Adobe Slate on the Web: iPad & Browser Creation Tool

Creation tools empower students to tell their own stories and demonstrate their understanding.  I’m a big fan of Adobe Slate which is available on the web and on iOS devices.  This powerful tool lets users create their own visual presentations hosted on the web.  Students combine images, text, and links and choose from multiple themes. […]

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5 Wintertime Mobile Apps: Read, Play & Craft

Changing seasons are a great time to pause and think about whether we are getting the most of an educational tool.  There are lots of mobile apps that can promote independent reading, provide inspiration, and connect to wintertime.  As you prepare for colder weather, let’s take a look at some favorite iPad apps for wintertime! […]

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Winter Projects for Your Classroom with Buncee

Winter can often be hectic for teachers. Buncee could be the answer to your cold-weather classroom blues! Between holiday breaks, standardized testing, and indoor recess, things can go from mundane to madness in just a matter of weeks. But here’s the good news: keeping your class engaged and focused doesn’t have to be a struggle […]

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Storytelling with Keynote: iBook Guide

Fellow Apple Distinguished Educator April Requard has just released a fantastic guide to storytelling with Keynote.  In her iBook, The Key(note) of Storytelling , April shows readers how they can use this powerful tool in their classroom.  The completely free iBook includes information for teachers that they can use when designing learning activities for their students. If […]

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Classroom, Inc. Literacy Games with Real World Connections

Classroom, Inc. is a nonprofit that makes literacy learning games and project-based activities connected to the real world.  Designed for middle school and early high school students, their content is aligned to the Common Core State Standards in both reading and writing.  Classroom, Inc.’s newest game series “Read to Lead” integrates leadership skills such as critical thinking, decision making, and problem […]

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4 iPad Apps for Learning Letter Sounds

The iPad is a fantastic tool for supporting student learning.  It provides an opportunity for children to interact with content in a completely new way.  These letter sound apps focus on supporting students as they master the sounds that letters make.  Beyond naming and identifying each letter, the goal of these apps is to cultivate […]

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News-O-Matic Now Available for Computers & Chromebooks

This month I’ve visited a handful of elementary schools looking to use iPads and Chromebooks effectively in English Language Arts instruction.  News-O-Matic has been one of my favorite iPad apps to share with elementary school teachers.  I’m excited to announce that News-O-Matic is now available on web browsers, making it perfect for Chromebook and laptop […]

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English Language Arts Media-Rich Curriculum from StudySync

StudySync® is a media-rich curriculum for middle and high school educators.  It uses the power of digital tools to offer a variety of media that speaks to the way students interact with the world.  It includes video introductions and modeling of topics as well as social media-like critical thinking exercises. Designed for students in grades 6-12, StudySync® provides an engaging core […]

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4 Digital Books that Read Aloud

Listening to a book read aloud has a powerful impact on readers of all ages.  Children can hear stories, connect illustrations to a narrative, build their vocabulary, and hear reading fluency modeled.  Sharing a favorite text in your classroom can take many forms.  Students can listen to a read aloud as a whole class, explore […]

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BoomWriter Free Group-Writing Platform Promotes Collaboration

BoomWriter is a free website for teachers that provides a platform for student group-writing.  It offers three group-writing tools that let teachers conduct engaging activities focused on developing and enhancing their students’ skills in writing and vocabulary across all curriculum areas.  BoomWriter’s three collaborative tools include (1) StoryWriter for creative and narrative writing, (2) WordWriter for vocabulary, […]

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