Digital Tools - ELAR Classroom

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Swipespeare - convert the words of Shakespeare into plain and simple English with a swipe of a finger

iBooks - download and read books

23,469 Books - download from 23,469 classic books and read with the fully featured ereader - over 2,000,000 definitions and synonyms

Chatterpix - Make your photos, friends, pets or drawings talk. Take a photo, draw a line to make a mouth and record your voice and then share with your friends and family. Very creative way for students to introduce themselves.

Shadow Puppets Edu - Create videos to tell a story, explain an idea or send a personalized message. The app has a search tool to find pictures from the Library of Congress, NASA, and to find Creative Commons licensed images from Flickr. Students can also import pictures and videos from the camera roll on their iPads.

English Idioms - Learn the history and meaning of idioms. The first 23 idioms are free.

Seven Academy Apps - Seven Academy’s goal is to provide children with enjoyable early-learning activities. App prices vary.

Learn Vocabulary Words With Mobile Apps - a list from SimpleK12

Hemingway - Hemingway gives students a quick analysis of writing, providing data on sentences that are too complex, adverbs, places to shorten sentences and more. It also provides a readability score and paragraph/sentence/word/character counts.


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!

Quizizz Tutorials

BIG NEWS! You can now have images as your answer choices.

Quizizz App

The Quizizz App allows the question and answer choices to be read aloud using the Quizizz app. Only available for IOS devices. Try a foreign language lesson that reads the question and answers in the language. The app is also available on the Google Play Store.


Gimkit was created by high school students and is similar to Kahoot! and Quizizz, except the students play for “money” instead of points. The free version allows you to have 5 Kits (games) in your account. The paid version allows for unlimited Kits and edits and includes other features. The Pro version is $59.88 a year or $7.99 per month. School and bulk discounts are available.

Gimkit includes a library of Kits from users. You can create your own Kit by typing in the questions and answers or you can upload questions from Quizlet or a CSV file.

Let's give it a try! Open and enter the code on the screen.

Quizlet Live

Quizlet has created a new program that turns your flashcards into a live, multi-player, review game.
Let's give it try!
  • Open
  • Type in the code the teacher has given you.
  • Type in your name.
  • Quizlet Live will assign you a team. Find your teammates and get together.
  • Wait for the teacher to begin the game.

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!


Flipquiz is a Jeopardy-style game that is great for reviewing information. Divide your class into two teams and start playing! Flipquiz is ideal for interactive whiteboards, but it will work with a computer and a projector.

Elements of Literature

Canterbury Tales

Diary of a Wimpy Kid


Create Your Own Games, Quizzes and Activities to Play Online

Booksnaps & Vocab Snaps

BookSnaps provide your students with a fun way to use the Snapchat app to reflect on their reading or visually demonstrate the meaning of a new vocabulary word. Tara Martin from Lawrence, Kansas has found a creative way to use Snapchat in the classroom.
The following is from Tara's website and gives a great overview of how to use BookSnaps:

A few (of MANY) reasons to create BookSnaps:

  • To annotate and share excerpts of the book you’re reading
  • It allows the reader to connect a concept or thought to an image, which then allows the brain to recall the information linking it back to the visual.
  • Diagram the rise, fall, and climax of the plot (see an example image below)
  • Highlight figurative language and imagery
  • Notate character conflict and internal struggles (see example below)
  • Point out the main idea or a supporting argument

Click here to read Tara's blog about how to create Booksnaps.

Click here to follow Tara on Twitter and you can find tons of great ideas and examples by searching #BookSnaps onTwitter.

Read more here about BookSnaps from Dave Burgess (Teach Like a Pirate).

Can't use Snapchat in your school or you work with younger students, read Tara's post on alternative websites for creating BookSnaps.


Flipgrid is a video response tool that is used to create discussions among all students within your classroom. Teachers post a topic or question via text or video and the students respond to the prompt. Flipgrid also gives students the ability to comment on their classmates' responses.

Key Features:

  • All of your videos are located in one location.
  • You can Freeze a Topic to continue sharing the videos but prevent new recordings.
  • Student comments can be turned on or off.

