Storytelling is such an important literacy skill. Students of all ages can create their own comics, storyboards, and presentations with the iPad app Comics Head. This easy to use tool gives kids lots of ways to demonstrate their creativity. It’s fun, engaging and a great addition to the traditional narrative writing already taking place in most English Language Arts classrooms.
Comics Head includes lots of themes that students can use in their creations. Whether you are working with elementary school students or looking to keep older students excited about storytelling, Comics Head is a good choice. There are templates to help students get started as well as plenty of options for creating something totally unique. Check out their website or watch this video to learn more about Comics Head.
A fantastic English Language Arts app, World’s Worst Pet will help students increase their domain specific vocabulary – an important part of the Common Core. With this app children will be introduced to new words through games and an engaging narrative. Totally free, World’s Worst Pet is worth checking out if you’re working with upper elementary and middle school students!
Here are two Common Core lessons plans for the ELA classroom:
A fantastic app to help student writers is Write About This. Children can access writing prompts and use pictures as inspiration. This app makes it easy to publish and share student work and the free version gives kids access to more than a dozen writing prompts.
Here are two of my favorite lesson plans for teaching ELA with mobile devices:
A wonderful introduction to grammar topics, Grammaropolis will get students excited about different parts of speech. With this app kids can access videos, music and tons of resources. The free version gives you all of the content related to nouns but the other parts of speech require in app purchases.
Looking for lessons to teach grammar topics? Here’s two that may work for you:
For a fun way to practice spelling and push students with word games check out SpellMania. This free iPad app asks children to locate words on a grid. A super cool feature is the ability to tap on any word to access a complete dictionary entry. SpellMania includes three options for students: Free Play, Puzzle Mode and Time Attack.
Check out all of my Common Core aligned lesson plans for teaching English Language Arts with mobile devices!
If you are looking for a way to help children connect safely with classmates, friends and family, TocoMail is worth checking out. Originally designed for families to use, this app is starting to make its way into classrooms. It provides a closed network that a teacher is able to monitor. Kids can learn about digital citizenship and apply their communication skills with TocoMail.
This app gives teachers control over the contact list for each child’s account and gives students the power to write emails to anyone on their contact list. TocoMail can be used to teach students about writing in the real world as they use their English Language Arts skills to create meaningful communication between classmates. Kids can access their email using the iOS app or simply logging into the web platform.The basic plan is totally free and the upgrade is based on a subscription service.
Visit TocoMail’s website and watch their video to learn more!
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Miss Humblebee’s Academy is a fantastic online kindergarten preparatory program. It includes play-based interactive lessons that are perfect for early learners. Their website introduces children to key concepts in math, social studies, science, art, music and reading through hundreds of activities. The high quality graphics and kid-friendly music make Miss Humblebee’s Academy a great choice for pre-K students.
Children can access books and music in addition to the interactive lessons straight from their website. Parents and teachers can track student progress with weekly reports that show how their children are performing. In between lessons, kids can play puzzles and create artwork. Miss Humblebee’s Academy is a great tool for helping children prepare for kindergarten and definitely worth checking out. Watch their video for more information and visit their site to learn more about this subscription based educational curriculum.