Tag Archives: reading

Outread for Speed Reading

27 Mar

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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:

DK Readers for Nonfiction Text

21 Mar

imageThere are tons of options for iPad friendly eBooks (here’s a long list!) and if you’re looking for nonfiction text DK Readers has you covered.  Kids can scroll through each book, identify text features, and read along with the highlighted text.  This app comes with five free books and more can be downloaded with in app purchases.

Here are two Common Core aligned lesson plans for working with nonfiction text

This app is available for Android tablets.

Explore Shakespeare on iPads

19 Mar

imageExplore 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!

Use Easy Annotate with PDFs

5 Mar

Screen Shot 2014-03-03 at 11.33.19 AMFor teachers and students looking to mark up a text on their iPad, Easy Annotate is worth checking out.  This iPad app lets users look at two PDF documents at once for side by side viewing, editing and linking.  Easy Annotate gives you the power to highlight, mark, underline, cross-out, draw, and add notes to any PDF document.

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Easy Annotate makes it simple to import and export documents from Dropbox.  Users also have the option to print or email their annotated document straight from the app.  In the classroom students can use Easy Annotate to mark up a text to show where they found the answer, take notes as they conduct research, and edit their own writing.  This app is easy to use and can definitely help children as they read over material or study for an exam.

Visit Easy Annotate’s website or watch their video to learn more!

Aesop’s Fables Go Mobile

3 Feb

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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.

Book Writer for Easy Publishing

27 Jan

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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.

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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!

12 Free Storybook Apps for iPads

16 Jan

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.