Informational text is an important feature of teaching students about the natural and social world and a key element of Common Core in today’s classrooms. Informational text varies from general non-fiction because of a few features—most notably that the information is structured in a way that helps students learn. For teachers looking to learn more […]
This past year I’ve had the opportunity to contribute to Channel One News’ blog. I’ve shared some of my favorite EdTech trends, technology tools and iPad apps. Here’s a list of some of my posts for their site – you can see a full list of my guest blog posts by clicking here.
Between iTunes U, SimpleK12, Twitter, Pinterest and countless blogs, there are lots of places where you can explore a topic you’re interested in learning more about. Udemy is a platform that I’ve used to create and share two courses. In addition to an easy to navigate website, they have apps for iOS and Android devices that make […]
Experience America HD Magazine is a great free app for accessing high-interest informational text. Created by USA Today, it includes dozens of articles on topics related to geography and notable landmarks. If you’re looking for text that can be used for leveled reading groups, stations, or to share during a Social Studies unit, check out this […]
I’m a big fan of Toontastic and have had the opportunity to share this digital storytelling tool with teachers across the country. Toontastic Jr. Pirates Puppet Theater is a great option for younger students exploring the basic concepts behind telling stories including characters, sequence and dialogue. It’s a terrific app for getting students prepared to write their […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]