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

Here’s a preview of my post for Teachability – click on the link below to read more! 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 […]

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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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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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18 Summer Reading Apps

If you’re getting ready to send students home for the summer you may want to share a list of mobile summer reading apps that can help families combat the summer slide. Looking for apps that allow families to focus on reading easily throughout the summer is a great way to keep reading and critical thinking skills […]

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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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