Unio Interactive Lesson and Formative Assessment Tool

Last month I had the opportunity to connect with the team behind Unio, part of an award-winning education technology company based in the UK.If you haven’t heard of Unio before, it’s an interactive lesson delivery and formative assessment tool launched earlier this year. If you’re a regular follower of ClassTechTips.com you know I’m a big believer in the power of leveraging the power of…

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Inspiring Readers and Writers with Virtual Reality: Point of View Activity

Last week I spent time in North Carolina working with teachers who were preparing for an upcoming reading and writing unit. One of the main areas of focus for this particular ELA unit was point of view. From how characters in literature perceive a situation to the way writers express their own point of view, we discussed a handful of strategies for helping students tackle this area of focus for the upcoming unit. As our discussion moved to thinking about how digital tools could elevate and energize…

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Otus Student Performance Platform: LMS, Assessment + Data Warehouse

Early on in my time teaching in a one-to-one iPad classroom, I connected with the folks at Otus. This passionate, energized company jumped right into the EdTech space to support educators implementing one-to-one technology and using a mix of devices in their classrooms. The team at Otus…

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Tasks Before Apps: Designing Rigorous Learning in a Tech-Rich Classroom

I am so excited to announce the publication of my new book for ASCD Tasks Before Apps: Designing Rigorous Learning in a Tech-Rich Classroom! This book has been in the works for quite some time and was inspired by the phrase I share with educators during school visits, workshops, conferences and keynotes around the world. When […]

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Ignite Reading Playbook + Cosmic Readers Program from Big Universe

Interested in reading challenges for your classroom? The team at Big Universe is giving educators free access to their Ignite Reading Playbook. Earlier this year I had the chance to partner with Big Universe for a special webinar and I’m excited they’re offering this resource to teachers – totally for free. This guide is full of step-by-step…

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WittyWe Educational Videos: Support and Supplement Classroom Instruction

Searching for “just right” educational videos for your classroom? The team at WittyWe created an online learning environment to inspires students to dive into a range of educational media. They designed a space for students to access video content connected to…

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New Keyboarding Practice Adventures Released from TypeTastic

This past spring I shared TypeTastic School Edition, a keyboarding tool for students. Well a couple of things happened since this post went live. Just a few weeks after I shared TypeTastic I had the chance to meet their team at ISTE in San Antonio. This passionate, energized group have released some updates this summer and I’m exited to share these new features with you. Just last week a teacher sent me an email looking for…

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5 Ways to Update Your Google Slides with Spark Post Designs

Looking to update your Google Slides decks or searching for a way to support student storytellers during their own presentations? You’ll want to check out Spark Post from the folks Adobe, a free, easy-to-use tool for teachers and students. If your school is using Google Classroom or you and your students love…

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Micro-Credential Opportunity for Educators: Bring Financial Literacy to Your Classroom

Have you heard of micro-credentials? I’m always keeping my eyes peeled for ways to energize professional learning. Micro-credentials are competency-based options districts across the country are exploring. The folks at Digital Promise are now offering 20 financial literacy micro-credentials to help teachers jump into a content to support their students. The topic of financial literacy is important for students of all ages, across subject areas – it’s fantastic to see what they’ve put together!

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Education Book Spotlight: Blended Learning in Action

This past year I started working with a fantastic school in New York who have introduced a blended learning model for their students. As we wrapped up the school year in June one of their teachers asked for recommendations for summer reading and I immediately named this book, Blended Learning in Action: A Practical Guide Toward Sustainable Change by Catlin R. Tucker, Tiffany Wycoff and Jason T. Green. If you haven’t checked it out, Blended Learning in Action is a terrific guide for…

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