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If you’re searching for resources on how to promote reading and literacy, you’ve come to the right place. We offer practical advice and guidance that help teachers, parents, and the community at large work together to achieve higher success in reading and literacy rates. We also examine shifts in the definition of reading and literacy in the 21st century, with an emphasis on how technological developments impact the need for a more holistic view of the terms.

  • Mobile App Helps Students Put the Right Words in the Right Places

    Posted March 20, 2017

    Finding just the right word for an essay can be a head-scratcher for many students. And proper word placement can sometimes be a brain twister. But when carefully chosen words fit into the right places in sentences and paragraphs to convey the author’s precise meaning, the mental gymnastics are well worth the effort. But good…

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  • Wonders of Science Fill App for Middle and High School Students

    Posted March 13, 2017

    Slithering snakes and waddling penguins. Introducing these creatures into classroom lessons is a great way to pique students’ curiosity about the world of science and biology. And what about the technology of controlling sound waves? Or looking at what happens in a robotics summer camp for kids? Those topics and hundreds more fill the “Science…

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  • App Focuses on Famous Monuments Around the World

    Posted February 27, 2017

    We’ve all heard of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Among them are the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Statue of Zeus and others. Of the original seven, only the Pyramids of Giza still stand. But lots of monuments, landmarks and famous locations have survived to inspire wonder worldwide. The Roman Colosseum, Brooklyn Bridge, Great…

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  • App Gives Kids a Splattering of Good Sight Words

    Posted February 21, 2017

    Learning sight words can be a messy process. Like a splattered egg yolk. Yuck! But a splattered egg yolk can also be fun. That’s the idea behind “Eggy Words 100 HD,” an educational app from Reading Eggs. It targets the pre-K-through-second-grade crowd and covers the ABCs and includes 100 basic sight words for young readers….

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  • Websites on Lincoln, Washington are Great Presidents Day Teaching Assets

    Posted February 6, 2017

    Abraham Lincoln was curious and mysterious. Even though the Emancipation Proclamation was one of the most celebrated events in the 16th president’s life, it’s also one of the least chronicled. And because Lincoln kept much of his private life and thoughts under wraps, in many ways he remains an enigma. Meanwhile, George Washington, the nation’s…

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  • A Dozen Great Tech Tools that Make Teachers’ Lives Easier

    Posted January 30, 2017

    While it might seem that some students are leaps and bounds ahead of teachers when it comes to using technology, are they really? Probably not. Beyond everyday consumer technologies like smartphones, videogames and social media, most K-12 students are still on the shy side of using technology for productivity, the workplace and especially education. That’s…

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  • Website Helps Students Discover Secrets of Minerals and Rocks

    Posted January 23, 2017

    If a science teacher asks a student to name three types of rock and the response is, “classic, punk and metal,” that student is probably in the wrong class. All kidding aside, students who are curious about rocks, minerals, crystals and geology have a lot of learning resources available to them. A good one that…

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  • 2016 YAL Roundup: Novels for Today’s Teens Shed Dystopian Tone

    Posted January 17, 2017

    Young adult literature (or YAL) has increasingly become a well-respected genre far beyond its target demographic, finding its way onto bestseller lists and becoming adapted into popular feature films. In the past decade, dystopian YAL novels in the vein of Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games” found a huge following with stories that threw young adults…

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  • ‘1600’ App Offers Augmented-Reality Tour of White House Grounds

    Posted January 9, 2017

    If you have a dollar, you’re in luck. A single greenback is all it takes to launch a cool virtual tour of the exterior of the White House and the grounds at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington, D.C. For teachers in tablet-enabled classrooms, a new educational app offers a fun way to engage students while…

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  • Ask a Biologist Site Invites Life-Sciences Questions from Students, Teachers

    Posted January 3, 2017

    The world of biology is as fascinating as it is sometimes confusing. Do you have a question about DNA, cell division or what a biologist does? Just ask. A biologist is as close as your internet-connected computer, digital tablet or smartphone. K-12 teachers and students can direct these kinds of questions to Ask a Biologist….

