Last month I shared some of the great features from News-O-Matic‘s new update and there is one more you are sure to love. Teachers using this app can choose between different reading levels for students. Each article is adapted by News-O-Matic’s editorial team to fit three reading levels (400L-600L, 600L-750L and 750-1050L). These categories are connected to ranges of Lexile levels – a readability measure that helps measure text complexity. Teachers can assign different reading levels to each student in their class so they automatically receive news articles on their tablet that are the right level for them.
This new feature makes it simple to differentiate reading instruction in your classroom with a few taps of your screen. There is also a Read-to-Me option that directly connects with each reading level. So each article has been recorded three times, once for each reading level. Students can listen to the article read aloud at their individual reading level.
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Apple Education has a series of fantastic iBooks that provide ideas and inspiration for using iPads in the classroom. They focus on popular apps that you may have already used with students. You’ll find ideas for collaboration, content creations and so much more. Apple Education has iBooks all about Explain Everything, Hopscotch, SketchBook Express, StopMotion Studio and Puppet Pals HD. These iBooks are completely free and can be downloaded to view on an iPad or Mac computer.
Follow this link to learn more about the iBooks created by Apple Education!
Although you may have Cyber Monday on your mind today I wanted to share some great things that are happening this week. You may have heard about #GivingTuesday a movement that was started to remind consumers about all of their options for donating to great causes this holiday season.
Crowdrise designed an app called The Giving Tower that lets users see just how many people have donated to different causes. It uses Augmented Reality to help people visualize how much money has been collected.
Another option this week is to take advantage of the Apple App Store’s giving campaign through PRODUCT(RED). When you visit the App Store you’ll see how some of your favorite apps like The Human Body by Tinybop and Paper by FiftyThree have “gone red.” 100% of the proceeds from these app downloads will benefit the Global Fund to Fight AIDS.
You may have seen my posts on favorite apps for teaching coding to kids (here’s a long list). Another one to check out is The Foos which is designed for children of all ages. This fun and colorful app works with both iPhones and iPads. It asks students to plug in different moves or commands for each character and press play to watch them move across the screen.
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Designed for families looking to keep their home tidy, the ChoreMonster app for iPads can also be used for classroom cleanup. It awards points and rewards children for completing different tasks. If you are looking to motivate younger students after center time or keep track of students performing jobs in your classroom, ChoreMonster is sure to come in handy.
This app works with just one iPad or can be set up for students in a one-to-one environment. It’s completely free to download and doesn’t have any in app purchases.
Scannable technology provides opportunities for students to quickly and easily interact with a variety of content. In a differentiated classroom, children should have access to resources and support materials that will push them toward success. This could be a tool to help them make meaning of the content being taught in a lesson, or it could be resources to help them gather background information before starting a new unit of study. Differentiation should happen for students who are approaching and exceeding grade-level benchmarks, for children who have special needs, and for English-language learners (ELLs).
ELLs can be supported by a variety of tech tools. This includes scannable technology like quick response (QR) codes and augmented reality (AR) triggers.
Check out my iBook all about QR codes