MadLibs: Two Tablet Apps to Engage Students with ELA Skills

  Engaging students in lessons on sentence structure, parts of speech, and punctuation can be a challenge.  MadLibs is not a new product, however their iPad app makes story creation and English Language Arts instruction exciting for students. Perfect for stations, partner work or a transition activity, MadLibs asks students to plug in different parts of […]

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TIME Edge: Engaging Nonfiction and Digital Literacy Resource

Students 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 nonfiction passages, 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 […]

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Literacy Assessment on Tablets with DRA2+ App for iPad

Teachers 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 […]

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

If 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 […]

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

Sharing 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 thatteaches useful, sophisticated words. […]

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OpenEd.io for Common Core Educational Resources

OpenEd.io 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 […]

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Edu.buncee.com Earth Day Contest

Edu.buncee.com, 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. […]

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Adobe Spark Page: Amazing Storytelling Tool

I’m a big fan of the storytelling tool Adobe Spark Video.  If you’ve attended one of my workshops this year you know I can’t stop talking about how powerful and easy it is to use.  Adobe has just released an amazing new storytelling tool that is just as exciting.  Adobe Spark Page is an iPad app that […]

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Books that Grow for Leveled Online Classroom Libraries

If you’re familiar with multi-level books, you’ll want to check out Books That Grow. Books That Grow is a digital reading platform with a library of books that range from myths and folktales, to primary source documents and informational texts. Whether you want to teach the Greek myth “Arachne” or Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter […]

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RefMe for Citation App: Help for Students

RefMe is a great iPad citation app for helping students understand how to give appropriate credit when writing.  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 […]

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