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!