RefMe 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!
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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 (iPad, Android - 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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DIC-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!
This 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!