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…

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…

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…

Virtual Reality Education Spotlight: Parks Explorer Classroom Field Trip

This past year I’ve been pretty excited about the potential for virtual reality in education. This weekend I visited Austin, Texas to meet with fellow Nearpod Pionears who are also pumped about how virtual reality can be used in the classroom. Although I’ve already shared some of my favorite virtual reality lessons (here’s the Nearpod…

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…

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…