I’ve shared how much I love Pocket to keep track of all of the great articles I come across online about educational technology. Users of the free app Pocket can access their bookmarked articles with the speed reading app Outread. Outread highlights groups of words to help readers stay focused and move quickly through a text. One cool feature is how it tells you how long it will take for you to finish each article. There are lots of ways to customize this app and after trying it out for yourself you may want to introduce it to students working to build reading fluency or for kids who are struggling to stay focused when reading. It’s a very cool app and even though it’s not free Outread is definitely worth checking out!
Here’s two lesson plans for teaching literacy skills:
Explore Shakespeare from Cambridge University Press is a wonderful app for teachers and students working with these classics. Users can see pictures from different productions, tap on different lines of dialogue for clarification, and even listen to audio performances. This app lets you sample a few different selections before purchasing individual plays.
Here are some lessons for teaching English Language Arts with mobile devices!
A fantastic app to help student writers is Write About This. Children can access writing prompts and use pictures as inspiration. This app makes it easy to publish and share student work and the free version gives kids access to more than a dozen writing prompts.
Here are two of my favorite lesson plans for teaching ELA with mobile devices:
A wonderful introduction to grammar topics, Grammaropolis will get students excited about different parts of speech. With this app kids can access videos, music and tons of resources. The free version gives you all of the content related to nouns but the other parts of speech require in app purchases.
Looking for lessons to teach grammar topics? Here’s two that may work for you:
The Library of Congress has a variety of apps including some great choices for virtual field trips. Aesop for Children is an interactive ebook app that’s makes it easy and fun for kids reading these tales for the first time or teachers sharing them with their students. This is a great app if you only have one iPad or access to a few to create reading groups.
Have students retell a story with one of my favorite Common Core aligned lesson plans!
This app is also available on Android devices.