Literacy Assessment on Tablets with DRA2+ App for iPad

Teachers 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 […]

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The Answer Pad Interactive Learning Tool

The 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 […]

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Use News-O-Matic Current Events App to Combat the Summer Slide

If you are a fan of News-O-Matic you’ll be happy to know that their current events app publishes daily news stories every single weekday all summer long.  With their high-interest topics, this app inspires kids to actually want to read the stories.  News-O-Matic delivers new content to the hands of student readers each day during the summer […]

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ESL/ELD Digital Courseware by Teacher’s Discovery

Digital resources can be used to support students who are learning English as a second language.  Voces® ESL/ELD Digital Courseware by Teacher’s Discovery is a complete digital resource organized like a traditional textbook but with added digital features, like video, audio, and automatic grading. In addition to their ESL/ELD Digital Courseware, Voces also offers US History, […]

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When do games inspire learning? Game-Based Learning Webinar May 18

On May 18th, I am moderating a webinar on game-based learning in the classroom with leading expert Greg Toppo, USA Today’s K-12 education writer (and a former teacher). Greg has been researching game-based learning in schools, and he recently wrote The Game Believes in You: How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter after finding himself […]

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iPad Animal Cam with Interactive Games for Students

Virry is an awesome app that students of all ages will love to explore.  It gives users access to live cams for different animals as well as tons of interactive content.  Kids can play games as they check out each animal, including lions, meerkats, giraffes, and more. Children can watch a lion move around a pen and […]

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National Parks App: Virtual Field Trips on iPads

Whether you’re planning an outdoor excursion or just want to show off the National Parks to your students, check out National Geographic‘s fantastic free app: National Parks by National Geographic.  With tons of information (and the option to upgrade for more) this app can be used for student research or virtual field trips! It’s a great choice for students […]

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Stage App: Turn Your iPad into an Interactive Document Camera

Teachers in one iPad classrooms can turn their device into a document camera with lots of do-it-yourself tricks. The perfect app for turning your iPad into a presentation tool is Stage: Interactive Whiteboard and Document Camera. It lets users switch from a white board, image background, and camera all while writing on the screen.  Extra in […]

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9 Apps for After School Programs

Educators who feel limited in creativity and flexibility due to rigid curriculum can introduce engaging, educational apps into after school programming.  This part of the school day often gives students (and their teachers) more choice. During this block of time you may want to incorporate one of these apps that promotes content creation and exploration: Shutterfly […]

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Essential 21st Century Skill Support: Try Hopscotch with Your Students

Preparing students for careers of the future is absolutely essential!  Although there are many terrific coding events that highlight the importance of computer science, you can bring these skills into your classroom regularly.  Hopscotch is a free app with lots of options for student users.  It’s a great choice for introducing kids to foundational concepts, […]

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