Popplet can be used to build background knowledge or to help students remember and organize the textual information. For example, Popplet can be used to help students connect the vocabulary terms being covered. Students can insert pictures and create a graphic organizer to illustrate connections and relationships between terms and ideas.

Subtext. To help students increase their understanding of non-fiction information, the app Subtext could be used. For example, additional public domain texts (such as Project Gutenberg) are selected and pasted into the app. Portions of the text can be highlighted, linked to other sources, or used as a basis for online discussions.

Story Buddy 2 Lite. To have students demonstrate their understanding of the text, Story Buddy 2, Evernote, or WeChat could be used. These apps allow students to create a document summarizing their understanding of the topic. Using Story Buddy 2 students can type or speak, add pictures, and add other effects such as a border. Evernote and WeChat are two apps that allow for collaboration during the writing process.

Another app that students of all ages enjoy using is Smule Auto Rap. This app can be used to create a rap of students’ oral reading of a passage or their summary of the text.

Many free apps are available that can be used to scaffold instruction and help students to individually or collaboratively understand the rigorous more complex texts as a result of the implementation of the Common Core state standards.

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