App a Day

  • Taking Dyslexic Accomodations Mobile

    When we talk about dyslexia, we often talk about intervention, but an equally important part of helping a student with dyslexia is providing accommodations.

  • Share Student Portfolios with Ease

    Teachers are meant to ensure student growth and this growth is expected to be documented and demonstrated through student work.
  • Graphic Novels for the Digital Classroom

    When graphic novels are paired with digital readers or other mobile devices, it is a truly irresistible combination.  Although interactive graphic novel apps have been a bit slow to take off, there are some available. 
  • Must-Have Language Arts Apps for Back to School

    For many teachers, planning the new year now includes making decisions about how technology will be integrated into the classroom. As mobile devices become more prevalent in the school setting, this can be an overwhelming task.
  • A Wealth of Digital Aids for Early Readers

    Various free and inexpensive websites and apps can be used strategically to augment print resources, including with primary-aged learners. Sites designed for young learners require minimal technology skills beyond clicking a mouse.
  • Building Timelines in the Digital Classroom

    My personal favorite of the Read Write Think app collection, RWT Timeline, has been recognized as a 2014 Best App for Teaching and Learning by the American Association of School Librarians. This is a well-deserved honor for an organization that has done so much to finally bring language arts instruction for the intermediate and middle school grades into the digital age.
  • Do-It-Yourself Professional Development

    School is out for summer! Is there anything better than the first days of summer break? I always have a ton of plans for the productive things I will do with my time off—after taking a few days for myself, of course.
  • Technology for Travelers: Making the Most of Your Conference Experience

    Spring is finally making an appearance, and with it many teachers are enjoying a spring break—or beginning to make plans for summer break. For many of us, time off means an opportunity to invest in professional development.
  • Enhanced Engagement through Augmented Reality

    Recently, I started noticing some of my fellow teacher bloggers talking about using augmented reality in the classroom with an app called Aurasma. With this app, students can...
  • Digital Tools for Project Based Learning

    I realized early on in this journey that I had the chance to give my students an incredible educational experience in the year they spent with me—and that even a single year could have far-reaching impacts on their future as learners.
  • New Year, New Apps: Discovering Tools for Teachers

    January is a time rife with resolutions—to be more organized, to work more efficiently, to spend more time researching new teaching ideas. When I am asked about apps for the classroom, my brain immediately begins cataloging the variety of programs that have been designed for students. But what about the teachers?
  • Language Arts Apps Save the Day

    A year and a half ago, I sat in my classroom on a late summer day and stared with trepidation at the giant vault-like cart that held the 24 iPads I would soon be integrating into my classroom. I was ecstatic to have the opportunity to enhance student learning through new technology, but it was already an overwhelming task.
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