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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.

  • Diversity in Literature Assignments: Looking Beyond the Color of Characters

    Posted October 25, 2016

    Despite the changing demographics of American public schools, characters in the books we assign in the classroom typically remain white, mainstream and middle class. Teaching diversity and inclusion is difficult territory, for sure, but we should not miss the opportunity to weave diverse characters into the fabric of our reading curriculum. In a recent New…

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  • 12 Websites New and Veteran Teachers Should Know About

    Posted October 24, 2016

    A dizzying number of new educational websites are launching regularly on the internet. And for many teachers, it’s often hard to keep up with the flow. But it’s important to follow online educational trends because technology is quickly changing how educators teach and students learn. Here are a dozen good websites teachers should know about….

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  • ‘Code Hour’ App Introduces Younger Students to Computer Coding

    Posted October 17, 2016

    At schools across the nation, computer coding is one of the fastest-growing disciplines under the umbrella of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Schools are stepping up coding instruction to prepare students for an increasingly tech-oriented workforce. For teachers, educational apps offer a great tool for introducing students to coding concepts. When used to supplement…

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  • 10 Halloween Websites for Teachers to Keep Kids Learning and Engaged

    Posted October 12, 2016

    Just because Halloween is approaching doesn’t mean that ghosts, goblins and witches haunting students’ thoughts needs to be a classroom distraction. Savvy teachers know how to take advantage of the spooky holiday and brew technology into lesson plans. From math and science to reading and literature, the internet is awash with educational websites teachers can…

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  • Nonprofit’s Journal Aims to Nurture Love of Writing in Elementary-Age Children

    Posted October 11, 2016

    Kids need a tool that makes writing feel fun and therapeutic. That’s the philosophy behind the “i” the Guy writing journal, which a Texas nonprofit published to help third- and fourth-graders warm up to the possibilities of writing. Students who become more confident in their creativity can improve their performance in other areas of language…

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  • Why Young Children Learn Languages So Easily — and Why We Should Encourage It

    Posted October 10, 2016

    If you watch a bilingual child — even a very young one — you’ll see them quickly switch codes to apply the appropriate language to their audience. They turn to speak to their parent in one language and then respond to a friend in another. From an early age, they learn to grasp language quickly…

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  • ‘Park the Ark’ App Helps Kids Boost Word Recognition Skills

    Posted October 3, 2016

    Learning to recognize a wide range of words at an early age doesn’t have to be a chore for young learners. Thanks to technology, apps can use games to teach and reinforce word recognition, which can help build strong reading skills. A fun game-based learning app to consider is “Park the Ark” by Truth Gaming….

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  • Teacher Tips for Using Cellphones in Class

    Posted September 26, 2016

    The crush of consumer technology is creating new aggravations for middle school and high school teachers: ever more students using cellphones in class. Research confirms their plight. A 2015 Pew Research Center study found that 88 percent of American teenagers from 13 to 17 have access to a cellphone, and 73 percent of them use…

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  • Red Cross App Puts First Aid Tips into Students’ Hands

    Posted September 19, 2016

    Medical emergencies can happen at home, on the road, in the workplace and even at school. Whenever there’s a sudden illness, accident or a natural disaster, people who know basic first aid often can help stabilize injured people during the first crucial minutes before professional medical help arrives. Through various programs across the country, the…

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  • Get the Math Site Shows How People Use Algebra on the Job

    Posted September 12, 2016

    As technology increasingly changes how people do their jobs, employers are looking for workers with good math skills. And through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs, schools across the country are stepping up to the challenge by preparing students to enter the tech workforce. For teachers who want to mix technology into math instruction,…

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  • Math App Helps Middle School Students Understand Place Values

    Posted August 29, 2016

    Some young learners have a hard time visualizing basic math concepts from printed worksheets or in-class whiteboard examples. That’s especially true with place values. In tablet-enabled classrooms, math apps are great resources because they give students extra help via self-paced exercises. A good app teachers should consider is “Number Pieces” by The Math Learning Center….

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  • App’s Puzzles Help Students Learn Fundamentals of Software Coding

    Posted August 22, 2016

    Computer coding is one of the fastest-growing subjects in K-12 schools across the country. Its growth is being spurred by increased federal funding for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) instruction. A fun and visual way teachers can supplement classroom coding instruction is to add an educational app for digital tablets to their classroom-tech toolbox….

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  • Mobile App Helps Students Create ‘Found Poetry’

    Posted August 15, 2016

    Words are the building blocks of poetry. Their careful selection and placement along with spaces and lines work together to communicate the writer’s meaning and message. While most K-12 students study the works of well-known poets in English language arts programs, they also need to try their hand at writing poetry. A good way to…

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  • Animal Flash Cards Jump to Life with ‘4D’ Technology

    Posted August 8, 2016

    From raccoons and squirrels to lions, tigers, bears and even whales, most kids seem to love seeing and learning about animals. Elementary school teachers who add animals into their study mix can often boost fun and creativity in the classroom. For tablet-enabled classrooms, a good tool is an educational app like “Animal 4D+” from Octagon…

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  • Smithsonian Website Offers Free STEM Resources to Teachers

    Posted August 2, 2016

    With 21st century technology growing at a breakneck pace, employers are stepping up demand for students well-versed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to join an increasingly tech-oriented workplace. Schools across the country are responding. Boosted by an investment of more than $3 billion from the federal government in 2016, STEM programs in K-12…

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  • Startup Uses Text Messages to Help Parents, Kids Overcome Math Anxiety

    Posted August 1, 2016

    A new math startup lets parents and teachers subscribe to a text-messaging service designed to help young people see math through the lens of everyday life. The idea is to help parents bring math concepts into their homes in a calm, natural way to help kids overcome their reluctance to study math, says Bon Crowder,…

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  • Teaching Sensory Literacy: Classroom Strategies for Sensory Learning

    Posted July 28, 2016

    Sensory play is a fairly broad term that encompasses a number of activities that engage the senses of touch, sight, sound, smell and taste. From infancy, children participate in sensory play to engage with and explore the world around them. Whether it’s fiddling with the fringe on the carpet or pouring water through their fingertips,…

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  • Sensory Literacy: How the Senses Support Cognitive Development

    Posted July 26, 2016

    Sensory play is one of the first ways babies engage with the world. Many toys and baby products are designed to stimulate a baby’s senses in order to help them learn and connect to their surroundings. Sensory stimulation is used to build motor skills, learn letters and numbers In addition, young children learn motor skills…

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  • Tablet App Reveals Secrets of Van Gogh Paintings

    Posted July 25, 2016

    For generations, art teachers have relied on textbooks, prints, photographs and sometimes visits to a museum or gallery to teach students about classic artists like Rembrandt, Monet and Raphael. Today, digital tablet technology can put detailed works by master artists directly into students’ hands. There are dozens of educational apps for tablets that focus on…

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  • Teaching STEM Literacy: Strategies to Engage Students in Engineering

    Posted July 21, 2016

    Developing innovative and engaging lessons in STEM fields has become increasingly important for teachers in the last few years. Pressure is mounting to promote student engagement and achievement in these subjects and ensure the U.S. has the workforce necessary to fill roles in science, technology, engineering and math fields. Teaching STEM literacy increases the chance…

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