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18 Apps for Summer Reading

22 May

If you’re getting ready to send students home for the summer you may want to share a list of mobile apps that can help families combat the summer slide.  Here are a handful of my favorite apps for readers of all ages:

TIME Edge: Engaging Nonfiction and Digital Literacy Resource

19 May
Content_timelineStudents need experience navigating digital text and reading nonfiction.  TIME Edge is a web-based platform that is accessible through any browser on any device.  It includes engaging tools and multimedia features to take students deeper into the current events articles.   Aligned to English Language Arts standards for 7th and 8th graders, this is a terrific resource for informational text and Social Studies instruction.
Sign InTIME For Kids is a well-known K-6 classroom resource and TIME Edge extends this to middle school students exploring informational text related to current events.  Articles are written specifically for 7th and 8th grade students, with lower-level reading options for teachers looking to differentiate instruction.  TIME Edge also features Common Core-aligned assessments that highlight where students may need more support.  Teachers will also get access to the TIME Vault with over 90 years of TIME content.
Learn more about TIME Edge by visiting their website!

Literacy Assessment on Tablets with DRA2+ App for iPad

17 May

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 6.54.27 AMTeachers using the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA2+) can now gather formative reading assessment data on their iPad.  This app guides teachers through data collection as they observe, record and evaluate changes in the reading performances of their students.  It’s a great option for schools making a move to paperless reporting.

The app lets teachers access DRA2 Benchmark, Word Analysis and Progress Monitoring and EDL2 Benchmark, EDL2 Word Analysis and Spanish Progress Monitoring Assessments.  It includes automatic scoring and ongoing view of student progress that makes it easier to differentiate instruction.

Learn more about the new DRA2+ App by visiting this website!

Use News-O-Matic Current Events App to Combat the Summer Slide

15 May

Newsie_SummerSlide-2If you are a fan of News-O-Matic you’ll be happy to know that their current events app publishes daily news stories every single weekday all summer long.  With their high-interest topics, this app inspires kids to actually want to read the stories.  News-O-Matic delivers new content to the hands of student readers each day during the summer so their tablet will always be full of engaging stories.

When kids return to school at the end of the summer, they can continue reading News-O-Matic in class without having to readjust their routine.  This summer’s news edition will include the latest daily news features on crafts, hot-weather activities, and more ideas to make the most of the season.

Join News-O-Matic for a special webinar on how to prevent summer slide on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT -> sign up for free here!

Learn a New Word Each Day with this Free Vocabulary Email List

5 May

newsletter_screenshotSharing new vocabulary with students is an important part of the everyday work that happens in your classroom.  If you’re looking to introduce a new word to students each day there is a free daily email that brings vocabulary to your inbox.

Make Your Point is a free daily vocabulary-development email that
teaches useful, sophisticated words.  It includes content to help vocabulary learning including a pronunciation guide and part of speech for each word.  The daily email comes with examples of how to use the new word in a context making it easy to share with students.

Sign up for a free daily vocabulary email from “Make Your Point” by visiting their website! for Common Core Educational Resources

20 Apr

OpenEd logo is the world’s largest K-12 educational resource library and contains over a million assessments, homework assignments, videos, games and lesson plans.  Teachers can access content that is aligned to every Common Core Math, Language Arts, Literacy and Next Generation Science standard. It lets users easily find and assign resources from OpenEd’s pre-built lesson plans (lists of videos, assessments and homework) for every grade level and subject — and they can modify these lesson plans or create their own. While the vast majority of resources are free, OpenEd also offers a Premium Subscription of proprietary content from major educational publishers for just $9.95/month.

You might be familiar with OpenEd’s free app Common Core Quest, which is available for Apple, Android and Chrome. It allows students to take quizzes to demonstrate mastery of Common Core Math and English Language Arts skills and earn badges for each category. When students don’t achieve mastery, the app recommends videos and games to learn the precise micro-concepts they are struggling with. The net result is universal personalized learning for each student.

Learn more about by visiting their website! Earth Day Contest

13 Apr

earth day school contest 2, a creation and presentation tool, is hosting The buncee Earth Day Contest. To enter, students K – 8 will be asked to create a buncee answering the question, “What could your school do to help protect the Earth?” The winners will receive a $200 Amazon Gift Card and bunceeEDU Plus subscriptions for their school.

Buncee’s fun digital canvas allows students to easily express their ideas, making it the perfect tool for students to present their environmental school projects. While enhancing presentation skills, the contest also helps support Next Gen Science Standard ESS3-3: Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the day school contest 3

Judges include Science Teacher Tim McCready and employees of Cornell University Long Island Horticultural Research & Extension Center. Entry ends May 15th, so check out the contest rules and have your students share their environmental projects to win!

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