Tech Minute

Since it's been a while, this month's Tech Minute will cover a variety of tools. Whether it be e-books, curriculum resources, video lessons, or online activities, it is my hope that you will find this collection of tools an interesting addition to your own. If you are looking for something more, please feel free to let me know what digital resources you need and I would be glad to assist.

Free E-books

There are a few services on the Internet where teachers and students can find classic literature titles available as free downloads. These ebooks can be downloaded onto most computers and devices in the form of pdf files and epubs. Some of these ebooks can even be downloaded to Kindle and mobile apps for the iPad, Android and Window tablet platforms.

Literacy Resources


ReadWorks is a non-profit service that offers lesson plans and non-fiction and fiction passages aligned to Common Core state standards for use with many subject areas.

With a free ReadWorks account, you can search for lessons and reading passages by grade and skill. In your account you can create digital binders of the lesson plans and reading passages that you want to use. Learn more about ReadWorks in the video below.


The CK-12 Foundation is a California-based non-profit organization that offers educational content searchable by subject, grade-level, and state and national education standards. These materials, known as Flexbooks, can be downloaded and used as-is. Or, these Flexbooks can be customized by teachers to match their students’ learning styles and their schools’ curricula.

Helpful Tools


A few months ago I mentioned the website Zaption, an online video assessment tool. Below you will find an interesting lesson activity on iambic pentameter using this very tool.
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