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13 Apps & Sites to Find Informational Text

30 Jul

Students need to have a balance of literature and informational text.  If you’re looking for sites that include nonfiction passages or high-interest articles here are a few worth exploring:13 Apps & Sites to Find Informational

  1. Experience America HD Magazine
  2. Scholastic News
  3. Life on Earth
  4. Wilson Center
  5. Readworks
  6. Newsela
  7. Explore the Galaxy
  8. Abraham Lincoln
  9. DK Readers
  10. Time for Kids
  11. Penguin Leveled Readers
  12. People HD
  13. News-O-Matic

Getty Images on iPads

29 Jul

Screen Shot 2014-07-26 at 4.36.06 PMGetty Images is a fantastic app for accessing photographs on a wide range of subjects.  You can type in keywords to search a database of more than 60 million pictures.  Screen Shot 2014-07-26 at 4.36.22 PM

Whether you are looking for an image to spark a discussion in your classroom,
inspire students as a writing prompt, or to explore the concept of digital storytelling, this app has plenty for you to choose from!


Online Resource: DocsTeach from the National Archives

28 Jul

Screen Shot 2014-07-26 at 4.18.36 PMPrimary 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 Android apps) that give teachers tons of resources for finding and using primary source documents in their classroom.  If you’re not a social studies teacher you can still find compelling images to bring into your English Language Arts instruction or make connections during a math and science lesson.


My Channel One News Blog Posts

27 Jul

This past year I’ve had the opportunity to contribute to Channel One News’ blog.  I’ve shared some of my favorite EdTech trends, technology tools and iPad apps.  Here’s a list of some of my posts for their site – you can see a full list of my guest blog posts by clicking here.

App Update: ClassDojo’s Shared Classes

24 Jul

Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 1.23.38 PMClassDojo is an app that I recommend to teachers all the time!  It’s a fantastic classroom management tool that can be used at all grade levels to keep track of student behavior data and make it easier to keep families informed. Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 1.23.33 PM

This week they’ve released a new feature you’ll want to check out.  ClassDojo will now have Shared Classes so teachers can collaborate when gathering information.   For team teachers who share students or middle school teachers who see different classes throughout the day, this new update will definitely come in handy.

Learn more by visiting their website!

Online Resource: Scholastic News

22 Jul

Screen Shot 2014-07-21 at 10.46.02 PMOne of my favorite online resources is Scholastic News.  This website is perfect for finding high quality informational texts about current events.  Each article contains nonfiction text features including captions, maps, sections headings and more.  It’s a great resource for connecting current events issues to English Language Arts instruction or extending a lesson in the content areas.

Teaching with iPads this year?  Check out my ELA lesson plans!

Flickr: Creative Commons

21 Jul

Screen Shot 2014-07-21 at 9.09.33 AMWhether you are teaching your students about digital citizenship or looking for images to use on your own, Flickr is a fantastic resource.  This website gives users the ability to search for images that can be used for a variety of purposes without infringing on copyright.  It’s a fantastic best practice for students conducting research and can come in handy for teachers looking for images to use in a iBook they are creating.  If you design your own iBook using iBooks Author you’ll want to use images under Creative Commons licensing in case you decide to share your creation with the world.

Search through Flickr and learn more about using Creative Commons.

Want students to design their own content for an eBook?  Check out this lesson plan!

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