Early Childhood and Elementary (Grades: PreK-5)

April 17, 2017

Mobile App Makes Learning Fractions Easy

By marcieg | Literacy Resources

One-half or two-thirds. Which is greater? If you’re measuring ingredients to bake a cake, mix a drink, distribute money or divide materials, it’s important to know the answer. K-12 students need to learn fractions because when they join the workforce, using fractions will be part of the job in most occupations. Just ask any baker,…

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April 10, 2017

Earth Day Activities to Help Students Learn about the Environment

By marcieg | Literacy Resources

In an effort to raise environmental awareness, Earth Day was established in 1970 by Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. senator from Wisconsin. That year, 20 million people across the United States gathered to talk about the environment and ways to stem pollution. This action opened the door to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and…

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April 3, 2017

Pegs and Rubber Bands go Digital in Geometry App

By tomm | Literacy Resources

Pegs and rubber bands don’t immediately come to mind as classroom teaching tools. Especially in today’s digital era. But, why not? They can be great manipulative tools for teaching and illustrating basic geometry concepts. Rubber bands stretched around pegs can create a plethora of geometric shapes, including polygons, triangles, squares and even octagons. Cool, huh?…

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March 27, 2017

Word Clouds Page Helps Students Ramp up Vocabulary Skills

By tomm | Literacy Resources

Clouds outside may darken the mood on a quiet afternoon. But inside a classroom, clouds can lighten the mood and promote learning — as long as they’re chock full of words. Word clouds pull words from written sources and arrange them in a visually appealing way based on their frequency of use, pattern and importance….

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February 21, 2017

App Gives Kids a Splattering of Good Sight Words

By tomm | Literacy Resources

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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January 9, 2017

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

By tomm | 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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December 27, 2016

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

By tomm | 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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November 29, 2016

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

By tomm | 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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November 22, 2016

Carnegie Academy Website Offers Cyber Safety Guidelines for Kids

By tomm | Literacy Resources

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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October 17, 2016

‘Code Hour’ App Introduces Younger Students to Computer Coding

By tomm | Literacy Resources

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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