This site targets adults
who want to improve their literacy, but it is a
great review for middle school and high school students. Students can practice picking out key words, scanning, and finding information from charts in the three
activities. These activities have several questions each to help you
practice. Feedback is immediately given. The wrap-up of the
activities repeats what you’ve practiced and makes suggestions on how you can
work on your own to improve your scanning skills. You will also find three
videos that address scanning and reading comprehension skills.
What an interesting way to explore Manhattan and its place in American literary
history. Scroll down the map of the island
or click on the book icons to find
quotations from nearly one hundred authors that relate to specific addresses on
Manhattan. You’ll find the quotation, citation to the work that contains the
quotation, and, often, a portrait of the author. You can also access an index
of the authors and titles if you are looking for a specific book. References
from early 19th century to contemporary fiction, children’s books, and poetry
dot the landscape.
A GREAT article to share:
April 28, 2013 By: Vicki Windman
If you work with children on the spectrum, you know what a great addition the
social story apps have been to the iTunes App Store. Social Stories are a way to
help children on the spectrum learn behavior through stories that are created by
caretakers, teachers and speech therapists to help the student better understand
social cues and behaviors in a variety of typical situations.
The developers of the great toy box app Injini have returned under a new start-up name, Locomotive Labs, which developed Kid in Story ($6.99). Kid in Story has a
beautiful interface that looks like a bookshelf. But instead of buying more
books, you create books that are related to the needs of your student.
The app includes "How to Make a Story for Teachers and Parents" and "Faces I
Make. In addition the app has eight templates to help the story creator
choose a topic such as "A Day at the Movies" or "At the Playground." If the
templates are not what you are looking for choose the blank template and begin
making your story.
Stories are created from your camera roll. The app has a unique image detection technology to superimpose the child into the story. This is especially important for children who do not respond to abstract figures, such as cartoon or generic children. You just outline the child and they are placed in the story with one of the premade templates or one you create. Add your own text and narration and there is your social story. Children can go to the bookshelf and take down the story as they need it. For example, if a child has difficulty starting his or her day in school, use a school background and drop in a few photos of the child. Then use the book before the school day begins.
This app helps students with not only their social skills, but also their literacy skills. All in all, Kid in Story is creative, allows student participation and is a beautiful and thoughtful app at a great price.
Vicki Windman is a special education teacher at Clarkstown High School South.
It's the last week of school and nothing will prove more fun than a few more intricate stories woven into your academic day! Have fun with the following sites and apps provided by Tech and Learning.Digital Storytelling is the process of telling a story through the use of
digital means. It also happens to be one the easiest ways to integrate
technology into the classroom. Educators can use digital storytelling with
almost any subject and can even "flip" their classroom by using mobile apps.
Below is my comprehensive list of sites/apps that can be used for digital
storytelling, presented in alphabetical order.
- 30hands - A fantastic user-friendly iOS app for
creating a story by adding a narrations to photos. Also has an excellent video
tutorial to help users create a story.
- Animation Desk - A innovative iPad app that
allows a user to create a custom drawing and then animate it, as well as adding
- A fun site to create a puppet, record audio, and then embed into a site to
tell a story.
- Art Maker - A wonderful iPad app for kids to
create a digital story by selecting a background, adding characters, and then
- Bitstrips for Schools - A great site for creating
digital comics in the classroom ,with lots of resources and an educational
- BoomWriter - A fantastic safe site for students
(teachers create accounts - not student email required) to create digital
stories/books through a collaborative process. Once a story is completed, it
gets published online and an actual book can then be ordered.
- Bunsella Bedtimes Story - A great iOS app that
allows a person to record narration to a book to tell a story.
- Comic Life - Probably the most popular digital
comic iOS app for creating comics. This is a very fun and easy to use app for
telling the story by creating a customized comic.
Master - One of my favorite sites for creating a digital comic by
selecting a template, adding characters/props, and then adding text to tell a
Films - A nice site for creating a digital animated story and
then embedded into a site/blog to share it with others.
Card Flickr - A fun way to create a story through the use of five
random Flickr photos.
- i Tell a Story - Users of Garageband will feel
right at home with this great iOS app for creating a digital story.
- Inklewriter - A unique site that allows students
to collaborate with others to build a story by branching off of other
- Little Bird
Tales - One of the most popular sites for digital storytelling
that allows students to create their own art and record their voice. Also, there
is a excellent iOS app available for mobile learning.
