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5 Language Learning Apps for iPads

3 Oct

5 Language Learning Apps for iPadsHere’s a preview of my post for Teachability – click on the link below to read more!

The portability of a tablet makes it easy to learn on the go.  Students using their own personal device or spending time with an iPad in school can benefit from the many educational apps available in the Apple App Store. Children learning a new language can access tons of apps that support language acquisition.  These apps combine visuals, audio cues, colorful images and games to grab the attention of students and help them understand the meaning of new words.

Kids’ Vocab – Mindsnacks

This app is engaging and addictive, with tons of games to help students master the English language.  It covers 350 vocabulary words all grouped together into…

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Vocabubble App for iPads: Whimsical Illustrations & New Words

25 Sep
Vocabubble App for iPads: Whimsical Illustrations & New Words
Vocabubble is a whimsical iPad app that helps children discover new words.  This unique vocabulary app connects students to new words associated with the letters of the alphabet.  Each letter brings several different pictures to life.  The classical illustrations move about the screen as new words are spelled out for students.
Vocabubble App for iPads: Whimsical Illustrations & New WordsDesigned for children ages 3 to 7 years old, Vocabubble can be used to leverage what students already know about the letters of the alphabet to help them increase their vocabulary.  The goal of this app is to help students learn new words while interacting with the letters and pictures on their screen.  The combination of familiar illustrations and letters flowing across the screen makes this a neat choice for after school practice or station work.  Vocabubble is available in four different languages and doesn’t have any ads or in-app purchases.
Visit the Apple App Store to learn more about Vocabubble!

4 Web Tools for Studying Vocabulary Words

15 Jul

4Here’s a preview of my post for Channel One News – click on the link below to read more!

A robust vocabulary readies students for a college education and a career. Knowledge of vocabulary words enable them to analyze topics and demonstrate understanding, including domain-specific vocabulary words when reading, writing, speaking and listening about a particular topic.

Many web tools can help to support students as they expand their vocabulary, particularly students who benefit from audio and visual support. Combining traditional vocabulary practice with web tools is a great way to motivate students of any age — especially those who are more inclined to use web tools as part of their study routine.


With Quizlet, teachers and students can easily create flashcard decks and word lists for their own use or to share with others. As students assign definitions to each word, the site searches through…

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Learn a New Word Each Day with this Free Vocabulary Email List

5 May

newsletter_screenshotSharing new vocabulary with students is an important part of the everyday work that happens in your classroom.  If you’re looking to introduce a new word to students each day there is a free daily email that brings vocabulary to your inbox.

Make Your Point is a free daily vocabulary-development email that
teaches useful, sophisticated words.  It includes content to help vocabulary learning including a pronunciation guide and part of speech for each word.  The daily email comes with examples of how to use the new word in a context making it easy to share with students.

Sign up for a free daily vocabulary email from “Make Your Point” by visiting their website!


Master Vocabulary and Key Concepts with Trading Cards

1 Feb

Screen Shot 2014-12-28 at 10.03.03 PMLearning domain specific vocabulary and remembering key concepts can be challenging for students of all grade levels.  There is so much content they are exposed to in every subject area that providing kids with study tools can help them boost their comprehension.  Trading Cards is a fun free app that asks students to think deeply about historical figures, characters from a book, events, or ideas, and lets them design trading cards for each key concept.  Perfect for elementary and middle schoolers, this app is a great comprehension tool to use before and after school.

Screen Shot 2014-12-28 at 10.02.54 PMThis free app is available for iPads and Android devices.  You can learn more by visiting their website.

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Curious Words for Visual Storytelling

17 Dec

CuriousWords_0Curious Words is a visual storytelling app from the makers of Oh No Fractions! and Curious Ruler.  Random words stimulate the child to explore the world around them, illustrating such words with what they see. Instead of drawing the word with a still picture, they can shoot a one second video – just the right length to capture a gesture, a movement, a shadow, or a smile.  A final movie is assembled with voice over and music once the child has “illustrated” up to 12 words.  The final results are unique mini films that capture the way a child sees the world.

CuriousWords_IconThe interface of Curious Words is clean and simple, allowing the child to focus on the visual exploration creative task.  Kids can even control the sequence of words by double tapping on a word to pick one from a list. Parents, teachers, and peers can collaborate with children in their visual exploration and creation.

Watch this video to learn more, check out some Curious Words creations, and visit their website to learn more! 

Vocabulary and Spelling Practice on Tablets and Web Browsers

13 Aug

VocabularySpellingCity-LogoVocabularySpellingCity is a game-based website and app used to build literacy skills with vocabulary and spelling for K-12. Students can use it to practice spelling and vocabulary words using one of more than 30 games and activities.

In the classroom, teachers can automate grading of tests and differentiated instruction. You can create assignments for students, small groups or your entire class. Teachers can create their own word lists, or choose lists from published textbooks. VocabularySpellingCity also provides lists for academic and content vocabulary to reinforce lessons in all subjects.

notePad-VocabularySpellingCityRegister as a free member to sample some of the activities offered by VocabularySpellingCity. Or start as a premium member for access to all games, grading, and data features. Teachers can try premium membership for 30 days for free.

Also created by VocabularySpellingCity is Science4Us.com, an elementary core science curriculum – check back tomorrow for a post on this online resource!


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