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Tool #111: Game Goo

Type:  Educational Games

Teacher:  Lower Level (Reading)

Student Use:  Reinforce beginning reading concepts

Game Goo is home to educational games that give students practice with the beginning reading concepts.  The game that I played had audio that sounded out the word as I typed.  Kewl!  Based on educational state reading standards.  

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June 29, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Tool #95: Reading Ring

Type:  Reading Game

Teacher:  Lower Level (Language Arts)

Student Use:  Practice reading concepts

Reading Ring is a game that features a buffed up Garfield (the cat) in a wrestling match with Dr. Stripp.  To win the match, students must correctly answer questions about short Garfield comic strips (e.g. sequence, comprehension).

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May 24, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Tool #79: What Should I Read Next?

Type:  Book interest analysis

Teacher:  Upper Level (Literature, Language Arts, Library)

Student Use:  Assist in book selection

What Should I Read Next takes the title of a book you enjoyed and compares it to a database of nearly 70,000 other readers and their choices to give you a list of other book titles you might enjoy.  My test revealed a list of 10 books … I had read (and enjoyed) 3 of the books on the list … the remaining titles did sound interesting.  Links to Amazon so you can futher investigate the book. 

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May 3, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 2 Comments

Tool #78: LibriVox

Type:  Free Audio Books

Teacher:  Middle/Upper Levels (Literature, Language Arts, Library)

Student Use:  Audio compliment to reading

LibriVox has a goal of housing all public domain books in free audio format.  Currently, over 2000 titles are ready for listening.  Check here before buying your next book on tape. 

May 3, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Tool #77: LoudLit

Type:  Free Audio Books

Teacher:  All Levels (Literature, Language Arts, Library)

Student Use:  Audio compliment to reading

LoudLit has a collection of novels, poetry, children’s stories and short stories available forlistening or mp3 download.  If you use books on tape in your classes, consider looking here before making a new purchase.

May 3, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Tool #62: Literactive

Type:  Teaching reading interactive

Teacher:  Lower level (reading)

Student Use:  Beginning basics of literacy

Literactive Road to Reading contains several interactive lessons for students that are at the beginning stages of literacy (e.g. letter identification, sound blending).  Includes lessons, activities and games. 

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April 19, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Tool #52: Wowio

Type:  Free Online Books

Teacher:  Middle/Upper Level (Language Arts … though several non-fiction categories are available)

Student Use:  Reading, Independent Reading, Book Study

Wowio is a large collection of free ebooks (online digital book).  Books can be read online for free or downloaded for a very small fee.  A great opportunity for classrooms as we face budget issues.  Categories include (but are not limited to) classics, law, reference, poetry, history.  A definite site to check before making book purchases for your personal or classroom library.   

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April 7, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment