School libraries are the gateway to a plethora of skills and resources--here are a few digital tools to add to the catalog

5 digital tools for school libraries


School libraries are the gateway to a plethora of skills and resources--here are a few digital tools to add to the catalog

2. 826 Digital offers access to hundreds of teaching resources designed to ignite a love of writing when teachers create a free account. 826 Digital comes from the 826 National Network, the largest youth writing network in the United States. The network is working toward a country in which every student has access to the joy and power of writing. 826 Digital champions student writing. By providing engaging, adaptable, standards-based resources—designed to captivate young writers and empower their educators—826 Digital aims to reach students everywhere, whether they are aspiring authors or reluctant writers.

3. NowComment makes it easy to have rich, engaging discussions of online documents no matter how large (or small) your class or collaboration group. The site is useful to discuss readings, for peer writing feedback, for distance learning, during collaborative authoring, and for scholarly annotation.

4. Skybrary is a carefully curated interactive library of eBooks and real-world video explorations designed to engage young readers and foster a love of reading. Skybrary for school can be tailored to any instructional setting and used at school and at home. The extensive library of books, videos and lesson plans is designed for all levels of students in grades K-3 across multiple subject areas.

5. Read&Write is a powerful keyboard replacement that works in every app. Supporting reading, writing, comprehension and vocabulary development, Read&Write provides a rich set of features which extend accessibility and provide a range of tools to help with literacy, including text to speech, prediction, a dictionary and talking dictionary, and a picture dictionary. Available for iOS and Android.

Laura Ascione

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