Tech Tools For Early Learners

J2 Training - Joan Gore & Janet Corder

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Kiddle is a visual search engine for kids. Searches the web, images, news and videos.


Quizizz has a new feature that allows the question and answer choices to be read aloud using the Quizizz app. Only available for IOS devices. The questions appear on the students' devices.

Let's try it out!

  • On your device, open
  • Click Join a Game.
  • Enter the Game Code the teacher provides and click Go.
  • Type in your name and click Join Game.
  • Wait for the teacher to begin the game.

Good Luck!

The Latest from Quizizz!

  1. Read Aloud on browsers: Earlier we had read aloud only on the apps. Now it also works on browsers (on desktop/laptops as well as mobile device browsers). This can be found in the Settings menu on the page. You can access it by clicking the cog icon while playing a game, or just go to the student settings page:
  2. Flashcard mode: This is a new mode that has been added for students. You can find it on the "Activity" page for students. Just go to (while being logged in) and click on the "Activity" link at the top of the page. (This page shows all the past activity of a student.) Click any quiz that you've completed, and you'll see 2 buttons "Play" and "Review" (Review is the flashcard mode). Just click it to see the new mode. They are planning to change that button to say "Flashcards" (or something similar).


Are you ready to have some fun?

  • On your device or laptop, open
  • Enter the Pin number projected on the screen and click Enter.
  • Type in your name and click Join Game.
  • Wait for the teacher to begin the game.
Good Luck!

Kahoot! recently announced the upcoming release of a new mobile app (IOS and Android) that allows the students to view the questions and answer choices on their device.
The first item to note in the mobile app is that your students will now see the questions and answer choices on the same screen. This provides the ability to give your students a “play at home” option. This new option is called Challenge

Epic! Books

Epic! Books is is Netflix for books! And the best part is, Epic Books is Free For Elementary School Teachers and Librarians! It includes thousands of popular, high-quality books and videos for grades K - 6.

ABC Book with Shadow PuppetEDU App

Shadow PuppetEDU is a free IOS app that allows the user to easily create videos to explain an idea, tell a story and document learning.
To create an ABC Book:
  1. Each student is assigned a letter of the alphabet to illustrate. They must write the letter and draw a picture of something that begins with that letter.
  2. After students have completed their illustration, the teacher takes a picture of each drawing.
  3. The teacher then has each student record the name of their letter and what begins with that letter. Example: "A is for alligator".
  4. You will want to create a beginning an ending slide for your book, such as a class picture or a sign that says Mrs. Smith's Class Alphabet Book.
  5. When the book has been recorded, you have several sharing options to choose from within the ShadowPuppetEDU app.

Click on the "ideas" icon within the Shadow PuppetEDU app for integration ideas. Here are a few of our favorites:

  1. Sequencing - Tell about a process or event by using transition words (e.g., schedule for the day, timeline of historical events, etc).
  2. Summarizing - Take a picture of the book cover. Students record a summary of the book.
  3. Reading fluency - Students record themselves reading the text.
  4. Creative storytelling - Students work together to develop a story, take photos, and record a narrative.
  5. Self-published authors - Students write, illustrate, and record original stories, poems, or ABC books.
  6. Readers theater - Student draw pictures to match their assigned part of the story. Order the pictures and have students record their lines.
  7. About Me presentations - Makes for a fun beginning of the year activity.
  8. Show and tell - Students share interesting things related to the curriculum being studied.
  9. How-to tutorials - Create step by step directions for how to achieve a desired outcome (e.g., how to make cookies).
  10. Community & culture - Create slideshows of community workers or leaders, holidays around the world, or cultures and customs.
  11. Math word problems - Students create word problems such as, "In this photo there are 3 red blocks and 2 green blocks. The total number of blocks is 5 because 3 plus 2 equals 5."


Are you ready to learn about the 5 Little Pumpkins?
Click on the Join Session button.
Type in the Pin Number the teacher gives you.
Wait for the teacher to begin.

Nearpod also has an App for most devices!


Use Vocaroo to easily record your student's reading! Recordings can be shared via email, embedded on a website or create a QR Code that links to the audio file.

Write Reader

WriteReader increases students' digital writing skills and creativity. Students can use tablets, Chromebooks or computers. Teachers quickly set up their classes and give students the code. Best of all, books can be emailed to parents.

Let's Play Bingo!

Open on your device.

Click the Free space.
Click the answers to the problems as they are called out.
Shout Bingo if you win!


Seesaw - Students of any age can document what they are learning in school.

Students capture learning with photos and videos of their work, or by adding digital creations. Everything gets organized in one place and is accessible to teachers from any device.

Spelling City & Science4Us

VocabularySpellingCity is an award-winning site with ongoing introduction of new features, many based on input from existing users. The site and app include efficient game-based study of literacy skills using any word list.
Science4Us is an interactive standards-based science curriculum that provides foundational skills for K-2nd grade students.

  • Easy method for curating digital content
  • Webmixes (curated sites) are saved in the cloud, so they are accessible anywhere
  • Visually engaging for students and educators

Symbalooedu Tutorial Webmix
Kindergarten Webmix
National Geographic Webmix
Ebook - Read to Me
B&N Online Storytime
E-Book #1
E-Book Set 2
Starfall Books
Apps for Autism
Reading & Technology
Virtual Field Trips


StoryBots is a learning program designed for children ages 3–8. It was created by JibJab, a very popular website for sending animated greeting cards. The site includes a collection of web and mobile apps and content, including educational books, videos, games and classroom activities.

