American History Interactive Timeline: Informational Text & Primary Sources

I’ve shared some of my favorite American History apps and here is another that’s worth checking out.  American History Interactive Timeline lets users swipe through a timeline of significant events in the history of the United States. It has a combination of primary source documents and informational text that is placed across a timeline.  This […]

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Outread for Speed Reading: iPad App for Fluency

  I’ve shared how much I love Pocket to keep track of all of the great articles I come across online about educational technology.  Users of the free app Pocket can access their bookmarked articles with the speed reading app Outread.  Outread highlights groups of words to help readers stay focused and move quickly through […]

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Use Comics Head for Storytelling on iPads

Storytelling is such an important literacy skill.  Students of all ages can create their own comics, storyboards, and presentations with the iPad app Comics Head.  This easy to use tool gives kids lots of ways to demonstrate their creativity.  It’s fun, engaging and a great addition to the traditional narrative writing already taking place in […]

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Vocabulary Practice with World’s Worst Pet iPad App

A fantastic English Language Arts app, World’s Worst Pet will help students increase their domain specific vocabulary through a variety of activities.  This engaging iPad app includes games and levels for students to work through. With this app children will be introduced to new words through games and an engaging narrative.  Totally free, World’s Worst Pet […]

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DK Readers for Nonfiction Text on iPads & Android

There are tons of options for iPad friendly eBooks (here’s a long list!) and if you’re looking for nonfiction text DK Readers has you covered.  Kids can scroll through each book, identify text features, and read along with the highlighted text. This app comes with five free books and more can be downloaded with in […]

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Watch Science Videos on iPads

Using videos in the classroom is a great way to get students excited about a new lesson, build background knowledge and make them curious about the world around them.  I’ve shared a long list of apps for streaming videos and Science Channel is another great choice for accessing clips.  This app lets you view programs […]

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Explore Shakespeare on iPads

Explore Shakespeare from Cambridge University Press is a wonderful app for teachers and students working with these classics.  Users can see pictures from different productions, tap on different lines of dialogue for clarification, and even listen to audio performances. This app lets you sample a few different selections before purchasing individual plays. Here are some […]

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Write About This! Prompts for iPads: Type and Record

A fantastic app to help student writers is Write About This.  Children can access writing prompts and use pictures as inspiration.  This app makes it easy to publish and share student work.  It can be used for struggling writers or everyday journaling for students. The free version gives kids access to more than a dozen […]

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70 FREE Apps to Teach the Common Core

It was great sharing some of my favorite apps at NJECC this week! They can  be used with students in whole class and small group activities aligned to the Common Core State Standards.  For video explanations of how to use apps in your classroom, check out my online course and special promo code or contact […]

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Grammaropolis for ELA Practice on iPads, Android and Chromebooks

A wonderful introduction to grammar topics, Grammaropolis will get students excited about different parts of speech. With this app kids can access videos, music and tons of resources. The free version gives you all of the content related to nouns.  In order to access the other parts of speech (verbs, adjectives, etc.) require in app […]

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