Category Archives: ELA – Reading/Writing

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My New Book! Deeper Learning with QR Codes and Augmented Reality Now Available for Pre-Order

I’m beyond excited to share with you my new book for Corwin Publishing, Deeper Learning with QR Codes and Augmented Reality: A Scannable Solution for Your Classroom! It’s a resource for educators looking to thoughtfully and purposefully integrate scannable technology into their learning environment. There are tales from my one-to-one classroom and stories contributed by amazing educators from around the world. Deeper Learning includes my ACES Framework for scannable technology integration,… Read Article →

iPad Comic Creator Updated Features from Comics Head

iPad Comic Creator: Updated Features from Comics Head

Last year I shared Comics Head, an engaging app for storytellers.  Students of all ages can create their own comics, storyboards, and presentations with the iPad app Comics Head.  With the new update to Comics Head (version 3.0) students and teachers have access to handful of new exciting features in this iPad comic book creator app. Comics Head 3.0 includes an Asset Store where you can download more art assets of your choice… Read Article →

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Grammar Lessons: Video & Writing Exercises from GrammarFlip

GrammarFlip is a self-paced, instructional program that offers an extensive set of engaging grammar lessons. GrammarFlip contains over 50 instructional videos, each followed by practice exercises and writing application activities.  Students learn at their own pace from instructional videos, receive instant feedback from interactive practice exercises, and apply their knowledge through writing activities. Teachers can register on GrammarFlip for free and create online classrooms in which they can track their students’ progress… Read Article →

Create Storyboards & Graphic Organizers with Storyboard That

Create Storyboards & Graphic Organizers with Storyboard That

Students can create storyboards and graphic organizers on the web with Storyboard That. Storyboard That is a web-based application that turns students into creators.  This fantastic online tool includes tons of resources for students and teachers.  They can make their own storyboards and graphic organizers using thousands of characters, word bubbles, icons and symbols.  Giving students a space to create is an essential part of the learning process. With six different… Read Article →

EdTech Spotlight 6 Duck Duck Moose Apps

EdTech Spotlight: 6 Duck Duck Moose Apps

Duck Duck Moose is a terrific educational app company that has made a handful of apps for mobile devices.  Their apps cover a variety of skills and give students a space to create.  On this list of apps you’re sure to find something that connects to a math or speaking and listening skill you’d like students to master. Moose Math (iOS, Android, Amazon) Moose Math includes games for students that teach… Read Article →

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PlayKids Stories eBook Library App: Download, Read & Listen

PlayKids Stories is a terrific eBook library app that lets students download stories on their iPad.  Kids can listen to a story read aloud or read by themselves.  One of the best things about having easy access to an eBook library is how easy it is to find engaging, high-interest stories.  Giving students the ability to pick and choose new books on a tablet can help them grow as independent… Read Article →

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Color Uncovered Exploratorium App: Fun Facts & More

Color Uncovered is a very neat iPad app from the folks at Exploratorium.  It includes lots of interesting facts on color that will change the way your students think.  Providing a host of scenarios to students it discusses how many colors an iPad screen really shows and lets students examine famous art work with a new lens. Perfect for sparking conversations, Color Uncovered can also be used as a high-interest informational text… Read Article →

K-12 Paired Reading Passages & Questions Sets

K-12 Paired Reading Passages & Questions Sets from ReadWorks

ReadWorks is a great website to find reading comprehension passages.  With a searchable database you can find resources for K-12 students in different genres and Lexile levels.  ReadWorks has a special section of their site dedicated to paired passages.  These nonfiction and fiction passages are include questions based on both passages.  It’s a terrific option for teachers looking for short passages that connect to one another. In addition to paired passages… Read Article →

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Seedling Comic Studio: Digital Storytelling App

Seedling Comic Studio is an iPad app for making comic books.  By combining photographs with backgrounds and stickers, students can tell their own stories.  Graphic novels and comic books are fantastic ways to get students excited about reading.  If you’re looking to keep students interested in the writing process, a comic book can be a great final project for a narrative, opinion, or informational piece of writing. With Seedling Comic Studio… Read Article →

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One More Story Online Library for Read Alouds

Listening to stories read aloud is an important literacy skill that help students build comprehension and a love for reading.  One More Story is an online library of children’s illustrated books set to music and read aloud.  Students can choose from a wide variety of books with stories from authors like Ezra Jack Keats, Eve Bunting and Cynthia Rylant. Each text is narrated and students can watch as text is highlighted… Read Article →