SNAP Close Reading Portfolio for Common Core ELA Support

If you’re trying to align your English Language Arts instruction to the Common Core State Standards you’ll want to check out the new Close Reading Portfolio from SNAP.  It’s a reading product for students in grades 2-8 that helps kids with close reading.  There are interactive exercises that push students to think about the meaning of […]

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Storyline Online for Read Aloud Videos

Read alouds are such an important part of an elementary classroom’s literacy block.  If you’re looking for a new way to share stories with your students, or simply want a resource to share with parents, you have to check out Storyline Online. Read Aloud Videos Presented by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, this site has videos […]

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Common Core in Action: Using Digital Storytelling Tools in the ELA Classroom

When students come to school each morning, they have tons of stories — stories to share with their friends as they unpack or move through the hallways, stories to share with the class during morning meetings, or stories to share with a teacher about something that made them happy or sad. In the classroom, writing […]

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SoundSwaps for Spelling & Reading Practice

SoundSwaps is an iPad app designed for students with dyslexia and other auditory based spelling and reading disorders.  With a bright and colorful, kid-friendly interface Soundswaps works with students on a few different skills.  This includes levels on word families, and initial and final sounds in words.  There are also activities that help students practice […]

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iAnnotate for PDFs (with a Special Offer!)

I’m a big fan of iAnnotate – it’s an app that I use personally and professionally and if you work with PDFs you’ll definitely want to check it out!  Teachers and students are seeing the benefit of going paperless, especially when deciding whether or not to print huge PDF documents just so they can highlight […]

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News-O-Matic for Kid-Friendly Current Events

Sharing current events with students is so important but it is often challenging to find appropriate content for elementary schoolers.  News-O-Matic is a daily newspaper for kids available on both iOS and Android devices (the app will soon be available on the Amazon Kindle Fire tablets).  It provides engaging nonfiction text for  young readers to help them learn about the […]

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Handouts for a Perfectly Paperless Classroom

A paperless classroom on your wish list? Going paperless is a hot topic in edTech these days and shows lots of improvement on the traditional style of teaching from a pile of papers. Even students are weighing in that paperless teaching has positively impacted their ability to connect with other students and their work. Paperless […]

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Online Reading Community: Bookopolis.com for Social Readers

Bookopolis.com is a kid-friendly social network, book discovery tool and online reading community.  It gives students an opportunity to safely connect with friends to share their favorite books.  This site helps children locate new books that fit their interests through personalized and peer based recommendations.  Designed for students in second through sixth grade, Bookopolis is completely […]

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Vocabulary and Spelling Practice on Tablets and Web Browsers

VocabularySpellingCity 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. Vocabulary and Spelling Practice In the classroom, teachers can automate grading of tests and differentiated instruction. You can […]

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NoteLedge for Teachers and Students!

NoteLedge is a terrific app that will come in handy for both teachers and students.  It lets users take notes on their iPad that includes video and audio recordings.  You can even record audio of a lecture as you are typing notes on your screen.  It has a varitey of options for notetaking including drawing pictures […]

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