Christmas Around the World – “Read To Me” Research For Elementary Using Google Chrome

3 Easy Steps to Independent Cultural Research for Low-Level Readers I thought it would be a good idea to offer a practical way to try out Google’s amazing “Text-To-Speech” capabilities using a holiday resource to plug into for your Cultural Social Studies unit since we are in the middle of a blog series exploring how…

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Using Google Voice Tools With Elementary Students- Introduction

If Google Was a Super Hero, I Am Pretty Sure That Voice Tools Would Be It’s Super Power! Technology allows us to accomplish things that have never been accomplished before and using Google’s speech-to-text capabilities, our children are now able to transpose their ideas from verbal expression into text form. This is a huge bonus in…

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Reading Log with Written Response Choices and Leveled Book Links

As I began thinking about getting ready to set up my classrooms this year, one of my goals for this summer was to make some adjustments to my students’ weekly reading log.  The main changes were to post a link for “Just Right” book lists since I often get the question- “What books should my…

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My Top 55 “Must Have” Apps & Webtools for a Personalized K-3 Classroom

After four years of implementing a personalized classroom environment, I am often asked about my favorite apps and web tools to match our Common Core subject areas. This is just like asking a teenager what their favorite song is or asking an 8 year old what their favorite movie is. We are always evolving and…

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Personalized Reading for Elementary Students

A New Way to Personalize Reading- Place, Pace and Path The only thing I love more than finding a great resource that fits a Personalized Learning Path, is sharing it with other teachers! So here it is, Reading Comprehension Booster app by John Stump for $3.99. My class has been using this app for a few years now…

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Awesome Digital Nonfiction Resources For Elementary Reading and Research

It is a huge challenge to find nonfiction resources that are appropriate for our young readers and writers, so I have a great collection of resources that I am excited to share with you that I hope will inspire you and your students! Most of the time, reading levels are too difficult and the content…

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Martin Luther King Jr. & Harriet Tubman Compare and Contrast Techie Style Using QR Codes

Here is a fun Black History web quest for your students to easily utilize 21st Century Skills for researching Martin Luther King jr. and Harriet Tubman Biographies using your iPads. I have detailed directions for the students, “I Can” statements to check off, differentiated options and directions to the “Text-to-Voice” capability tool on your iPad…

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Holidays Around the World Using “Best Christmas” App

iTunes States- This app takes your students around the world for a special view of Celebrations in other Continents and cultures! Select countries, find all hidden animations, and be surprised at how they react! It’s a superb mix of learning and entertainment… Utilize an awesome app- “Best Christmas App for Toddlers and Kids”. It is a…

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Online Reading Assessments Made EASY and Impressive! – Literably

I just have to share a gem of a find for all reading and ESL teachers! I want to introduce to you, Literably.com. An awesome free app and web tool that will ease the huge burden of assessing and reporting your students’ reading accuracy, comprehension and fluency. No one will argue the value of one-on-one…

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Character Unit- 4 Free Apps & Sample Videos to Integrate Tech Using iPads

Are you looking for fun, free and easy ways to integrate “Kid-Engaging” tech into your character unit? Our Common Core Standards require teachers to find ways for students to digitally publish their work and work collaboratively, so this character unit is the perfect place to start! To help you with this, I would like to…

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