With Technology

Nikki Vradenburg

LaMotte School, Bozeman, MT


KaHoot, online game website for creating quizzes and polls, works with all devices, fun and engaging!

Plickers, formative assessment tool, use one device to scan student answer cards

Bright Loop record keeping website, create, store and review anecdotal records from conferences and small group lessons

Technology Tools for Differentiaion

Smore Flyers, first 5 flyers are free, $39 a year for teachers after that

Osmo, Interactive tool for iPad, tanagrams, drawing, word games, $79

PBS Learning Media, free content website, K-12, video, interactive games, lessons, free

Brain Pop and Brain Pop Jr., animated videos, quizzes, games and lessons, many free resources, even more with paid subscription

Happy Numbers, K-2 Math practice exercises, CCSS aligned, check student progress, assign lessons to specific students, paid subscription needed

Ten Marks 1-8 Math practices exercises, CCSS aligned, check student progress, assign lessons to specific students, free with option for paid upgrade

Keyboarding Without Tears, iPad app or online keyboarding and literacy activities, K-5, supplement to Handwriting Without Tears program, purchase subscription

KidBlog blogging platform for schools, free with paid upgrade options starting at $35/year

Mrs. Vradenburg's K-1 Class Blog

Explain Everything app for screencasting, $2.99, well worth the cost!

Popplet app and website for creating graphic organizers, use draw tool, enter text or insert pictures, share popplets to blogs, email, print

SoundCloud audio recording app and website, record sounds and share them, great for recording audio books and linking to QR codes for listening center

GoNoodle website with brain breaks in a gamified setting, free, very popular

Decide Now app customized spinner app, $0.99

Class Dojo classroom management website and app, reward behavior using avatars

Today's Meet private online chat room for collaboration, easy to set up and use, free, great for book discussions

Mystery Skype collaborative activity to connect classes via Skype to ask and answer questions, good for geography and critical thinking lessons

Nearpod interactive presentation website, import slides from Power Point or Google Slides, add interactive elements such as quizzes, polls or drawing activities, share with mobile devices, free with paid upgrade options

Kodable, teach K-3 students how to code using this iPad app, has full curriculum

Padlet, online disucssion board, tap the screen to add to the board, free Google tool

Flexible Grouping and Invisible Tiering Resources

Daily 5 Literacy Block manage student chosen literacy centers while meeting with small groups and individual students

Lucy Calkins Units of Study Writer's Workshop K-8 writing workshop curriculum, CCSS aligned Units for each grade level in Opinion, Narrative and Expository writing

Georgia Math online math curriculum, CCSS aligned, lends itself nicely to a workshop model

K-5 Math Reasources website with K-5 hands on and literature resources for teaching math, free

Number Talks daily mental math and problem solving practice, focuses on communication and math practice standards, book and CD can be purchased on Amazon, plenty of online resources on Pinterest and The Teaching Channel to use without the book or the CD

Read Works website with K-8 CCSS aligned reading passages and novel units in fiction and non-fiction, search by standard, skill or grade level, print or use electronic copy

Newsela website with free news articles, print or view electronically, view the same article in multiple reading levels, CCSS aligned, free

Genius Hour

Identify topic of interest

Popplet Graphic Organizer, app and web tool for establishing prior knowledge

Create Guiding Questions for Research

KidRex, Brain Pop, PBS Learning Media, Research and explore topic

Create project to showcase new learning

Funding Resources

AGATE Mini Grant apply for $250 toward a project aimed to improve the learning for gifted students

Donors Choose submit a project to be funded, use Social Media to promote, anyone can donate any amount, online application

Target Field Trip and Early Childhood Literacy Grants, yearly grants awarded to teachers who submit proposals, online application

One Class at a Time $300 grants monthly for teachers who write a letter sharing how they will use the funds

Ezra Jack Keats Literacy Grant yearly $500 yearly grant to teachers for literacy projects

Brain Pop Funding Page list of funding resources

Twitter, Opportunities follow companies and talk directly to them, enter contests

Beta Testing Opportunities via Monica Burns

Professional Development

AGATE Conference April 2015, Helena Mt

RESA4U Region 4 Educational Service Agency, offers PD workshops in GT Identification, Program Planning and Differentiation


DIY PD using Twitter and Voxer #MtEdchat

Links to Past Presentations

Working with Gifted Students in the Primary Classroom, AGATE 2014

Tech Savvy Teaching for All, AGATE 2014

Differentiation, Belgrade In-service, Summer Institute in Dillon, 2014

Growing Bloggers in the Primary Classroom InTECHgrated Conference, Bozeman, 2014

Nikki Vradenburg

I teach K-1 at LaMotte School in Bozeman, MT. I have been a classroom teacher since 2001. I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Montana State University. I hold a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. I am a National Board Certified teacher and one of 100 teachers in the USA who is a 2014 PBS Digital Innovator. I am a trainer for RESA4u/Southwest Montana School Services. I conduct teacher workshops in differentiation and technology integration. I co-facilitate parent support groups for a non-profit organization called Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted, SENG. This spring I will go through training to become a Certified BrainPop Educator and conduct teacher training for BrainPop.com. I live with my husband and five year old daughter in Belgrade, MT. We are expecting a baby boy in July 2015.
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