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57 Ways to Celebrate National Literacy Day

Did you know that today is National Literacy Day?  It is!  I think that literacy is something to celebrate, being literate is a gift I enjoy every day but don’t stop to appreciate nearly enough.  In honor of National Literacy Day, I thought I would share my favorite technology enhanced literacy tools.  In no particular order, here are my favorite ways to celebrate literacy.  What are your favorites? 1.  Save the Words– an excellent site that values language, vocabulary, and words. 2. Grammaropolis– an enchanting site that teaches students parts of speech through character and story. 3. Signed Stories– an online story collection accompanied by British Sign Language, pictures, and sound. 4. Learn Direct– where students can be the star in their own online storybook. 5. Inkless Tales– a literacy website with a beautiful mission statement “You can do anything. Try, try again. Don’t give up. Experiment. Write, draw, explore and more.” 6. Storybird- a beautiful collaborative storytelling website. 7. My English Images– images that illustrate difficult vocabulary and language concepts. 8.  Lexipedia– a visual dictionary and thesaurus. 9.  Tikatok– Students become published authors with Tikatok 10. Free Reading– an open source instructional program to help you teach early literacy. 11. Word World– a great site for kindergarten and first grade letter and word recognition. 12. Reading Rockets– free reading guides for teachers to improve reading achievement of kids. 13. Super Why! – a site that helps kids gain important foundational reading skills such as alphabet, word families, spelling, comprehension, and vocabulary. 14.  Get Ready to Read!– a great site that helps teachers equip children with the basic skills necessary for learning to read. 15. Roy the Zebra– Excellent site for emerging readers. 16. Fable Vision– the beautiful virtual town filled with stories and games. 17. Kidoons– brings time honored tales from the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, Charles Perrault, Thorton Burgess, and more to life. 18.  GameGoo– fun educational games that help students develop reading and language skills. 19. Read Write Think– a collection of online student resources that support literacy learning k-12. 20. Seussville– the wonderful world of Dr. Seuss brought to life. 21. Digital Booktalk– book trailers that will whet your students appetite for a good book. 22. Storybook Web– a website based on popular children’s stories where students can listen to author’s reading excerpts. 23.  Mee Genius– where students can read books, personalize them, and share them with a friend. 24. Stage’d- a tool that helps students tell stories digitally. 25. Kerpoof– where students can create their own storybooks, comics, and movies. 26.  Lightning Bug– “your writing partner, helping you write a story from beginning to THE END.” 27. ePubBud– for publishing your very own ebooks. 28. Magic Treehouse- a wonderful website where students can engage in the popular book series. 29. The Stacks– a wonderful creation by Scholastic that excites students about reading. 30. The World of Peter Rabbit– an absolutely captivating site based on the work of Beatrix Potter. 31.  My Hippo Has the Hiccups– a free poetry ebook by Kenn Nesbitt. 32. Weboword– a visual vocabulary site. 33. National Geographic Young Explorer– non-fiction for the primary classroom from National Geographic. 34.  Online Audio Stories- an impressive collection of free audio stories. 35. Story Nory– another collection of free audio books for kids. 36.  Skratch Track– a virtual bookshelf for primary students. 37.  Picture Book Maker– a place for students to create picture books. 38. Story Cove– a collection of stories from around the world. 39.  Skype an Author Network– connects teachers, students, and authors over Skype. 40.  Word Ahead Vocabulary Videos– animated vocabulary videos. 41.  My Story Maker– a website where students are in charge of the interactive story. 42. Book Wink– an incredible site that motivates students to read through podcasts and web video. 43. Scholastic Story Starters– a tool that generates writing ideas. 44. Telescopic Text– a site that expands a sentence to demonstrate descriptive writing. 45.  The Tale of Despereaux Adventure- a beautiful interactive story book. 46. Literactive- leveled guided readers, comprehensive phonics activities, and supplemental reading material. 47. Pic Lits- a creative writing site based on pictures. 48.  Speakaboos– a collection of online stories and ebooks. 49. Animailia– a site based on the popular book by Graeme Base. 50. Mrs. P’s Magic Library– an absolutely enchanting site that celebrates books and reading. 51.  Free Rice– practice vocabulary while helping others fight hunger. 52. Shelfari– a virtual bookshelf. 53. Read to Feed- Heifer International reading project for kids. 54. Into the Book– an outstanding site that teaches reading strategies for comprehension. 55. Google Lit Trips– exploring literature using Google Earth. 56. Starfall– a must see website for phonics. 57. Book Adventure– a free reading motivation program. But the very best way to celebrate National Literacy Day…read a book!

