Literacy Resources

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.

January 30, 2017

A Dozen Great Tech Tools that Make Teachers’ Lives Easier

By Rob Klindt, Contributing Writer | Literacy Resources

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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January 23, 2017

Website Helps Students Discover Secrets of Minerals and Rocks

By Rob Klindt, Contributing Writer | Literacy Resources

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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January 17, 2017

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

By Caitrin Blake, Contributing Writer | Literacy Resources

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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January 9, 2017

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

By Rob Klindt, Contributing Writer | Literacy Resources

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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January 3, 2017

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

By Rob Klindt, Contributing Writer | Literacy Resources

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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December 27, 2016

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

By Rob Klindt, Contributing Writer | Literacy Resources

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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December 19, 2016

EDSITEment! Website Brings Humanities into K-12 Classrooms

By Rob Klindt, Contributing Writer | Literacy Resources

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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December 12, 2016

‘Alphabet Organizer’ App Boosts the ABCs of Learning

By Rob Klindt, Contributing Writer | Literacy Resources

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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December 5, 2016

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

By Rob Klindt, Contributing Writer | Literacy Resources

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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November 29, 2016

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

By Rob Klindt, Contributing Writer | Literacy Resources

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 Code.org, a nonprofit that boosts student participation in computer science programs at K-12 schools. Each year the…

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