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  • App Provides a Toolbox to Help Students Improve Their Writing Skills

    Posted May 16, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    Getting started on a writing project, whether it’s a book report, essay or a short story, can be a challenge for many students. Knowing how to introduce the topic, organize the paper and make it interesting to read takes preparation and practice. There are also a lot of rules and guidelines to remember. Fortunately, technology…

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  • Puzzle Game App Helps Younger Students Memorize U.S. States and Capitals

    Posted May 9, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    It’s never too early for youngsters to learn the U.S. states and their capital cities. Children who start to learn this information in kindergarten or even earlier will be better prepared in later grades to tackle subjects like civics, geography and social studies. Learning states and capitals requires memory and repetition, which can sometimes elicit…

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  • Game Uses Stock Market to Help Students Grasp Math, Economics

    Posted May 3, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    “The Stock Market Game” is a hands-on, interactive simulation of the global capital markets and investing for fourth- to 12th-graders. Developed by SIFMA Foundation, an affiliate of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, the program helps students learn to work together in some of the same ways financial professionals do every day. The game’s…

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  • National Parks App Helps Students Get Excited About America’s Natural Treasures

    Posted May 2, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    The National Park Service (NPS) is marking its centennial in 2016. It was established by Congress under President Woodrow Wilson to preserve the natural, cultural and historical integrity of lands under its jurisdiction, and to ensure public access. Yellowstone was the nation’s first national park, established in 1872 by legislation signed by President Ulysses S….

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  • App Can Help Students Learn Basic Presidential Facts

    Posted April 25, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    With the presidential election season kicking into high gear, it’s a good time for teachers to make sure students know basic presidential facts and history. Most K-12 teachers use traditional lesson plans along with books, classroom discussions, student projects, reports and even mock classroom elections to teach students about the presidents and how they are…

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  • ‘Concentration’ App Strengthens Basic Math Knowledge and Memory Skills

    Posted April 4, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    Math is one of the most important core subjects K-12 students need to learn. But for some of them, memorizing math facts and numbers can be a daunting or confusing task. That’s where technology can come to the rescue. Tech resources like educational apps for smartphones and digital tablets can be great supplements to classroom…

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  • ‘Sketch Nation’ Mobile App Uses Games to Teach Computer Coding Concepts

    Posted March 28, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    More than $3 billion from the nation’s 2016 budget has been set aside to help K-12 schools develop and expand science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs. These programs help students acquire skills they need to compete in an increasingly tech-oriented global workforce. Computer coding is one of the most popular disciplines in STEM programs….

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  • Vocabulary App’s Quizzes Boost Students’ Word Power

    Posted March 21, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    Students who want to expand their vocabulary sometimes need more help than they can get in classroom lectures, books and study guides. Tablet-enabled classrooms with Internet access can provide that help with one of the many apps written for mobile devices. One good app teachers should consider mixing into classroom lesson plans is “Vocabulary Builder”…

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  • Mobile Grammar App Is a Good Choice for ESL Students and SAT Prep

    Posted March 14, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    Grammar is the basic building block of language and is a foundation for clear and concise communication. It’s one of the first subjects teachers introduce to young learners, often as early as kindergarten. But when students reach higher grades, it’s sometimes a challenge for teachers to keep some of them engaged when grammar lessons become…

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  • ‘Keep the Change’ App Helps Early Learners Build Basic Math Skills

    Posted March 7, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    Something about coins ignites the curiosity of early learners. They’re interesting to look at, collect and play games with. Eventually, children learn coins have specific values, too. Teachers can tap this curiosity by using coins in exercises that review basic math and counting skills. But using actual coins in class can be a hard-to-control distraction….

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  • Yes, it’s Rocket Science: NASA App Shows Basics of Space Flight

    Posted February 15, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    The technology in many high-tech gadgets including cellphones, portable GPS units and satellite TV services trace its origin to various NASA projects including sending rockets into Earth orbit. And behind that technology is good, solid science. Many students who enjoy using these gadgets and services may not be aware of the science behind them or…

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  • Mobile App Helps Students Adapt to Dyslexia

    Posted February 8, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    English language arts and reading teachers quickly learn the myriad factors that affect how students learn. And they do their best to consider a student’s individual learning style and educational/socio-economic background when developing lesson plans. But some students present even deeper challenges, especially if they have dyslexia, a learning disorder whose symptoms include slow reading…

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  • ‘Zip Zap’ App Makes Math Fun for Elementary School Students

    Posted February 1, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    It’s never too early to introduce young learners to basic math functions and concepts. While group exercises, math worksheets and classroom instruction are great starters, eventually some students may become bored. A great way to keep these students interested and engaged is to stir a bit of fun technology into the classroom mix with an…

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  • ‘Smarty Pins’ Game Combines Trivia and Geography

    Posted January 18, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    U.S. history students probably know that George Washington, the first American president, spent most of his life in the Potomac basin near Washington, D.C. And they’ve no doubt learned about the Revolutionary War battle where he led troops across the Delaware River in a surprise attack against the Hessian forces in New Jersey. But where…

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  • Vocabulary App Uses Words, Pictures to Prep Students for Entrance Exams

    Posted January 14, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    A strong vocabulary and excellent spelling skills are two of the most important things students need for academic success. For college-bound high school students, a good grasp of the language arts is an important first step in preparing for college entrance exams. Using a digital app for a smartphone or digital tablet is an excellent…

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  • NASA App Lets Students Track Global Climate

    Posted December 14, 2015 in Literacy Resources

    Global warming and climate change, once studied mostly in the narrow realm of the scientific community, are increasingly becoming hot topics in many sectors of society including government, business, media and education. In schools, learning the causes and effects of environmental change starts with a solid understanding of the earth sciences. Most K-12 teachers depend…

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  • ‘Monster Heart Medic’ App Promotes Healthy Living

    Posted December 7, 2015 in Literacy Resources

    Most K-12 science and biology teachers know that health and fitness are closely related subjects that should be included in classroom lesson plans. Studies suggest that students who have good health and fitness habits are more likely to do better in school and make healthy lifestyle choices as adults. A fun educational app that will…

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  • With ‘Seesaw’ App, Students Can Create Interactive Journals to Track Their Learning

    Posted November 16, 2015 in Literacy Resources

    Of all the benefits technology has introduced into classrooms in recent years, the ability to create digital portfolios to manage and showcase student work is one of the best. With more schools adding digital tablets to K-12 classrooms, many teachers need apps to help them manage and showcase student work on a digital platform. A…

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  • SAT ‘Buddy’ App Helps Students Excel on World History Section

    Posted November 9, 2015 in Literacy Resources

    A ritual among college-bound high school students is preparing for college entrance exams. The SAT is one of the most popular exams because so many schools use SAT scores to help decide who gets admitted. The test measures a student’s knowledge in reading, writing and mathematics — including a section on world history under the…

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  • Students Can Master Math with All-in-One ‘GeoGebra’ App

    Posted November 2, 2015 in Literacy Resources

    Learning basic math can be a challenge for some students as early as elementary school. And when math instruction expands into algebra, geometry, calculus and other concepts in middle school and high school, many of these students scratch their heads in confusion. But teachers who stir a bit of technology into the classroom mathematics mix…

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