Showbie for iPad Workflow Management: Easily Share Student Work

I’ve shared a list of some great iPad workflow solutions and Showbie is another one you should check out! Showbie lets teacher share files with their students and makes it easy for children to submit their work.  The kid-friendly user interface is perfect for K-12 students.  It’s a great tool for keeping your classroom organized whether you’re in a […]

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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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Articles for Kids: Smithsonian Tween Tribune

I’ve shared some of my favorite online resources for informational text and current events.  Smithsonian Tween Tribune is another website to check out. Its has a collection of articles for kids, perfect for elementary and middle school students. You can easily access sports stories, national news, and more on their site.  With a free login teachers […]

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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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Caribu for Long Distance Read Alouds

You may have seen Caribu featured in the most recent Apple keynote event showing off the new iPad Air 2.  This very cool app connects two readers from down street or across the world so they can explore a picture book together – perfect for long distance read alouds.  Users will be able to see […]

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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

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

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