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I’m always on the hunt for good interactive and practical tools for the classroom. inklewriter is a free tool designed to allow anyone to write and publish interactive stories. It’s perfect for writers who want to try out interactivity, but also for teachers and students looking to mix computer skills and creative writing.
Tumble Books has updated its Collection for middle school aged readers. This is a great resource for students to use at school or at home. There are ebooks, read-alongs, graphic novels, videos and audio books. Many types of books to choose from for all your learners.