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Drawp for School Thanksgiving Teacher Promo

26 Nov

tumblr_inline_nfkd3lVQjJ1red99fDrawp for School is a fantastic app for creation, collaboration and workflow.  I recently shared Drawp with teachers during a school visit in Tennessee and you may have seen my post on how it can be used for managing workflow.

They are offering $15 off a one year unlimited subscription from November 24th to November 30th.

All you have to do is follow the steps outlined on their blog to receive this special discount.  Screen Shot 2014-11-26 at 9.54.49 AMVisit their website to learn more about Drawp for School and this special promotion!



ClassDojo’s New Privacy Policy

24 Nov
IScreen Shot 2014-11-23 at 9.37.01 PM‘ve shared some of the reasons that I love ClassDojo and their Messenger app.  It’s a terrific behavior management program that can be adapted for any classroom.  In addition to offering lots of ways to customize data collection, it gives teachers an opportunity to build communication with parents and help students stay on track.
screen480x480Although ClassDojo collects lots of information on students for teachers to use they’re not a data company.  They’ve implemented a new policy that will begin in January 2015 where all student records will automatically be deleted after one year.  This way teachers can use the app but none of data will follow students around.  This is a great move by a company that is showing how important it is to be respectful of user information no matter how young or old!
Read more about ClassDojo’s new privacy policy on their site!

Built-in Reading Assessments from News-O-Matic

22 Nov

IMG_1018Informational text is so important in the elementary school classroom.  Students should have opportunities to read high quality, interesting articles, and News-O-Matic lets them do this straight from their tablet.  In addition to providing access for students, News-O-Matic gives teachers easy options for assessing student reading comprehension.  

Every article on News-O-Matic includes multiple choice questions aligned to the Common Core Standards.  Teachers can assign questions to students and even add their own open ended custom questions for students to answer.  News-O-Matic’s teacher login makes it easy for educators to monitor their students’ progress by taking a quick look at the dashboard.

IMG_1014Check out News-O-Matic’s website to learn more about how to use this fantastic app in your classroom!

Enter to win a full free year of News-O-Matic promotion by tweeting: “Hey @ClassTechTips! I want to try out in my classroom because ___________”   

*make sure to follow @ClassTechTips to enter – a winner will be announced on 12/15/14


Connecting Teacher Tutorials to QR Codes

20 Nov

Screen Shot 2014-11-12 at 1.02.12 PMScannable technology can be a powerful way for teachers to put content in the hands of their students.  I’ve talked about how easy it is to make QR codes talk with audio clips and how to make a picture pop up on your screen as soon as you scan a QR code.  Another option is to use QR codes to give students and parents easy access to tutorials.

Screen Shot 2014-11-12 at 12.50.51 PMThis might be as simple creating a QR code that connects to a YouTube video explanation of how to solve a math problem.  You could also create your own tutorial for students using an app like ShowMe or a web based tool like PixiClip.  Just take the link to your screencast or the video tutorial you’ve found and connect it to a QR code.  When students scan the QR code they’ll go straight to a clip that helps them understand a topic.

Check out my iBook that provides tons of ideas for using QR codes in your classroom, library, or learning environment!

Bigsaw Designer – Puzzle Maker for iPads

18 Nov

BigsawDesigner-icon100 BigsawDesigner-ipad-ss4Bigsaw Designer is a picture puzzle maker for iPads that lets users create their own interactive games.  Students and teachers can snap pictures with their iPad, use a picture saved in Photos, or select a picture they have found online.  Once you’ve created your puzzles you don’t have to worry about being connected to the Internet because all puzzles are available offline.

This app uses tap-based gameplay and gives teachers and students the ability to create hundreds of puzzles.  You might create puzzles for a station in your own iPad classroom or have students work together to solve puzzles together on one device.  It’s also an interesting way to show off and celebrate student artwork that you’ve snapped a picture of with your iPad.  If you’re working with younger students you’ll love the options to use a smaller number of puzzle pieces.

Learn more about Bigsaw Designer by visiting the Apple App Store!

10 Totally Terrific Current Events Resources

17 Nov

10I love using current events with students as a high interest informational text.  There are tons of video and print news stories that can be accessed from terrific websites and iPad apps.  Here are a few of my favorites, add your picks in the comments section below!

  1. News-O-Matic
  2. Scholastic News
  3. Newsela
  4. Smithsonian Tween Tribune
  5. The Wilson Center
  6. NBC Nightly News
  7. TED
  8. Watchup
  9. NPR
  10. USA Today

Top Techy Gifts for Your Favorite Teacher

16 Nov

Top Techy Gifts for Your FavoriteHere’s a preview of my new post for Edutopia – click on the link below to read more!

As 2014 draws to a close, it’s that time of year to pick out a gift for your favorite teacher. From simple and sweet to thoughtful and elaborate, there are plenty of techy choices to add to your list. We’ve compiled a list of our own that you can use to meet your budget while showing your appreciation. Whether your favorite teacher is an iPad guru or just starting to play around with technology in the classroom, here are some ideas for presents they are sure to love.

Personalized Gift Cards

Both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store have gift cards that you can purchase for your teacher. This is a great choice if you know that they’re always searching for new applications to try out in their classroom. Instead of handing over just the gift card, you can add some personalized recommendations for apps to try out…

…Click HERE to read more!

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