18 Apps for Summer Reading

22 May

If you’re getting ready to send students home for the summer you may want to share a list of mobile apps that can help families combat the summer slide.  Here are a handful of my favorite apps for readers of all ages:

i-Skool: Learning in Motion on Mobile Devices

21 May

colourI’ve shared lots of reasons why I’m a fan of QR codes.  i-Skool is a project that incorporates scannable technology and puts learning in motion.  Its goal is to enhance brain activity by getting kids on their feet as they practice cognitive skills.  Teachers create a quiz with an item connected to a color in a specific location.  Children receive directions on what to do based on what they scan as they move around with their mobile device.

Gallery_01The simple game play is perfect for classroom activities where teachers want to connect spaces in their learning environment to important information.  i-Skool is currently running an Indiegogo campaign to expand from their current demo version based on colors to include images and QR Codes.

Learn more about i-Skool by visiting their website and check out their campaign page on Indiegogo!

TIME Edge: Engaging Nonfiction and Digital Literacy Resource

19 May
Content_timelineStudents need experience navigating digital text and reading nonfiction.  TIME Edge is a web-based platform that is accessible through any browser on any device.  It includes engaging tools and multimedia features to take students deeper into the current events articles.   Aligned to English Language Arts standards for 7th and 8th graders, this is a terrific resource for informational text and Social Studies instruction.
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Sign InTIME For Kids is a well-known K-6 classroom resource and TIME Edge extends this to middle school students exploring informational text related to current events.  Articles are written specifically for 7th and 8th grade students, with lower-level reading options for teachers looking to differentiate instruction.  TIME Edge also features Common Core-aligned assessments that highlight where students may need more support.  Teachers will also get access to the TIME Vault with over 90 years of TIME content.
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Learn more about TIME Edge by visiting their website!

Free Online Program for Math and English from PracTutor

18 May

unnamedThis summer PracTutor is offering their online curriculum completely free for students.  This personalized curriculum includes a diagnostic pre-test that measures current learning levels and customizes a learning path for every student.  This summer your students can practice Math and English skills through various question types, manipulatives, and videos with scaffolds and support.

unnamed-1Families can save up to $60 this summer by accessing PracTutor for free.  It includes unlimited practice to master national standards and real-time reports.  Keeping students on task during the summer can be a challenge.  Children can extend their studies through the summer months by dedicating a set amount of time each week to practicing important Math and English skills.

Visit PracTutor’s website to learn more about their free summer program!

Literacy Assessment on Tablets with DRA2+ App for iPad

17 May

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 6.54.27 AMTeachers using the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA2+) can now gather formative reading assessment data on their iPad.  This app guides teachers through data collection as they observe, record and evaluate changes in the reading performances of their students.  It’s a great option for schools making a move to paperless reporting.

The app lets teachers access DRA2 Benchmark, Word Analysis and Progress Monitoring and EDL2 Benchmark, EDL2 Word Analysis and Spanish Progress Monitoring Assessments.  It includes automatic scoring and ongoing view of student progress that makes it easier to differentiate instruction.

Learn more about the new DRA2+ App by visiting this website!

The Answer Pad Interactive Learning Tool

16 May


hide_namesThe Answer Pad is a comprehensive tool that is different from the presentation and assessment tools you might have seen in the past.  This completely interactive mobile app and web tool promotes student engagement and helps teachers monitor student progress.  The Answer Pad lets teachers design summative assessments that can be answered with a tap of the screen, and formative assessments that can be administered on the fly throughout your lesson.  This tool easily integrates into your everyday instruction by giving students an opportunity to annotate images and send answers to their teachers devices.

prof combinedWith time-saving Answer Sheets teachers can score essays and multiple choice questions and import their own standards to demonstrate alignment to nationwide or statewide expectations.  In addition to all of these features, The Answer Pad folks just released a Broadcast feature that lets teachers share one student’s response with the whole class to provide opportunities for collaboration.

Visit The Answer Pad’s website to learn more!

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