Publish Student Work with Scribblitt: Online to Hardcover Books

Digital storytelling is a topic that I’m passionate about and there are fantastic tools to get students writing on mobile devices.  Scribblitt provides tools to young authors like Story Starters to get the creative juices flowing and a Planning Tool to help with the writing process.  Kids can access a unique Illustration Tool to create professional images, and […]

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Engaging Augmented Reality Magazine Brainspace: Scan the Cover!

Augmented reality can transform your classroom.  Brainspace is an educational print magazine that is interactive with iPads, iPhones, Android Tablets and Android smartphones. The pages come to life with extra content for 8-14 year old students as soon as they scan with the augmented reality app Blippar.  It’s a great feature that will engage readers in informational text.  … You […]

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Green Eggs and Ham: Read & Learn on iPads

I’m a big fan of Dr. Seuss and this new app from the folks at Ocean House Media brings a classic text to life on tablets.  Green Eggs and Ham – Read & Learn is an interactive reading app for iPads, combining the classic Dr. Seuss stories kids love with new animations and tons of surprises. […]

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Lyrics2Learn: Boost Comprehension with Music-Friendly Lessons

If you’re looking to capture your students attention while building core literacy skills, you’ll want to check out Lyrics2Learn.  This website hosts online reading centers and mini-lessons for elementary students.  Students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade can work independently through activities to strengthen comprehension and fluency.  This engaging platform can connect student interests to foundational literacy skills […]

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Roald Dahl’s Twit or Miss iPad Game

If you’re looking for a fun extension to a reading activity in your classroom, Penguin Books has a free iPad app that connects to a favorite Roald Dahl book.  Twit or Miss is an iOS game that brings the characters of The Twits to life.  Students can play along with characters from the Roald Dahl classic […]

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Edu.buncee.com for Student Creativity & Success

Creativity in the classroom can facilitate successful learning. Incorporating the creative process into lessons enhances engagement, increases retention, and encourages communication. Students of all ages benefit from a clear demonstration of a lesson. Comprehension can be strengthened when creativity is incorporated. Edu.buncee.com gives students the tools to combine imagination with information through a fun and […]

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WriteLab: Strengthen Writing Skills & Provide Feedback

WriteLab is a powerful online tool built by writing teachers for students and other writing teachers. Students can upload or compose writing on any topic on WriteLab’s website and receive customized feedback. It offers immediate, neutral, non-judgmental and constructive responses to any writer’s prose. WriteLab helps students strengthen their writing while also providing a platform for […]

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Creative Writing Prompts App for iOS: Ideas, Notebook and More

There are a handful of apps that help students brainstorm and collect their writing.  You can find some of my favorites here.  The Creative Writing Prompts app is another iOS app that can help students gather ideas and start writing.  This app combines prompts with a space to write and even lets users set up reminders to […]

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Exploring Character Perspectives: An iPad Lesson Idea

Using iPads during your literacy block can help students engage with text and content on a new level.  There is no one app that is going to teach them how to be amazing readers, but there are plenty of apps that can support the tasks that you create for students.  One of my favorite activities […]

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Kindoma for Shared Reading with Video Connection

Lots of teachers use Skype, Google Hangout or FaceTime to connect with other classrooms, guest speakers or special guests.  Kindoma Storytime is a very cool app that educators and families can use to connect readers.  With this iPad app two users can connect their screen and read stories together.  Complete with a webcam and built in […]

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