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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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Bloom’s Taxonomy Re-imagine & Digital Blooms: different ways to approach learning

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I’ve long been a fan of Bloom’s Taxonomy…not necessarily for all the ways it has been pushed into different fads throughout the years, but instead for the way that it helps me (and my students) think about the learning process.  It helps me approach the learning process in a more holistic way, ensuring that I don’t camp out in one way of thinking and evidencing learning for too long.  I think it is human nature to get excited about one way of thinking and suddenly everything we do falls into that.  It can be a little bit like the new car that you purchased, you begin to see that car everywhere because you have a new awareness of it.  I’ve noticed myself doing the same in teaching.  Bloom’s Taxonomy helps me to keep myself cognizant of all the different ways to approach learning.

A few years ago, I created some different versions of Bloom’s Taxonomy for my students.  I wanted them to really think about all the different ways that they can approach learning.  Learning isn’t just memorization.  It isn’t just reading and understanding.  Most traditional schooling has them believing that this is all there is to learning.  One of my goals over the past year is to help students understand that learning is life.  It is a part of everything we do. There is something to be learned in every situation and from everyone we encounter.  There are different ways to learn that give us a larger understanding and help us to make connections.  That is exciting!

You will notice that my images don’t have the traditional Bloom’s pyramid.  That is intentional. Each of these ways of thinking is important in its own right. I have used these with students so that they have an awareness of the different ways of learning, but also so that they can see what options are available to them when they are demonstrating learning.  Powerful things happen when students can make decisions about how they choose to learn. Challenge them to enter into learning in different ways.  A new approach to the same question can bring about amazing new insights.

Are you looking for the full-size poster version of these images?  You can find them here, best of all you will be helping me make personalized education a reality for EVERY child.  The poster options are along the right side of the page.  My favorite is still the Peacock :)


And the digital version:


Breakdown of the digital taxonomy with links:


BBC Skillwise- http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/

Spelling City- http://spellingcity.com

Starfall- http://starfall.com

Discovery Streaming- http://streaming.discoveryeducation.com

Lexipedia- http://lexipedia.com

YouTube- http://youtube.com

Gamegoo- http://www.earobics.com/gamegoo/gooey.html

PBS Kids- http://pbskids.org


Into the Book- http://reading.ecb.org

Skype- http://skype.com

Treasures- http://activities.macmillanmh.com/reading/treasures/

Book Adventure- http://bookadventure.org

Twitter- http://twitter.com


Kerpoof- http://kerpoof.com

PhotoBooth- Software

Scholastic- http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/learn.jsp

Fotobabble- http://fotobabble.com

Google Earth- http://google.com/earth


Read Write Think- http://readwritethink.org

Cool Iris- http://cooliris.com

Wordle- http://wordle.net

Creaza- http://creaza.com

Mindomo- http://mindomo.com


Shelfari- http://shelfari.com

Wikipedia- http://wikipedia.com

Think.com- http://think.com

Nota- http://notaland.com


Pic-Lits- http://piclits.com

Kerpoof- http://kerpoof.com

ZimmerTwins- http://zimmertwins.com

Wiki Spaces- http://wikispaces.com

DomoNation- http://domonation.com

Glogster- http://edu.glogster.com

Creaza- http://creaza.com

Voicethread- http://voicethread.com

Kidblog- http://kidblog.org

Wetpaint- http://www.wetpaint.com

edublogs- http://edublogs.org

Stage’d- http://stagedproject.com/

Garageband- Software

iMovie- Software

I have also started a breakdown of apps for the iPad by Bloom’s Taxonomy. This one is a work in progress and has not been added to in quite some time.


Are you wondering how you can help me make the Learning Genome Project a reality?  Tweet, blog, send it as a story tip to news organizations, donate, send it to family/friends/colleagues/acquaintances.  Buy the Bloom’s images above in the Poster version.  Thank you for all of your help and support!

Comments (5)

Thanks for sharing these. I’m also a great fan of bloom’s and use it with 1st grade to help structure assessment tasks.

Dear Kelley,
Hi my name is Jazmin, I am a student at the University of South Alabama. I commented on your post for Construct #2 last month. I really like the approach you are using in your classroom for the Bloom’s Taxonomy. Even better how you created posters for a classroom setting to share with everyone. Students should be able to see they have options when it comes to learning, and that everything does not revolve around standards. I feel this is what you did when you listed under each of the learning categories. I would like to use this approach, and hope I can buy these posters later on in the future. Thank you for taking the time to read my comment and if you would like you can visit my blog.


Teaching online is a great experience and people who are using an online teaching platforms like WizIQ are teaching beyond any geographical boundaries. These online teaching platform enables student to get register in the class of any teacher of their choice. Teacher can also teach them in a interactive manner using audio-video communication, sharing any file, text chat with students, whiteboards tools to draw anything, creating any courseware, conducting online tests and many more applications.

This is appropriate. The taxonomies needs to respond to the emerging needs. As we embrace technology, environmental, inclusions and gender issues we need to re look the taxonomies to respond to the needs. Appropriate placement will bring out more relevancy.

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