Friday, April 27, 2018



Storyweaver is just that!  An interactive website that guides your students through the story development process.  The translator feature allows you to choose a story from their library and translate it in over 20 languages.  This is a wonderful resource for ELL students. You can download, print, and even read their stories offline. Students can create their own story by choosing a premade template, selecting from their library of images or their own, and then publish it in minutes.  Once they publish a story, they can go to the dashboard and view the number of reads. This is a great motivator when students see their stories being read by others. All tools and resources are free.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Mercury Reader Extension- Remove the Fluff!

Removing all the “fluff” from a website is an easy fix, especially if you want to save it as a PDF and have students annotate, comment, or highlight within the text.  Just add Mercury Reader, a Google Chrome Extension from the Chrome Web Store. The Mercury Reader extension for Chrome removes ads and distractions, leaving only text and images for a clean and consistent reading view on every site.  It’s lightning fast and ready to convert. Just select Print (you won’t actually print), then choose Open PDF in preview, Save to your desktop, then you can upload the file to Google Drive and open it with Google Docs. Ready to Annotate!!
This is a great way to use Newsela or DOGO News!
See the difference below using an online article from the NY Times.

using Mercury Reader, the article is clean, without ads, photos, videos, etc.  You can copy and paste it right into Google Docs.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Google Drawing Templates

Google Drawing Templates
I just came across a great post from Matt Miller, Ditch That Textbook.  He has shared several Google Drawing Templates that are great time-savers in the classroom and easily shared with your students.  Click on the links below, make a copy to save to your Google Drive, and you’re ready!

Monday, March 26, 2018

DOGO News Great Resource!

DOGONews is a great website with current event news articles, books, and movies on science, sports, and more.  Most articles have colorful photos and occasional videos to go with them. They have the read-aloud feature and there is an integrated dictionary with challenging words and maps for geographical content.  Assignments can be made through Google Classroom and students can join easily to your class through their Google Account.

IKnowIt Interactive Math Website

IKnowIt is a great interactive math website for students in K-5.  It is very user friendly and easy to set up. Check it out because it’s totally free until Aug. 1, 2018.  They haven’t said what the subscription cost will be so take advantage of it now.

Students can work at their own pace/level and teachers can differentiate assignments to meet specific needs.  All assignments are aligned with Common Core and build math comprehension and fluency. There are cute characters and great animation to keep students engaged and motivated.

SAS Flash Cards

A free app from SAS Curriculum Pathways.  You can easily create, share, and learn flashcards with this app.  There are pre-made flash cards that you can download and play in multi subject areas, create new flash cards with a variety of question formats, and share your flash cards with others.  Create a free account to store your flash cards and use anytime.