Tech Tools For Early Learners

J2 Training - Joan Gore & Janet Corder

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Go Noodle

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


Quizizz is very similar to Kahoot, except the questions appear on the students' devices.

Let's try it out!

  • On your device or laptop, 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!

Take a look at some of our favorite Quizizz features:

  • Easily create a quiz by using questions from multiple public quizzes
  • Math symbols
  • Highlight keywords with red, green or blue text
  • Make your own Memes

Quizizz Read Aloud 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:

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."


Nearpod is an interactive presentation tool that includes engaging content and assessments.

Are you ready to learn about the 5 Little Pumpkins?

Click on the Join Session button.
Type in the Code the teacher gives you.
Wait for the teacher to begin.


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.

Storyline Online

Storyline Online allows your students to watch fun and animated children’s stories read by actors. Each book includes a supplemental curriculum to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills.

Let's Play Bingo!

An oldie, but a goodie. Bingo Baker can be used on any device, any subject area, and any grade level. There is a free version and a paid version, which is $14.95 for a lifetime.

Let's play Bingo!

  1. Open this Bingo game ( on your device.
  2. Click Generate Card.
  3. Click OK.
  4. Click the Free space.
  5. Click the answers to the problems as they are called out.
  6. 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
Ebook - Read to Me
B&N Online Storytime
E-Book #1
E-Book Set 2
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:

Classroom Screen

ClassroomScreen allows the teacher to create a digital board of widgets for students to help them focus on their work/tasks.
You can…

  • Choose a background
  • Type your instructions in the text area and zoom
  • Choose a work symbol
  • Set a timer
  • Show the clock & calendar
  • Use the traffic light
  • Pick a random name
  • Dice (NEW) - great for practicing math facts
  • Use the calculator
  • Draw in-screen or full-screen
  • Generate a QR-code
  • Drag and drop the icons in the right place
  • Select a language

Creative Ideas for Using Classroom Screen

Click on the menu bar (3 lines in the top left corner) and click on Tips & Tricks for directions and ideas.

Webcam option for your background:

  1. Open the Background widget.
  2. Click on the Camera icon.
  3. You will probably need to give Classroom Screen access to your webcam.

Upload an image as your background:

  1. Open the Background widget.
  2. Click on the Camera icon.
  3. Find your image and click Open.

Add an Animated Emoji to your Classroom Screen:

  1. Use the Emoji Me Face Maker app to create your animated Emoji. Customize your emoji and email it to yourself.
  2. In Classroom Screen, open the Drawing widget.
  3. Add your animated Emoji using the upload button in the bottom right corner.

Hint: Since Classroom Screen does not save your drawings, keep a folder of your animated Emojis in Drive or on your computer.

Add a Bitmoji to Your Classroom Screen

  1. You will need the Bitmoji Chrome Extension added to your Toolbar.
  2. Find the Bitmoji you want to add to your Classroom Screen and drag it into a Text widget.

Add an Animated Image to Your Classroom Screen

  1. Search for a topic.
  2. Click Tools under the search box to access more options.
  3. Choose Transparent under the Color drop-down menu.
  4. Choose Animated under the Type drop-down menu.
  5. Open Classroom Screen in a separate tab and place a Text widget on your board.
  6. Drag your animated image to the Classroom Screen tab.
  7. When Classroom Screen appears on your screen, drop your animated image onto the Text window.

Add a Gif to Your Classroom Screen

  1. Search for a Gif.
  2. Open Classroom Screen in a separate tab and place a Text widget on your board.
  3. Drag your Gif to the Classroom Screen tab.
  4. When Classroom Screen appears on your screen, drop your Gif onto the Text window.

Other Ideas:

  • Use an image of the book or a page from a book you are reading as the background picture on your Classroom Screen.
  • The Full-Screen Drawing widget has graph and lined paper as options.
  • Use Classroom Screen to have assignment choices in a Text widget for students to select.
  • Have the Text widget with bell ringer instructions written on it when students enter the room.
  • The circle with yellow and green icons in the bottom right of your screen opens up a poll option.
  • Use the Stoplight from for technology readiness/expectations (red = off and away; yellow=logged in screen down; green=on task/ready to work).

Classroom Screen has some great new updates. You will want to scroll down to the bottom of the home screen and sign up for the Basic (with account) option to access some of the best features!
  1. Customize the widget bar (must have an account; Personalize under the hamburger menu)
  2. Easily resize the widgets (drag the arrow in the bottom right).
  3. Save up to 3 name lists for the Random Name Picker (must have an account; in Personalize under the hamburger menu). Open the widget and click the gear to see your lists.


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

Poetry Machine

Poetry Machine is an easy way for students to create original poetry by choosing one of 48 forms. The site includes step-by-step directions, examples, and more!

Wheel of Names

Wheel of Names is a random name picker that allows you to insert images. If you create a free account, your lists will be saved.


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 in Spanish!


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 app store.

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

4. Hover your device over a flashcard. Make sure your sound is turned on. Touch the image when it appears 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

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 images.

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..."

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