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11 Technology Tools for the Reading Classroom

March 4, 2017

Last week I made my third trip to Nebraska for the Nebraska State Reading Conference. It was so much fun meeting new teachers and sharing plenty of my favorites technology tools for reading. You might have seen the picture of the tiny plane that took me to Kearney, NE in the graphic of this post.

One of my sessions last week include 15 of my favorite technology tools for the reading classroom. When presenting a list like this to teachers I try to give lots of classroom examples and time to try out some of the tools I picked out to share. There are lots of ways to use the tools on this list depending on your learning goals, subject area, and grade level. Although I’m not standing in front of you jumping around with excitement like the teachers in Nebraska had a chance to witness, I thought I’d share these 11 favorites with you in a blog post! You can grab a free poster with all 15 by clicking here.

11 Technology Tools for Reading Classrooms

  • Kahoot – try it to review literary elements (more tips)
  • Seesaw – try it to for a reflection on reading
  • Spark Video – try it for a book trailer
  • Padlet – try it for a KWL pre-reading activity
  • Today’s Meet – try it for a read aloud backchannel (more tips)
  • Explain Everything – try it for strategy tutorials
  • Nearpod – try it for annotating text
  • New York Times VR – try it to provide background knowledge (more tips)
  • Spark Page – try it to publish book recommendations (more tips)
  • Buncee – try it for shareable reading responses (more tips)
  • Popplet – try it to organize thinking
  • Spark Post – try it for a virtual exit slip (more tips)

Click here to download the free poster 15 Technology Tools for the Reading Classroom! Remember, technology tools are all about how you use them, places tasks before apps by identifying your learning goals and using technology to energize and elevate!


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Dr. Monica Burns is a former classroom teacher, Author, Speaker, and Curriculum & EdTech Consultant. Visit her site for more ideas on how to become a tech-savvy teacher.

4 Responses to “11 Technology Tools for the Reading Classroom”

  1. Dear Monica,

    Great list of reading tech tools and tips here! Thank you for taking the time to compile this helpful list AND provide it for us.

    Some of your good readers might also be interested in knowing about the Reading Focus Cards desktop app (Patent 8,360,779) for Macs & Win PCs. It is helpful for unfocused or overwhelmed readers of all ages—especially individuals w/ ADHD, dyslexia & other reading issues. Here are the direct links to both versions of this inexpensive app:

    For Macs:
    For PCs:

    For more information that includes the links above, please visit the “Teachers With Apps” website and read the blog article there about this innovative and customizable desktop app:

    Thanks again for the wonderful list of reading tech tools as well as the tips—AND for ALL you do to help inform teachers, parents and their families about the latest in tech tips and tools!

    Happy Reading!

    Joan M. Brennan
    Reading Specialist
    Brennan Innovators, LLC

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