There are lots of great apps for gathering information about current events and finding stories that are of high interest to your students. NPR has an easy to navigate website and high quality iPad app that makes it easy to find articles and interviews. In addition to accessing print content that you might find in other newspapers, NPR has audio recordings that students can listen to straight from their device. Not only is this a great option for students who may struggle to follow along with the vocabulary in a news story but it also helps students grow as listeners.
Try out NPR on your iPad or Android tablet and give students a chance to listen and read to informational text!
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There are lots of options for finding news stories for your students. If you are looking to connect them to informational text try searching for your favorite newspaper in the App Store. USA Today is one example of a print newspaper that has a mobile application for iOS and Android devices. Students can access articles on a wide range of subjects and view multimedia content. Using current events as an informational text can help students learn about the world around them and capture their attention at the same time.
Check out USA Today in the Apple App Store for iOS devices or the Google Play Store for Android.
New this month to the Apple App Store Rosetta Stone Kids Reading is designed for youngsters getting started with reading. It’s a colorful app that includes plenty of activities to help children build their foundational reading skills. Students create their own profiles so more than one child can log on to the same device. It covers topics from Pre-K through first grade and can also be used as a support or intervention tool.
Free to download, this app works off of a monthly subscription pricing structure.
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Shutterfly has a fantastic app called Photo Story that engages and motivates students while promoting student achievement. It helps facilitate learning and lets students demonstrate their creativity. Students can easily document their projects and publish their stories with text, photos, audio clips and Doodles in a digital book. Teachers and families can even order hardcover or paperback copies of student work.
Shutterfly also has designed a website dedicated to helping teachers integrate Photo Story into their classroom with teacher-developed lesson plans across subject areas (ELA, Social Studies and Science and more) for all grade levels – each one aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Photo Story is a great choice for documenting student learning during a variety of projects including problem based learning units.
Check out their website to learn more or get started right away by downloading this easy to use iPad app!
There are tons of wonderful coding apps and here is another you’ll want to check if you work with younger students. ScratchJr is designed for 5-7 year old children and combines foundational programming skills with storytelling. It is a colorful, kid-friendly app that sets the stage for more complex computer science skills. You may already be familiar with MIT’s Scratch programming language and now younger students can join in on the fun straight from their iPad.
Check out this totally free app today!