Research and Notetaking Digital Resources for Elementary
I am frequently asked about how I do Genius Time digitally in my classroom. We are very fortunate to have 1 to 1 iPads in my district, so we have a lot of access to digital resources for research and note-taking. Here are some of my favorite free and paid tools for Genius Time research and notetaking in my classroom.
Notability – is a paid app ($9.99 on iTunes), but it is what my students prefer to use. It is helpful because they can import PDFs and write directly on them. They can also add pictures.
Google Drive – this is a great free option if students have a google drive account. It is a great collaboration notetaking tool, especially if students are working with a partner or in groups.
Pages/Word – this is just basic word processing, but it can be used for digital notes easily.
If your students prefer a non-digital notetaking option, you can download my FREE Genius Time Notebook. This is a great place for students to keep all their Genius Time Notes organized and focused.
Student-friendly Search Engines for Research
There are so many Kid-friendly search engines/internet tools (some are free and some are paid).
Additionally, we use google searches a lot with my students (yes, even second graders). I really emphasize digital literacy when using the internet. It is critical that students learn how to use the internet safely early on since researching is so important. We also practice analyzing online sources and figure out if a website is reliable or not.
Here is a list of student-friendly online resources:
The following search engines are free and offer safe searches for kids:
Kidrex.org – safe search for kids run by google
Ipl.org – Internet Public Library, Kidspace
The following search engines are paid, but offer safe and vetted searches for kids:
Discoveryeducation.com – lots of educational, non-fiction videos
MyOn Reading – LOTS of fiction and nonfiction books at various reading levels. Will also read text aloud to students
Kids Infobits – this is one of my favorite vetted search engines! It gives a list of books, articles, images, and even videos. It also has a way for it to read aloud to struggling readers. Also, it makes it easy for kids to cite the evidence they are using.
Worldbook.com – encyclopedia search engine
Britannica Online – encyclopedia search engine
Pebblego.com – videos and reading for emergent readers. Reads text aloud to students.
Brainpop.com – educational, non-fiction videos for upper elementary students
Brainpopjr.com – educational non-fiction videos for primary students
Trueflix – Nonfiction Scholastic books for 4th, 5th, & 6th graders
Reading a-z: huge selection of readers with both fiction and non-fiction with lots of reading levels
Do you use any additional online resources for your students’ online research? If so, comment below and let me know, so I can add them to the list.
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