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Telestory Lesson Ideas for Moviemaking and Digital Storytelling

Telestory Lesson Ideas for Moviemaking and Digital Storytelling

Digital tools can help students demonstrate their understanding and apply what they’ve learned in engaging, real world contexts. What I love about the Telestory app from Launchpad Toys is how students can quickly and easily become creators. Although there are other apps that let you create a book trailer or share a special moment (see my list of digital storytelling tools below!), one of my favorite ways to use Telestory… Read Article →

News-O-Matic Free Pilot Program for Teachers and Students

News-O-Matic Free Pilot Program for Teachers and Students

News-O-Matic is a terrific resource for students and teachers. With five new articles available each day at multiple reading levels and in Spanish, this literacy solution is a must-have for teachers looking for high-interest informational text. The folks at News-O-Matic are offering a free pilot program for teachers and their students. You can now sign up and try News-O-Matic for 30 days to see if it’s the right fit for… Read Article →

Newsela Brings Leveled Current Events Articles to iPads

Newsela Brings Leveled Current Events Articles to iPads

The past fews weeks I’ve hosted literacy and technology workshops for teachers across the country. Newsela is one of the resources I share when discussing how to differentiate instruction with technology tools. Newsela is now available for iOS devices (iPhones and iPads) and makes it easy for students and teachers to locate leveled news articles. Newsela’s new iOS app lets readers find “just-right” current events articles. When you open up Newsela… Read Article →

New York Times Virtual Reality App Free VR Experience 1

New York Times Virtual Reality App: Free VR Experience

It’s so exciting to add another powerful virtual reality app to the list of things you can do with Google Cardboard.  If you haven’t played around with Google Cardboard it is a low-cost tool to turn your smartphone into a virtual reality viewfinder.  The folks at the New York Times are embracing this tool as a way to tell stories and bring news content to life – and they’ve designed a fantastic virtual… Read Article →


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 classrooms.  … Students can now access NOM whether they use the app or open up… Read Article →


TIME Edge: Engaging Nonfiction and Digital Literacy Resource

Students need experience navigating digital text and reading nonfiction.  TIME Edge is a web-based platform that is accessible through any browser on any device.  It includes engaging nonfiction passages, tools and multimedia features to take students deeper into the current events articles.   Aligned to English Language Arts standards for 7th and 8th graders, this is a terrific resource for informational text and Social Studies instruction. ……. TIME For Kids is… Read Article →

Use News-O-Matic Current Events App to Combat the Summer Slide

If you are a fan of News-O-Matic you’ll be happy to know that their current events app publishes daily news stories every single weekday all summer long.  With their high-interest topics, this app inspires kids to actually want to read the stories.  News-O-Matic delivers new content to the hands of student readers each day during the summer so their tablet will always be full of engaging stories. When kids return to school… Read Article →

17 Websites for the Social Studies Classroom

Here’s a recent presentation that I gave on web tools that can be used to teach social studies. It includes some wonderful websites for accessing multimedia and informational text. If you have a favorite missing from this list add a comment to this post or send a tweet to @ClassTechTips! Visit my Events page to learn about upcoming presentations or email ClassTechTips@gmail.com to schedule a school visit! ..

News-O-Matic Site License for Schools

This year I’ve highlighted some of the reasons that I love News-O-Matic as a source of quality informational text for students.  This app is available on multiple platforms including iPads, Android tablets, and the Kindle Fire.  News-O-Matic‘s content can be accessed by teacher and student subscribers on all of their devices at no extra cost – this includes both school and personal devices. ….. Students can now use their school login… Read Article →

7 Ways to Use News-O-Matic in Your Classroom

7 Ways to Use News-O-Matic in Your Classroom

I’ve shared some of the reasons why I think News-O-Matic is a great choice for integrating informational text into your everyday instruction.  Not only is nonfiction reading an important skill, but students can learn how to become informed citizens by interacting with news stories on a daily basis.  News-O-Matic has developed a list of different ways to use this tool in the classroom, check out their top seven: At Morning… Read Article →