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Reading on Digital Devices_ Use Annotation to Push Student Thinking

Reading on Digital Devices: Use Annotation to Push Student Thinking

Here’s my new post for Kami’s blog about! Click here to check out the original. The world of education has changed greatly with the introduction of tablet technology. Students can interact with content in a completely new way, and teachers are adapting to these changes. When students read on a digital device, the experience of reading is altered. Highlighters, sticky notes, and index cards are no longer the default study tools of readers today. When reading… Read Article →

5 Wintertime Mobile Apps: Read, Play & Craft

5 Wintertime Mobile Apps: Read, Play & Craft

Changing seasons are a great time to pause and think about whether we are getting the most of an educational tool.  There are lots of mobile apps that can promote independent reading, provide inspiration, and connect to wintertime.  As you prepare for colder weather, let’s take a look at some favorite iPad apps for wintertime! Labor Leaves  Wintertime isn’t a snowy time of year for everyone.  You may have the opportunity… Read Article →

Flip Flap Jungle iPad Book: Read Aloud & Along

Flip Flap Jungle iPad Book: Read Aloud & Along

Axel Scheffler’s Flip Flap Jungle is a playful app from the folks at Nosy Crow.  Released this month, Flip Flap Jungle is one of a handful of apps from Nosy Crow that bring literature to life on your iPad screen. This app gives students lots of options to interact with the text.  Children can read along with the narration or read each page independently.  Flip Flap Jungle is bright, colorful and… Read Article →

Green Eggs and Ham: Read & Learn on iPads

Green Eggs and Ham: Read & Learn on iPads

I’m a big fan of Dr. Seuss and this new app from the folks at Ocean House Media brings a classic text to life on tablets.  Green Eggs and Ham – Read & Learn is an interactive reading app for iPads, combining the classic Dr. Seuss stories kids love with new animations and tons of surprises.  Every page of the book is animated and gesture-based interactions (tap, drag, tilt, swipe) unlock… Read Article →

Exploring Character Perspectives: An iPad Lesson Idea

Exploring Character Perspectives: An iPad Lesson Idea

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… Read Article →

PocketPhonics Stories Reading Program for iPads

PocketPhonics Stories Reading Program for iPads

Brand new in the Apple App Store, PocketPhonics Stories is a step-by-step reading program for iPads incorporating 42 storybooks.  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… Read Article →

Classroom Tool: Dr. Seuss Treasury App

Last week I introduced a fantastic collection of Dr. Seuss books from Oceanhouse Media.  The Dr. Seuss Treasury app is perfect for centers and silent reading.  Now every child in your class can have their own Dr. Seuss library at their fingertips without having to buy each individual book app or tote around the original hardback copy.  The 3 Sort options make it easy for kids to find their favorites… Read Article →

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Rosetta Stone Kids Reading App

New this month to the Apple App Store Rosetta Stone Kids Reading app 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. Rosetta Stone Kids Reading covers topics from Pre-K through first grade and can also be used as a… Read Article →

SoundSwaps for Spelling & Reading Practice

SoundSwaps is an iPad app designed for students with dyslexia and other auditory based spelling and reading disorders.  With a bright and colorful, kid-friendly interface Soundswaps works with students on a few different skills.  This includes levels on word families, and initial and final sounds in words.  There are also activities that help students practice vowels, and random changes in words. . With SoundSwaps students can work on their auditory… Read Article →

iAnnotate for PDFs (with a Special Offer!)

I’m a big fan of iAnnotate – it’s an app that I use personally and professionally and if you work with PDFs you’ll definitely want to check it out!  Teachers and students are seeing the benefit of going paperless, especially when deciding whether or not to print huge PDF documents just so they can highlight and add notes. iAnnotate is fantastic PDF viewer that gives users the power to write… Read Article →