Language Arts Activities in the Science Classroom with Science4Us

Cross-curricular experiences are essential for students of all ages.  We know from real world experience that science and literacy can go hand in hand. In addition to providing a complete K-2 science curriculum that meets Next Generation Science Standards, Science4Us integrates language arts activities that help children practice a number of literacy skills such as: understanding of the […]

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Book Creator App FREE for Windows Tablets

Book Creator is one of my favorite apps for students.  I shared it at two poster sessions at ISTE this week (links to math session & writing session) and heard lots of stories from teachers using it in their classrooms.  This powerful mobile app is now available for Windows tablets and is completely free for […]

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The Brainstormer – iOS and Apple Watch Storytelling App

Next week I’ll be sharing ideas for storytelling with the Apple Watch at ISTE in Philadelphia.  One app that I’ve been excited about is The Brainstormer  which is available for iPhones, iPads, and now the Apple Watch.  With a tap of the screen users will see a new plot, subject and setting appear.  The dials […]

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Reading Library for Kids on iPads – EPIC!

EPIC! is a subscription-based ebook library for students.  This iPad app gives elementary-school aged readers access to thousands of books straight from their device.  Kids can set their preferences, browse the collection and earn badges for their achievements.  This engaging app is great for reluctant readers or students struggling to find a just-right book that […]

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Teach Your Monster to Read: Free Phonics Games for Kids

Teach Your Monster to Read is a super fun, computer-based phonics game for kids.  This completely free online resource has over six hours of content for students to explore as they practice phonics skills.  It includes exercises on letters, sounds, and full sentences. This website can be used to supplement school instruction at home or […]

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7 Must-Have Digital Storytelling Apps for iPads

The iPad is a powerful creation tool in the hands of students.  Digital storytelling activities empower children to recount moments from their own life, explain their understanding of a topic, or persuade an audience.  Across the content areas, digital storytelling apps can help students connect with a real audience and a chance for them to […]

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Brainspace: Augmented Reality Enhanced Print Magazine

I’m a huge fan of augmented reality and want to share a magazine that is using this technology to engage readers. Brainspace is an educational print magazine that is interactive with iPads, iPhones, Android Tablets and Android smartphones. The pages come to life with extra content for 8-14 year old students as soon as they scan with the augmented reality […]

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How-To: Create Reading Guides for Students with iBook Tools

One thing I love about iBooks is how easy it is to take notes and organize your thinking. I’ve used iBooks to prepare reading guides for student book clubs. If your students are reading classic texts (Treasure Island, Jane Eyre, etc.) these books are free to download.  If students are going to read in a book club […]

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Tiggly Words: An Interactive iPad Toy for Young Learners

I’m a huge fan of Tiggly Shapes and Tiggly Math an interactive toy that can be used with special iPad apps to build foundational skills.  The folks behind this awesome product have just released Tiggly Words to help children master foundational literacy skills. Tiggly Words includes five colorful smart vowel toys that students can place on their iPad […]

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Reading Rainbow eBook Library for Early Readers

Reading Rainbow has inspired young readers long before an iPad entered any classroom.  This powerful iPad app gives students access to hundreds books in a variety of genres.  Within the app are over 100 educational video field trips hosted by Reading Rainbow favorite LeVar Burton.  Students can listen to books read aloud to them or read independently […]

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