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RefMe for Citation Help

20 Mar

screen480x480Screen Shot 2015-03-20 at 11.28.36 AMRefMe is a great iPad app for helping students understand different types of citations.  Creating work cited pages or bibliographies is an important skill that students need to develop as they move through the K-12 space into higher education.  RefMe is a great tool to introduce to students the different citation styles and where they can go to get extra support.  It’s a nice way for them to check their own work when creating citations for a research paper or report.

RefMe is a free iPad app that also works with the web version.  Check it out on the Apple App Store!

9 Mobile Apps for Poetry Month

18 Mar

9-2Here’s a preview of my new post for Edutopia – click on the link below to read more!

With Poetry Month right around the corner, optimize the mobile tablets that are already in the hands of your students by giving them the chance to interact with poetry. Whether they become content consumers by reading their favorite poems or content creators as they write their own, iPad and Android tablets provide students and teachers with lots of options. This list of mobile apps will help inspire young poets and give them the tools they need to create and publish their very own poems.

Acrostic Poems (iPadAndroid - Free)

This easy-to-use creation tool is perfect for young poets. Students can choose a focus word and then decide which new words they will assign to each letter. It helps kids build an acrostic poem and easily save and share their work. It’s one of a handful of apps on this list from ReadWriteThink, which offers mobile resources for both iOS and Android devices.

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News-O-Matic Site License for Schools

8 Mar
Screen Shot 2015-03-06 at 4.51.15 PM This year I’ve highlighted some of the reasons that I love News-O-Matic as a source of quality informational text for students.  This app is available on multiple platforms including iPads, Android tablets, and the Kindle Fire.  News-O-Matic‘s content can be accessed by teacher and student subscribers on all of their devices at no extra cost – this includes both school and personal devices.
Students can now use their school login at home during out of school hours, including holidays and vacations.  screen480x480-1Teachers can give personalized assignments or homework straight from the app.  If you’re interested in learning more about News-O-Matic you can receive a licenses quote right by clicking this link.  If you use the code classtechtips this month you’ll receive 20% off.
Visit News-O-Matic’s website to learn more about this powerful app!

Spelling and Letter Practice with DIC-DIC

7 Mar

Screen Shot 2015-03-06 at 4.34.13 PM screen480x480DIC-DIC is an educational game for students that lets them practice writing and letter-sound matching.  Children can choose from varying levels of difficulty and whether or not they want to use clues.  It’s a great choice for kids practicing their first language and for building vocabulary in a foreign language.

With DIC-DIC students can keep track of their progress by recording achievements for each level and language.  They’ll hear native speakers in each language section of the app.  DIC-DIC has no ads or in-app purchases making it a great safe space for students of all ages.  Your children can build their spelling strength and practice essential literacy skills all in one place.

Visit DIC-DIC’s website to watch a video overview and learn more about their app!

Powerful Primary Source Documents for iPad Readers

5 Mar

screen480x480-4 Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 6.46.45 AMPrimary source documents are powerful tools for engaging students with social studies content and informational text.  These artifacts can bring history to life for students who may feel disconnected from experiences of people long ago.  The Book of Negroes is the companion app to the multi-part television series.  It is a free download with content that covers a wide range of time and experiences.  This interactive app lets users of all ages follow a timeline, read informational text, and view documents and images.

It’s a great addition to your student’s iPad and is completely free to download.  Visit the App Store for more information!

Build Sentences with Sentopiary: Grammar Practice on iPads

4 Mar
Screen Shot 2015-03-01 at 11.53.06 AMSentopiary is a fun and simple app for learning grammar by building sentences.   With a clean and crisp user interface, the colorful word parts stand out on the screen and make it easy for students to navigate.  The app has four levels that match national curriculum in elementary and middle school classrooms by altering levels of complexity and vocabulary.
05_HikerFinalIn the classroom this app can be used for whole class modeling, individual practice or even literacy stations.  Kids can use Sentopiary at home or afterschool to practice grammar and sentence structure. This iPad app has two modes.   The sentence creation mode lets users choose a level of difficulty and then build sentences.  In Sentopiary‘s challenge mode students are given a sentence and asked to match the grammar structure (articles, verbs, nouns, pronouns, etc.) with the words in the sentence.
Learn more about Sentopiary by visiting their website!

World Read Aloud Day – March 4, 2015

1 Mar

litworldWRAD15logo-webThis Wednesday is World Read Aloud Day!

On the first Wednesday in March each year readers from around the world come together to share their favorite stories.  Started by LitWorld, World Read Aloud Day or WRAD is an amazing opportunity for students, teachers, parents and community members to come together for a read aloud.  You can Skype with another class from around the world, invite a guest speaker to your classroom, or have students read aloud to one another.

LitWorld has lots of resources for classrooms and helpful information for your own learning environment.  You can also follow along on social media with the hashtags #WRAD and #WRAD15 or participate in a Facebook chat with LitWorld’s founding director Pam Allyn and PBS.

Pick your favorite story and celebrate World Read Aloud Day on March 4, 2015!

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