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Teachers and students will find learning more engaging with the large assortment of free Web 2.0 tools.
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Speak It for Screen Reading

Speak It for Screen Reading | Web 2.0 for Education | Scoop.it
Speak It is an extension that you can add to your Chrom…
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Teaching the Last Backpack Generation is a very helpful blog with great information. This is one of the post about the Speak It extension for Chrome. 
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20 iPad Apps To Teach Elementary Reading

20 iPad Apps To Teach Elementary Reading | Web 2.0 for Education | Scoop.it
As anyone with a toddler knows, iPads are addictive for children. They seem to have some sort of special radar that lets them know when…
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Recommended apps for helping young ones with learning to read. 

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Literacy 2.0: Tools for ELLs and Reluctant Readers

Literacy 2.0: Tools for ELLs and Reluctant Readers | Web 2.0 for Education | Scoop.it
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Great tools from the  Chrome Web store or Add-Ons sections of Google apps.

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Reading Bear

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Reading Bear is a collection of free, well-made, multimedia phonics presentations. Your child can learn to read with Reading Bear.
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This site can help your students with all the main phonics rules.

 

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Fluency Tutor™ for Google - from Texthelp

Fluency Tutor™ for Google - from Texthelp | Web 2.0 for Education | Scoop.it
Fluency Tutor is an application for Google Chrome which allows educators to assign reading passages to students via their Google Drive accounts.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 23, 2014 9:54 PM

If you have Chrome installed on computers at your school consider checking out this app called Fluency Tutor. The website states FluencyTutor "is an easy-to-use, time-saving leveled reading and assessment tool that helps busy teachers support struggling readers. Teachers pick reading passages based on content, lexile level or reading age and share with individual students or groups via Google Drive."

Students may access material from home or school and can record passages. Text-to-speech, a dictionary, a picture dictionary and translation tools are also available.

The teacher dashboard and the student area for interaction is free. If you want to be able to see analytics, track progress, and more there is a charge of $99 per year (for teachers).

Tools such as this are great free resources for many students. You might also want to check out Read&Write for Google.

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Fun and Free Summer Learning Resources

Fun and Free Summer Learning Resources | Web 2.0 for Education | Scoop.it
Summer learning loss is a real problem. In fact, research suggests student lose more than two months of math knowledge during the summer, and reading skill loss is similar.

Here, we’ve compiled a few
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Booktrack Classroom - A New Way to Learn

Booktrack Classroom - A New Way to Learn | Web 2.0 for Education | Scoop.it
Booktrack Classroom allows students to read and create stories with a movie-style soundtracks, with proven benefits to reading comprehension and retention.
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It does make it more fun and easier to understand. I tried their Romeo and Juliet and as you are reading the parts, the soundtrack matches what you are reading, so when they are in the crowded marketplace you hear background noise of people talking.

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EasyPrompter

EasyPrompter - the best free online teleprompter software for professional and non-professional film, video, vlogs and other productions
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Pair this with a webcam and a student could record him/herself reading. They could do newscasts, reports, or presentations. This would be a fun way to work on fluency. Just paste in what you want the student to read and press play.

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Brand New Science Passages

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I thought you’d like this resource for teaching reading comprehension from ReadWorks!
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Reading passages with questioning sets for each grade level.

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Recommend a program that allows your computer talk.

Recommend a program that allows your computer talk. | Web 2.0 for Education | Scoop.it
NaturalReader is a text to speech program that converts any written text into spoken words. In other words, it allows you to listen to text instead of reading the screen!
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This is a quick download and easy to use. It highlights fhe words as it reads them and the free voice is easy to understand.

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Current Events, News Bites, Cool Features, and Fun Stories -- National Geographic Kids

Current Events, News Bites, Cool Features, and Fun Stories -- National Geographic Kids | Web 2.0 for Education | Scoop.it
Read stories and latest current events about animals, nature, the environment, space, and more from National Geographic Kids.
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Informational text for elementary or early middle school students

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StoryPlace: The Children's Digital Library

StoryPlace: Spanish & English versions. Listen to interactive children's stories, play with on-line activities, print out take-home activities, reading list and more.
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Also, fun for students beginning to learn Spanish. They can practice reading the easier books.
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How to create your own audiobooks

How to create your own audiobooks | Web 2.0 for Education | Scoop.it
For authors who want to use their own home equipment to narrate an audio version of their own books, or if you want to record your kids reading their favorite stories for posterity, you can do it with a microphone, and iPad and GarageBand.

