Google Forms Spotlight: Formative Assessment Checklists

I am a big fan of Google Forms – a fantastic customizable survey tool.  If you have access to Google Drive through your school email address or have set up your own for free, then you can create amazing forms to meet the needs of your classroom.  A Google Form is a survey tool that […]

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Digital Storytelling and Authentic Assessments

Digital storytelling is a powerful way to engage students in the writing process. Whether they are telling stories from a summer vacation or writing a persuasive essay on a community issue, technology tools can help motivate reluctant writers. Students can use their writing, audio recordings, video creations, illustrations, and images to create a digital storytelling […]

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MONKEYmount 280 Universal Tablet Stand

Earlier this year I shared MONKEYmount 280 a very cool stand that works with any tablet, including iPads.  With this stand you can turn your iPad into a document camera without having to invest in a new piece of technology.  It can be used with an HDMI projector or flat screen to mirror what is happening […]

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Quick Flashcard Creation and Export​ on iPads

Synopsis is a completely free iPad app for students that lets users create notes by highlighting different sections of a PDF document. Students can then modify the notes they have created by adding their own text. Synopsis gives students the power to summarize any text so they won’t need to go back to a PDF document to study material.  Each individual note can be converted […]

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Science Drawings and the STEM Classroom

Drawp for School is a great tool for managing workflow in a one-to-one classroom and can be used for science drawings and activities across the content areas.  With this app students complete tasks designed by the teacher.  This can include science drawings like a picture or labeling a diagram.  Drawp is as flexible as paper – […]

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Classroom Tool: Dr. Seuss Treasury App

Last week I introduced a fantastic collection of Dr. Seuss books from Oceanhouse Media.  The Dr. Seuss Treasury app is perfect for centers and silent reading.  Now every child in your class can have their own Dr. Seuss library at their fingertips without having to buy each individual book app or tote around the original […]

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Curious Words for Visual Storytelling on iPads

Curious Words is a visual storytelling app from the makers of Oh No Fractions! and Curious Ruler.  Random words stimulate the child to explore the world around them, illustrating such words with what they see. Instead of drawing the word with a still picture, they can shoot a one second video – just the right length to capture […]

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Splashtop Education in Action in California

Earlier this month I shared Splashtop a tool that can increase teacher mobility and student engagement in one-to-one classrooms.  Teachers can move around the classroom untethered (free from cables) and access all of their computer files in any software or format.  There is also support for schools using the Common Core State Standards. Classroom Learning […]

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Gepeto for Next Generation Storytelling

Gepeto is an app that makes storytelling truly interactive. Kids can use puppets to craft and record stories instead of writing or typing. It has a uniquely open platform that allows kids to create narratives the way they would during play – using their voices and physical movements. Next Generation Storytelling With Gepeto, kids can […]

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TIME For Kids Classroom App for Interactive Current Events

You may know TIME For Kids from their classroom magazine and now their Classroom App makes it easy to view this content on a tablet.  Their app for iPads can help students build digital literacy skills while learning about current events and reading high quality informational text.  Students can access multimedia including video, photos, maps, and other […]

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