Posted by Peggy Hale on 1/26/2017
Hello friends! Today I ran across a great online reading site to help encourage students to read more. It is called Epic! - Books for Kids and what is GREAT about it is that it is FREE for educators! All I did was fill out my school information online and was approved in no time. It did not take me 5 minutes and I was online listening to books being read aloud. Epic! recommends books for students (ages 1 - 12) and they offer have videos too. Teachers can set up different classrooms and earn points to get books and supplies for your classroom. Teachers may choose to add students and individualize their reading with assignments, quizzes, and activities. Epic! has a web version as well as apps from Apple or Google Play. Epic's goal has always been to empower children through reading and learning and they are in AWE of the many teachers that share this mission! Don't delay, check it out and you won't be disappointed. Look for the link LEARN MORE (small) to get to the Educator form. (See visual below)
Posted by Peggy Hale on 1/12/2017
Just ran across this wonderful site that was created by an English teacher called "Grammar Me" or GRMR.ME. It is designed to help students learn to write with immediate feedback and the ability to learn more on the spot while practicing writing. I think you will agree that this is worth your time and efforts to check out. As you grade student writing, you can give them the simple "code" or link as you discover an error. Here is a code for the ever so hard skill of subject-verb agreement: grmr.me/sva
All you would do is type that in your address bar and voila! You have a video lesson and students can even take a quiz to see if they have mastered the skill. Love this resource and I don't even teach writing. He is a quick guide to the different grammar codes. The best part of this resource is that it is FREE!
Posted by Peggy Hale on 11/08/2016
I have posted about blogging before, but cannot say enough about the impact it has on students. Today, I wanted to share some of my favorite resources to get you hooked on blogging with your students. PLEASE try it for six months and I know you will see how much it improves students' writing. I challenge you to try it NOW.
- Pernille Ripp on Student Blogging (great expert resource)
- Blogging 4 Kids by William Chamberlain
- Student Blogging Basics by David Theriault
- Comments 4 Kids
- Blogging by Cybraryman (lots of resources)
- Paper Blogging by Pernille Ripp (great for introducing blogs)
- Blogging without Text by Richard Byrne
- Sample Student Blogs on Edublogs