Edmodo is an educational website that takes the ideas of a social network and refines them and makes it appropriate for a classroom. Using Edmodo, students and teachers can reach out to one another and connect by sharing ideas, problems, and helpful tips.
This online tool allows students to create trading cards for story elements, using different templates that are available, incorporating all of the analysis necessary to make an authentic trading card.
Storynory features a collection of original, fairytale, and classic children's audio stories. Students can follow along with the story as it is read to them, as the text is also included on the site. There are also some great features available that give you the option of downloading the audio to your computer, listening to "catch phrase" explanations, translating text into different languages (especially helpful for your ELL students!), and more.
Choosito is an Internet search tool that allows teachers to find resources on the web that are differentiated according to reading level. They are organized according to subject area as well. This is a great resource to make finding Internet resources easy and at the appropriate reading level for all students.
Story Top is a digital story tool that allows students to click and drag clipart to create and share stories. It is very easy to use and provides a great way for students to practice writing, adding dialogue and using visual literacy.
BiblioNasium is an online tool that allows students to share with other people what they are reading. This safe social network for students allows for making recommendations and communicating in a safe environment about books. There is also a parent component to monitor their child's reading as well.
Zimmer Twins is a web-based tool that allows students to create videos easily. This is a great tool for digital storytelling for students at all grade levels. This website also has many movies created by others for students to watch as well.
This digital resource offers free access to a web tool that creates trading cards that can then be downloaded to print or shared digitally. Asking students to create trading cards is a great way to increase engagement and allow students to demonstrate understanding of nearly any topic. Lesson ideas are included for a variety of grade levels.
This digital resource allows users to create a breaking headline as it would appear on a news station by uploading a picture and creating a headline. This is a great tool for critical thinking skills and digital literacy.
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