How-to Start a Backchannel in Your Classroom-min

How-to Start a Backchannel in Your Classroom

A backchannel provides a space for people to chat about a shared experience in the moment. Twitter is used as a backchannel during popular events like the Superbowl or the season finale of a favorite television. In this instance everyone tweets using a hashtag as they watch a live event and you can see what other people are saying. In the classroom, a backchannel can be used for students to… Read Article →

9 Apps for the Low or NO Internet Classroom -min

9 Apps for the Low or NO Internet Classroom 

Having a ”bad internet day” is frustrating when you’re trying to stream a Netflix movie or connect to wifi in a coffee shop. It’s even worse when there are thirty or so inquiring minds or restless students waiting to start an activity or new lesson. So what do you do if you are in a low or no Internet classroom? Although you’ll need an Internet connection to download these apps… Read Article →

Kids Math Playground: Free Math & Funbrain Games

Kids Math Play: Free Math Games

Kids Math Play is a free math game resource for students in first through sixth grade. This website includes lots of games for students including fast math facts for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. It has plenty for students to choose from and the easy search feature makes this a straightforward option for students. On this website students will find games that help them practice skills as they play games…. Read Article →

Happy Numbers- Math Program for Kids-min

K-2 Math Tool You Might Be Missing (and a Chance to Get It for FREE!)

I’ve shared Happy Numbers before and I’m excited to announce their special promotion for teachers! This online resource supports differentiation by providing independent, individualized math instruction to students so teachers can focus on small groups. The adaptive scoring ensures students receive exactly enough practice to master a concept. Students receive immediate feedback and remediation for errors. The audio feature supports non-readers or those who struggle with directions. Happy Numbers is… Read Article →

4 Reasons I Love Google Hangouts!-min

4 Reasons I Love Google Hangouts & A Special FREE PD Event!

Do you have a list of favorite web tools? Google Hangouts is definitely near the top of my list! You don’t need to be in a one-to-one classroom to use this fantastic tool. Even teachers with simple setups can use Google Hangouts to video conference. Google Hangouts let users set up a video call for two people or up to ten people. In a classroom you can access Google Hangouts with… Read Article →

5 New York Hall of Science Apps

5 New York Hall of Science Apps

The New York Hall of Science has five apps for iPads that are perfect for students exploring the world around them! The science apps come with lots of resources for teachers including lessons and tips. Each one is independent but all can work together to help students explore science concepts in the real world. Here are five New York Hall of Science apps: Playground Physics: Designed for middle and high school students, Playground Physics… Read Article →

3DPrint360 Classroom Printer- Bring 3D Printing to Your Classroom-min

Bring 3D Printing to Your Classroom: 3DPrint360 Classroom Printer Support

Lots of schools are exploring 3D Printing, but how do you get started? The folks at 3DPrint360 can help you find the best 3D printer for your school and support you after the delivery is made. A 3D printer can energize teaching and learning across the content areas. Students can design and create physical objects that connect to lessons in science, engineering, math, history, art and more.  ….. It’s been so… Read Article →

VIRRY's Animal Web Cam App: Teach Empathy & Life Skills

VIRRY’s Animal Web Cam App: Teach Empathy & Life Skills

Forget about cartoon animals – the VIRRY animal web cam app brings real live animals to your iPad screen. VIRRY combines high definition live and pre-recorded video to help spark students’ curiosity in wild animals. I love how this app is super interactive while incorporating information about different animals and habitats. VIRRY was created with child development experts to build a connection between children and endangered animals. One of the goals… Read Article →

Tiggly Shape's Got Talent- Geometry App for Early Learners-min

Tiggly Shape’s Got Talent: Geometry App for Early Learners

Tiggly is a Class Tech Tips favorite and I’m excited to share another terrific app you can use with Tiggly Shapes! The Tiggly Shape’s Got Talent is a fantastic geometry app that takes a playful spin on learning early geometry concepts. With this iPad app students can read, play, and record their own stories. Kids will practice shape identification and learn shape properties as they create their very own talent show.  ….. Tiggly Shape’s… Read Article →

Quizalize Individual Reports- Intervention Support for Students-min

Quizalize Individual Reports: Intervention Support for Students

Last year I shared Quizalize, a classroom tool that turns assessments into fun classroom quizzes. The folks behind this engaging platform have added a new feature called Individual Student Reports to provide intervention support for students. With Quizalize students are first praised for what they did well. Then kids are given a list of skills to practice based on their results. These topics are prioritized so students spend time on areas where… Read Article →