ComicMaster for Graphic Novels: Web Tool for Students

Graphic novels are becoming more and more popular in school libraries and classrooms.  If your students are reading these texts they might like the idea of telling their own stories using this format.  ComicMaster is a web-based application that lets students create their own comics. By accessing their website on an Internet browser, students of […]

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13 Apps & Sites to Find Informational Text

Informational text is an important feature of teaching students about the natural and social world and a key element of Common Core in today’s classrooms. Informational text varies from general non-fiction because of a few features—most notably that the information is structured in a way that helps students learn. For teachers looking to learn more […]

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Online Resource: DocsTeach from the National Archives

Primary source documents are essential pieces of the history puzzle to include in your social studies instruction.  I’ve shared some great iPad apps for accessing primary sources but there are a few websites that contain quality content that can be easily shared with your students. DocsTeach has a fantastic website (in addition to their iOS and […]

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Experience America HD Magazine

Experience America HD Magazine is a great free app for accessing high-interest informational text.  Created by USA Today, it includes dozens of articles on topics related to geography and notable landmarks. If you’re looking for text that can be used for leveled reading groups, stations, or to share during a Social Studies unit, check out this […]

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Practice Storytelling with Toontastic

I’m a big fan of Toontastic and have had the opportunity to share this digital storytelling tool with teachers across the country.  Toontastic Jr. Pirates Puppet Theater is a great option for younger students exploring the basic concepts behind telling stories including characters, sequence and dialogue.  It’s a terrific app for getting students prepared to write their […]

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Students Can Get Expert Advice from Academic Help

Earlier this year I shared Academic Help, a website that gives students and teachers access to free writing guides.  The site has been completely redesigned making it simple to search for exactly what you need.  On the homepage you’ll easily be able to click on keywords like bibliography, admission essay, or job application letter.  Kids can scan the different choices at […]

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Shadow Puppet EDU for Digital Storytelling

Shadow Puppet is one of my favorite apps for digital storytelling and now they have a new version designed specifically for classroom use.  All of the original great features that allow students to bring still images to life by recording their voice over a slideshow have been enhanced for students. . With Shadow Puppet EDU videos […]

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App Update: Add Video To Your TinyTap

TinyTap is a terrific creation app that I shared late last year and they have a brand new feature you’ll absolutely love.  Now teachers and students can add videos to interactive learning activities they design!  You can make your own games that require students to tap a particular part of the screen to choose an answer.  Students can […]

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ISTE Round-up: Apps and Resources

ISTE was a whirlwind!  I met so many passionate and inspiring educators including lots of people from my Twitter PLN.  It was wonderful to have a chance to share some of my favorite apps for teaching Common Core Math and English Language Arts.  Here are the two slide decks from my poster session and BYOD […]

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How-To: Add Your Own Voice to a QR Code

Update: RecordMP3 is no longer in service – try recording with Vocaroo and use a QR code creator to turn the audio link into a QR code. You may have seen my post on “Talking QR Codes” and here’s another tip for adding your own voice to a QR code.  RecordMP3 is a fantastic site that […]

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