Contact Information: Doreen Pietrantoni email@example.com, Julie Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org
Doreen's Blog - http://www.monroe.edu/bits
Julie's Blog - http://johnsonj.blog.monroe.edu
Outcomes of Workshop:
Awareness of resources, knowledge of apps to incorporate literacy, achieve Common Core Literacy standards through use of apps, hands on experience with apps.
We are all familiar with the phenomenon of mobile devices as a personal device, but what about its use in the classroom?
Mobile Devices in the Classroom for an example of a project based iPad learning experience or view ABC123 iPads in the Primary Classroomfor a centers based learning experience.
Using Mobile devices such as the Android Tablets, iPad, iPhone, and iPod in the classroom can allow for:
The Media-Rich Cone of Learning illustrates student retention in regards to receiving information. The interactive nature of mobile devices allows for students to physically engage with the devices.
Using Mobile Devices to Address Common Core Learning Standards
Common Core Learning Standards:
(from Exactly What Common Core Standards Say About Technology)
W= Writing RI= Reading: Informational SL= Speaking and Listening
Reading and Listening Standards
Reading and Writing Standards
W.4.6. With some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of one page in a single sitting.
RI.8.7. Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different mediums (e.g., print or digital text, video, multimedia) to present a particular topic or idea.
SL.11-12.2. Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) in order to make informed decisions and solve problems, evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source and noting any discrepancies among the data.
SL.11-12.5. Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.
- Publishing requires deep consideration of audience, purpose, structure, text features, and format. Whether text blogging via WordPress, photo blogging via tumblr or Instagram, or video blogging through vimeo or YouTube, the demand for students to actually publish their writing is a significant leap.
- Collaboration forces students to plan, adopt, adapt, rethink, and revise, all higher-level practices. Whether through apps, social media platforms, or in person, collaboration is not new for most K-12 learners in modern settings. But collaborating in pursuit of publishing and sharing thinking online is.
- Evaluation is near the top of Bloom’s taxonomy for a reason, necessitating that students make critical judgment calls about how information is presented and shared. In many ways, this standard represents the most important—and perhaps least-understood—of the new Common Core ELA standards, asking learners not just to prefer facebook to twitter, but to deeply evaluate the pros and cons of each for different purposes. Powerful!
- Integration is a matter of design, and produces considerable cognitive load on a learner. And in light of APIs, social media, and an array of smart mobile devices, is a kind of digital strategy. When the standard says “digital media,” it might as well say social media as it continues “to add interest,” a side-effect of making something non-social, social.
Nets for Students (click here for a detailed PDF)
- Creativity and Innovation
- Communication and Collaboration
- Research and Information Fluency
- Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
There are essential conditions to regard when using technology in the classroom. Click here to learn more.
Ideas such as Student-Centered learning, empowered leaders, and Curriculum Framework are essential to effectively leverage technology for learning.
Articles on iPads and Literacy
The following articles highlight mobile device usage with literacy, student engagement and assessment.
Unlocking Literacy with iPad - This article discusses iPads in the classroom, focusing on literacy and MAP test results.
Exploring the Use of the iPad for Literacy Learning - This article features a specific class with literacy goals and a list of apps used for specific literacy instruction.
Need Resources?Below are resources.
- District Databases - Click on your district to view available databases
- On-Line Text Resources - List of reliable online fiction and non-fiction text (Julie Johnson's Blog)
- Common Core Learning Standards - Engage NY website linked to the Literacy Standards
- Monroe #1 BOCES App Page
- Apps in Education
- iTunes Store
- Google Play for Android Devices
- Apps Gone Free App
Reading AppsWant to encourage reluctant readers? Want to have a resource in which students have access to fiction and non-fiction ebooks and audio books? Get students reading!
Overdrive App (Free) - allow for students and teachers to access the Monroe #1 BOCES eBook and Audiobook library as well as the Monroe Public Library eBook and Audiobook library. Downside? You need to have an Adobe Digital Editions ID which manages licensing rights and authorize the device to the account IF you wish to download the book and not read in browser. Has a Read In Browser option with wireless access. Once books are downloaded, you will not need to access wireless.
Kindle App (Free) - Allows for Kindle format ebooks, magazines, textbooks and PDFs to be downloaded from Amazon and Overdrive. Downside? You need to have an Amazon account and authorize the device to the account. Once books are downloaded, you will not need to access wireless.
Nook App (Free) - Allows for Nook format ebooks, magazines, textbooks and PDFs to be downloaded from Barnes & Noble. Downside? You will need to have a Barnes and Noble account to log into the app. Once books are downloaded, you will not need to access wireless.
iBooks App (Free) - Allows for ebooks, magazines, PDFs and classic ebooks from sources such as Guttenberg
Raz Kids (Free) - Raz-Kids.com gives you hundreds of interactive, leveled books spanning 27 levels of difficulty, covering a wide range of subjects. In addition to engaging kids at their reading level and in their area of interest, this award-winning website gives kids 24/7 Web access to the practice they need to become better, more confident readers.
Book Creation Apps
Do you wish your students could create a book as an authentic assessment? Students will be able to create a book from the Apps listed below.
Scribble My Story App (Free) - Elementary level, allows students to use templates in order to type or narrate their story. There are also blank templates in which students can customize background, add stamps, draw, write and/or narrate. There are educator management areas using the website to create group accounts.
Annotating AppsSubtext App - (Free) - Teachers can embed instruction right in the pages of nearly any digital text. Because notes are linked to a specific passage, there’s a natural emphasis on close reading, citing text evidence, and supporting claims. Works with ePub, PDF, free eBooks, web articles and nonfiction as well as Overdrive.
Social Learning Apps
There are numerous tools to use with Social Networking, reading and collaborating.Edmodo App - (Free) - Edmodo makes a teacher’s daily life easier by providing a safe and easy way for teachers and students to engage and collaborate for free, anytime, anywhere. Teachers can create talking points, annotate text, polls, quizzes, reading groups, etc. No student email is required.
Subtext App - (Free) - Teachers can embed instruction right in the pages of nearly any digital text. Because notes are linked to a specific passage, there’s a natural emphasis on close reading, citing text evidence, and supporting claims. Works with ePub, PDF, free eBooks, web articles and nonfiction as well as Overdrive.
Misc. AppsEducreations App (Free) - A whiteboard app that allows students to take images of text or math problems and create a video that illustrates how problem is solved, or other CCLS such as annotation of text. Great for teachers and students to solve problems and use video as an instructional tool.
Doodle Buddy (Free) - Students can express their ideas in images. Images can be shared via email.
Idea Sketch (Free) - Students can make list in either outline form or visually with thought bubbles in various sizes and colors to organize thoughts, research, and ideas. Images can be shared via email, dropbox, or photos.
Saving Webpage to Home Screen
Saving frequently used Apps to the Home Screen (Or any screen you wish to drag the App to) creates a shortcut for that website. This is perfect for younger students or for those website addresses that are long.
Save to Home Screen
2. Type in the URL you wish to save to homepage
4. This screen will appear, with the desired website in the Add to Home Screen button
5. Type in the name you wish to call the App
6. App Icon will appear!