosWall Pro is geared towards older students and first-time resume builders. With KudosWall Pro students can build a resume by adding information to their form and you’ll automatically have access to your own personalized resume. Once you have everything complete, users can share their resume online with […]

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SelfCAD Online 3D Modeling Tool for 3D Printing in Schools

Are you looking for 3D printing resources for your school? SelfCAD is an online 3D modeling tool for students. It’s an all-in-one platform designed to give students and teachers a user-friendly CAD software experience. SelfCAD let’s users design, customize and print an object all from one platform. If you’re new to 3D printing, the team at SelfCad has put […]

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JotForm 4.0 Collaborative Form Builder for Permission Slips, Quizzes and More

Educators collect lots of information over the course of the day. From permissions slips to quizzes, the team at JotForm has updated their collaborative form builder tool to make sure you’re covered. They have just released JotForm 4.0 with a handful of new features designed to make it easier to create customizable survey forms to […]

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Otus Standards-Based Gradebook for Student Assignments

Earlier this fall I shared Otus, a student performance platform that acts as is a hybrid of three EdTech toolsets popular in classrooms. Otus is a learning management system, assessment management tool, and data warehouse. They also have a special gradebook built to help teachers connect the standards to student assignments. A traditional gradebook doesn’t […]

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