Built-in Reading Assessments from News-O-Matic

Informational text is so important in the elementary school classroom.  Students should have opportunities to read high quality, interesting articles, and News-O-Matic lets them do this straight from their tablet.  In addition to providing access for students, News-O-Matic gives teachers easy options for assessing student reading comprehension.   Every article on News-O-Matic includes multiple choice questions aligned […]

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Buncee for Edu – Completely Free Creation Tool

Buncee for Edu is edu.buncee.com‘s new, free iPad app. It’s a fantastic tool for creative education and fun communication!  Similar to edu.buncee.com’s web creation functionalities, the app’s slide-based digital canvas, media tools, and buncee artwork provide educators and students a tool for creating digital stories, presentations, event invites and dozens of other fun projects.  The app’s template Wizard […]

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10 Totally Terrific Current Events Resources

I love using current events with students as a high interest informational text.  There are tons of video and print news stories that can be accessed from terrific websites and iPad apps.  Here are a few of my favorites, add your picks in the comments section below! News-O-Matic Scholastic News Newsela Smithsonian Tween Tribune The Wilson Center […]

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News-O-Matic is Now Bilingual

News-O-Matic is an app I absolutely love!  It is fantastic for placing current events in the hands of your students and makes reading the news an engaging and exciting experience for children.  News-O-Matic provides daily news stories for students and now they offer each one of their five articles in both English and Spanish every […]

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Augmented Reality Read Aloud Stations (with QR codes too!)

If you’re a regular reader of ClassTechTips.com you know how much I love scannable technology!  I’ve had the opportunity this past year to work with LitWorld as they’ve developed iPad literacy programing for children and families.  One super fun set of posters we’re using this fall let’s students scan a poster to access a video of a […]

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NPR Apps for Audio Informational Text and Multimedia

There are lots of great apps for gathering information about current events and finding stories that are of high interest to your students.  NPR apps are easy to navigate website and high quality iPad app that makes it easy to find articles and interviews. In addition to accessing print content that you might find in other […]

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USA Today for Mobile Devices: Current Events Resource

There are lots of options for finding news stories for your students.  If you are looking to connect them to informational text try searching for your favorite newspaper in the App Store.  USA Today is one example of a print newspaper that has a mobile application for iOS and Android devices. Students can access articles […]

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16 Presentation Tools for Educators on iPads

Presentation tools are an important part of any educator’s tool set. With an iPad thrown into the mix, there are a lot of options with different benefits to them. Picking just one presentation app to use can be a challenge in your classroom. Presentation tool apps need to fill needs for easily running presentations but […]

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Rosetta Stone Kids Reading App

New this month to the Apple App Store Rosetta Stone Kids Reading app is designed for youngsters getting started with reading.  It’s a colorful app that includes plenty of activities to help children build their foundational reading skills.  Students create their own profiles so more than one child can log on to the same device. Rosetta Stone Kids […]

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Shutterfly’s Photo Story in the Classroom App

Shutterfly has a fantastic app called Photo Story that engages and motivates students while promoting student achievement.  It helps facilitate learning and lets students demonstrate their creativity.  Students can easily document their projects and publish their stories with text, photos, audio clips and Doodles in a digital book.  Teachers and families can even order hardcover or paperback copies of […]

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