Scholastic News for Informational Text and Articles

One of my favorite online resources is Scholastic News.  This website is perfect for finding high quality informational texts about current events.  Each article contains nonfiction text features including captions, maps, sections headings and more. Scholastic News is a great resource for connecting current events issues to English Language Arts instruction or extending a lesson in […]

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Flickr Creative Commons Images for Teachers and Students

Whether you are teaching your students about digital citizenship or looking for images to use on your own, Flickr is a fantastic resource.  This website gives users the ability to search for Creative Commons images that can be used for a variety of purposes without infringing on copyright. It’s a necessary best practice for students conducting research […]

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Science Experiment iPad App: DIY Sun Science

DIY Sun Science is a fantastic app for letting students explore the natural world.  This science experiment iPad app is full of activities and information.  With this free app users can check out the solar system. Students, teachers and families can use this app as inspiration for science exploration.  DIY Sun Science is full of ideas […]

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Explore Sound on iPads

Learning through discovery can help children of all age levels gather information and get excited about a new topic. Sound Uncovered is an awesome free app that lets kids explore this concept. They’ll interact with different activities as they begin to make connections to the world around them.  A great choice for station work in […]

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EduGame Spotlight: 7 Little Words for Kids

A fun app for helping students think about words and their relationships is 7 Little Words for Kids.  Similar to the game designed for grownups, this kid-friendly version is perfect for getting kids hooked on word games.  In this edugame, students have to work their way through puzzles as they interact with different letters and words. […]

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Engage and Collaborate with Chalkup Course Platform

Chalkup is a powerful tool for changing the way you teach and interact with students.  This online platform lets teachers take their classes to the next level by providing a way for teachers to engage their students.  Classes of students can collaborate on shared files to complete projects and study in groups.   Both teachers and […]

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Students Can Get Expert Advice from Academic Help

Earlier this year I shared Academic Help, a website that gives students and teachers access to free writing guides.  The site has been completely redesigned making it simple to search for exactly what you need.  On the homepage you’ll easily be able to click on keywords like bibliography, admission essay, or job application letter.  Kids can scan the different choices at […]

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Shadow Puppet EDU for Digital Storytelling

Shadow Puppet is one of my favorite apps for digital storytelling and now they have a new version designed specifically for classroom use.  All of the original great features that allow students to bring still images to life by recording their voice over a slideshow have been enhanced for students. . With Shadow Puppet EDU videos […]

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QR Code Reader for All Devices!

The App Store is full of QR code readers – most of which are free.  My go-to QR code scanner is i-nigma.  One reason I recommend this app at workshops and conferences is because it can be used on lots of different devices.  If you visit their homepage you can see links for the Apple […]

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Online Resource: LIFE Photo Archive

Primary source documents, especially photographs, are powerful tools for grabbing the attention of students.  Sometimes it’s challenging to find the right picture to connect to a historical fiction literature circle or to support a Social Studies lesson.  I’m a big fan of Google Image searches but another option is to check out the LIFE photo archive […]

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