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  • App Gives Kids a Splattering of Good Sight Words

    Posted February 21, 2017 in 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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  • ‘1600’ App Offers Augmented-Reality Tour of White House Grounds

    Posted January 9, 2017 in 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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  • Empty or Full? Tall or Short? App Shows Young Learners the Meaning of Opposites

    Posted December 27, 2016 in 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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  • ‘Run Marco!’ App Aligns with Hour of Code Sessions

    Posted November 29, 2016 in 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, a nonprofit that boosts student participation in computer science programs at K-12 schools. Each year the…

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  • Carnegie Academy Website Offers Cyber Safety Guidelines for Kids

    Posted November 22, 2016 in 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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  • ‘Code Hour’ App Introduces Younger Students to Computer Coding

    Posted October 17, 2016 in 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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  • Nonprofit’s Journal Aims to Nurture Love of Writing in Elementary-Age Children

    Posted October 11, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    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 in Literacy Resources

    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 in Literacy Resources

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

    Posted August 8, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    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 in Literacy Resources

    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 in Literacy Resources

    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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  • Sensory Literacy: How the Senses Support Cognitive Development

    Posted July 26, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    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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  • Website Teaches Kids the Basics of Healthy Eating

    Posted July 11, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    Most veteran teachers have seen the strong correlation between good nutrition, physical fitness and students’ academic success. A study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that healthy eating and physical activities are strongly linked to academic success in K-12 students. Moreover, good habits learned early often help students establish lifelong healthy behaviors. Teachers…

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  • Defining Writing Literacy: Elementary School

    Posted July 6, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    Elementary teachers practice a wide range of writing instruction and development. The youngest students must complete the physical act of writing by learning how to hold a pencil and use a computer to type. As they grow, elementary students learn basic grammatical and stylistic approaches to writing they will further develop in their middle and…

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  • App Helps Students Boost Vocabulary and Creative Writing Skills

    Posted June 27, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    Reading and writing teachers know that robust vocabulary, good grammar and solid sentence construction skills will help students ace their creative-writing assignments. But the time and practice needed to master those skills can prompt groans of boredom or frustration from some students. Game-based learning apps for smartphones and digital tablets can help those students by…

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  • Increasing the Quantity of Girls Who Study Advanced Math: Girls Equal, Inc.

    Posted June 23, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    Mathematician Jonathan David Farley, Ph.D., believes that girls can and should be learning higher mathematics beginning in elementary grades and continuing through high school. In 2015, he co-founded Girls Equal, Inc. to help realize this goal. Does teacher bias discourage elementary and middle-school girls from studying higher math? After graduating summa cum laude from Harvard,…

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  • 12 Tech Tools for Teachers to Check Out During Summer Break

    Posted June 20, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    Soon after the last student exits the classroom for summer break, many teachers start thinking ahead and making plans for the next school year. Most likely, technology will play a significant part in upcoming lesson plans. From downloadable classroom planners and whiteboard tools to kid-friendly search engines, here are a dozen cool websites bursting with…

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  • Teaching Summer Literacy: Strategies for Elementary, Middle and High School Students

    Posted June 9, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    The importance of summer learning cannot be underestimated. Students who participate in educational activities while school is out see modest gains; those who don’t experience the equivalent of two months’ loss in math and other skills. Summer literacy programs can improve education equity for high-needs students Summer learning loss has the highest impact on students…

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  • 12 Websites that will Slow the ‘Summer Slide’ and Keep Kids Busy

    Posted June 6, 2016 in Literacy Resources

    When summer break arrives, many students happily swap classroom learning for outdoor fun, sports and family activities. And too often, lessons just learned in school become quickly forgotten. It’s the “summer slide” and most K-12 teachers know it well. Studies cited by the National Summer Learning Association, a nonprofit that promotes summer learning programs for…

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