Tech Savvy Teaching

Nikki Vradenburg, K-1 Teacher, LaMotte School, Bozeman, MT

iPad Apps

Easy Blog blogging platform for K-2 classrooms, Free

SeeSaw create digital portfolios, screencast, draw, publish writing, share with parents, Free

Draw and Tell HD Creation app, students can draw, color, $1.99

Plickers paper clickers app and website tools for formative assessment, Free

Nearpod presentation app and website adds interactive element such as drawing, polls and quizzes, Free with upgrade options

colAR mix Augmented Reality coloring pages, free with option to buy more pages

Decide Now Spinner App, $0.99

PicCollage Annotate over photos with stickers, text, etc.... Free

Popplet Graphic Organizers, both an app and online versions, free with upgrade option

Explain Everything, Screencasting app, $2.99

Brushes Painting app, Free

KidBlog Blogging platform, Free

SoundCloud Audio recording app and website, Free

iNigma QR recommended code scanner, easy to use, scans QR codes and takes you to content to two easy steps

Bitmoji App for creating avatars, not all images are kid friendly--use caution

Tynker App and web tool with coding games sorted by grade level, free

Shadow Puppet Create videos with photos from your camera roll, free

Tellagami Students create characters and record their voices making the characters speak

Felt Board Creation app for students to build pictures using digital felt pieces, settings, words

Skitch Annotate over images, create diagrams, draw pictures save to camera roll or share using social media, free

Venn create venn diagrams, free

Osmo tangram puzzles, word games, drawing activities, math games, purchase sets to use with iPads $79-$99

Book Creator iPad app for creating digital books can be exported to iBooks or to camera roll as a video, to EasyBlog or SeeSaw $4.99

iTunes University learning management system for self paced courses created and used on the iPad. Create a course or take one another teacher has created.

Voice Record Pro audio recording app, share recordings on YouTube, blogs

Web 2.0 Tools

Participate Learning Searchable website with links to digital resources, K-12

PBS Learning Media Collection of PBS video clips, interactive activities, lesson plans, make your own quizzes, flipped learning resources

Brain POP and Brain POP Jr collection of K-12 animated videos and companion quizzes in all subject areas, many videos are free, there are a variety of subscription packages, web and app versions available

Epic app and web tool for reading hundreds of books at all reading levels and genre

Smore Flyers create web pages in just a few easy steps, free, tablet friendly

Padlet Google tool for collaboration, discussion board, tablet friendly

Read Works Database with K-8 leveled reading passages aligned to CCSS

Ten Marks Math practice website grades 1-8, aligned to CCSS, tablet friendly

KaHoot Online quiz game, tablet friendly

Storybird Digital Storytelling website, not as tablet friendly

Bright Loop Learning Data collection website for teachers, tablet friendly

Happy Numbers K-2 CCSS Math practice activities, tablet friendly

Go Noodle interactive collection of brain breaks, gamified setting encourages kids to "grow their champ" avatar as they participate, extremely popular, not as tablet friendly

Skype in the Classroom Learn more about doing Mystery Skypes

Questions for Mystery Skype

Canva online poster and presentation tool

Newsela online Non Fiction passages, can adjust each article to higher and lower Lexile levels. Some even have quizzes. Read online or print. CCSS aligned

Wonderopolis Wonder of the Day, features a picture, video or concept to display and ignite discussion about wonder, good tool for inquiry learning!

Better Lessons database of master teacher lessons, K-12, ELA, MATH, aligned to the CCSS, Free

The Teaching Channel database of videos featuring master teachers modeling best practices, K-12, ELA, Math, aligned to CCSS, Free

Class Dojo online classroom management website and app, students earn "dojos" for their own avatars based on good behavior, works well with classroom economy

Quizziz digital assessment tool, free

Book Flix digital stories fiction and non-fiction paired texts, subscription for school $30-$40

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Nikki Vradenburg

LaMotte School, Bozeman, MT


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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 Arizona State 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 also a Certified BrainPOP Educator and a member of the BrainPOP Professional Development Advisory Panel. 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. I live with my husband and our two children in Belgrade, MT.
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Links to Resources from past presentations

Kinders Can! Technology Integration in the Primary Classroom Technology Summit, Bozeman, MT NCCE, Seattle, WA February 2016

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