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Children are also willing to practice reading before they record which helps improve fluency.

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Claudia M. Reder's curator insight, May 26, 2013 12:58 PM

What a great idea for ELLs.  Buddies can create audiobooks for those who want to hear and read the stories they themselves have written.

 

Another way to share our stories.

juanjovilar's curator insight, May 27, 2013 4:00 AM

Herramienta para crear tus propios audiobooks.

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, May 29, 2013 3:21 PM

Mostly Mac based but a good resource

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Rewordify.com | Understand what you read

Rewordify.com | Understand what you read | Web 2.0 for Education | Scoop.it
Rewordify.com helps you read more, understand better, learn new words, and teach more effectively.
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Insert your text and Rewordify will rewrite it for you changing the harder words to easier ones that mean the same thing making it easier to understand. 

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27 Word Work Apps for the Elementary Classroom - FRACTUS LEARNING

27 Word Work Apps for the Elementary Classroom - FRACTUS LEARNING | Web 2.0 for Education | Scoop.it
Whether a teacher uses Daily 5 in the classroom or not, word work is an important piece of student daily learning. This article will provide an extensive list of iOS word work apps. Each app is listed by grade level and state, showing how it will best serve your students while they work with words in the classroom. All apps are free unless otherwise noted.

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Great sites to use in the classroom or include in a newsletter to parents for practice at home.

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I love these ideas

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Creativity, Curriculum, and Digital Age Learning - Connecting to Literature in Math

Creativity, Curriculum, and Digital Age Learning - Connecting to Literature in Math | Web 2.0 for Education | Scoop.it
Ideas which combine literacy, math, and technology to help students work on both the 4 C's and the 3 R's.
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They offer a free resource kit in the article.

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Readability-Score.com - Free Online Readability Calculator - Flesch Kincaid, Gunning Fog and more ...

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Storyline Online - Where Reading Is Fun!

Storyline Online - Where Reading Is Fun! | Web 2.0 for Education | Scoop.it
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Let you students listen to some of their favorite stories being read aloud by famous people.

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10 Free Audiobook Sites to Get Your Bookworm On

10 Free Audiobook Sites to Get Your Bookworm On | Web 2.0 for Education | Scoop.it
Here are 10 great sites where you can download and listen to free audiobooks.
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You can always have something to read or listen to with these great sites.

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ReadWorks.org | The Solution to Reading Comprehension

ReadWorks.org | The Solution to Reading Comprehension | Web 2.0 for Education | Scoop.it
You’ll love this free resource for teaching reading comprehension. Check out ReadWorks.org!
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Find research based curriculum and passages for your students to read on various topics and grade levels. Free!

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PDFescape - Free PDF Editor & Free PDF Form Filler

Edit PDF files with PDFescape - an online, free PDF reader, free PDF editor & free PDF form filler. View PDF documents on the web. Fill out PDF forms quickly without Adobe Acrobat. No watermarks or registration.
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This is great for teachers and students that need to do close reading for the Common Core Standards. It lets you highlight, mark up, and leave notes on the pages.

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DOGO News - Kids news articles! Kids current events; plus kids news on science, sports, and more!

DOGO News - Kids news articles! Kids current events; plus kids news on science, sports, and more! | Web 2.0 for Education | Scoop.it
DOGO News has fun articles for kids on current events, science, sports, and more! There are also lots of stories, pictures, videos, games and the DOGO news map for kids! Add your comments, read reviews of cool websites, and more!
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Informational text for elementary to middle grades.

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SNN - Student News Net

Aug. 23, 2013 – On this day in 1785, Oliver Hazard Perry was born in Rhode Island. And on this day in 1819, he died of yellow fever on a ship near Trinidad after completing a diplomatic mission to South America.
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A resource for informational text for use with the Common Core standards.

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Free PDFs and Resources

Free PDFs and Resources | Web 2.0 for Education | Scoop.it
Here are some resources I have created, many of which are licensed under Creative Commons (Attribution- Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.5 Australia.) If a r
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Free resources to download and use with your students. Her cook book would be a great recommendation to send home to parents.

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