Teacher Tools

Top 10 EdTech Favorites of 2019

It’s been a wild and wonderful year here at Class Tech Tips! Just like in years past, 2019 included school visits, conference visits, and webinars, both close to home and many miles away. In addition to sharing EdTech favorites on the blog, this year I launched a new podcast and a new membership site, too. […]

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How To Share Spark Videos on YouTube

Do you have a YouTube channel for your school or classroom? This past year, I’ve led several presentations on how schools can share their stories. From making a slideshow with pictures from a field trip to spotlighting student work, there are lots of things schools can share with the world. You can share Spark Videos […]

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Teach Better Talk Podcast & Book Study

Earlier this year, I spoke with Jeff Gargas and Rae Hughart on their Teach Better Talk Podcast. They share interviews with lots of different educators on their podcast. With conversations from various corners of education, they have over one-hundred episodes you can explore on their website. You can listen to the episode of the Teach […]

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Gift Guide: Teacher Secret Santa Gift Ideas (all below $15)

Over the past few years, I’ve put together teacher gift guides to hopefully make your life a little bit easier this holiday season. From gifts that teachers who love Chromebooks might enjoy, to favorite books about education, I’ve compiled several lists with favorite gift ideas. This year, I took a bit of a different spin […]

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How to Add Video to School Announcements

If you have a school event on the calendar, how do you stand out on social media? In the past few weeks, school storytelling has been front of mind. Sharing special moments and getting the word out about upcoming events are two ways schools can use social media to connect with their community. In October […]

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Creativity in Education: Adobe MAX Recap 2019

Last week I had an opportunity to attend Adobe MAX as an Adobe Insider. In this blog post, I want to share some big ideas from the event as well as actionable takeaways for educators. Although MAX is definitely the creativity conference, the focus on creativity in education was front and center through multiple events […]

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How To Use Game-Based Learning in Your Classroom

If you’ve thought about using gameplay in your classroom, there is a fantastic new book on the topic! Earlier this year at the annual ISTE Conference in Philadelphia, I snagged a copy of an excellent new book. It’s titled Power Up Your Classroom: Reimagine Learning Through Gameplay. It provides actionable information for educators interested in […]

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Adobe Spark Book Birthday Celebration

How do you inject creativity into your classroom? I can’t believe a whole year has passed since the release of 40 Ways to Inject Creativity into Your Classroom with Adobe Spark. Ben Forta and I published this collection of lesson ideas and activities last fall and are celebrating the one-year book birthday already! In the past […]

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Teacher-Tested Classroom Management Software for Schools

EdTech tools have altered the way we think about teaching and learning in the classroom, but sometimes these powerful devices are  distracting for students during the school day. The folks at Dyknow reached out to me this year, and I was excited to learn more about their classroom management software for schools. They’ve designed a […]

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A Tool to Help Schools Go Paperless

The idea of going paperless isn’t about a buzzword. It’s about making the most of your time and staying organized throughout the school year. There are definitely times when you and your students will want to have a pencil in your hands. But when you want to digitize forms, automate routines, and keep track of […]

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