Flipgrid Examples:

Flipgrid Certified Grid (password is Flipgrid)

Simple Machines

Non-Fiction Text Features

Flipgrid for Assessments


Ideas/Tutorials/Blog Posts:

Create a QR Code

Create a QR Code that links to your Grid or Topic! Click the Share option and choose QR Code.

Topic Discovery Library

Share and find Topic templates that have been submitted by educators from around the world. All subject areas and grade levels are included. You can find these under Discovery in the Menu Bar.

Flipgrid Explorer Series

During the 2016-17 school year, Flipgrid expanded the learning opportunities for classrooms by offering 2 Explorer Series that connected students from around the room with a marine biologist expert and a raptor expert. Each of the series included an expert sharing information about the topic and discussion topics for the students to participate in via Flipgrid.

Follow Flipgrid on Twitter to find out when and if more series are offered.

Global Grid Connections

Connect your classroom with students of your fellow Flipgrid educators around the world! Explore connections by Grid, age or subject area and check out the educator’s goal. You can find this section under Connections in the Menu Bar.

Topic Discovery Library

Share and find Topic templates that have been submitted by educators from around the world. All subject areas and grade levels are included. You can find these under Discovery in the Menu Bar.

Global Grid Connections

Connect your classroom with students of your fellow Flipgrid educators around the world! Explore connections by Grid, age or subject area and check out the educator’s goal. You can find this section under Connections in the Menu Bar.

Flipgrid Best Practices

See our Do's and Don'ts for best practices and make sure to collect Consent forms from all students before onboarding them to the platform.


Are you looking for relevant, non-fiction reading material for your students? Newsela provides your students with relevant and current news articles to read for comprehension. The articles can easily be changed to different Lexile levels (grades 4 through college). After reading an article, students are given a quiz to check for understanding and vocabulary.
Teachers - setup a Newsela account and assign articles for your students to read. Then give students your class code to access the assigned articles.
Click here for a YouTube video on how to use Newsela. The website changes often, so some of the screens may look a little different from the video.

Import Google Classroom to Newsela

Quick Start Guide for Teachers
Newsela Worksheet

Tween Tribune

Tween Tribune by the Smithsonian offers Twice-daily AP news articles that are Lexile leveled for K-12 students and include self-scoring quizzes customized by Lexile level and Critical thinking questions.

DOGO News - DOGO News has fun articles for kids on current events, science, sports, and more! You can choose to have articles read aloud.


Lit2Go is a free collection of stories and poems in MP3 format (audio book). The passages can also be downloaded in a PDF format.

Writing - Preventing Plagiarism - free online tool that makes it simple to check a student's paper for text copied from the Internet

SeeSources - an automatic online plagiarism checker

Turnitin - popular plagiarism tool It is accessible for a fee

Viper - the "Free Turnitin Alternative" Only available for Microsoft Windows users

Online Books and Stories

The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) provides a variety of books read by famous actors and actresses in Storyline Online. The site also includes a downloadable activity guidebook.
Loyal Books (formerly Books Should Be Free) offers over 7000 free audio books.

Free Books! 100 Legal Sites To Download Literature

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 coming soon on GooglePlay and Amazon Fire! Sign-up here.

Graphic Organizers

Graphic organizers can easily be used as a background for Padlet and the drawing tools in GoFormative and Nearpod. Here are some online resources for free graphic organizers:
Education Place

15 Graphic Organizer Backgrounds for Padlet and iPad

Awesome Graphic Organizer Templates in Google Draw from Matt Miller @Ditch That Textbook


Wordle is a free online tool for creating word clouds from text you type or copy and paste. into the site.
This tool is great for brainstorming, however, our favorite way to use it is to have students copy and paste their essays into Wordle and then they will see a visual representation of the the words they have used. If a word or words appear very large, they need to find synonyms to replace them.
The Word Clouds App is a comparable tool for iPad users.


AdLit provides ELA teachers book lists, video interviews with authors and a comprehensive list of strategies for teaching reading and writing.

