The Techie Times

September 2015

The Daily 5 and iPad Apps

Right now, many of you are focusing on increasing your student's stamina to work independently during reading stations. While students are completing their reading tasks, you meet with them in small groups or work with students individually. The Daily 5 support this initiative while providing them with strategies and tools to help them become better readers and writers. But,"How can technology help support this process too?" is the question I challenge you to answer.


During The Daily Five there are many apps that can be used to bring your reading stations alive! However, I implore you to focus on the "HOW" instead of just using any app. Below you will find three apps that have been highlighted for this month's issue. They can currently be found on our iPads (Hint: check out the blue cart). In addition, I suggested ways you could use them during your reading stations. Before placing the activities in your reading station, remember to model how to use the app during a whole group lesson.


As all always, I would love to hear how you use iPads during your next Daily Five lesson. Send a picture with a short description and I will feature your class in the next Techie Times, or you can always invite me to take pictures myself. Remember sharing is contagious:)

Daily 5 Reading Stations with iPad Apps

Now that you got the idea, here are a few free apps to considered for your Daily 5 Reading Stations that you can download to your personal iPads or tablets:

READ TO SELF


READ TO OTHERS



  • Booksy: This K-2 leveled reading app captures the reading and emails the recording. It also has assisted reading option.
  • Book Creator: Create and record your own iBook with this wonderful app. Easy to share with others.
  • Sparklefish: This app allows you to complete audio stories to listen and share with others.

LISTEN TO READING



  • Reading Rainbow Skybrary: Over 150 interactive books as well as video field trips on this app. (Subscription is needed to access all books)
  • Tumblebooks on Wheels: This application contains a rich library of read-a-long storybook videos designed to provide hours of educational fun.

WORKING WITH WORDS



  • Spelling City: Fun way to practice spelling and vocabulary words.
  • Wordventure: Students will create a story by practicing parts of speech.
  • Sight Words by Photo Touch: Learn sight words through sight, sound and touch with this app.
  • Glow Draw: Students can practice drawing their spelling words with glowing colors.
  • Grammer Jammer: This app comes in primary and elementary. The catchy animated songs and rhymes make language arts exciting.


WORK ON WRITING


  • Popplet Lite: Organize student thoughts, ideas, and images with this graphic organizing app.
  • Little Bird Tales: This app is wonderful for early elementary students to create and record digital stories.

Helpful Videos to get YOU Started!

Reading Fluency Using the Tellagami iPad App
Kindergarten Word Wall Words with Chatterpix Kids

Join me for our first Techie Thursday, starting September 10th at 3:00 pm in the Media Center.

Techie Thursday's is Here!!!

Do you want to learn about a new idea or technology tool? Well, in September you can drop in the Media Center every other Thursday to do just that!! Tech Thursday's are professional growth and development sessions designed to increase our knowledge and experience level in using a wide range of instructional technologies.


Every other Thursday topics will be chosen based upon what YOU want to learn more about, so make sure you complete the Google Form Survey below. If you want to share your favorite tech tool or app with your peers you are welcomed to do so, just indicate your topic and name on the survey form. Future topics include, but are not limited to, Twitter, Edmodo, KidBlogs, App Smashing, NearPod and so much more. Attendance is optional.

Don't forget to complete the survey!

Stacy Hubbard

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions on how I can improve the newsletter, just drop me an email. I am here to help you meet the needs of our students by integrating the curriculum with more technology! Every idea counts because I believe in the power of what we can do together. Each issue is different because of your input and comments. Keep reading and sharing ideas.