Reading / Language Arts

BookTrack Classroom

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BookTrack Classroom adds contextual tracks to text to enhance the reading experience both in pleasure and comprehension. Teachers can create classes on the site where students may upload their own writing and set it to music and sounds they feel match the content of their text. For all grade levels.

ReadWorks

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ReadWorks is a free site that supports readings skills & literacy growth for all grade levels. On the site teachers will find, passages (literary and nonfiction) that are searchable and leveled paired with questions crafted based on current evidence-based methods, common core aligned lessons, and novel study units with ancillary materials and Comprehension Units that offer read aloud as well as paired text passages, and more.  For all grade levels.

Kaizena Shortcut

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Kaizena Shortcut is an Add-on for Docs that allows users to export a Google Doc to Kaizena to create personalized feedback fast through various features such as recorded voice comments or teacher-made mini lessons with video tutorials that can be added to a Doc with one click.

Readability

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Readability is a Chrome extension that improves the readability of text on web pages through features that permit users to remove clutter on busy web pages. Also, it provides the option to save articles for later reading and the ability to change font size and color to improve the ability to read digital text. For all grade levels.

EasyBib

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EasyBib is an Add-on that allows you to create a Bibliography from within your Google Doc. You can cite books, journals, articles, websites--all from entering a title or URLs. MLA, APA, Chicago, and many other formats are available. For all grade levels.

Merlot II

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Merlot II is a site with a collection of free online simulations, interactives, games, and lessons, many of which are innovative approaches to teaching abstract and complex concepts. Locating these free services, however, is a journey.

No Red Ink

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No Red Ink is a web-based software that can be connected to a teacher's Edmodo account or Google account and creates student accounts without requiring an email address (a must for many students). Based on a Diagnostic assessment, teachers can create assignments and quizzes, that will be graded by No Red Ink, and target Common Core skills using your students’ interests. During 5-10 minute practice sets, students will receive support whenever needed and No Red Ink will track growth using color-coded heat maps.

Instructables

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From science experiments to Oregon Trail quilts, this web-based software and app offers instructions for more than 100,000 DIY projects. Looking for a classroom maker project? You’ll find it here. Did your students create something awesome? Encourage them to upload their instructions and share their ideas.  For all grade levels.

Draw & Tell

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Draw & Tell is an IOS app created by Duck Duck Moose that taps into students creativity. Students can draw something then tell a story about it, and share it with others. For K to grade 8.

Haiku Deck

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Haiku Deck is a web-based software and app that puts a new spin on presentation software, allowing the user to tell a story or a poem in a simple, beautiful, and visual way. For all grade levels.

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