6 Ready To Go iPad Centers A few of the following iPad Centers/Stations I have posted before, however I thought it might be useful to post them again, at the beginning of the year so you know they are here if you want to try something new during your literacy or math block. All of the centers can be done using one or two iPads at the center and are actual centers that my students used last year. I hope you find them useful or they spark new ideas to try with your students. Writing Center: App Needed - Write About This Fluency Center App Needed - Audioboo, iPhone version Research Center App Needed - Pocket Zoo Math Center App Needed - Draw & Tell This one might be a bit confusing at first. App Needed - Explain Everything
50 Popular iPad Apps For Struggling Readers & Writers Whether you’re the parent of a child with a reading disability or an educator that works with learning disabled students on a daily basis, you’re undoubtedly always looking for new tools to help these bright young kids meet their potential and work through their disability. While there are numerous technologies out there that can help, perhaps one of the richest is the iPad, which offers dozens of applications designed to meet the needs of learning disabled kids and beginning readers alike. Here, we highlight just a few of the amazing apps out there that can help students with a reading disability improve their skills not only in reading, writing, and spelling, but also get a boost in confidence and learn to see school as a fun, engaging activity, not a struggle. Note: See also 15 Of The Best Educational Apps For Improved Reading Comprehension & 20 iPad Apps To Teach Elementary Reading Helpful Tools Speak It! Fundamentals Reading Writing Spelling
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How To Start Developing Your Own Apps Software development is going mobile, bringing applications to phones, laptops and tablets everywhere, including the classroom. - Gartner predicts that by 2015 mobile app development projects will outnumber PC application projects by 4 to 1. - Mobile app developers are reaping the benefits of 45 percent year over year employment growth, according to Bloomberg BusinessWeek. - Dice.com reported a 100 percent increase in job posting for mobile app developers between 2010 and 2011. Developers with the right mix of skills can find boundless opportunity in the multibillion-dollar mobile app industry. The common piece of the puzzle is some sort of computer programming training, whether it’s a certificate in a specific language like HTML5 or a bachelor’s degree in software development. With the rapid growth of the mobile medium, some colleges and universities are adding specialized undergraduate degree programs in mobile app development. Sources
Stone Fox The Stone Fox Progeny Press Study Guide By Progeny Press Stone Fox is the adventurous story of Willy, who lives with his suddenly ill-grandfather. When the State of Wyoming threatens to take his grandfather's farm, Willy enters a dog sled race hoping to win enough money to pay the taxes. But an Indian named Stone Fox also enters the race, and Stone Fox has never lost. Can Willy and his faithful dog, Searchlight, beat Stone Fox and his five white Samoyeds? Progeny Press Study Guides provide teachers, parents, and students with literary analysis based upon the foundation of the Bible. Easy-to-use lessons include vocabulary, comprehension, analysis and critical thinking exercises, questions on related Biblical principles, activities, and a complete answer key. Covers may vary.
48 Free Education Apps Sorted By Grade Level It’s hard to figure out the best education apps that are out there. Katie and I aim to do our best to sort them out but we certainly can’t keep up with the daily influx of interesting and useful apps that could have a spot in education. Emphasis on the word could. Many apps are complete bunk. So let’s assume that you want how do you quickly figure out which free apps work for your grade or skill level. This list is by no means complete but what apps would you add? How to make use of QR codes with your iPad (teachers & students!) iPad Published on July 25th, 2012 | by Mark Anderson It has been recognised for some time now that using QR codes can really support learning but how can the iPad support the use of QR codes in the classroom? Well the fact that it has the camera built in makes it super-handy for working in the classroom with QR codes, but how can they be used to support learning, what methods can you employ in order to create them and then share them? A QR code (or Quick Response code) is like a bar code, in that it can be scanned with a reader and it will present some information based upon what is held within the code. In the case of a bar code it is normally a number which corresponds with a product or ISBN number or similar. URL (website address)Email addressPhone numberTextvCardSMSYouTube clipFacebook profileWi-Fi detailsTwitter profileMap coordinate Now the idea is that you have an app that will create the code and the information is held within it. Here is an example of a text QR code: About the Author
Fluency Practice Passages Why Use Fluency Practice Passages Fluency is a key foundational skill that helps students read complex text with greater understanding. When students read with accuracy and expression at an appropriate reading rate, their fluency supports their comprehension. How to Use Fluency Practice Passages PPassages are provided from Levels F to Z. One-on-One: Read the Fluency Assessment Passage to the student so she or he can hear fluent reading. Timed Reading Procedures You will need: Two copies of the assessment passage—one for the student and one for the instructor Stopwatch or clock Pencil Clipboard (so students will not see what you are writing) Administer a one-minute reading, starting the stopwatch when the student begins the first word of the passage (student will not read titles). During the reading, resist the urge to correct mistakes. Follow along on your copy word by word with your pencil. The following are not considered misses: Timed Reading Scoring Example:
5 Awesome iPad Apps for Students with Special Needs iPad Apps for Special Needs Students As we teach and prepare students for 21st century careers and college, the effective integration of technology is an effective pedagogical tool for meeting the needs of diverse learners. Technology tools, like iPads are particularly useful in meeting the diverse needs of our students with special needs. Technology makes what was once inaccessible for many of the students accessible. Since iPads are relatively easy to use and don't have a significant demand on fine motor schools, they are becoming increasing popular for instruction of our students with special needs. There are thousands of apps that can be used to develop students’ skills. Here are some of my current favorite apps that benefit all children but are particularly useful for reaching and teaching students with special needs. My Top 5 Language Development iPad Apps Audio Boo allows for quick and easy recording. Recording comments regarding student work and emailing to parents.
Kid Tech, According To Apple [Infographic] | Mobile Technology In Education | Mobile Technology and Children Today’s children were born and raised in a world of digital convenience, so it’s no surprise that mobile is so popular on the playground. Apple has long realized the potential of the pre-teen set and has targeted them with iPads, learning apps, smart devices, and other mobile tech to meet their educational and developmental needs. To demonstrate how digital and mobile technology are gaining momentum with children, MDG Advertising developed this informative infographic. It shows how Apple is infiltrating the lives of our children from the cradle to the classroom, as well as how these smart devices are having a real impact on literacy and learning levels, along with the benefits of these digital tools for special needs education. Take a look at how Apple is rapidly increasing its presence and popularity with our kids. Finally, it illustrates how mobile can make a major difference in special needs education. Like what you are reading? Follow MDG Advertising and always be in the know. Google+
Improving Fluency in Young Readers -- Fluency Instruction What is fluency? According the National Reading Panel (2000), fluency is the ability to read text with speed, accuracy and proper expression. Fluent readers: Recognize words automatically Read aloud effortlessly and with expression Do not have to concentrate on decoding Can focus on comprehension Why is fluency important? “Fluency is important because it provides a bridge between word recognition and comprehension.” Fluency doesn’t ensure comprehension, but comprehension is difficult without fluency. When students make gains in reading fluency, they are able to put their energies into comprehension and are able to analyze, interpret, draw conclusions, and infer meaning from texts. The 3 Components of Fluency Accuracy: Also known as automaticity, it refers to the person's ability to read words in a text. In order to implement fluency teaching into reading instruction, teachers need to be aware of the three components of fluency. Fluency Instruction Model fluent reading.