Literacy Resources

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.

April 3, 2017

Pegs and Rubber Bands go Digital in Geometry App

By Rob Klindt, Contributing Writer | 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 Rob Klindt, Contributing Writer | 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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March 20, 2017

Mobile App Helps Students Put the Right Words in the Right Places

By Rob Klindt, Contributing Writer | Literacy Resources

Finding just the right word for an essay can be a head-scratcher for many students. And proper word placement can sometimes be a brain twister. But when carefully chosen words fit into the right places in sentences and paragraphs to convey the author’s precise meaning, the mental gymnastics are well worth the effort. But good…

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March 13, 2017

Wonders of Science Fill App for Middle and High School Students

By Rob Klindt, Contributing Writer | Literacy Resources

Slithering snakes and waddling penguins. Introducing these creatures into classroom lessons is a great way to pique students’ curiosity about the world of science and biology. And what about the technology of controlling sound waves? Or looking at what happens in a robotics summer camp for kids? Those topics and hundreds more fill the “Science…

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February 27, 2017

App Focuses on Famous Monuments Around the World

By Rob Klindt, Contributing Writer | Literacy Resources

We’ve all heard of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Among them are the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Statue of Zeus and others. Of the original seven, only the Pyramids of Giza still stand. But lots of monuments, landmarks and famous locations have survived to inspire wonder worldwide. The Roman Colosseum, Brooklyn Bridge, Great…

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February 21, 2017

App Gives Kids a Splattering of Good Sight Words

By Rob Klindt | 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 Rob Klindt, Contributing Writer | 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 Rob Klindt, Contributing Writer | 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 Rob Klindt, Contributing Writer | 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 17, 2017

2016 YAL Roundup: Novels for Today’s Teens Shed Dystopian Tone

By Caitrin Blake, Contributing Writer | Literacy Resources

Young adult literature (or YAL) has increasingly become a well-respected genre far beyond its target demographic, finding its way onto bestseller lists and becoming adapted into popular feature films. In the past decade, dystopian YAL novels in the vein of Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games” found a huge following with stories that threw young adults…

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