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Using iPads during your literacy block can help students engage with text and content on a new level. There is no one app that is going to teach them how to be amazing readers, but there are plenty of apps that can support the tasks that you create for students. One of my favorite activities for getting students thinking about their reading includes the use of the fantastic, free iPad app ChatterPix Kids.
ChatterPix Kids lets students take a picture, slice open the mouth, and record their voice talking through the image. In the reading classroom you can…
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Brand new in the Apple App Store, PocketPhonics Stories is a step-by-step reading program incorporating 42 storybooks for your iPad. It is based on the award-winning PocketPhonics app that’s used in over 2000 schools. With this app children will learn how to recognize letter sounds, identify how letter sounds are blended together to make words, and learn how to write letters.
After mastering a group of letter sounds, students will put them into practice by reading storybooks with those sounds plus a few difficult words to push them further. Children can tap a word they don’t know and this app keeps track of times when they need extra help. PocketPhonics Stories supports children as they apply phonics skills when they are reading. Independent research supports the power of the PocketPhonics program and they even offer free trials of the app for schools
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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Sharing current events with students is so important but it is often challenging to find appropriate content for elementary schoolers. News-O-Matic is a daily newspaper for kids available on both iOS and Android devices (the app will soon be available on the Amazon Kindle Fire tablets). It provides engaging nonfiction text for young readers to help them learn about the world around them. With topics including election news, sports coverage and science discoveries, there is plenty of exciting content to capture the attention of your students.
Their new update (coming soon!) will be specifically designed for use in schools. It will include custom reading levels for individual students, built-in assessments that are customizable, and analytics including quiz scores, reading levels and time spent reading. News-O-Matic will be able to support differentiated instruction while giving students access to high-interest, informational text.
Learn more about News-O-Matic by visiting their website or watching this video!