iPad Apps that Enhance your Language Arts Program

Pete the CatJoined by a group of enthusiastic K-12 teachers and principals, we explored a number of apps at our District Pro-D session on February 21st. The feature story was Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin. After listening to the story and the oh-so catchy song, we used a strategy called Milling to Music to move around the classroom to share connections with different partners. Great energizing strategy to use across the curriculum!

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This image was created using Thinglink, which takes images and embeds interactivity.  For more on using this in your class, click here.

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We would love to hear how your students are using some of these apps.

App #5 of “10 Apps to Countdown Season”

App #5:   Many of us have our students write stories and then illustrate the text.  While the artists in the bunch do flips and cartwheels (and I’ve had those students),  what happens to those who struggle with drawing the simplest shapes.  You know what I mean… somehow my tree just doesn’t quite look like a tree. Having a teacher say, “just do your best” doesn’t make me feel any better when I stare at my ‘stick tree’.  How about giving the gift of storytelling without the struggle of drawing?

Storybird is a site that captures the imagination and allows a writer to focus on writing.  Starting with selections of beautiful images (drawn by artists), you craft your story.  The images serve to anchor your ideas as they unfold.  A slider at the bottom of the screen shows the sequence of each page – handy for keeping the flow of beginning, middle and end. The finished products are short, art-inspired pieces of text that can be shared on any device.

storybird

Teachers can create free class accounts without the need for emails (please be careful about using student names). Options for sharing allows the story to be published on the site or embedded in blogs, wikis, or other platforms.

How can you use this site to grow your writers?

App #2 of “10 Apps to Countdown Season”

App #2:   We all collect lists of websites to use in our classes or professional learning.  Many of you use online tools such as Diigo (my favourite) or Delicious to organize these for easy retrieval.  Another one along this line is Symbaloo or to be precise, Edu.Symbaloo.  (I’ve written about this before.)

edusymbaloo

This site takes bookmarks and creates imaged tiles for a visual approach to displaying the websites. Each webmix board might house a specific content area like Math, Social Studies.  Or sections of the board can hold a cluster of sites dedicated to a particular content.  Clicking on any tile sends you to the site. You can even include a search engine in the middle of your webmix.

Imagine what can be done to help students with accessing curated sites.