6 Tools for Communicating with Parents

This weekend I shared some of my favorite tech tools at a SimpleK12 webinar for hundreds of teachers! I love having the opportunity to talk to teachers about some of the amazing technology resources that are available. Whether traveling to schools or sharing favorites virtually, I’ve seen so many teachers excited about the tech tools for communicating with parents on this list. Here are a few of my favorite tech… Read Article →

Online Rubrics and Grading Support from BoomWriter PRO 1

Online Rubrics and Grading Support from BoomWriter PRO

BoomWriter PRO is a tool for teachers that includes online rubrics and grading support. Teachers can access rubrics and student progress analytics to simplify the grading process. Customized rubrics are available for the upper elementary, middle, and high school grade levels. Teachers can use BoomWriter PRO to access standards-based rubrics to assess their students’ performance and skills in virtually all areas of writing.  …. In addition to accessing online rubrics, teachers can use… Read Article →

Word Building App Planet Lettra Strengthen Phonemic Awareness 2

Word Building App Planet Lettra: Strengthen Phonemic Awareness

In the literacy classroom, iPads can be used for center activities, with small group instruction or in whole class activities. Planet Lettra is a word building app that helps students develop phonemic awareness. In this playful, interactive environment, students can freely experiment with word building. Letter bubbles float around the screen and guide players in building different words.  ….. Planet Lettra provides support for emerging readers and the contents of any bubble can… Read Article →

Creative, School Storytelling App from Dr. Panda

Creative, School Storytelling App from Dr. Panda

In Dr. Panda School, kids will be able to play school and explore fun and creative activities with this storytelling app . This includes painting and sculpting in the art room, growing plants in the school yard, teaching a history class, and even making favorite foods in the cafeteria. Perfect for young students, Dr. Panda School lets kids create and tell their own stories. They will explore and role play within the… Read Article →

Printables and PDFs on the Web for Reading, Math & More 1

Printables and PDFs on the Web for Reading, Math & More

I know how challenging it can be to find the perfect resource to support students as they build English Language Arts and math skills. You might be looking for a practice activity for your whole class, a small group, or just a select number of students who need extra help or enrichment. The folks at Super Teacher Worksheets have over 10,000 printables on the site. It’s more than just worksheets on Super Teacher. You’ll find… Read Article →

View, Annotate and Collaborate on Documents with Kami

View, Annotate and Collaborate on Documents with Kami

Kami is a terrific online tool that lets teachers and students collaborate on documents on a web browser. Perfect for Chromebook or BYOD (bring-your-own-device) classrooms. Students can use Kami to open up documents on a web browser with a simple drag and drop. They can annotate documents by underlining, highlighting and adding notes to each page. It’s also a great way for students to interact with documents straight from their web browser…. Read Article →

EdTech Book Spotlight #140EduTips

140 Twitter Tips for Educators: EdTech Book Spotlight #140EduTips

At this month’s ASCD Annual Conference I had the chance to chat with Billy Krakower one of the authors of 140 Twitter Tips for Educators in collaboration with Brad Currie and Scott Rocco of Evolving Educators. Billy, Brad and Scott are the founders of #satchat which I’m looking forward to guest moderating later this year. They have put together an essential guide for teachers who are looking to get started… Read Article →

Personalized Learning Platform Kiddom Data and Standards-Based Tool 1

Personalized Learning Platform Kiddom: Data and Standards-Based Tool

Last month I had the chance to take a tour of Kiddom a totally free platform that helps teachers use real-time data to make decisions. Kiddom lets educators curate personalized learning experiences by choosing which resources are “just-right” for students. Teachers can use Kiddom to get these resources into the hands of students and make sure that learning experiences are productive and effective. Teachers can use the national and state… Read Article →

Newsela Text Sets: Paired Passages for Literature and Current Events

Newsela Text Sets: Paired Passages for Literature and Current Events

There are lots of reasons why I love Newsela. It’s an online (and now mobile) platform for current events articles. Teachers can search for articles on different topics and scan through the most recent news reports. Once you’ve found an article to share with students you can choose between five different Lexile levels for the just-right level you need for your class or individual students — or for including paired passages… Read Article →

The Elements Periodic Table App from Touchpress

The Elements Periodic Table App from Touchpress

When I think back to my experience in Chemistry class I can only wonder if an interactive tablet experience would have helped my understanding of core concepts. The Elements is a Periodic Table app for iOS devices that truly brings the elements to life.  This high-quality app is perfect for classrooms where students are exploring the elements and making connections to the world around them. The folks at Touchpress have… Read Article →