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Web Tools to support literacy

Having another amazing day at U-Learn …
Was certainly tough today to get up after a GREAT night out at the conference dinner 🙂
This morning I went to a fantastic breakout session with Glen McKay all about Web Tools to Support Literacy in your classroom. The intention of this session was to give us the tools that can be used to support a literacy programme with a variety of tools used to inspire and encourage the creation of ebooks. I thought I would share my favourite sites all about Literacy from this session:

Enjoy 🙂

Into The Book is a FREE reading comprehension resource for K-4 students and teachers – http://reading.ecb.org/
Angrybirds,com – free online to play ….. http://chrome.angrybirds.com/ – a cool way to inspire children to tell the story / inspire them to think what could happen next / tell stories from the point of view of the birds / pigs etc.
Wordle is a common and frequently used tool in any classroom – a great way to use this as a tool for the editing stage of writing is to copy and paste the story into wordle to see how many times they use words …. this could help them make changes / make it more exciting for their audience – be great as a focus on synonyms – http://www.wordle.net 
Story Jumper is the perfect tool to create an e-book from – it is FREE and you can upload your own art or use their images – unfortunately you can’t embed …. It is best to screenshot them and add them to youtube video / imovie http://www.storyjumper.com – you can also use this as a resource during planning stage to see what props there are to help them write their story. 
Screencast-O-Matic is a free online video screen recorder – http://screencast-o-matic.com/
Chrome Awesome screenshot – great tool for capturing and recording and circling and typing over text easily.
Use http://youtube.com for reading – most books are online and free – e.g. the very hungry caterpillar
Tumbl Books – online books for kids -go through Hamilton libraries link so that it is free – http://www.tumblebooks.com/library/asp/home_tumblebooks.asp
Well Stories is a FREE online story creation tool – http://wetellstories.co.uk/ 
International Children’s Library – another FREE story book’s online – awesome to use during reading session’s – http://en.childrenslibrary.org/
Speakaboos is a site with several stories that are read to you from a variety of authors – http://speakaboos.com/ 
http://rellco.wikispaces.com/ – hundreds of resources online here for literacy
Lit Workshttp://litworks.wikispaces.com – a variety of resources / links for literacy for a variety of levels.
If you have your own links / literacy tools please post them below with a short description – Please forward this to teachers and friends around the world – enjoy 🙂

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Craig Kemp

Craig Kemp

I am a passionate Head of Educational Technology at a large International School in Singapore. I am a lifelong learner, dream creator and thought leader. I love to inspire others and find inspiration. Co-founder of #whatisschool, #asiaED edchats and #pubPD.

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