Thinglink for Interactive Images: Amazing Creation Tool

I love tools that turn your tablet into a content creation tool.  Thinglink is a fantastic example of an app that lets users become creators.  With this app teachers and students can layer information on top of any image that they like – making interactive images.  They might find a primary source document and add questions […]

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ShowMe for iPad Screencasting: Terrific Creation Tool

There are a handful of apps that I absolutely love for iPad screencasting (Educreations, ScreenChomp, Doceri) and here is another free app you’ll want to check out.  ShowMe is an easy to use screencasting tool that lets users record their voice as they write on the screen. It’s a great way for teachers to create […]

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Popplet: Graphic Organizer for iPads and Web Browsers

Graphic organizers are fantastic for helping students brainstorm ideas for a personal narrative or collect information for a research report.  Kids can create mind maps, sequence events, make connections, and more.  Popplet is a terrific app for iOS d evices that is also available on web browsers.  Students can create their own graphic organizers combining text […]

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15 Apps and Websites for Primary Source Documents

It’s so important to include primary sources in your English Language Arts and content area instruction.  Whether you’re conducting a close reading of a text or drawing conclusions from a photograph there are lots of ways that students can interact with artifacts.  Here are a few great online resources and apps for primary source documents. Each […]

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SNAP Close Reading Portfolio for Common Core ELA Support

If you’re trying to align your English Language Arts instruction to the Common Core State Standards you’ll want to check out the new Close Reading Portfolio from SNAP.  It’s a reading product for students in grades 2-8 that helps kids with close reading.  There are interactive exercises that push students to think about the meaning of […]

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Storyline Online for Read Aloud Videos

Read alouds are such an important part of an elementary classroom’s literacy block.  If you’re looking for a new way to share stories with your students, or simply want a resource to share with parents, you have to check out Storyline Online.  Presented by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, this site has videos of well-known actors reading your […]

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Common Core in Action: Using Digital Storytelling Tools in the ELA Classroom

When students come to school each morning, they have tons of stories — stories to share with their friends as they unpack or move through the hallways, stories to share with the class during morning meetings, or stories to share with a teacher about something that made them happy or sad. In the classroom, writing […]

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SoundSwaps for Spelling & Reading Practice

SoundSwaps is an iPad app designed for students with dyslexia and other auditory based spelling and reading disorders.  With a bright and colorful, kid-friendly interface Soundswaps works with students on a few different skills.  This includes levels on word families, and initial and final sounds in words.  There are also activities that help students practice […]

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iAnnotate for PDFs (with a Special Offer!)

I’m a big fan of iAnnotate – it’s an app that I use personally and professionally and if you work with PDFs you’ll definitely want to check it out!  Teachers and students are seeing the benefit of going paperless, especially when deciding whether or not to print huge PDF documents just so they can highlight […]

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News-O-Matic for Kid-Friendly Current Events

Sharing current events with students is so important but it is often challenging to find appropriate content for elementary schoolers.  News-O-Matic is a daily newspaper for kids available on both iOS and Android devices (the app will soon be available on the Amazon Kindle Fire tablets).  It provides engaging nonfiction text for  young readers to help them learn about the […]

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