iTeach 1:1 and Learning to the Core are hosting a weekly technology linky on Thursdays for the rest of the summer. This week's theme is integrating technology into reading.
So, here are some of the ways I integrate technology into reading:
My district has a subscription to Tumble Books. It basically consists of interactive, online books that are read aloud to students with the text on the page. Many of them are stories that we have picture books of in our classroom libraries. My students use this site during listening to reading and I also use it during shared reading a lot since it is visible to everyone from my Promethean Board. I do believe it has story quizzes as well, but I've never used that part of the site before. I know many of my students use it to read at home as well.
When I had the iPads last year, I started downloading free books and purchasing them from Storia with my points for use with the Scholastic app. The available books are the same ones for purchase within their catalog. I also like that some of the books come with interactive activities, questions along the way and at the end, and many of them come with dictionaries or read aloud capabilities. I created one account with my email and all of my students were able to access the books in my account from all of the iPads at once without any problem. The website says a particular book can only be opened by one user at a time, but I didn't find this to be true. I had my students use the app for independent reading and was also able to use the books during small group instruction by giving each kid an iPad and having them open the same book. The books can also be accessed by downloaded the program onto a computer.
Pic Collage is another app I started using a lot. Click here for more information on how to use it. Basically students can combine words and pictures in any way they want. So, we used it to make collages of words with prefixes/suffixes, character webs, and things of that nature.
My students used the Show Me app towards the end of the year to create summaries of their reading. They could take pictures from the text or create their own and then do an oral retell while the app recorded them.
I have a couple of mp3 players in my classroom that my students use during listen to reading. I uploaded old CD's to my computer and put them on the mp3 players. They can hold many books at once and the students are more enthusiastic about using them. Plus, I don't have to worry about the CD's becoming scratched and ruined.
These are all great websites for specific skill instruction or practice as well, especially for things like vocabulary (synonyms, antonyms, word lists, etc.).
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