English Language Learners

Shutterfly Photo Story for Classrooms

Shutterfly Photo Story is an awesome free app for iPads that is great for creating authentic learning experiences for students.  It lets students in all grade levels create self-published photo books that are customizable. They can apply what they have learned in the classroom through a hands-on, project-based learning experience. 
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NoteLedge Ultimate App to Take Notes on iPad

NoteLedge Ultimate is the brand new version of the NoteLedge series of apps. Compared with the free version I shared last year, the new NoteLedge Ultimate features a sleek, clean look, and calendar integration with local and Google Calendar.  It has a full-screen web clipper, brush tools, new file managers and more.  NoteLedge Ultimate is a universal app […]

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Running Record App for iPad and Android

Looking for a running record app? Collecting data on student progress is an important. It can help you make decisions about intervention. This information can help you decide how to best support the children in our classrooms. Running Record App Running Record Calculator is an app for iOS devices that helps teachers who are administering […]

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Build Sentences with Sentopiary: Grammar Practice on iPads

Sentopiary is a fun and simple app for Grammar Practice on iPads. Students can use iPads to help with learning grammar by building sentences.   It has a clean and crisp user interface. The colorful word parts stand out on the screen and make it easy for students to navigate.  The app has four levels that […]

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Introduce Informational Text with Current Events on Mobile Devices

Over the past few months I’ve shared some of the reasons why I love News-O-Matic. It is a terrific resource for informational text and social studies.  Current events are a wonderful way to engage students in nonfiction reading.  Are you looking for world or national news stories? Searching for articles on sports and entertainment? News-O-Matic publishes five […]

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Seesaw Journal: A Tool for English Language Learners

Last month I shared Seesaw, a new app from the makers of Shadow Puppet that provides a quick and easy way to capture student work.  Seesaw Journal lets students snap a picture of their work and record their voice.  It provides a unique way for children to interact with what they’ve learned and demonstrate their understanding […]

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Online Writing Course for High School Students

A new writing course for students and educators is now available online. Writing Whatever has been called “the missing writing course” for high schools because it bridges that gap between narrative writing in the middle grades and the expository writing of the upper grades. Using a unique, copyrighted numbering system, Writing Whatever shows students exactly […]

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ProjectWriter for Collaborative Classroom Assignments

ProjectWriter is a new web tool that lets teachers design projects step-by-step for a Collaborative Classroom.  Users start off by naming their project and adding assignments for students to complete, such as answering a question by submitting a piece of writing.  As soon as they complete the task you can view their work and offer feedback. […]

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Online Resource ReadWriteThink for Reading Lesson Plans

ReadWriteThink is a fantastic online resource for K-12 teachers.  It includes reading lesson plans, access to English Language Arts lessons, and activities for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade.  Teachers can search by theme, lesson objective, and grade level as they look for the perfect idea to bring back to their students. Reading Lesson Plans ReadWriteThink […]

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Digital Storytelling and Authentic Assessments

Digital storytelling is a powerful way to engage students in the writing process. Whether they are telling stories from a summer vacation or writing a persuasive essay on a community issue, technology tools can help motivate reluctant writers. Students can use their writing, audio recordings, video creations, illustrations, and images to create a digital storytelling […]

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