Tweeting the Read Aloud: Engaging and Motivating Readers

Here’s a preview of my new post for Edutopia – click on the link below to read more! Read-alouds are a crucial part of English language arts instruction. Students of all ages should be exposed to high-quality stories and informational text. Reading aloud to children provides an amazing opportunity for them to engage with text. […]

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Endless Wordplay: Spelling and Phonics App

Endless Wordplay is an app with a focus on spelling and phonics.  From the creators of Endless Numbers, Endless Alphabet and Endless Reader, this app features whimsical animations and familiar cartoon characters.  Children will work through different activities to learn letter sounds and new words.  The directions are easy to follow and would be a […]

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PocketPhonics Stories Reading Program for iPads

Brand new in the Apple App Store, PocketPhonics Stories is a step-by-step reading program for iPads incorporating 42 storybooks.  It is based on the award-winning PocketPhonics app that’s used in over 2000 schools.  With this app children will learn how to recognize letter sounds, identify how letter sounds are blended together to make words, and learn how […]

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Classroom Tool: Dr. Seuss Treasury App

Last week I introduced a fantastic collection of Dr. Seuss books from Oceanhouse Media.  The Dr. Seuss Treasury app is perfect for centers and silent reading.  Now every child in your class can have their own Dr. Seuss library at their fingertips without having to buy each individual book app or tote around the original […]

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Curious Words for Visual Storytelling on iPads

Curious Words is a visual storytelling app from the makers of Oh No Fractions! and Curious Ruler.  Random words stimulate the child to explore the world around them, illustrating such words with what they see. Instead of drawing the word with a still picture, they can shoot a one second video – just the right length to capture […]

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Gepeto for Next Generation Storytelling

Gepeto is an app that makes storytelling truly interactive. Kids can use puppets to craft and record stories instead of writing or typing. It has a uniquely open platform that allows kids to create narratives the way they would during play – using their voices and physical movements. With Gepeto, kids can use characters they […]

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TIME For Kids Classroom App for Interactive Current Events

You may know TIME For Kids from their classroom magazine and now their Classroom App makes it easy to view this content on a tablet.  Their app for iPads can help students build digital literacy skills while learning about current events and reading high quality informational text.  Students can access multimedia including video, photos, maps, and other […]

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Dr. Seuss Treasury for 50+ Digital Books

The Dr. Seuss Treasury app gives you easy access to 50+ classic Dr. Seuss digital books in a single, portable, digital library. Each book is a dynamic and interactive reading experience, complete with custom narration and sound effects, tappable words and pictures, and 3 reading modes that help even the youngest of readers connect with each story. Digital Books […]

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Differentiated Reading Instruction with News-O-Matic

Last month I shared some of the great features from News-O-Matic‘s new update and there is one more you are sure to love.  Teachers using this app can choose between different reading levels for students.  Each article is adapted by News-O-Matic’s editorial team to fit three reading levels (400L-600L, 600L-750L and 750-1050L).  These categories are connected to ranges of Lexile […]

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Blasts from StudySync for Sharing Student Opinion

StudySync’s Blast feature offers a real-world, read-write connection for students, giving them the opportunity to share their opinions on a variety of topics. You’ll be able to help students answer the question, What’s happening in the world today? and learn about what your students think about those current events. Blasts are one of the many resources offered […]

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