Reading / Language Arts

Ponder

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Ponder is a browser add-on and app that allows you to create "micro reading responses" anywhere on the web and measures reading activity. Teachers can set up a class and assign readings and students can identify challenging passages and share their reflections with classmates. For all grade levels.

Curriculet

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Curriculet is a free digital reading platform. Teachers can enrich reading by embedding questions, quizzes, and media. Texts are available in the book room and public domain, or you can use an article from the internet or upload your own text. Also allows tracking of common core literacy standards. For all grade levels.

Actively Learn

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Actively Learn is a free online e-reader that allows teachers to add content such as questions, images, and videos to a text to help guide the reading. Choose from hundreds of public domain texts, use internet articles, or upload your own text. Also have access to embedded common core aligned questions and multimedia. Also allows you to assess and analyze data.

Rewordify

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Rewordify is a free online software that simplifies a text. Paste text into the box and click "rewordify text". The difficult words are replaced with easier words and highlighted. You can hover over the highlighting to see the original words. Rewordify also provides a reading level for the text, lets you choose from six different rewording levels, and has settings that allow you to manipulate how the highlighting appears. You can also save and share the results. This software includes tools that help with learning the difficult words that were replaced.

Utilizing Student-Owned Devices

University of Idaho

Students are accustomed to having nearly constant access to digital devices outside of the classroom, so why not find ways to incorporate the use of student-owned devices inside the classroom? Here are three possibilities to assist teachers with integrating student-owned devices to enhance lessons, increase communication, and engage students:

POWERUP What Works

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A free guide to technology-enhanced teaching and learning in English Language Arts and Math to help struggling students meet the Common Core State Standards funded through a five year grant by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). For all grade levels.

Forvo

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Type in a word to hear how it is pronounced. Over 2 million words and 300 languages. Students can hear proper pronunciation of unfamiliar words. Very helpful for students learning a foreign language. For all grade levels.

Teaching Channel

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Videos of innovative teaching practices from teachers across the country. Browse by subject, grade, or topics. For all grade levels. For all grade levels.

Conjugate.com

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Type in a verb to conjugate in one click. Conjugates over 15,000 verbs in English. Will also translate verbs into many languages. For all grade levels.

Tagxedo

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Word cloud with style! "Tagxedo turns words -- famous speeches, news articles, slogans and themes, even your love letters -- into a visually stunning word cloud, words individually sized appropriately to highlight the frequencies of occurrence within the body of text." For grades 9 to 12.

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