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 […]

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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 programfor teachers and their students. You can now sign up […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 – […]

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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 […]

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TIME For Kids Classroom App for Interactive Current Events

You may know TIME For Kids from their classroom magazine and now their Classroom App makes it easy to view this content on a tablet.  Their app for iPads can help students build digital literacy skills while learning about current events and reading high quality informational text.  Students can access multimedia including video, photos, maps, and other […]

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Differentiated Reading Instruction with News-O-Matic

Last month I shared some of the great features from News-O-Matic‘s new update and there is one more you are sure to love.  Teachers using this app can choose between different reading levels for students.  Each article is adapted by News-O-Matic’s editorial team to fit three reading levels (400L-600L, 600L-750L and 750-1050L).  These categories are connected to ranges of Lexile […]

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