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Support English-Language Learners with Scannable Technology

28 Nov

TEXT HEREHere’s a preview of my new post for Edutopia – click on the link below to read more!

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.

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Check out my iBook all about QR codes

Google Slides on iPads

21 Nov

Screen Shot 2014-11-12 at 1.07.45 PMscreen480x480I am a big fan of Google collaboration tools that make it easy for teachers and students to work together on shared documents.  It can make completing a class project easier and help students connect with their peers at any time of the school day.  Over the past few months the iOS apps for Google tools have been updated to make creating, collaborating, and sharing even easier than before.  Users can move from one device to another and pick up right where they left off.

Google Slides makes it easy for a group of students to create a presentation together or for peers and teachers to offer feedback.  With the Google Slides app for iPads kids can log in and practice a presentation, make changes on the go, and check in on projects they are completing with their peers.

Check out Google Slides for iOS devices in the Apple App Store!

This app is also available on Android devices.

News-O-Matic is Now Bilingual

15 Nov

ipad-smph-Su8XLANews-O-Matic is an app I absolutely love!  It is fantastic for placing current events in the hands of your students and makes reading the news an engaging and exciting experience for children.  News-O-Matic provides daily news stories for students and now they offer each one of their five articles in both English and Spanish every day.  This translation is done by a native Spanish-speaking translator and there is even the option to listen to each article read aloud in Spanish.  

ipad-smph-QYZiqKStudents in a bilingual classroom and Spanish speaking children who are struggling to read English will absolutely love this new feature.  It’s a powerful option for students learning English and students who are learning Spanish. As the very first bilingual news app for children it is a wonderful option for classrooms where students have a variety of needs.  News-O-Matic is available on the Apple App Store, Google Play Store and Amazon Appstore.

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Augmented Reality Read Aloud Stations (with QR codes too!)

14 Nov

Screen Shot 2014-10-17 at 3.50.31 PMIMG_8013If you’re a regular reader of ClassTechTips.com you know how much I love scannable technology!  I’ve had the opportunity this past year to work with LitWorld as they’ve developed iPad literacy programing for children and families.  One super fun set of posters we’re using this fall let’s students scan a poster to access a video of a read aloud.

At this read aloud station kids can scan the poster using Layar to access an augmented reality trigger or scan the QR code.  They’re taken to one of my favorite online video collections of celebrity read alouds.  Students can then sit and listen to a story.

This is a great option for stations in an elementary school classroom or bulletin board in a library!

Create your own using your favorite poster making tool or download mine from Syllauby!

Babbel for Language Learning

1 Nov

Screen Shot 2014-11-01 at 4.19.17 PMscreen480x480If you are looking for a tool for students to practice learning a new language check out Babbel.  Similar to Duolingo – another language learning app I love – this app gives users the opportunity to work through activities to learn a new language.  Babbel has apps for iOS, Google Play, and the Windows App Store.  Users can work through interactive activities on the go straight from their mobile device.  It’s a great app for students to use to practice a language they are learning in school or lifelong learners looking to explore Spanish, French, Italian, to name a few.

Visit their website to learn more!

Post-it Plus for Digital Sticky Notes

26 Oct

screen480x480-1Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 8.09.37 PMThere are some great brainstorming and planning apps for iPads (sticky notes, GRID, Popplet) and a new app from the makers of Post-it Notes combines the traditional tool with a digital platform.  Post-it Plus is a super cool app that lets users snap a picture of their post-it notes and the app will recognize each individual sticky.  You can then move them around your screen and organize them into groups.  It’s a great way for kids to collect their stop-and-jots in one place whether they are using post-it notes in Reader’s Workshop or when conducting research for a writing project.

See this app in action by watching their short video or download the free app right away!

PS This works with any kind of sticky note so if you use the dollar store brand you won’t be left out :)

Caribu for Long Distance Read Alouds

24 Oct

Screen Shot 2014-10-21 at 9.57.28 AMYou may have seen Caribu featured in the most recent Apple keynote event showing off the new iPad Air 2.  This very cool app connects two readers from down street or across the world so they can explore a picture book together.  Users will be able to see each other’s picture just like FaceTime as they turn the pages of a book on their screen.  screen480x480-2

This is a great app for reading buddies young and old.  It can be used in a school environment to connect readers to partners in a neighboring school or to students in another time zone. Caribu is also a great recommendation for parents looking to motivate reluctant readers at home.

Caribu comes with a couple free books and the rest are downloaded through in-app purchases.

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