Sometimes, the tools we stumble upon are just a way to add a little fun into the classroom. Font de Music takes a short sentence and adds a musical backing track, then makes the letters do a little dance to the music. It’s a simple, fun site with some possibilities for examining how multimedia and text influences our thinking around design choices.
Twurdy (a mash-up of “too wordy”) is a user-friendly search engine that color-codes search results according to their reading levels.
The Asian longhorned beetle and the emerald ash borer beetle are wreaking havoc on trees across America. Beetle Detectives, a site from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has put out an APB for some science-minded sleuths to snoop around local flora to see if they can spot these bugs.
March 2 is Read Across America day, as well as Dr. Seuss’ birthday. While that doesn’t necessarily evoke a day filled with technology-enriched activities, it has become so thanks to the availability of web conferencing, social media, and even blogs.
If you want to learn about rockets, who better to turn to than NASA?
After delighting young readers for more than 40 years in newspapers across the country, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library has published digital archives of The Mini Page’s more than 2,000 issues dating from 1969 through 2007.
The Great Backyard Bird Count encourages bird watchers to spend a few minutes identifying and counting birds in their backyards (or schoolyards). The data is used by scientists to do things like designate new protected habitats.
ZooBurst lets you build virtual pop-up books online. Through a simple WYSIWYG interface, you can upload images and enter text to tell a story.
Scholastic wants young readers to connect with each other based on their favorite books at their site, You Are What You Read.
Google’s advanced search function lets you filter search results by reading level.