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SoundSwaps for Spelling & Reading Practice

15 Sep
5_box all openSoundSwaps is an iPad app designed for students with dyslexia and other auditory based spelling and reading disorders.  With a bright and colorful, kid-friendly interface Soundswaps works with students on a few different skills.  This includes levels on word families, and initial and final sounds in words.  There are also activities that help students practice vowels, and random changes in words.
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19_sng i in trash partial keybdWith SoundSwaps students can work on their auditory conceptualization skills and eliminate extra visual and auditory distractions while they focus on figuring out where within a word a sound has changed.  Students who are struggling with foundational literacy skills will benefit from the extra practice this app provides.
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You can visit Language Learning Apps’ website to learn more!
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iAnnotate for PDFs (with a Special Offer!)

10 Sep

Make Paper Jealous iPadI’m a big fan of iAnnotate – it’s an app that I use personally and professionally and if you work with PDFs you’ll definitely want to check it out!  Teachers and students are seeing the benefit of going paperless, especially when deciding whether or not to print huge PDF documents just so they can highlight and add notes.

iAnnotate is fantastic PDF viewer that gives users the power to write all over the page, adding notes, highlighting and marking up text as they see fit. Teachers can use iAnnotate for digital grading, including leaving audio feedback.  Students can use it to highlight and search long course readings without having to waste paper.

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Learn more about iAnnotate at makepaperjealous.com

 

News-O-Matic for Kid-Friendly Current Events

27 Aug

NOM_HD_iconSharing 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.unknown

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!

 

Handouts for a Perfectly Paperless Classroom

22 Aug
image.blogHandouts is a paperless student/teacher platform for tablet-centered classrooms.  With this app teachers can create handouts to distribute to students by taking a picture of a paper activity sheet or importing digital files they’ve already made.  Teachers can select which handouts they want to distribute and send them to the whole class or individual students.
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Once students are sent handouts they can open them on their tablet and use their finger or a stylus to complete the activity.  After they’ve finished, students can turn in their work straight to their teachers.  Teachers can grade student work from within the app and send feedback for kids to review.  With Handouts teachers can even select certain pieces of student work to put in a digital portfolio.
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Visit Handouts’ website to learn more about this workflow solution for iPad and Android tablets!

Bookopolis.com for Social Readers

18 Aug

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.Bookopolis Promo - 920x680.png

Bookopolis - App Icon - 96 x 96If 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!

Vocabulary and Spelling Practice on Tablets and Web Browsers

13 Aug

VocabularySpellingCity-LogoVocabularySpellingCity 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.

notePad-VocabularySpellingCityRegister 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 for Teachers and Students!

12 Aug

NL icon new_1024NoteLedge 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.English_03

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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