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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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February 6, 2017

Websites on Lincoln, Washington are Great Presidents Day Teaching Assets

By tomm | Literacy Resources

Abraham Lincoln was curious and mysterious. Even though the Emancipation Proclamation was one of the most celebrated events in the 16th president’s life, it’s also one of the least chronicled. And because Lincoln kept much of his private life and thoughts under wraps, in many ways he remains an enigma. Meanwhile, George Washington, the nation’s…

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January 30, 2017

A Dozen Great Tech Tools that Make Teachers’ Lives Easier

By tomm | 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 tomm | 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 16, 2017

12 Websites with Engaging Black History Month Teaching Materials

By tomm | Blog

Since February is Black History Month, it’s a great time to play the name game. Good names to start with are Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman, Jackie Robinson and Thurgood Marshall. What better time to get K-12 students interested in and learning about these famous people and the history and achievements of…

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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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January 3, 2017

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

By tomm | 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 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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December 19, 2016

EDSITEment! Website Brings Humanities into K-12 Classrooms

By tomm | 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 tomm | 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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