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  • Empty or Full? Tall or Short? App Shows Young Learners the Meaning of Opposites

    Posted December 27, 2016

    Whether a glass is full of water or a basket is empty, it’s important to know how to express the difference. While the concept seems obvious to adults, young learners may have difficulty finding the right words. The idea of opposites can be a head-scratcher for younger students, but technology can help them out. A…

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  • EDSITEment! Website Brings Humanities into K-12 Classrooms

    Posted December 19, 2016

    Humanities, social studies, literature and history are all core subjects K-12 students study throughout their academic years. And with technology increasingly available in classrooms, it’s easier than ever to use the internet to find quality humanities teaching materials. One of the best sources teachers can turn to for quality lesson plans, interactive features and downloadable…

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  • ‘Alphabet Organizer’ App Boosts the ABCs of Learning

    Posted December 12, 2016

    It’s never too early for youngsters to start learning their ABCs, the building blocks of literacy. Identifying letters, organizing them and combining them to form simple words are among the important early literacy skills children should develop as early as kindergarten. For teachers, a good way to help young learners practice and boost literacy skills…

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  • ‘High School Math Practice’ App Makes a Great After-School Study Aid

    Posted December 5, 2016

    When it comes time for serious study outside of the classroom, an excellent tool for math students to use is an educational app. One of the best is “High School Math Practice,” a no-nonsense app with interactive exercises and quizzes that challenge students to think logically and organize information they’ve studied in class. The free…

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  • ‘Run Marco!’ App Aligns with Hour of Code Sessions

    Posted November 29, 2016

    Using desktop computers, digital tablets and even smartphones, thousands of students are expected to participate in Hour of Code sessions at schools across the country during Computer Science Education Week in early December. The sessions are sponsored by, a nonprofit that boosts student participation in computer science programs at K-12 schools. Each year the…

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  • Card Kits Get Kids Talking and Learning to Think for Themselves

    Posted November 28, 2016

    TiffinTalk aims to lure kids away from electronic devices and helps them realize the power of one-on-one conversations. Co-founder Kat Rowan and her business partner designed a series of colorful card collections to encourage safe, gentle and loving conversations between adults — parents, guardians, teachers, school counselors — and children. The cards ask children questions…

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  • Carnegie Academy Website Offers Cyber Safety Guidelines for Kids

    Posted November 22, 2016

    As the number of young people accessing the internet through computers, tablets and smartphones increases across the country, it’s important for them to be able to identify online safety threats such as cyberbullying, suspicious emails and dangerous websites. And school is the best place for young web surfers to learn how to fend for themselves…

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  • Chemistry Students can Build Atoms, Molecules with ‘NOVA Elements’ App

    Posted November 15, 2016

    Chromium, silicon and tungsten. What are these elements, and why are they important? If you’re a science or a chemistry teacher, you want students to know about these elements and dozens more that are the building blocks of ordinary matter. Chemistry teachers have used the printed Periodic Table of the Elements chart as a standard…

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  • Why Audio Books and Read-Alouds are So Valuable to Older Students

    Posted November 14, 2016

    Early elementary school read-alouds are fun for students and teachers alike, but in time they give way to quiet, independent reading. In classrooms brimming with technology, teachers tend to forgo read-alouds or audio books for what they consider “real” reading experiences. Unfortunately, this shift toward self-directed reading ignores the distinct advantages of audio books or…

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  • Peer Review in Writing Class: 5 Ways to Help Students Embrace Critiques and Revisions

    Posted November 7, 2016

    In 16 years of teaching writing, I’ve learned peer review is an excellent investment of class time. Peer review in a writing class is inspired by the process where researchers ask their colleagues to critique their articles before publication. In the classroom, well-prepared students can use peer review to reinforce the importance of revising their…

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