Students need to have a balance of literature and informational text. If you’re looking for sites that include nonfiction passages or high-interest articles here are a few worth exploring:
Experience America HD Magazine is a great free app for accessing high-interest informational text. Created by USA Today, it includes dozens of articles on topics related to geography and notable landmarks.
If you’re looking for text that can be used for leveled reading groups, stations, or to share during a Social Studies unit, check out this easy to navigate app. Full of beautiful pictures of the United States, it’s sure to pique your students’ interests.
I’m a big fan of Toontastic and have had the opportunity to share this digital storytelling tool with teachers across the country. Toontastic Jr. Pirates Puppet Theater is a great option for younger students exploring the basic concepts behind telling stories including characters, sequence and dialogue. It’s a terrific app for getting students prepared to write their own tales or notice story elements as they read.
Earlier this year I shared Academic Help, a website that gives students and teachers access to free writing guides. The site has been completely redesigned making it simple to search for exactly what you need. On the homepage you’ll easily be able to click on keywords like bibliography, admission essay, or job application letter. Kids can scan the different choices at the top of the screen or dive into one of the main categories Guides, Samples, or Expert Help.
One new feature that Academic Help has launched is free paper editing by their experts. Anyone can submit a piece of writing – business proposal, scholarship essay – and receive feedback from experts in the field. If you or your students don’t have a finished piece of writing to share users can also ask questions. They can post a question and receive an answer, then check out the responses to other students questions.
Academic Help is a great web tool that can be accessed on any device with an Internet browser. It provides individualized help to teachers and students in addition to great resources and guides for writers of any age.
Visit their website to learn more – and start asking your own questions!
TinyTap is a terrific creation app that I shared late last year and they have a brand new feature you’ll absolutely love. Now teachers and students can add videos to interactive learning activities they design! You can make your own games that require students to tap a particular part of the screen to choose an answer. Students can also become content creators as they design activities that demonstrate their understanding of a topic.
A brand new update to TinyTap now gives users the ability to add video to their activities. Using content accessed through YouTube, teachers and students can input a video by searching with keywords or adding a link to a specific clip. Once the video is added users can edit the run-time of the clip. This new feature is great for presentations and interactive lessons.