11 Websites and Apps for Social Studies Reading Passages

How are you making connections between your English Language Arts instruction and the work happening in social studies? Incorporating social studies reading passages into your instruction can help you address learning goals in both subject areas. If you are teaching a lesson about the American Revolution you might share a short selection of informational text…

Kiddom’s New iOS App: Plan, Assess and Analyze Learning On the Go

This past year I had the chance to see Kiddom in action. If you’re a regular follower of ClassTechTips.com, you know how I’m passionate about educational technology tools that support meaningful formative assessment. Kiddom has designed an iOS app for both teachers and students. Educators can now use Kiddom to plan, assess and analyze data…

Kinvolved Attendance Tool’s Powerful Impact Report

As a former New York City public school teacher I’m so excited to share the findings of a special report from the folks at Kinvolved. Kinvolved is a company that helps schools keep track and share attendance data. With the Kinvolved attendance tool, teachers can easily take class attendance and instantly and securely send notifications to families.…

8 Must-Have Websites and Apps for Science Reading Passages

Finding high-interest, informational text is an important part of locating just right resources for your classroom. If you’re on the hunt for digital reading material for your students, there are a few different websites and apps that have science reading passages for kids. The resources on the list below include text appropriate for a range…

Turnitin Revision Assistant: Instructional Tool for Writers

Last month Turnitin Revision Assistant was featured at a special White House event on instructional tools for educators. On December 7, the White House and the Department of Education hosted teachers and their students. They came together along with industry and legislative leaders for the Innovative Assessment Tech Jam, a special event held in Washington D.C.…

9 Writer’s Workshop Apps and Websites

Are you teaching writer’s workshop or looking for resources for your ELA classroom? Integrating technology tools into writing is important for so many reasons. Technology tools can energize your writer’s workshop and prepare students for the digital world. From interactive concept maps to online publishing tools, there are a handful of fantastic websites and mobile…

7 3D Printing Lessons for Teachers

This year I’ve had the chance to try out a Makerbot 3D printer. I’ve shared some of my thoughts on the potential for 3D printing in education (read the post here) and even how you can print your very own virtual reality headset with a 3D printer (read that post here). Teachers and students are using 3D printers in…

22 Connected Educator Books for Teachers: Ideas and Inspiration for Teaching

Wow, talk about a reading list! The team at Corwin Press developed the Connected Educator books are a series of 22 texts designed to help teachers make the most of the digital world. These short, powerful texts bring together a range of voices from heavy hitters in the space of education. Published over the course…

5 Independent Reading Apps and Websites (with a Bookmarking Tip!)

Do your students have access to quality, digital texts? Students with digital devices in their hands should know where to go to access digital texts. There are many websites and apps where students can go to find high-interest, leveled content to read. I love tools that let students skim and search for short passages of…