Starting Strong: Teacher Tech Tools

Sometimes I feel like a kid in a candy store.  So many choices …

With new apps and web services flying onto the internet at what feels like the speed of light, I have to discipline myself to make a decision and move forward.  These next few posts will feature some of the tools I chose to organize, plan and streamline my teaching practices. [Disclousre:  By the time I finish these posts there will most likely be a dozen more options with louder, brighter bells and whistles but alas there is only so much time in a day, so here goes…]

Here is a sneak peek of what’s to come:

  1. AppoLearning Collections : Transforming digital argh#!$@*  to digital ahhhh..
  2. Graphite and Better Lessons : App reviews, lesson flows, tech resources
  3. Digital Lesson Plannners: Lino, Post-Its,, CommonsenseCurriculum (digital planbooks, etc.)
  4. Seesaw:  Learning portfolios and beyond: an answer to a teacher’s prayer for easy to use, elegant data collection/tracking, home-school communication, goal setting, etc., etc.
  5. Classkick: A must for any 1:1 iPad classroom.  The true FLIPPED classroom has arrived.  Imagine easily creating a personalized Khan academy for your students — this app provides the platform.
  6. Pinterest:  How to maximize using Pinterest in your lesson planning, etc.
  7. Twitter:  I keep hearing teachers use Twitter, I am a newbie in this arena and need a guest author for this blog?  Interested?  Please comment below and let me know.
  8. Class WebPage: Exploring way to use class webpages to make your teacher life easier.  Make your webpage work for you.

Stay tuned!

2 thoughts on “Starting Strong: Teacher Tech Tools

  1. Debbie Fullerton

    I would be interested in chatting about how teachers use Twitter. While I am not one to “tweet” what I had for lunch…ha ha….during several conferences I’ve attended this summer the “Twitter” app was mentioned quite a bit for education use. Of course, as you mentioned above, the challenge is really streamlining my list of “critical” apps that we will sustain for the year.


  2. If I understand Twitter as a teaching tool – it is a way to quickly see what bloggers, companies, websites (Edutopia, Seesaw, Commonsense, Teaching Channel, people you collaborate with, maybe even students). You create a Twitter account then specify who/what you want to keep on your “Twitter thread”, as they post thing (short snippets with links,, pics, etc. ) you see them, then you can decide what you want to read and go to the next deeper level – ie a blog post. It reminds me of a very long Pinterest type service but one long list of snippets/tweets.


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