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S'Cool Tools of the Week: Planet Read, Juana y los Amigos de la Granja, Story Share, MathCrunch

May 10, 2015

TOO COOL (PERFECT FOR SCHOOL): We've got our favorite edtech teacher and administrator tools for the week right here, as highlighted in our Instruct newsletter. By the way--got a favorite S’Cool Tool you like to use? We would love to hear and share your recommendations! If you’ve got a tool that makes you or your students sing from the proverbial mountaintops, fill out this form to let us know. It might just get featured!

Our tools of the week are:

Free! Do your students struggle to read and pronounce words correctly? Planet Read helps young learners distinguish between short vowels, long vowels, and diphthongs through 54 mini lessons and games, available for iPhone and iPad.

Free! There’s no time like the present for kids to learn a second language. With Juana y los Amigos de la Granja, available for iPad and iPhone, students can learn and practice Spanish language skills while helping Juana count, identify colors, and find her friends. Learners under 13 should have a parent or guardian to use the app. Buena suerte!

Free! Older students who struggle with reading shouldn’t be left with stories written for younger kids. Story Share offers content for students beyond elementary school (students under 18 should have a guardian’s permission to use the site) who struggle to meet grade-level literacy skills. Readers can also have the story read aloud, and click to see a word’s definition. Check out Story Share books, from sci-fi to mysteries to nonfiction.

Fee for service: MathCrunch connects students with online math tutors. Users (who must be 13 or older) can attach photos of a tricky math problem, message with tutors, and go back to see what they learned in previous sessions. Available on Google Play and the App Store, MathCrunch costs $12 for 30 minutes of tutoring, $22 for 60 minutes, and $40 for 120 minutes.

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