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Win a Document Camera & Check Out My NEW Book!

20 Sep

QR CoverMy new iBook is now available in the iBookstore!

Using QR Codes to Energize Lessons & Differentiate Instruction: Actionable Tips for Your Classroom & Beyond

You can enter to win a brand new iZiggi-HD Wireless Document Camera
when you purchase this iBook, here’s how:

1. Download the iBook from the iBookstore

2. Take a screen shot of your receipt and send it to ClassTechTips@gmail.com (or forward your receipt to this email)

3. A winner will be randomly chosen on 10/31/14

*Winners must provide a US mailing address to receive the iZiggi-HD Wireless Document Camera

STOPit School Bullying Prevention Program

18 Sep

 

image008If bullying is a problem at your school or you are looking for a program to compliment a digital citizenship initiative take a look at STOPit.  It is a school program that provides tools for teachers to help them empower their students and decrease instances of bullying.  This goal of STOPit is to inspire a positive community in your school building and help schools work with all stakeholders to deter bullying behavior.

image010They offer a mobile app for students to report incidents of bullying and connect with a crisis center if they need help.  STOPit also provides a bullying incident management and reporting system for schools as well as posters and promotional items.  They even hold Cybersafe Rallies to keep students, teachers, and parents engaged in the anti-bullying movement.

Learn more about STOPit’s bullying prevention program by visiting their website!

 

ClassroomIQ for Simple Grading

17 Sep

ClassroomIQ_logoClassroomIQ is a solution for grading hand-written open-response assessments.  It lets teachers scan and import their existing assessments without making any changes to conform to the platform.  You can annotate responses and leave detailed feedback for students to review.  Teachers also have access to images of each handwritten student response in an archive.

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You can cut down your grading time and easily give students feedback using ClassroomIQ.  Users simply import completed assessments and ClassroomIQ matches it to student profiles – then you assign the grade.  If you’re teaching with the Common Core, you can even tag questions to a standard to see detailed performance results.

Learn more about ClassroomIQ by visiting their website!

New Premium Services from Frolyc

16 Sep

student-ac-spotEarlier this year I introduced Frolyc as a terrific tool for teachers to design lesson-based interactive activities. Users can now purchase individual activities to use with students or they can upgrade to a premium service where all activities are available for unlimited student assignment.  Kind of like signing up for Netflix and having access to all of the content all of the time. Frolyc is also giving activity authors the opportunity to sell the activities they create and post on the site.

The premium service supports student creativity by letting students access the authoring interface straight from the Activity Spot iPad app. Students can create activities as part of their daily lessons, and demonstrate their learning and thinking.  These student-created activities can be assigned by the teacher to other students, facilitating peer-to-peer learning.  Frolyc is also starting a Premium Authoring program where users can be compensated for activities they create – you can learn more about this new program by signing up on their site.

Frolyc can be used in both 1:1 iPad classrooms and learning environments with just a few iPads. Check out their blog to learn how this platforms supports differentiated learning with one or more iPads by giving every teacher the power to curate and create instructional and assessment activities quickly.

Visit their website to get started or watch this video!

Pre-order Announcement! New iBook on QR Codes and the Classroom

14 Sep

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I’m so excited to announce that my new iBook “Using QR Codes to Energize Lessons & Differentiate Instruction: Actionable Tips for Your Classroom & Beyond” is now available for pre-order!

This iBook was made to view on iPads and has tons of ideas for using QR codes to design engaging lessons that reach all learners in your classroom.  It has plenty of tips and includes over an hour of video tutorials.

Pre-order today before it goes on sale September 22nd!

Syllabuy: Teacher Marketplace for Buying & Selling Lessons

11 Sep

Screen Shot 2014-09-11 at 2.23.05 PMIf you are selling your lesson plans online already or are thinking about getting started you’ll want to check out Syllabuy.  Now is a great time to set up a shop on Syllabuy since sellers will pay no transaction fees and earn 100% commission on shop sales until 2015.  Features for sellers include: a simple product management system, the ability to put products on sale and create coupon codes, real-time feedback on product performance, and monthly payments via PayPal. 

class tech tipsSyllabuy is a program from FundingFactory, the nation’s largest e-waste recycling fundraiser.  Although Syllabuy is still in BETA, they already have thousands of lessons, activities, worksheets and other resources in all subjects available, most of them free or very low-cost. Many of the lessons are CCSS aligned and it’s free to create an account on Syllabuy – you only pay when purchasing a resource.

You can take a look at some of the lessons on Syllabuy (like mine!), upload your own to sell, or simply explore the site to learn more!

 

 

iAnnotate for PDFs (with a Special Offer!)

10 Sep

Make Paper Jealous iPadI’m a big fan of iAnnotate – it’s an app that I use personally and professionally and if you work with PDFs you’ll definitely want to check it out!  Teachers and students are seeing the benefit of going paperless, especially when deciding whether or not to print huge PDF documents just so they can highlight and add notes.

iAnnotate is fantastic PDF viewer that gives users the power to write all over the page, adding notes, highlighting and marking up text as they see fit. Teachers can use iAnnotate for digital grading, including leaving audio feedback.  Students can use it to highlight and search long course readings without having to waste paper.

iA3-Icon-1024Branchfire is giving away 2,000 free copies of iAnnotate (usually $9.99) during the back to school season.  If you’d like to win a free copy send out the following tweet: 

Hey @ClassTechTips I want to #makepaperjealous with iAnnotate! 

Just make sure you’re one of my Twitter followers so I can direct message you the promo code! You must also have an Apple ID for the US App Store. Offer good until codes run out!

Learn more about iAnnotate at makepaperjealous.com

 

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