Magazine article Teach

Webstuff

Magazine article Teach

Webstuff

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In this technology issue, we are presenting some new websites and apps that cover a variety of topics ranging from reading and writing, to the new way to attend a college campus tour.

Kidblog

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Kidblog allows K-12 teachers to provide each of their students with an individual blog. Kids often need additional motivation to write beyond that of receiving a passing grade. A blog naturally draws in an interested audience, and if students know their work will be published, they may be inspired to write with a new purpose. Students can write as freely and often as they choose and with their favourite devices through Kidblog; however, teachers act as the administrators and are the ones who hit the final 'publish' button. A blog is not just for writing; Kidblog also allows integration of digital media such as slideshows, podcasts, videos, Google Docs, and other applications like, Storybird, Animoto, and Glogster. Over 4 million blogs have been set up through Kidblog; it's free and does not require student emails or push any unwanted ads.

Little Red Riding Hood: Read, Listen, & Play

This fun educational app retells the Brothers Grimm tale of Little Riding Hood in a new format for today's digital reader. Geared for children aged 4-6, the whimsical illustrations come to life through subtle animation while still keeping the reader's focus on the text. Users can read the book on their own or opt to listen to the spoken text that highlights each word as it is narrated. They can play several interactive games such as, spot the difference between two images, find all the animals hiding in the forest, and create your own original scenes by placing the book's characters and objects onto a landscape. Little Red Riding Hood: Read, Listen & Play is available for purchase from iTunes and Google Play.

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