Sally Ride EarthKam

This is incredible!  The Sally Ride EarthKAM is an outreach program that enables teachers and students to learn about space. After signing up for an account, there is a slight delay while they verify you are a teacher and your school. When everything checks out you will receive log in information and be able to […]

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Ways to Use Wordle and Alternative Programs

If you haven’t used Wordle, you are missing out. What is Wordle? Wordle generates “word clouds” from the words you submit. The size of the word is determined by how important it is. Words entered into the source more times appear larger than words entered fewer times. Wordle is common in education but does require […]

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Review of INTO THE BOOK online program

Wisconsin Media Lab, with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction created INTO THE BOOK, a free online program designed for the elementary classroom. This research-based resource is aligned to the common core standards. It is available with both English and Spanish texts! When students first start the program, they will be asked their first name and […]

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Overview of Review Game Zone

Use educational online gaming to supplement your classroom instruction and provide assessment data. Review Game Zone is personalized to meet the needs of your classroom. The teacher inputs the questions, indicates the answer and presto an educational interactive game is automatically created. Create a free account at reviewgamezone.com and try one of these games. With […]

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A Winner for Life Skills Students

Finding good sources for Life Skills students can be challenging. I stumbled across gcflearnfree.org and my students and I really enjoyed their activities!  A guide to their resources is available from http://content.gcflearnfree.org/curriculum/GCFLearnFree_EverydayLife.pdf GCF divides the activities into 7 basic areas:  working with money, basic math, job skills, basic literacy, grocery shopping, cooking, and health and safety. […]

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Readability Formulas–Two Free Websites

Assessing readability through a website or using a readability formula can give the classroom teacher a general idea of the level of a reading passage. It is just that, a general idea. There is wide discrepancy between the formula used and the results. In addition, a readability formula does not take into account the student’s […]

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Pear Deck Promotes Engaged Classroom

Looking for a way to build engaging and informative assessments into your lessons? Add Pear Deck you your presentations! Advantages Works with google slides Templates for bell ringers and exit slips Custom questions including text, number responses, multiple choice, drawing* and draggable* responses  * available on Pear Deck Premium Student answers can be displayed with […]

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Rewordify Review

I really began to use Rewordify extensively when writing passages to differentiate instruction. My Day in History units (see end of article)provide a 9-10 grade level passage, an 8 grade passage, and a 6-7 grade level passage on a topic related to something historical occurred each day. I usually begin writing the most difficult passage, […]

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Kahoot Review

Kahoot is a game-based platform for teachers to review concepts and make learning fun for your students for free!  Kahoot was developed by a professor at the Norwegian University of Technology and Science. To sign up for a free account, go to https://kahoot.com and sign up to use this tool. There is also an iOS […]

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Quizizz

Quizizz allows teachers to present, review, and assess students at all grade levels in a self-paced online environment. It contains a library of teacher created public quizzes or teachers can create their own. Students enjoy and stay engaged while using Quizizz. To create a quiz, teachers select create a quiz, enter a name, language, an […]

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Review of Socrative

This highly engaging tool allows you to improve instruction and student learning while assessing students with real-time results. The free version allows you one account with 50 students. (A pro version is available for up to 10 classrooms and 150 kids). To begin, click the launch and then quiz icons. You can navigate to the Socrative […]

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Google Cultural Institute

The Google Cultural Institute was started in 2011 and was formally the Google Arts Project. The purpose is to make institution and exhibit content available digitally. The mission is to “make important cultural material available and accessible to everyone and to digitally preserve it to educate and inspire future generations.” It features high-resolution photography of […]

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Review Of Readworks

WOW! This amazing site is free with tons of bells and whistles, informative articles, student supports, and teacher resources! ReadWorks is a not-for-profit company with a vision that “Every child in the United States can read well with deep comprehension because all educators teach reading effectively with the superb reading content and curriculum they need.” […]

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Free Rice Review

I used free rice.com when we had just a few minutes at the end of the hour and I needed a quick, engaging, educational activity to fill-in yet provide a meaningful experience. Freerice is a non-profit website which is owned and operated by the United Nations World Food Programme.  Each time a question is answered […]

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Review–ReadTheory

Awesome Program–It is hard to believe this is a freebie! To activate the website, you will need to sign up by going to the site (https://readtheory.org) or click here. Take a look at the About Us page and you will find the articles are written by professional writer, educators, and award winning teachers. Step One: […]

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Whooo’s Reading–Online Resource and Independent Reading

Welcome to Reading Specialty! As a classroom reading teacher in a district with a significant financial and time commitment to technology, I have constantly been on the lookout for ways to combine the learning targets of my class with technology.  I started this blog to showcase technology resources which are free (although some may have […]

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Roots, Prefixes, and Suffixes

Marzano and many researchers discuss the importance of vocabulary instruction. Vocabulary is one of the key indicators of student success and direct vocabulary instruction gives you a great “bang for your buck.” A study of Greek and Latin roots with prefixes and suffixes allows readers to unlock many more words than isolated vocabulary lists. These […]

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Older Students or Adult Students

Looking for real life reading skills which will be engaging for your older learners? CDLP (California Distance Learning Project) online has just the answer. When you first log into the program  there are a series of pictures representing the various categories:  working, law and government, family, school, health and safety, housing, money, science and technology, […]

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Summarization–Online Resources

When you tell kids to summarize, what do you get? My kids often would tell everything they had read or else they would write practically nothing. Teaching kids to summarize is not easy and requires lots of modeling. While looking for online sources, I stumbled upon Summarize This. This easy to use website has you copy […]

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