English Language Learners

7 Favorite Apps to Use with Book Creator

You probably know by now that I’m a huge fan of Book Creator. I love apps that help students demonstrate their understanding and tell their stories. One great aspect of Book Creator is how users can easily integrate media they’ve created in other apps. How does this work? If your students have created a video […]

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Sharing the Screen in 1:1 Classrooms: Collaborative Activities for Kids

Placing devices in the hands of students can transform their experience in the classroom. Easily accessible content consumption and content creation tools change the way that we think about helping students meet learning goals. As a former 1:1 iPad teacher, my thinking about technology integration has changed over the past several years. Moving up the […]

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Harnessing the Power of YouTube in the Classroom

There are amazing ways to elevate and energize instruction through using technology tools. One resource that’s popular with students of all ages — from the youngest to the oldest — is the video hosting website YouTube. YouTube lets anyone with a free account upload videos. Many organizations post collections of videos on this site, which is […]

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Barefoot World Atlas App for Research and Exploration

The days of flipping through an encyclopedia and atlas are over in most classrooms. It is essential that we provide students with access to text types that are true to the digital world. One app that I absolutely love is Barefoot World Atlas from the folks at Touchpress. You might be familiar with some of […]

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Short Passage App for Reading on iPads

Looking for reading support for elementary school aged students? You will be excited to hear about this short passage app. The mother and son team have developed a series iPad apps. They support students with text-based multiple choice comprehension questions, passages by guided reading level, and voice-to-text highlighting. Short Passage Apps Kindergarten Reading: This app includes short […]

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3 Adobe Spark Post Activities for Your Classroom

Spark Video and Spark Page are two of my favorite creation tools to share when leading workshops of K-12 teachers. They are both easy to use and very student friendly. Spark Post is the new addition to this trio of powerful Adobe apps. Adobe Spark Post lets users add text to images and create posters straight from […]

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Using Augmented Reality for Writing Prompts

Educational technology in the literacy classroom can take many forms. There are tools helping students collaborate with peers and ways for students to publish writing to share with the real world. Technology can also inspire writers by providing engaging and unique experiences. Augmented Reality (AR) is a technology experience where users have a tablet or […]

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My New Book! Deeper Learning with QR Codes and Augmented Reality Now Available

I’m beyond excited to share with you my augmented reality and QR code book for Corwin Publishing, Deeper Learning with QR Codes and Augmented Reality: A Scannable Solution for Your Classroom! Augmented Reality & QR Code Book It’s a resource for educators looking to thoughtfully and purposefully integrate scannable technology into their learning environment. There are […]

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Go Mobile with Spanish Language Learning: Level 3 Now Available!

Earlier this year I shared the Spanish language learning app ¡Así lo digo!  Level 3 of this engaging, easy-to-use app is now available.  It promotes proficiency and confidence through proper pronunciation, spelling and translation. ¡Así lo digo! offers a simple way to learn, practice, and review all of the vocabulary presented in ¡Así se dice! Spanish Language Learning Users can choose to […]

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TELL Test of English Language Learning: Tablet-Based Assessment

Earlier this year Pearson launched TELL (Test of English Language Learning), a tablet-based assessment.  It can support schools as they work with English Language Learners (ELLs) to build English language skills. TELL uses automated scoring technology to give teachers quick access to formative assessment data.  This information also helps district leaders by giving them the data they need to […]

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