Beginning the Writing Process with Young Students

NCTE (2004) tells us "In early writing, we can expect lots of talk to surround writing, since what children are doing is figuring out how to get speech onto paper. Early teaching in composition should also attend to helping children get used to producing language orally, through telling stories, explaining how things work, predicting what will happen, and guessing about why things and people are the way they are." Through the use of various apps that allow students to draw and/or label, young children can begin the writing process by responding to various read-aloud texts. Read-Write-Think has two activities that can easily be adapted for drawing apps:

Writing Study Group of the NCTE Executive Committee. 2004. NCTE Beliefs about the Teaching of Writing. October 2009. Web.


Typetastic is a free keyboarding site for younger children. Schools can purchase an ad-free version


Geoboard is available as an iOS or Chrome app or can be accessed from the web. Using geoboards helps students learn about shapes, but they also help with spatial skills, problem-solving and eye-hand coordination.

Download free Geoboard task cards:

More Sites

Thinking Blocks - interactive tool that helps students model math word problems

Starfall - learn to read with phonics and learn mathematics

Funbrain - games, videos and books for children

PBS Kids - sing-a-long songs, sorting and counting games, watch videos and more

Sesame Street - choose from hundreds of the show's video clips and play games that help them learn letters, animal sounds, rhymes, colors and more

National Geographic Kids - animal cams, science experiments and more

The Kidz Page - more than 5,000 pages of learning games and activities

Scholastic - learning activities for preK - 12

Exploratorium - teaches science and art in new ways

iPads for Early Learners


Chatterbox will turn a picture into funny animations that you can save, email or share. Make the picture say funny things. Adjust the pitch of the voice.

Khan Academy Kids

Khan Academy has just released Khan Academy Kids, an educational app designed for early learners (ages 2 to 5).

Novel Effect

The Novel Effect app uses invisible technology to follow along, as you read a book. Music and sounds play while you are reading the book. Smart voice recognition stays in sync with your reading style, if you skip ahead or read a favorite part again and again.

Novel Effect is now available on Google Play and Android!


ESGI - A simple and secure assessment platform that allows teachers to conduct one-on-one assessments. Use the pre-loaded tests, or create your own assessments, to quickly gather student performance data and automatically generate multiple reports.

Augmented Reality

What is augmented reality? Movies have given us a sense of “alternative reality” for years. Augmented reality makes something come to life! It seems like magic.
Let's take a look at a few of our favorites:

AR Flashcards (free) - Animal/Alphabet Flashcards

1. Download and print in color the Alphabet Flashcard from

2. Download the AR Flashcards App from the Apple or Google Play store.

3. Open the AR flashcards App and press Get Started.

4. Hover you device over a flashcard. Make sure your sound is turned on. Touch the image when it appears and and you will hear the name of the animal and the letter it begins with.

Ideas for using AR Flashcards from Karen's Technology Locker:

-shuffle the flashcard and have students alphabetize them

-shuffle the cards, lay a limited number out, have students build beginning or ending sounds

-shuffle the cards, lay them out and have students spell their name (you may need two decks of cards)

-print two sets of cards and play memory

-identify the number of syllables in each animal word that is on the flashcard

Color Alive by Crayola (free, in-app purchases & book purchase) - These coloring pages will entertain and enchant youngsters as well as the oldsters! You'll love the selfie feature! You can purchase pages within the app or buy the coloring books from Toys R Us, Walgreens, Michaels, JoAnn Fabrics or Amazon. The coloring books (Enchanted Forest, Barbie, Mythical Creatures, Skylanders and Minions) come with 7 crayons including a special color. When the special color is used on the page and then scanned with the app, effects like ice blasts, fire and pixy dust appear. *Google Play Store



Quiver Vision - The Dot

1. Download and print the Dot coloring pages from

2. Download the Quiver Vision App from their website.

3. Have students color a picture related to your curriculum inside the Dot. Be careful not to color over the black outlines too much.

4. Open the Quiver Vision app and watch your picture come to life! Touch the purple circle to see more image.

Quiver Vision - Creative Writing

  1. Download and print any of the coloring pages from the Some of the sets of pages require you to make an in-app purchase.
  2. Download the Quiver App from the Apple or Google Play store.
  3. Have students color one of the pages. Be careful not to color over the black outlines too much.
  4. Have the students write a creative story based on their pictures.
  5. Open the Quiver app and watch your picture come to life!

  • Tennis shoe - "When my tennis shoes came to life..."
  • Hot air balloon - "My hot air balloon took me to..."

QR Codes

QR codes - they're everywhere, but how can they be used in the classroom?
The easiest QR Code Reader is I-Nigma and is available for most devices. Newer versions of iOS do not require a QR Code Reader. Just point the camera app at the code and it reads it!

Pinterest has thousands of QR Code Activities!


Practicing Teens (Math)

ABC's Matching - Cut the codes in half and students match the letter to the picture. If the code does not scan, they do not have the correct match.

Telling Time

Read to Self on iPads

QR Code Listening Center Cards

16 Fun QR Code Learning Activities for Free


Osmo mixes Augmented Reality with traditional board games for an engaging learning experience. There are currently four games available:

Video on Students Using an Osmo

The Osmo kits can be purchased in various configurations or individually.

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