CommonLit is a completely free literacy resource design for 5th - 12th grade classrooms. The resource is accessible on any internet-enabled device and offers a growing collection of literacy resources, questions, and tools for helping students improve their ELA skills. Overall, CommonLit is incredibly user friendly, and for a free resource, it offers a wealth of possibilities for the classroom. Let’s take a look.
bulb is a web based platform where students and educators can curate, create, share, and showcase their smarts. The main goal of the service is to provide a space where students and teachers can evaluate the meaningful works they have created, and to showcase their highlights by bringing in all forms of multimedia. It’s an excellent resource and offers some great features that aren’t typically seen in other digital portfolio providers. Let’s take a look!
Reading Horizons Elevate®: Interactive Reading Software for 4th Grade to Adult, ELL Students, and Struggling Readers
Reading Horizons Elevate is an interactive reading program that is designed to provide differentiated reading instruction to students in 4th grade and above, including ELL students, struggling readers, and adults. The Reading Horizons Elevate software can be used independently on any computer or Chromebook with an internet connection, or with guidance from a teacher as part of a blended learning environment. Let’s take a look!
This review might be a little out of the vein of what we typically focus on here at the EdTech Roundup, but as a piano and percussion instructor for nearly 20 years, I have a deep-rooted passion for the incorporation of music and fine arts into K-12 education. I strongly believe that music education can be both a powerful and empowering component of a student’s education and I believe it’s a shame that so many schools have moved away from music requirements and integration.
Therefore, I’m always incredibly happy to see products like Cantata Learning’s new story books which incorporate music and movement in engaging and enjoyable ways. Let’s take a look!
Flipgrid is a new K-12 resource that is designed to promote open discussion between all students within your classroom. Teachers post topics, videos, or links for discussions and students respond to the prompt and to each other with short video reflections. It’s a wonderful resource, and Flipgrid offers a free plan as well for those who want to give it a try.
On the student side, FlipGrid is available as both an iOS and Android app, and teachers can login through any browser as well. Let’s take a look!
sciNote is a new resource that is designed to help scientists organize, store, and share data as well as collaborate on experiments. It’s an excellent resource for those working in the field, but it also holds a great deal of potential for use in high school science classrooms. There are multiple possibilities for differentiation and collaboration, plus, it’s a completely free resource. Let’s take a look!
ThinkCERCA: Standards-aligned Close Reading and Academic Writing Lessons for English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Math (Updated)
ThinkCERCA is an online platform that focuses on strengthening close reading and argumentative writing skills across the curriculum. They offer lessons in ELA, the sciences, social studies, and math. This cross-curricular focus allows for teachers and schools to build a common language around literacy throughout grade levels and subject areas. It’s a wonderful resource, so let’s check it out!
Frontier is a new online resource that is designed to provide students with differentiated research and writing projects over a large variety of topics. The resource aims to gives students a choice as to which topic they’re interested in researching and writing about, and also asks students to make real-world connections through both topic and assessment options.
Frontier is available on any web enabled device and is currently available for free until March 31st. Let’s take a look!
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