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Lyrics2Learn: Boost Comprehension with Music-Friendly Lessons

27 Aug

Lyrics2Learn: Boost Comprehension with Music-Friendly LessonsIf you’re looking to capture your students attention while building core literacy skills, you’ll want to check out Lyrics2Learn.  This website hosts online reading centers and mini-lessons for elementary students.  Students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade can work independently through activities to strengthen comprehension and fluency.  This engaging platform can connect student interests to foundational literacy skills that will help them grow as readers.

Lyrics2Learn: Boost Comprehension with Music-Friendly LessonsLyrics2Learn combines music with fluency practice to help students internalize information. Kids can move through different levels of interactive comprehension as they master new skills.  Lyrics2Learn provides practice activities for all levels of elementary school students making it a good choice for teachers looking to meet the individual needs of learners.  It’s a great tool for creating life-long readers who are motivated and interested in literacy learning.

Visit Lyrics2Learn’s website to learn more, take a trial, or sample free lesson downloads!

Roald Dahl’s Twit or Miss iPad Game

17 Aug

Roald Dahl's Twit or Miss iPad Game If you’re looking for a fun extension to a reading activity in your classroom, Penguin Books has a free iPad app that connects to a favorite Roald Dahl book.  Twit or Miss is an iOS game that brings the characters of The Twits to life.  Students can play along with characters from the Roald Dahl classic on their iPad screen.

Roald Dahl's Twit or Miss iPad GameThis is definitely a silly app but is well worth exploring if you’d like to engage readers inside and outside of the classroom.  It could serve as a recommendation on a family newsletter or something that students can explore during a transition time.

Learn more about Roald Dahl’s Twit or Miss iPad game by visiting the Apple App Store! for Student Creativity & Success

16 Aug for Student Creativity & Success

Creativity in the classroom can facilitate successful learning. Incorporating the creative process into lessons enhances engagement, increases retention, and encourages communication. Students of all ages benefit from a clear demonstration of a lesson. Comprehension can be strengthened when creativity is incorporated. gives students the tools to combine imagination with information through a fun and unique storytelling platform. for Student Creativity & SuccessBuncee’s classroom dashboard lets teachers guide their students through each step of the learning process.  It enables them to provide their students with creative assignments to spark idea generation and peak their interest. Whether teachers assign a buncee writing prompt or an engaging and interactive lesson, students who use buncee will exercise their creativity while becoming media-literate.

Head to buncee’s Author’s Corner to find examples of lesson ideas and activities that will be sure to ignite student creativity!

WriteLab: Strengthen Writing Skills & Provide Feedback

14 Aug
WriteLab: Strengthen Writing Skills & Collaborate WriteLab is a powerful online tool built by writing teachers for students and other writing teachers. Students can upload or compose writing on any topic on WriteLab’s website and receive customized feedback. It offers immediate, neutral, non-judgmental and constructive responses to any writer’s prose. WriteLab helps students strengthen their writing while also providing a platform for peer collaboration and thoughtful teacher feedback.
WriteLab: Strengthen Writing Skills & Collaborate One thing that makes WriteLab stand out is how it focuses on decisions writers make rather than correcting grammatical errors.  It uses machine learning to teach its algorithms to learn from user’s choices as they revise and edit — not only offering customized responses, but also continuously improving the effectiveness of its feedback.  Teachers who use WriteLab in their classrooms can also access analytics illustrating how students have strengthened their writing across multiple drafts and essays.
Learn more by visiting WriteLab’s website!
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Creative Writing Prompts App for iOS: Ideas, Notebook and More

2 Aug

Creative Writing Prompts App for iOS: Ideas, Notebook and MoreCreative Writing Prompts App for iOS: Ideas, Notebook and MoreThere are a handful of apps that help students brainstorm and collect their writing.  You can find some of my favorites here.  Creative Writing Prompts is another iOS app that can help students gather ideas and start writing.  This app combines prompts with a space to write and even lets users set up reminders to write on a regular basis.

Creative Writing Prompts is a great choice for students who need extra support to stay focused.  It’s also a useful option for English Language Arts classes that are looking to give students support as they gather ideas.

Visit the Apple App Store to learn more about this iOS app!

Exploring Character Perspectives: An iPad Lesson Idea

31 Jul

Exploring Character Perspectives: An iPad Lesson IdeaHere’s a preview of my post for Teachability – click on the link below to read more!

Using iPads during your literacy block can help students engage with text and content on a new level.  There is no one app that is going to teach them how to be amazing readers, but there are plenty of apps that can support the tasks that you create for students.  One of my favorite activities for getting students thinking about their reading includes the use of the fantastic, free iPad app ChatterPix Kids.

ChatterPix Kids lets students take a picture, slice open the mouth, and record their voice talking through the image.  In the reading classroom you can…


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Kindoma for Shared Reading with Video Connection

26 Jul

Kindoma for Shared Reading with Video ConnectionLots of teachers use Skype, Google Hangout or FaceTime to connect with other classrooms, guest speakers or special guests.  Kindoma Storytime is a very cool app that educators and families can use to connect readers.  With this iPad app two users can connect their screen and read stories together.  Complete with a webcam and built in library of books, Kindoma lets two readers connect their screen and share a story together.
Kindoma for Shared Reading with Video Connection

This app could be used in the classroom to connect book buddies from near or far.  Students can engage in choral reading, partner reading or just follow along as a story is read aloud to them.  It’s also a great app to recommend to families looking to make the most of mobile devices at home while incorporating a read aloud into their everyday routine.

Check out Kindoma Storytime’s website to learn more about this powerful iPad app!

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