Resources for Students

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HSTRY is a free digital learning tool that allows students to collaborate and engage in creating interactive timelines.  Students could make timelines in one or two languages.

rewordify could help ELLs read, learn and understand more words in all subject areas.  Students can enter sentences or whole chapters into the yellow box and they will instantly see an easier version using simpler or more familiar vocabulary.  Students can click the yellow text to hear and learn the more difficult word.
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Duolingo is a free language learning and crowd sourced text translation platform.  It offers ELLs extensive written lessons and dictation, with speaking practice for more advanced users.  It has a gamified skill tree that users can progress through and a vocabulary section where learned words can be practiced. A great tool, but it cannot replace rich, responsive interaction and support of a trained teacher.

arbordale image   Sylvan-Dell e-books offers a long list of fiction and non-fiction picture books in English and Spanish.  Audio files are included in both English and Spanish.  Great resource for primary aged Spanish speaking students at school and home.
 unite for literacy  Unite for Literacy offers young ELLs online access to a free global library of picture books that can be read in English and listened to an ever growing number of languages.  Excellent resource for use at home by K-2 ELLs.

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 A free digital library with books in a wide variety of languages.  A great resource to continue to develop literacy skills in first languages. is an interactive and engaging app and website for young learners of English.  There are interactive activities for students learning the sounds of the alphabet and for students at the beginning stages of learning to read simple books.  

Lingro is a free multilingual online dictionary and language learning site for J/I/S students at STEP 1-4. Students or teachers can enter a web address, the site will be entered in the Lingro site.  Then ELLs can click on any word on the site to have it translated or defined in English via Lingro. Students can add the new words to a word list to print, practice later or make flashcards with.

Tellagami is a mobile app that lets you quickly create and share an animated Gami video.  An easy to use app to allow students of all ages to be creative and to use their own voice in any language to share information in a short video. 
Scholastic BookFlix  is an online literacy resource that pairs classic fictional video storybooks from Weston Woods with related non-fiction eBooks from Scholastic.  It uses colourful animation, rich audio, interactive games.  A great resource for young students learning to read in English.

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Word Reference is an on-line translation dictionary for language pairs.  Excellent site for students who can read and write in another language.  A great resource to explain homonyms and some idioms.



ScribJab is a multilingual tool to create and share digital stories in 2 different languages.  Students can write a story, draw pictures and record their voice in two languages.  Students can also read books written by other students in a variety of languages from across the country.  This tool can be used on and iPad or computer.

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Check out the Financial Literacy Readers for students created by ERGO!

These leveled readers include a guided reading lesson and a 3 part math lesson for each book for teachers to use with their intermediate/senior students who are new to the country.

 digital library website International Children's Digital Library
This digital collection includes 4642 books in 61 languages.  It has books for kindergarten students, up to high school.  Students do have to read in their first language to enjoy these books on-line.

 tumble books library The TumbleBook Library offers a wide variety of picture books in English and Spanish.  A great resource to share with children and their parents who speak Spanish.   A library card is required to access these books.
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A wide variety of multilingual resources are available to share with parents regarding education in Ontario schools on

The Newcomer's Guide to Elementary School in Ontario
The Newcomer's Guide to Secondary School in Ontario