11 Technology Tools for the Reading Classroom

Last week I made my third trip to Nebraska for the Nebraska State Reading Conference. It was so much fun meeting new teachers and sharing plenty of my favorites technology tools for reading. You might have seen the picture of the tiny plane that took me to Kearney, NE in the graphic of this post. […]

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5 Classroom Ideas for How-To Videos

One of my most popular posts last year was a list of tools teachers and students can use to create how-to videos. It’s been lots of fun to see which ones teachers are most excited about and I often get a chance to lead hands-on workshops taking teachers through these tools in person. There are plenty […]

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#FormativeTech Spotlight: Check for Understanding with The Answer Pad

If you’re a regular follower of ClassTechTips.com you already know that I love easy-to-use tools that check for understanding  in the classroom. A few years ago I was introduced to The Answer Pad and it’s a tool I used in my one-to-one iPad classroom. They’ve sure come a long way, adding plenty of cool features […]

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6 Quick Classroom Activities for YouTube’s Discovery News Science Videos

Do you use YouTube clips in your classroom? When it comes to navigating YouTube the task might feel daunting. The content on this video hosting site ranges greatly – both in quality and subject matter. One of my favorite YouTube channels is Discovery News. Many companies and traditional television channels have carved out a space […]

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#FormativeTech Spotlight: Check for Understanding with Today’s Meet Backchannel Tool

There are lots of great formative assessment tools available for digital devices including today’s spotlight tool Today’s Meet. How do you check for understanding in your classroom? I use the phrase #FormativeTech when talking about technology tools that can be used to check for understanding (aka formative assessment). Today’s Meet is a great example of […]

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Apple Teacher Program Now Available in More Countries!

Have you heard? The Apple Teacher program is now available in more countries! Last year I shared some of the reasons why I’m so excited about the new Apple Teacher program. Introduced in the second half of 2016, Apple Teacher is a badging program designed for educators. Teachers can use the fantastic support materials developed by […]

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SMART Response 2 Formative Assessment Tool for Classrooms

How do you check for understanding in your classroom? It’s so important to gauge student understanding in the midst of a lesson. The folks at SMART Technologies have a special formative assessment tool to help teachers check for understanding as part of their Learning Suite. You might be familiar with SMART’s popular interactive whiteboards. As a teacher […]

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9 Presidents’ Day Apps and Websites

Presidents’ Day is right around the corner! If you’re looking for resources to bring into your classroom there are plenty of apps and websites for President’s Day. You might use the resources on this list to give students space to explore their interests around a certain president or time period or reinforce a social studies […]

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12 Apps & Websites for World Read Aloud Day (or any day!)

The countdown is on for World Read Aloud Day. Over the past few years I’ve had the opportunity to work with the amazing team at LitWorld, who are the folks behind #WRAD. Their signature event is right around corner so I wanted to share a few resources to help make your celebration of World Read […]

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How-To Compose Your Own Score for Spark Video with GarageBand

If your students create movies for a culminating project you’ll love how easy it is to combine two of my very favorite digital tools! I’ve shared lots of reasons why I love Adobe Spark Video. It’s free, easy to use, and works on iPads, iPhones, Chromebooks, or any computer with a web browser. With this […]

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