Vocabulary Spelling City

Vocabulary is an excellent online vocabulary, spelling, phonics, writing and language arts resource for students, teachers, and parents. The site is appropriate for students in grades K-12. Check out the ACT and SAT vocabulary lists already available.
There is a free and premium version offered as well as an IOS and Android App.

Trading Cards by Read Write Think

Trading Cards by Read Write Think allows students to share their understanding of various topics. Available on the Web and as an app for IOS and Android.

Create trading cards for any number of categories, including:

· Fictional person

· Real person

· Fictional place

· Real place

· Object

· Event

· Vocabulary word

Other Read Write Think Student Interactives

The Read Write Think website includes over 50 student interactives to be used on computers. Many of the interactives are also available as apps.
Student Interactives - online literacy learning tools

Cube Creator - helps students to learn the skill of summarizing

Timeline - create a graphical representation of an event or process by displaying items sequentially along a line

Choice Boards

Do your students complain about boring assignments where everyone does the exact same thing? It's time for a change! Digital Choice Boards are a great way to differentiate your instruction and engage your students.


Digital Choice Board Reading

Interactive Learning Menus (Choice Boards) with G Suite – FREE Templates by Kasey Bell

Tic Tac Techo


Hyperdocs are very similar to Choice Boards. Hyperdocs are Student-Centered Lessons that Inspire curiosity and creativity. The website includes directions, templates, examples and more.

Join the Facebook Hyperdocs group for tons of ideas!

Tons of Hyerdocs can be found on these Padlets:

Padlet of Hyperdocs

Hyperdoc Links

Hyperdoc Links from Matt Miller, Ditch That Textbook


Rewordify simplifies difficult English words found in written text. Students copy and paste sentences, paragraphs, whole chapters or web addresses into site and the rewordified words are highlighted and a a synonym appears. This site has several activities to help strengthen and build vocabulary and reading comprehension skills.

The Secret Annex Online

Discover Anne Frank's Hiding Place in this interactive website from the Anne Frank House. Be sure and check out Enter the 3D House tab.

Create Your Word Wall or Flashcards

School Express contains an online tool that allows you to take the weekly spelling words or vocabulary words and easily create your Word Wall cards or Flashcards.
Once words are typed into the site, you have the following options:
  • Print 2, 3 or 4 words per page
  • Black or light grey text color
  • Comic Sans or Sans Serif font
Click here for an example of vocabulary words from "The Raven".

Other Website/Blogs

Watch Know Learn - thousands of kid-friendly videos; searchable

Write About - A community where students engage in high-interest writing for an authentic audience and teachers help students through the entire writing process

PicLits - a creative writing site that matches beautiful images with carefully selected keywords

Vocaroo - an easy way to record students

Padlet - easiest way to create and collaborate with your students

English-Zone - help students practice basic skills

Internet4classrooms - divided by grade level in core content areas

10 Ideas for Creating Literacy Centers with Technology

11 Technology Tools for the Reading Classroom

Who To Follow on Twitter

Brynn Allison @literarymaven

Andrew Giddings @GiddingsAP

Crys Hodgens @thehodgenator

jyattoni @MrsYattoniELA

Sandy Jameson @JamesonAPLang

Write the World @Write_the_World

Kerry Stoots @kkstoots

Karen Drake @KA_Drake

Casey Sartain @RLTsartain

Kelly Tumy @KellyTumy

2Titles @2titles

Robert Vilahamn @RobertVilahamn

Donalyn Miller @donalynbooks

Sarah Andersen @yaloveblog

Brian Cook, Ed.D. @DrBrianCook

Cheryl Mizerny @CherylTeaches

Kara Welty @karaknollmeyer

Richard Byrne @rmbyrne

Tony Vincent @tonyvincent

Kasey Bell @ShakeUpLearning

Eric Sheninger @E_Sheninger

Daring Librarian @GwynethJones

Top 10 things English teachers do on Twitter

Authors on Twitter - Extensive list of authors who are on Twitter and typically respond to tweets from students/classes

Connect with Joan and Janet

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Twitter - @joangore @corderj