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.
Students and teachers creating eBooks should check out Book Writer. The ease and simplicity of the intuitive interface makes this app a truly powerful tool. Children can use Book Writer to publish stories that can be shared with their families and added to an ePortfolio. Teachers can create books that document school trips or publish a collection of their students’ work.
Straightforward and easy to use, Book Writer lets you create a book right within the app by adding pictures, text, audio recording and even music. You can export the book to iBooks for easy reading on your iPad or share it via email. Simple and fun to use, students will love being content creators on their iPads no matter what event they are documenting or story they are telling. Teachers will also find that this app lends itself to creating customized books to share with their students. Book Writer is a very impressive app!
You can give children access to storybooks with these free iPad apps. In this list you will see eReader platforms that include picture books and chapter books – some even let students create their own! Whether you are using your iPad during a whole class read aloud, small group instruction, or sending kids off to read or write independently, you are sure to find something on this list that meets the needs of your students.
Students can be creators on their iPads by making their own screencasts and designing posters, but this device is also a fantastic eReader. Storia from Scholastic is a wonderful choice for a virtual bookshelf. Students can search for books at their independent level and read with support features like a glossary, audio and high quality images. Download the first five books on your account for free!
View my Common Core aligned lesson plans for teaching ELA on iPads!
This app is also available on a Android devices.
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A fantastic online tool for vocabulary acquisition is Membean – an individualized web based platform for learning. With a focus on student engagement and memory retention, Membean uses an adaptive reinforcement engine to make sure that students are remembering what they’ve learned. Vocabulary is presented to students in a variety of Memlets including: context, through examples, using word roots, videos, related images, word constellation, related words and memory hooks.
Teachers will love having access to detailed student reports that they can share with parents and their children. These resources help educators monitor student progress for students at a variety of levels. Enriching students’ vocabulary increases reading comprehension and builds confidence. This online tool is a wonderful option for teachers looking for a platform that meets the needs of individual students – check out Membean’s website, take a tour of their program , or watch their video to learn more!
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Check out my Common Core aligned iPad lesson plans for teaching ELA on iPads!