Reading on Digital Devices: Use Annotation to Push Student Thinking

The world of education has changed greatly with the introduction of tablet technology. Students can interact with content in a completely new way, and teachers are adapting to these changes. When students read on a digital device, the experience of reading is altered. Highlighters, sticky notes, and index cards are no longer the default study […]

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5 Wintertime Apps to Read, Play and Craft

Changing seasons are a great time to pause and think about whether we are getting the most of an educational tool.  There are lots of wintertime apps that can promote independent reading, provide inspiration, and connect to wintertime.  As you prepare for colder weather, let’s take a look at some favorite iPad apps for wintertime! […]

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Exploring Character Perspectives: An iPad Lesson Idea

Using iPads during your literacy block can help students engage with text and content on a new level.  There is no one app that is going to teach them how to be amazing readers, but there are plenty of apps that can support the tasks that you create for students.  One of my favorite activities […]

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PocketPhonics Stories Reading Program for iPads

Brand new in the Apple App Store, PocketPhonics Stories is a step-by-step reading program for iPads incorporating 42 storybooks.  It is based on the award-winning PocketPhonics app that’s used in over 2000 schools.  With this app children will learn how to recognize letter sounds, identify how letter sounds are blended together to make words, and learn how […]

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Classroom Tool: Dr. Seuss Treasury App

Last week I introduced a fantastic collection of Dr. Seuss books from Oceanhouse Media.  The Dr. Seuss Treasury app is perfect for centers and silent reading.  Now every child in your class can have their own Dr. Seuss library at their fingertips without having to buy each individual book app or tote around the original […]

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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 Lets Educators & Students Annotate PDFs on iPad

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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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 also […]

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Murky Reef iPad Apps for Early Elementary ELA, Math & Science

For ELA, Math and Science comprehension activities, check out this series of Murky Reef iPad apps for first and second grade students.  With content aligned to the Common Core State Standards, Murky Reef engages students with high quality content as they explore an underwater world.  They’ll see jellyfish, an octopus, pufferfish and more as they […]

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