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Freebee Friday: Word City

Screen568x568While it was designed for use with home-schoolers, Vocabulary SpellingCity can open up a world of words to young students. Available for iPads, Android tablets and over the Web via a browser window, SpellingCity has 30 word-based games including MatchIt Sentences, FlashCards and Parts of Speech. Together, they can expand a class’s vocabulary while helping their spelling. The app automatically tracks each kid’s results, can deliver reports and is free to try out. The premium edition costs $30 for five users.


ISTE UPDATE: One-by-One Reading

MyonForget about lock-step reading instruction where every student needs to read a passage from the same book out loud to the class because myON can custom tailor the curriculum to each kid’s specific style of learning and needs. The program includes unlimited access to myON’s library of over 7,000 ebooks as well as assessments and ways to identify and help struggling students.

ISTE UPDATE: Speed Readers

ForwardThe latest for students struggling to keep up with the class is Scientific Learning’s Fast ForWord, an iPad app that helps kids maintain attention, remember better what they’ve learned and improve processing skills. Based on animated graphics, the online program is more than a way for them to catch up with the class, it is a method for speeding up their reading rate and ability to learn. It can be used in the classroom, at home or anywhere there’s an Internet connection, and should be out in the fall. 



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