Beliefs Comix - A nice site for creating digital comics in a
number of different languages as well of lots of educational resources.
- Meograph - An innovative site for four
dimensional storytelling that has an educational portal.
- Moo-O - A fantastic site that has students use
their own photo inside of a digital story.
- My Story - A wonderful iPad app for creating a
digital book/story. All a user has to do is draw or upload a picture, add some
text, and then record audio to tell a story.
StoryMaker - A very fun site for creating a digital story by
adding lots of elements such as: characters, objects, backgrounds, and
- myCreate - An excellent iPad app for easily
creating stop motion animations.
& Legends - A great site for digital storytelling where users
create a story by adding characters, scenes, and text. There is an educational
- Pixntell - A simple-to-use iOS app for organizing
iPhotos into a story, then recording audio.
- Pixton for Schools - A nice site with educational
portal for creating digital comics.
Access - An interesting site for creating a digital story with
historical stock footage.
- Qwiki - A simple to use iOS app for creating a
story. Qwiki automatically groups pictures and videos to create a presentation.
A user can then customize this by drag-n-dropping into any order they want or
selecting specific music.
- Scribble Press - A terrific iPad app for creating
a digital book/story through drawing and object tools. Users can also order a
print copy of their book.
- SonicPics - A great iOS app for creating digital
story by recording narrations to a user's photos.
- Speech Journal - A nice iPad app for pairing
recorded audio with a digital picture from one's iPhoto library to create a
- Stage'D - A cool site for creating a visually
stunning CGI rendered story.
- Sock Puppets - A very fun iOS app that allows
users to lip-sync audio to a sock puppet. One of my kids' favorites!
- Story Creator - One of my favorite iOS apps for
creating a digital story by syncing audio and photos together. Also, an option
allows for highlighting of text during narration to help a student with
- Story Patch - A excellent site for creating a
story. Teaches a student the step-by-step process of story creation.
- Storybird - A great site with educational portal
where students create art-inspired stories and then embed into a site/blog.
- StoryJumper - A fantastic site for creating a
digital story by building a story from scratch or choosing one of the story
starters. A student can add objects, text, and even upload their own art
- StoryKit - A simple-to-use iOS app for telling a
story by adding text, photos, and audio.
- Storyplanet - A very innovative site for creating
a digital story or video mashup. Users select a theme or template (or create
their own), add video, photos, text, effects, etc. and then share with others.
- StorySmith - A fun iPad app for telling a digital
story with either a fantasy- or pirate-based theme.
- Storytelling Alice - A wonderful free PC app that
allows users to create a digital story. Helps build programming skills.
- Strip Designer - A iOS app similar to Comic Life
for creating a digital comic.
- Toontastic - One of the most popular and fun iPad
apps for digital storytelling by adding characters/objects to a background and
recording your audio while moving the pieces around.
- Tell a Tale - A interesting iPad app that has a
user verbally tell a story based on the first and last sentence of a story and
- Tellagami - A nice way to tell a short story by
creating an avatar and then recording audio, similar to Voki.
- Tumblecloud - A unique site that allows users to
collaborate on a digital story through a drag-n-drop interface.
- UtellStory - A nice place to tell a story through
audio, images, and video, as well as collaborating with others.
- VoiceThread - One of the most popular educational
sites/apps for creating a interactive digital storytelling by uploading
multimedia content and recording an audio narration. A finished VoiceThread can
then be embedded into a site/blog.
- Web of
Stories - A community where users tell their story through the
use of video.
- WriteComics - A simple to use site for creating a
digital comic to tell a story.
- Xtranormal - A very popular site for creating
stunning animated videos, with educational portal.
- Zeen -
Create a story by adding text, images, music, videos and more, then embed into a
site to share.
- ZooBurst - An innovative site and iPad app for
creating 3D digital popup books.
This site hosts a great review of rhyming sounds
for the primary
student to play. There are a total of 30 words offered and the student can find the corresponding rhyming word from a choice of three solutions. When the child picks the correct word a sound of wild cheering will ensue. Should an error be made, a buzzing sound will remind the player to start again. There are also relevent links for other games. This site is child friendly and all your student needs to know is how to operate the mouse.
