Various Literacy Resources
The Literacy Shed - literacy resources, ideas and sources of motivation. One of the best literacy sites around.
School Journal resources - pdf files, teacher resource materials and audio files of School Journals on TKI
#NZreadaloud More info - presentation - Youtube video Students from many schools share their thoughts on one book
My Pinterest Literacy page
Old English Online resources
Study Ladder - online activities for literacy. You can personalise for your students
Making Writing Fun - Crowd-sourced Presentation
Visual Writing Prompts - Wonderful creative writing prompts with accompanying images.
Fakebook - create fake profiles for imaginary characters
Literacy Tutor for GAFE
Common Lit Thematic Discussions - choose a theme e.g. and the site will provide some literary resources.
21 Digital Tools to Develop Vocabulary
Supporting Māori Learners
ABCYa - Variety of interactive literacy activities for approx. years 1 - 8
ReadWriteThink - various literacy activities & tools
Teaching Ideas - loads of ideas and teacher notes
Online Writing Sites - for student writing but students can also read the stories published by others.
Book Creator - one of my favourite ipad apps is now available on the web. Add your own photos, drawings or videos, add text or record you voice. Several templates available.
Inklewriter - Online Pick-A-Path story creator
Little Bird Tales
Story Jumper - Can add your own images
Myths & legends Creator
Picture Book Maker
PicLits - Has Images and Vocabulary to add
Story Top - Very simple drag and drop images and speech bubbles. Limited images. Share via a link. No log-in needed. Good for very short stories.
Not online, a download for Windows computers running 8.1 or higher Book Creator is a great way to create multi-media books. Currently a free download.
Tumble Books- access through a Library eg Christchurch or Hamilton. Students will need their library card number.
Children's Library - includes a few New Zealand titles and books in te reo
Children's Storybooks Online - list of online book sites
Woodlands - list of online book sites
Storyline Online - videos of actors reading stories - includes The Rainbow Fish
Unite for Literacy - mostly junior books. Some suitable for older students at lower reading levels. With narration
GetEpic.Com - Free for educators when you sign up with a school email address. 1000s of titles.
Ready to Read videos on YouTube
Childrens' Treasure Chest - Audio readings of NZ books
StoryBerries - online stories sorted by length
Digital storytelling with Powerpoint animation
The Story Starters page has lots of video and picture prompts for writing and discussions.
Many of the written language motivators can be used to stimulate oral language as well.
Some online story-writing sites and apps have a record function so students can tell their story orally eg Little Bird Tales and Book Creator.
iPad and tablet whiteboard apps have a record function and Educreations is also available in a web page version. PixiClip is another online whiteboard with a record function.
Comic Strip Creators (Online & Free)
Pixton - sign up with a teacher account and add your students. Easy to use.
Storyboard That - Create 3x1 or 3x2 storyboards, max. 2 storyboards per week. Free. Lots of images to use. Paid version allows your own images or larger/more storyboards. Works on an ipad. Very easy to use.
Toondo Basic version free
Read Write Think Comic Creator – fairly basic but easy to use
Chogger – harder to use but can draw own characters
Domo - animated
Zooburst - animated
Make Believe Comix
Book Creator has comic templates that you can add your own images and text to.
List of Comic creation sites for web & iPad
Ways to Use Comics in the Classroom
Pick-a-Path stories - a page with lots of information and links relating to writing Pick-A-Path or Choose Your Own Adventure stories
Kathy Schrock's collection of Digital storytelling resources
Digital Storytelling apps and websites - by Karen Ogen
Digital Storytelling with ipads
Spooktacular Digital Storytelling websites and tools by Karen Ogen
I have collated a list of news sites designed specifically for children. Consider using them combined with a Newsboard approach.
A list of some word cloud generators and suggestions for their use.