Sharing current events with students is so important but it is often challenging to find appropriate content for elementary schoolers. News-O-Matic is a daily newspaper for kids available on both iOS and Android devices (the app will soon be available on the Amazon Kindle Fire tablets). It provides engaging nonfiction text for young readers to help them learn about the world around them. With topics including election news, sports coverage and science discoveries, there is plenty of exciting content to capture the attention of your students.
Their new update (coming soon!) will be specifically designed for use in schools. It will include custom reading levels for individual students, built-in assessments that are customizable, and analytics including quiz scores, reading levels and time spent reading. News-O-Matic will be able to support differentiated instruction while giving students access to high-interest, informational text.
Learn more about News-O-Matic by visiting their website or watching this video!
Bookopolis.com is a kid-friendly social network and book discovery tool. It gives students an opportunity to safely connect with friends to share their favorite books. This site helps children locate new books that fit their interests through personalized and peer based recommendations. Designed for students in second through sixth grade, Bookopolis is completely free.
If you’re looking for a way to inspire young readers this site has lots of fun features. Students can earn badges and use their own avatars as they read and share their favorite books. In the classroom, Bookopolis is a great tool for supporting reading throughout the school year. Kids can write book reviews, find reading buddies, and make connections between a variety of texts. Teachers can even track their students independent reading time thanks to daily logs.
Visit Bookopolis.com to set up your whole class with student accounts or simply check out their website to learn more!
VocabularySpellingCity is a game-based website and app used to build literacy skills with vocabulary and spelling for K-12. Students can use it to practice spelling and vocabulary words using one of more than 30 games and activities.
In the classroom, teachers can automate grading of tests and differentiated instruction. You can create assignments for students, small groups or your entire class. Teachers can create their own word lists, or choose lists from published textbooks. VocabularySpellingCity also provides lists for academic and content vocabulary to reinforce lessons in all subjects.
Register as a free member to sample some of the activities offered by VocabularySpellingCity. Or start as a premium member for access to all games, grading, and data features. Teachers can try premium membership for 30 days for free.
Also created by VocabularySpellingCity is Science4Us.com, an elementary core science curriculum – check back tomorrow for a post on this online resource!
NoteLedge is a terrific app that will come in handy for both teachers and students. It lets users take notes on their iPad that includes video and audio recordings. You can even record audio of a lecture as you are typing notes on your screen. It has a varitey of options for notetaking including drawing pictures and highlighting text. Students can customize their notes by choosing from a selection of templates and stickers to help them stay organized.
In NoteLedge, users can export their notes as a PDF file that keeps their multimedia files embedded. The app makes it simple to share notes through email or AirDrop. A built-in backup using Kdan Creative Cloud even syncs notes created in the app. Another neat feature is the ability to access a browser within the app for moments when students want to locate content on the web as they take notes.
Download the free version of NoteLedge by visiting the App Store or check out their website to learn more!
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If you are starting this school year in a one-to-one iPad classroom you might be wondering how to stay organized and use your devices effectively. Instead of loading each iPad with a hundred apps, choose 10-12 quality content consumption and creation tools for your students. Here are a list of some of my favorite apps that can shine in a one-to-one iPad classroom. Many work great in stations or classes with just a handful of devices!
- iTunes U
- Number Pieces
- Number Line
- Khan Academy
- MindSnacks Kids’ Vocab