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iBooks Author Conference: October 8th & 9th – Nashville, TN

9 Aug

62b1f6_4e0998d9af314c3292529ccda46e930a.jpg_srz_p_292_292_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srzThis October 8-9th the iBooks Author Conference will be held in Nashville, TN to bring educators together who are excited about the power for this dynamic tool.  I’ve used iBooks Author for the past few years and have learned so much from fellow educators who have explored lots of ways to bring interactive iBooks into their classroom.  Here’s an article on 17 Ways To Use iBooks Author Right Now that can give you some ideas of how it’s being used by teachers. Whether you’re an Apple Distinguished Educator, tech-savvy teacher, or just excited about iBooks Author you’ll want to check out the sessions being offered.

Learn more about the iBooks Author Conference by visiting their website or go straight to the registration link!

How-To: Create Reading Guides for Students with iBook Tools

8 Jun
One thing I love about iBooks is how easy it is to take notes and organize your thinking.
I’ve used iBooks to prepare reading guides for student book clubs. If your students are reading classic texts (Treasure Island, Jane Eyre, etc.) these books are free to download.  If students are going to read in a book club with hard copies of a text, you can purchase a copy on iBooks and prepare a reading guide for them. Here’s how:
  • As you re  reading highlight a piece of text and add a note.  This note could be a comprehension or discussion question you want students to stop and answer when they finish the chapter.
  • You can access all of these notes (aka comprehension questions) in one place, no matter when or where in the book you stopped to record them.
  • All of these notes (aka comprehension questions) can be emailed together, and are already organized by chapter.
  • You can then give this list to students at the beginning of a book club with the expectation that this will guide their reading responses and group discussions.

Check out my book club guide for The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate.

Math Comics from Yamie Chess

3 Feb
yamie-chess-math-comics-ebooksYamie Chess is a math learning resource that supports elementary and middle school students.  You might be familiar with their board game that helps students learn math skills while playing chess.   Working with both U.S. chess masters and math educators, Yamie Chess has created a set of comic books for students that are used to teach math concepts.
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These comic books take students on an adventure while introducing a variety of math skills.  They will learn about geometry, equations, and number sense as they turn the page.  Students who love math will like the combination of cartoon characters and storytelling.  Children who love fantasy stories will learn math skills as they turn each page.  Yamie Chess will be available on Apple iBooks, Amazon Kindle and Google Play in early 2015.
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Visit their website to learn more!
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Dr. Seuss Treasury for 50+ Digital Books

11 Dec
Icon512_TransparentCornersThe Dr. Seuss Treasury app gives you easy access to 50+ classic Dr. Seuss books in a single, portable, digital library. Each book is a dynamic and interactive reading experience, complete with custom narration and sound effects, tappable words and pictures, and 3 reading modes that help even the youngest of readers connect with each story.
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Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 12.45.06 PMFind your favorites easily using the Sort feature – you can organize all 55 books alphabetically, by series/reading level, or year published. Parents and teachers can use the new Reading Stats feature inside the Parents section to track books and hours read, individual words tapped, and pages turned. Explore the app using a 7 day free trial, then subscribe and save or unlock the whole app with a one-time in app purchase.
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It’s a great deal for anyone looking to round out their classroom library, diversify the Dr. Seuss content they normally cover, and keep students engaged in learning how to read.  Check it out today!

Interactive Safari

22 Nov

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If you only have one or a few iPads in your classroom, interactive story apps are great for stations and partner activities.  Goodnight Safari is a beautifully illustrated interactive book that children can explore independently.

Teaching ELA with iPads? Here are some Common Core aligned lesson plans!

Publish Stories on iPads

23 Aug

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iPads are a great tool for content consumption but there are plenty of free iPad apps that help students create content too!  Our Story for iPad lets users write their own stories using images saved on their iPad camera roll.  Add text and record your voice for each page before sharing your final product as a PDF or zip file.

Check out my Common Core aligned lesson plans for teaching ELA on iPads: story maps, figurative language, fluency, current events, and more!

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Penguin Leveled Readers: iPad Bookshelf

31 Jul

image (53)Penguin Leveled Reader is a wonderful bookshelf app for young readers.  Students can listen to narration, read along, and manipulate the story.  This app comes with one free text from each of the four levels offered and more can be downloaded with in-app purchases.

Check out my Common Core aligned lesson plans for teaching reading strategies on iPads!

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