There are tons of apps, websites and tools to help students acquire new vocabulary words. With these resources you can help students learn and practice new words through games and traditional study routines. Click on each post to read more about using these tools with students of all ages across the content areas!
- Word Clouds for Predictions (examine new words in an article)
- Math Vocabulary Cards (flashcards with models)
- Vocabulary with World’s Worst Pet (new words through storytelling)
- Vocabulary Notebook (study tool)
- Interactive Science Glossary for iPads (domain specific words)
- gFlash+ to Build Study Skills (customizable flashcards)
- Membean for Vocabulary (web-based tool)
- Futaba to Teach Vocabulary (multi-player app)
- Just 2 Words (puzzle game)
- MindSnacks: Kids Vocab (learning tool)
Bonus: Frolyc (create vocabulary lessons to share with students)
Check out these two app lists:
Storytelling is such an important skill and there are plenty of ways to turn your students into storytellers using a mobile device. These apps are perfect for kids of all ages and can be tailored to a wide range of activities and tasks. Search through this list to see which app is the best fit for your class.
Check out these other lists:
I’ve shared how much I love Pocket to keep track of all of the great articles I come across online about educational technology. Users of the free app Pocket can access their bookmarked articles with the speed reading app Outread. Outread highlights groups of words to help readers stay focused and move quickly through a text. One cool feature is how it tells you how long it will take for you to finish each article. There are lots of ways to customize this app and after trying it out for yourself you may want to introduce it to students working to build reading fluency or for kids who are struggling to stay focused when reading. It’s a very cool app and even though it’s not free Outread is definitely worth checking out!
Here’s two lesson plans for teaching literacy skills:
For a fun way to practice spelling and push students with word games check out SpellMania. This free iPad app asks children to locate words on a grid. A super cool feature is the ability to tap on any word to access a complete dictionary entry. SpellMania includes three options for students: Free Play, Puzzle Mode and Time Attack.
Check out all of my Common Core aligned lesson plans for teaching English Language Arts with mobile devices!
If you are looking for a way to help children connect safely with classmates, friends and family, TocoMail is worth checking out. Originally designed for families to use, this app is starting to make its way into classrooms. It provides a closed network that a teacher is able to monitor. Kids can learn about digital citizenship and apply their communication skills with TocoMail.
This app gives teachers control over the contact list for each child’s account and gives students the power to write emails to anyone on their contact list. TocoMail can be used to teach students about writing in the real world as they use their English Language Arts skills to create meaningful communication between classmates. Kids can access their email using the iOS app or simply logging into the web platform.The basic plan is totally free and the upgrade is based on a subscription service.
Visit TocoMail’s website and watch their video to learn more!
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With this awesome app, teachers can scan and search books to access tons of information. Scholastic Book Wizard lets you scan the barcode or type in the title of a text to find out the Lexile level and guided reading level of a book. This app was designed for an iPhone but works on an iPad too.
Looking for lessons that help children access informational text? Check out these QR scanner scavenger hunts (they work with any mobile device).