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Online Resource: National Geographic Kids

Online Resource: National Geographic Kids for Multimedia and Informational Text

National Geographic has a handful of apps for students including Weird But True, National Parks, Underground Railroad, and Marine Missions.  In addition to these great choices for tablets, their website National Geographic Kids is a terrific resource for students and teachers. National Geographic Kids has games, articles, pictures and more for kids of all ages to explore.  It can be used to incorporate informational text or multimedia into a whole class… Read Article →

ComicMaster for Graphic Novels: Web Tool for Students

Graphic novels are becoming more and more popular in school libraries and classrooms.  If your students are reading these texts they might like the idea of telling their own stories using this format.  ComicMaster is a web-based application that lets students create their own comics. By accessing their website on an Internet browser, students of all ages can use text and animation to tell engaging stories.  You might want to… Read Article →

Use Comics Head for Storytelling on iPads

Use Comics Head for Storytelling on iPads

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… Read Article →

Vocabulary Practice with World's Worst Pet iPad App

Vocabulary Practice with World’s Worst Pet iPad App

A fantastic English Language Arts app, World’s Worst Pet will help students increase their domain specific vocabulary through a variety of activities.  This engaging iPad app includes games and levels for students to work through. 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! Visit… Read Article →

Write About This! Prompts for iPads Type and Record

Write About This! Prompts for iPads: Type and Record

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.  It can be used for struggling writers or everyday journaling for students. The free version gives kids access to more than a dozen writing prompts and paid version lets students record their voice and save their work to… Read Article →

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Grammaropolis for ELA Practice on iPads, Android and Chromebooks

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.  In order to access the other parts of speech (verbs, adjectives, etc.) require in app purchases.  Grammaropolis is available on the Apple App Store, Google Play Store and as a… Read Article →

EduGame Spotlight SpellMania Word Game for Students

EduGame Spotlight: SpellMania Word Game for Students

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.  Players swipe their finger across the screen as they locate different words. 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… Read Article →

TocoMail for Class Email

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… Read Article →

Dynamic Online Learning for Pre-K

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… Read Article →

Aesop's Fables Go Mobile App for iPad & Android

Aesop’s Fables Go Mobile: App for iPad & Android

The Library of Congress has a variety of apps including some great choices for virtual field trips.  Aesop’s Fables App is a straightforward app with a simple user interface.  With this app teachers and students can access a collection of Aesop’s fables on the go. Aesop for Children is an interactive ebook app that’s makes it easy and fun for kids reading these tales for the first time or teachers sharing them with their students.  This is… Read Article →