13 Apps & Sites to Find Informational Text

Informational text is an important feature of teaching students about the natural and social world and a key element of Common Core in today’s classrooms. Informational text varies from general non-fiction because of a few features—most notably that the information is structured in a way that helps students learn. For teachers looking to learn more […]

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Scholastic News for Informational Text and Articles

One of my favorite online resources is Scholastic News.  This website is perfect for finding high quality informational texts about current events.  Each article contains nonfiction text features including captions, maps, sections headings and more. Informational Text and Articles Scholastic News is a great resource for connecting current events issues to English Language Arts instruction or […]

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Engage and Collaborate with Chalkup Course Platform

Chalkup is a powerful tool for changing the way you teach and interact with students.  This online platform lets teachers take their classes to the next level by providing a way for teachers to engage their students.  Classes of students can collaborate on shared files to complete projects and study in groups.   Both teachers and […]

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Students Can Get Expert Advice from Academic Help

Earlier this year I shared Academic Help, a website that gives students and teachers access to free writing guides.  The site has been completely redesigned making it simple to search for exactly what you need.  On the homepage you’ll easily be able to click on keywords like bibliography, admission essay, or job application letter.  Kids can scan the different choices at […]

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Shadow Puppet EDU for Digital Storytelling

Shadow Puppet is one of my favorite apps for digital storytelling and now they have a new version designed specifically for classroom use.  All of the original great features that allow students to bring still images to life by recording their voice over a slideshow have been enhanced for students. Digital Storytelling With Shadow Puppet EDU […]

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QR Code Reader for All Devices!

The App Store is full of QR code readers – most of which are free.  My go-to QR code scanner is i-nigma.  One reason I recommend this app at workshops and conferences is because it can be used on lots of different devices.  If you visit their homepage you can see links for the Apple […]

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SMART Exchange for Interactive Lessons

If you are a teacher who uses an interactive whiteboard you’ll definitely want to explore SMART Exchange.  This website is a fantastic resource for teachers using SMART Notebook lessons. Interactive Lessons It includes thousands of user-generated lessons, games and activities for students at all levels.  You can search by subject area or keyword to find […]

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App Combo: Foldify and QR Codes for Scannable Activities

There are lots of ways to distribute QR codes to students – combining Foldify and QR codes is one of my favorite options.  This year at ISTE in Atlanta, I shared with teachers one easy way to add QR codes to three-dimensional shapes.  It’s a great opportunity to share QR codes in a unique ways. With […]

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Papermals Kindergarten Primer for iOS

Papermals Pre-K is a brand new app designed for children ages 4-6 who are getting ready for kindergarten.  For use on all iOS devices – iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch – kids will be able to interact with each activity as they practice math skills.  Covering everything from shapes, and coins to counting, children are sure to […]

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How-To: Add Your Own Voice to a QR Code

Update: RecordMP3 is no longer in service – try recording with Vocaroo and use a QR code creator to turn the audio link into a QR code. You may have seen my post on “Talking QR Codes” and here’s another tip for adding your own voice to a QR code.  RecordMP3 is a fantastic site that […]

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