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Apps and Ideas for Literature Circles on iPads

Today, the use of e-books and iPads in the classroom are taking reading to a “whole new level,” according to Diane Darrow, library information media specialist at Bel Aire Elementary in Tiburon, Calif and an Apple Distinguished Educator. Darrow says that traditional methods for teaching reading have centered on a verbal-only methodology, which she describes as using one track in the brain. “You want to give [kids] different types of learning experiences so that learning sticks in the brain,” Darrow says. One method of getting kids to engage reading in different ways is through a tablet-based literature circle. But instead of using paper books, colored index cards and poster board to acheive these goals, Darrow uses iPads and apps.

The 5 Levels of Digital Storytelling. By kylemawer It’s our pleasure to introduce a guest blog post by James Taylor, who has been adapting gaming elements (such as leveling up) and applying them to digital storytelling.

The 5 Levels of Digital Storytelling

Thanks, James for a very interesting blog post and loads of great web links and resources which you’ll find near the end – Some of them we’re familiar with here at Digital play but we can’t wait to dip into all the others. Over to you James . . . When we think of introducing web-based tools into our classrooms, as teachers we often obsess over the technical side of things. We worry about setting everything up, about dealing with passwords, about computers crashing and our students not doing what they are supposed to do.

We are not wrong to consider these things, whether we teach kids or adults. In this article, I will demonstrate how you can increase the levels of complexity both technically and linguistically in web-based storytelling by using tools that ask more of your students at each stage. Wonderopolis Mini-grants: Can't Get Enough of Wonderopolis. Digital Poetry. Digital poetry is a part of that conversation.

Digital Poetry

While poetry has been long limited to physical media -- from tablets and parchment to books and magazines -- digital publishing platforms have obliterated such constraints, adding the modalities of light and sound to the traditional combination of words and white space to this medium of human expression. Here's how digital poet Jason Nelson explains the medium: "In the simplest terms Digital Poems are born from the combination of technology and poetry, with writers using all multi-media elements as critical texts. Sounds, images, movement, video, interface/interactivity and words are combined to create new poetic forms and experiences. " Click to Enlarge As technology increases, so do the avenues of communication -- and the diversity of nuance.

Digital poetry -- in goals and purpose -- is really no different than standard poetry. Classroom Implementation. Educational-Blogging - How To Teach Commenting Skills. An Author in Every Classroom: Kids connecting with authors via Skype. It’s the next best thing to being there.