Earth Day Contest

13 Apr

earth day school contest 2, a creation and presentation tool, is hosting The buncee Earth Day Contest. To enter, students K – 8 will be asked to create a buncee answering the question, “What could your school do to help protect the Earth?” The winners will receive a $200 Amazon Gift Card and bunceeEDU Plus subscriptions for their school.

Buncee’s fun digital canvas allows students to easily express their ideas, making it the perfect tool for students to present their environmental school projects. While enhancing presentation skills, the contest also helps support Next Gen Science Standard ESS3-3: Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the day school contest 3

Judges include Science Teacher Tim McCready and employees of Cornell University Long Island Horticultural Research & Extension Center. Entry ends May 15th, so check out the contest rules and have your students share their environmental projects to win!

GradeSlam for Online Tutoring

12 Apr
PrintThere are different resources online to help students master key concepts and find answers to their questions.  GradeSlam offers 24/7 private, on-demand online tutoring to students.  Kids can get help on any subject area in grades K-12.  It’s a great option for families who are looking for an affordable tutoring option and aren’t ready to commit to weekly sessions.  GradeSlam also lets users decide how much time they want to spend working on a particular task or subject area.
ClassroomWith more virtual options for families, GradeSlam could be the right choice for students who need extra support every once and awhile or help from a teacher on a regular basis.  Tutors at GradeSlam pass background checks and are certified to teach the the material that they cover with students.  GradeSlam’s on-demand service costs $25/hr, billed by the minute, but you can get a $20 credit with the promo code “CLASSTECHTIPS.”
Visit GradeSlam’s website to learn more!

14 Math Edugames for Students

11 Apr

Here’s a list of 14 Math Edugames!  Whether you use these for enrichment, intervention, in stations, or simply recommend a favorite to families, you’re sure to find something to meet the needs of your students.

Have a favorite that’s not on this list? Leave a comment or send a message sharing an app that you love!

Check out my earlier post 10 Must-Have Free Math Apps for more favorites!


Adobe Slate: Amazing Storytelling Tool

10 Apr

Screen Shot 2015-04-09 at 8.03.59 AMI’m a big fan of the storytelling app Adobe Voice.  If you’ve attended one of my workshops this year you know I can’t stop talking about how powerful and easy it is to use.  Adobe has just released an amazing new storytelling tool that is just as exciting.  Adobe Slate is an iPad app that lets users of all ages create stories that can be viewed on any web browser.  Combining text, images and hyperlinks, students can transform research reports, persuasive writing, digital portfolios, you name it.

Screen Shot 2015-04-09 at 8.12.04 AMAdobe Slate is truly a creation tool and fits perfectly with my message of Tasks Before Apps.  With this app students can create content for authentic audiences and share their work with the real world.  The final product is truly beautiful and introduces students to the concept of web publishing and design.

Check out this video to see Adobe Slate in action, click on this student work example, or visit the Apple App Store to download Adobe Slate for free today!

Collect School and Student Data with TRAIN

9 Apr

unnamedSchools and districts looking to change the way they collect data on school climate and student behavior will want to check out TRAIN.  This mobile tool is designed for school-wide data collection, analysis, and communication.  With dedicated iOS and Android apps, teachers and school leaders can collect data easily, in real time.  This includes information on student behavior and school disruptions.

Screen Shot 2015-04-05 at 4.53.02 PMWith easy setup and quick data input schools are using TRAIN to review information on the go to make decisions for their school.  Teachers and school leaders can access detailed reports that make it easy to review and share data.  This platform is simple yet customizable so teachers can add details to student reports without dedicating extra time or energy.

Learn more about TRAIN and sign up to pilot this program in you school or classroom by visiting their website!


Canaryflow for Simplifying Classroom Workflow

8 Apr

Grading ToolCanaryflow is designed to help teachers and students follow a simple workflow inside and outside of the classroom.  With this tool a teacher creates a lesson, adds an assignment, and schedules the lesson.  Students access the lesson and assignment, and submit the work for the assignment.  The teacher then collects the assignment, annotates and grades the assignment, and publishes grades.  Students can then review grades and annotations.

Today Screen.TeacherCanaryflow makes it simple for students to submit work using their camera, PDF files, Google Drive, or Dropbox.  Teachers can tap the screen to access assignments and provide feedback.  The interface makes it easy for both teacher and students to stay organized.  There is an integrated grader feature that makes teacher feedback manageable for users, as well as the ability to work offline.

Learn more about Canaryflow by visiting their website!

Books that Grow for Leveled Online Classroom Libraries

7 Apr

Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 8.33.03 AMIf you’re familiar with multi-level books, you’ll want to check out Books That Grow. Books That Grow is a free digital reading platform with a library of books that range from myths and folktales, to primary source documents and informational texts. Whether you want to teach the Greek myth “Arachne” or Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter From a Birmingham Jail,” Books That Grow has you covered.

1425624382283The best part about Books to Grow is that every book can be read at 3-5 different levels of text complexity. Teachers can differentiate instruction by allowing them to assign the same reading to a class of mixed ability students, while permitting these students to learn at their own level, and make steady gains in their reading skills. Teachers can also create classrooms in the app, monitor the books their students read, and adjust their set reading levels by book or by student.


Learn more about Books That Grow by visiting their website!






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