We use several apps to manage our Literacy Workshop time. You can read about those here and here.
A while back I wrote a post about WONDEROPOLIS! We often use WODEROPOLIS in our informational text station. You can read more about how we use it in this post. If you aren't familiar with this site, you should check it out. There is a very user-friendly app available as well.
I've also blogged a bit about using EDMODO for BOOK TALKS. We set up a private group during the last month of school, and so far, my students are still reading and posting even though school's out for SUMMER! I know...it makes me smile too! :) You can read more about our Summer Book Talks with EDMODO on this post.
We did a QR Scavenger Hunt to reflect on some of the read-alouds we shared together during the year. Each clue was a hint about a certain book and a clue as to where they could find that book hidden. They had to remember the book, find the secret location, and then open the book to find their next clue! FUN, FUN, FUN! You can read about it in #3 here. :) I created the QR HUNT using a free app called RED LASER, and then my kiddos used Red Laser on our iPods to scan the codes to find the clues.
Since reading and writing go hand in hand, I have what I think is a very useful tip for integrating technology into writing. You can find my tutorial for setting this up here, but the basic concept is simple. I love to for my students to run readability tests on their writing. They love to watch their score increase, I love to teach them the revising skills that send that score high above their grade level. Sentence structure, vocabulary, correct spelling and punctuation, details, etc., in writing, all increase readability scores. I have found that this is a great way to get students to see the importance of using revision skills. When they see it in action, they start to look for these elements in their novels, and begin to read more critically. Reading and writing go hand in hand. :)
As you can tell from all the previous posts, I love to integrate TECHNOLOGY into my READING CLASSROOM.
I have one last integration to share with you. GOOGLE! I know...Everybody uses GOOGLE in their classrooms, but I couldn't post about integration without mentioning the value of simply having the technology available. I LOVE BOOKS, don't get me wrong, but if I hand my students an iPod and ask them to research a topic and write down a few facts, I will get way more reading, writing, and information from them with an iPod than if I had simply asked them to look it up in a book, much less a textbook. I'm just saying...GOOGLE wins over a TEXTBOOK every time!
Now...onto some GROWN-UP technology. :) WOW! I bet the BLOGLOVIN' people were blown away yesterday! I am sure some records were broken for them thanks to the huge GIVEAWAY that's going on!
I have joined with a LARGE group of bloggers to help everyone get started with Bloglovin'! If you haven't set up an account- it is free, and it is FABULOUS! You don't have to be a blogger to join, and there's a great app available once you set up an account. It's a great way to keep track of all the blogs you like to read, and have the newest posts available in an organized fashion.