Super Fun Approach to Teaching Geometry on iPads & iPhones

is a powerful iOS game that seamlessly integrates learning on both iPads and iPhones.  Perfect for a wide range of students, it uses a storytelling narrative to engage children with math vocabulary and math concepts.  Students are given the task of saving The Land of Venn by creating different shapes.  As they make straight lines, quadrilaterals, and triangles […]

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Introduce Informational Text with Current Events on Mobile Devices

Over the past few months I’ve shared some of the reasons why News-O-Matic is a terrific resource for informational text and social studies.  Current events are a wonderful way to engage students in nonfiction reading.  Whether you’re looking for world or national news stories, or articles on sports and entertainment, News-O-Matic publishes five new passages […]

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6 Apps for Helping Others

Is there such a thinks as apps for helping others? Teaching children about empathy and giving them the inspiration and know-how to support their peers is a life-skill lesson that plays an important part in the classroom. Students should understand the power of collaboration and what it means to come together for a common mission. […]

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Toontastic is Now Free! An Amazing Storytelling Tool for Students

The past few weeks I’ve been traveling around the c ountry sharing my favorite digital storytelling tools with teachers.  There are many that I love to talk about and one on my list is Toontastic.  As a classroom teacher I used this with students to retell stories and short passages we explored in class.  In […]

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Seesaw Journal: A Tool for English Language Learners

Last month I shared Seesaw, a new app from the makers of Shadow Puppet that provides a quick and easy way to capture student work.  Seesaw Journal lets students snap a picture of their work and record their voice.  It provides a unique way for children to interact with what they’ve learned and demonstrate their understanding […]

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CueThink for Dynamic Math Problem Solving on iPads

  CueThink is an iPad app designed to improve students’ math problem­ solving skills.  The platform is centered around a “thinklet,” a showcase for student problem­ solving.  This video vignette captures the steps each student takes as they solve a problem and can be shared with the teacher and classmates. CueThink provides a framework for critical thinking […]

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Math Comics from Yamie Chess

Yamie Chess is a math learning resource that supports elementary and middle school students.  You might be familiar with their board game that helps students learn math skills while playing chess.   Working with both U.S. chess masters and math educators, Yamie Chess has created a set of comic books for students that are used to […]

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Haiku Creation on iPads and Android Devices

Learning how to write a haiku poem can be challenging for students young and old.  Poets have to follow a set of rules in order to get it just right.  There is a terrific free app that makes it easy for students to compose their very own haiku poem. Use this interactive app with students […]

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Master Vocabulary and Key Concepts with Trading Cards

Learning domain specific vocabulary and remembering key concepts can be challenging for students of all grade levels.  There is so much content they are exposed to in every subject area that providing kids with study tools can help them boost their comprehension. Trading Cards is a fun free app that asks students to think deeply about historical […]

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Learn and Write Diamante Poems with a Free App

If you’re looking to motivate student poets in grades K through 12 you’ll want to check out Diamante Poem in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.  This interactive app can help students understand how to create this special type of poem.  ReadWriteThink offers a variety of lesson plans for teachers to use with […]

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