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:
Getty 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.
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!
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.
- “Students on Twitter: Social Media in the Classroom”
- “Tech Tools: iPad Apps for Creating Your Own Videos“
- “EdTech Trend: YouTube in the Classroom”
- “Tech Tools: Formative Assessment”
- “EdTech Trend:Teaching with Smart Toys”
- “Tech Tools: iPad Apps for Streaming Video”
- “EdTech Trend: Interactive Textbooks”
- “Using Technology to Launch a Conversation Offline”
- “iPad Apps to Teach Social Studies: Primary Source Documents”
- “EdTech Trend: Teaching Students to Code”
- “iPad Apps to Teach Social Studies: Timelines”
- “EdTech Trend: 3D Printing”
- “Online Resources to Teach Social Studies: Map Tools”
- “EdTech Trend: Skype”
- “Channel One and Common Core: Supporting Opinions”
- “EdTech Trend: Augmented Reality”
- “Common Core and Channel One: Using Listening Skills”
- “EdTech Trend: Flipped Classroom”
- “Common Core and Channel One: Reading Informational Text”
- “EdTech Trend: Edmodo”
- “EdTech Trend: BYOD”
- “Teacher Resources: Pinterest”
- “Homework with ChannelOne.com: The Video Library”
- “Newsletter in Action: Discussion Prompts”
- “Twitter and Teachers: Personal Learning Networks”
- “Newsletter in Action: Vocabulary Strategies”
ClassDojo 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.
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!
One 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!