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Access Reading Passages and Lessons on Readworks

7 Jun

Screen Shot 2014-06-07 at 8.58.01 AMThere are a few places teachers can go to find high quality reading passages for their students and should definitely be on your list.  This website offers a wide range of lesson plans, comprehension units, and reading passages organized by skill and Lexile level.  Whether you’re looking for a fiction passage for a guided reading group or want to find a informational text when teaching test taking skills, is the place to go!


Have students use a reading passage from Readworks when completing the activity in this lesson plan!




Curious Ruler – iPad Measurement 

24 May
imageBrand new from the team behind Oh No Fractions, Curious Ruler is fantastic app that helps students explore measurement.  I’ve shared some of my favorite virtual tools for the math classroom and this one definitely belongs on the list.  It asks you to choose from a selection of common objects to use as a reference tool for measuring other objects.  You can see in this picture how I used my iPhone as a reference to measure the length of my iPad case.  This very cool app is free for a limited time, so download it today!
Interested in teaching math with iPads, here are a few Common Core aligned lesson plans to check out!

Summer Events, Courses and More!

16 May

ImageSummer is almost here and there is a lot of great news to share!

Take a minute to learn about some exciting events and special offers from Class Tech Tips:

  • As promised, This Spring I launched my Udemy course: Using QR Codes in the Classroom: Differentiate and Energize Your Lessons! which you can join for 50% OFF and take at your own pace.  Stay tuned in June for the launch of my new course on the Common Core!
  • I’ll be traveling this month visiting teachers in the northeast to share my favorite apps and best practices for using one, a few and a class set of iPads.  Are you looking for EdTech professional development at your school?  Just ask!
  • Will you be at ISTE this year? Are you interested in listening in to one of my webinars? Take a peek at my events calendar!
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Please reach out with questions, app suggestions or just to share your story using technology in the classroom!  Don’t forget to check out Class Tech Tips onFacebookTwitter, and Pinterest!


Write About This! Prompts

18 Mar

image (1)A fantastic app to help student writers is Write About This.  Children can access writing prompts and use pictures as inspiration.  This app makes it easy to publish and share student work and the free version gives kids access to more than a dozen writing prompts.

Here are two of my favorite lesson plans for teaching ELA with mobile devices:

CyberChase Shape Quest!

14 Mar

imageIf you’re studying shapes, geometry or spatial reasoning with students try out this free app from PBS Kids.  CyberChase Shape Quest! includes games and puzzles that will help children explore these concepts.  This app connects to the PBS series and also features an augmented reality activity!

Teaching Common Core math in elementary school? Check out some of my resources!

70 FREE Apps to Teach the Common Core

13 Mar

It was great sharing some of my favorite apps at NJECC this week! They can  be used with students in whole class and small group activities aligned to the Common Core State Standards.  For video explanations of how to use apps in your classroom, check out my online course and special promo code or contact me to learn about onsite and virtual professional development.

To learn more about individual apps mentioned in this presentation, search for specific  posts using the box in the upper right hand corner of your screen or explore the archive using the drop down menu on the sidebar.

Check out my Common Core aligned lesson plans using these apps!

Grammaropolis for ELA

11 Mar

imageA wonderful introduction to grammar topics, Grammaropolis will get students excited about different parts of speech. With this app kids can access videos, music and tons of resources.  The free version gives you all of the content related to nouns but the other parts of speech require in app purchases.

Looking for lessons to teach grammar topics? Here’s two that may work for you:

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