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Tools and apps are created daily. All are fantastic for some purpose and some audiences. All work well for some folks. That does not mean that all will work well for you, your classroom or your students. Explore, create your own list of tools. Categorize them for easier reference. Categories will emerge and change over time.

Sites to Organize your materials

Writing Tools
SAS Curriculum Pathways
15+ Resources to Inspire Writing with Digital Prompts
Writing exercises and prompts

Book Reviews
Good Reads

Reading Logs
Reading Rewards

Promoting Reading
Top 10 ways to use technology to promote reading
Readers absorb less on Kindles than on paper, study finds

Reading Levels
Article on how to find articles at various reading levels.

Reading Lessons
The Best Places To Get The “Same” Text Written For Different “Levels”
Early literacy -- 3 Tech Tools That Boost Early Literacy

Kahn Academy?

Quiz Sites
Free Rice

Word Usage
Ngrams (graph how frequently words are used)
What our Words Tell Us (an editorial discussing how word usage has changed over time, only the first half pertains to our discussion)

Grammar Tools
NoRedInk gets $2M led by Google Ventures to turn kids into grammar geeks (article)
Grammar songs
Practice Grammar With Technology
Big Dog's Grammar: A bare bones guide to English
Let 'Weird Al' Yankovic Teach Your Students Grammar
National Punctuation Day (Sept 24) website
English Grammar Aids for Both Native Speakers and Students

Poetry Tools
A Glossary of Poetry Terms for Students
Creating Poetry on your iPad

Typing Programs
Yes, many elementary teachers have to teach typing. To be the school typing teacher you need a Business Teacher license. However, you can teach typing to just the students in your classroom as an elementary teacher. The WEMTA listserv often asks what programs are working well. Here are a few:
Typing Club (it claims to work on the iPads but we have not tried it out yet)
Tap Typing is a good app for iPads.
12 Great Free Keyboarding Games to Teach Kids Typing

Screen Readers
Select and Speak is a free Chrome app that can be added to the Google browser to help students listen to text read aloud to them from the Internet. The voice has gotten more human and less robotic over the years. The speed can be adjusted and students can choose to listen to the text in a male or female voice. Since I first discovered Select and Speak, there are now many more such programs. Two competing text-to-speak programs, also free apps students can download on Chrome, are Announcify and Speak It! These apps only work with the Internet, so for students typing in Word, Microsoft has a command that can be added to the tool bar that will read Word Docs aloud. All the programs above are really useful for scaffolding reading for English learners by making the task of reading text easier. - See more at:

Dyslexia Fonts

Viewing Comprehension Strategies: Watching Videos Like You Read A Book

Math add-on for Google Docs
Create graphs and complex math equations directly from the Google Docs sidebar with g(Math)