Tech and Learning recently published a well-informed article about internet documentaries. I am enclosing this article for your reference. There is nothing that makes a subject area come to life than actual footage!Documentaries are used in education all the time to educate and inform students about different nonfiction topics. While there are a ton of sites to choose from,
I've decide to curate this list to make it easier for educators to find what
they are looking for. This list is in alphabetical order.
- Chockadoc - A nice site for finding documentaries
with an educational category where people can rate videos as well. (Editor's
note: Chockadoc's website is down temporarily while they switch servers. Visit
them on Facebook to learn more.)
- Documentary Heaven - A great place to find 1000s
of documentaries on a wide variety of subjects.
- Documentary Storm - A fun community for finding
documentaries rated on a six-star scale. Users have the ability to leave
comments and collaborate with others.
- Documentary Tube - A wonderful place to find
documentaries where users can save documentaries by creating
- Documentary Wire - A simple site with lots of
educational documentaries to browse through.
- DocumentaryZ - A great place to find free
documentaries where people can search by most popular, subject, or best
- Free Documentaries - This is a excellent place to
find political and educational documentaries.
- John Locker - A nice place to find documentaries
where people can rate and upload videos as well.
- Snag Films - One of the most popular sites for
finding documentaries and independent films. Also, users can share these films
and view on a mobile app.
- Top Documentary Films - A terrific site with lots
of documentaries to search through where users have the ability to leave
David Kapuler is an educational consultant with more than 10 years of experience working in the K-12 environment.
Here's an excellent place to find free educational videos for your student. Not only is it an easy site to navigate, you'll find everything categorized by subject and rated for age-appropriate levels. WatchKnow
is an Academic Learning Coach's lifeline when it comes to topics that may not be easily explained."WatchKnowLearn has indexed over 33,000+ educational videos, placing them
into a directory of over 3,000 categories. The videos are available without any
registration or fees to teachers in the classroom and to students at home 24/7.
Users can dive into our innovative directory or search for videos by subject and
age level. Video titles, descriptions, age level information, and ratings are
all edited for usefulness. Our Web site invites broad participation in a new
kind of wiki system, guided by teachers. We have had a tremendously positive
response from educators to the website. If we continue to work together, we can
create an incredible, free, educational resource for students across the
world." - taken fro
Looking for a test creator as an enrichment tool? Then Gnowledge
will be an invaluable tool to help your child in future assessments. This has to be hands down, one of the best collaborative quize/test-creation sites around. This excellent looking site should be one that doesn't fall into the inevitable Internet wasteland due to under use from its patrons. "Everyone is a student for a time period in one's life. As a student, we
practise exercises, do coursework and sit for exams. This applies to all
students worldwide, regardless of the syllabus. We aim to democratize education
by advocating community-generated content and assessment for every conceivable syllabus worldwide. What does this mean?
We want you to be able to access our whole breadth of exercises and test papers for free! You can search by title, subject, grade, school and/or country, so finding exactly what you need to practise on is easy.
You will also get the opportunity to be an influencer! Share your expertise by creating exercises or test papers and pass these on to others so that they can learn from you too. Anything you publish can be accessed by anyone who logs onto Gnowledge.
We hope to empower you and the world to help yourselves and each other. Let us all democratize education so that we may be better students in academics and in life together." - Gnowledge
If you are not familiar with word clouds, than here is a new idea to add pizzazz
to projects that will be upcoming this year. Wordle
offers Free software than can be utilized by teachers, academic learning coaches, or students. What a great way to use an unique idea for all types of reinforcement.
You simply input a bunch of text, URL, or del.icio.us tag and Wordle creates the word cloud for you. Simple, easy, and fun! What a wonderful way to incorporate technology into your various lesson activities."Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide.
The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the
source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color
schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like.
You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with
your friends." - Wordle
is a tool for taking notes on your computer. You can also share your notes with others by giving the workspace a name or URL. This can be an invaluable resource for all those learners who rely daily on online research. No more copy/pasting every tad of information.Webnote is a tool for taking notes on your computer. It allows you to quickly write something down during a meeting, class, or any other time that you have a web browser available.
You start by creating a workspace and creating notes in the workspace. You can save your workspace at any time and return to them from the same computer or any other computer. You can also share your notes with others by providing the
workspace name (or url) to a friend. - Webnote resource