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A catalog of apps sorted by Bloom’s Taxonomy #standagain

Posted by admin | Posted in Analyze, Apply, Blooms Taxonomy, Create, Evaluate, iPod, Knowledge (remember), Middle/High School, Primary Elementary, Secondary Elementary, Teacher Resources, Understand (describe, explain) | Posted on 17-01-2012

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What it is:   This week Apple is all set to make a BIG announcement about education.  I always tune in when Apple has something to say, but this week I am particularly interested in what they are going to do with education.  The announcement has been connected to some of the big 6 (publishers).  This worries me a little bit because I find that the 6 are pretty traditional and in-the-box kind of thinkers.  It will be interesting to see how (or if) Apple has managed to convince some of them to break free a little bit.  What I am not excited for: a re-invention of the old way. Been there, seen that. We need something that will let students be creative and innovative, NOT rearrange their textbooks!  I digress.
In honor of Apple’s announcement, I thought I would do an early release of a catalog of apps I have been working on organized by Bloom’s Taxonomy.  I’ve been putting off publishing it because frankly, there are ALWAYS more to add. I just keep chipping away at it as I find it.  To be honest, I have a large collection on my iPad that are ready to be added but haven’t yet. So…bear in mind this is incomplete and will continue to grow!  For those of you who have iDevices in your classroom or at home, I hope it is helpful!
How to integrate Bloom’s Taxonomy of apps into the classroom: Bloom’s Taxonomy is by no means the best or only way to categorize websites, apps or other educational tools.  However, I often find that for my purposes, it is a really nice way to organize tools so that I can find them later.  It also keeps me (and my students) thinking about the learning process and keeps us all from getting stuck in a one-type-of-learning rut.  Bloom’s is also extraordinarily handy for categorizing apps that don’t fit neatly into a subject matter or that fall into several different subject categories.
In the apps, I have given you a little guide.  If an app cost money, I’ve added a $$ on the app.  The others are free.  The free apps are just as wonderful as some of the paid!
Keep the guide of apps handy for those parents who ask for your best app recommendations!
Tips:   Use the Bloom’s Taxonomy app guide with my Bloomin’ posters!  Stay tuned for BIG versions of the posters coming soon with my launch of the Learning Genome project on Kickstarter! Woot!

Please leave a comment and share how you are using Bloom’s Taxonomy of Apps in  your classroom!

Comments (5)

Wow, what a great idea! This will be such a handy resource for teachers. I am glad I wandered over here and saw this. Keep up the good work.

Andrea Nichols

Kelly- this is such an amazing resource! You released it at the start of this year, next year in 2013 you can come out with the next version. I know what it’s like to build these resources and worry about something new coming out- but Jane Hart doesn’t wait and neither should you.

You also need a nice cover on this thing- girl! Plant your Web link on it with ‘2012 edition’ and it’s good to go. So many instructors ask me for something like this all the time. It’s awesome that you put it together!

:) Thanks Leah! I left it undone looking so I will be FORCED to upload newest as it comes!

This old grouch would like to point out that Bloom (1956) posited three domains. The affective and psycho-motor domains are consistently over-looked by those less-versed in educational learning theory.

Geography, as an example subject, contributes to both with some significance:
– values and attitudes (feelings)
– spatial awareness, use of fieldwork devices etc.

There are apps for those.


This is a really cool way of looking at these apps, and a fantastic resource for teachers!

Just a suggestion, you should include lesson plan creation apps into this as well. One great example is the ShowMe app. It is an interactive whiteboard where teachers and students can khan academy style lessons and share them on a learning network.


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