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23 May 2011
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Appy Hour: ELAR App-Teasers

Appy Hour will provide you with a fast-paced introductory approach to FREE apps that are appropriate for secondary students. App-teasers for ELAR will be sampled. After this class you will think beyond the concept of an App as simply being a game – you will leave with a menu of appealing concrete lesson ideas you can serve as soon as you are back with your students! An iPad with all required apps will be included for use during the duration of the class.

Jog iTunes with Me

iPad Lessons ©2011. Lisa Johnson. All rights reserved. Permission to reproduce for classroom use granted

ELAR Appy Tour (Jog the Web Tour)

app_happy_elar (Menu of ELAR Apps Sampled)

See iPad Lessons for more ELAR examples.

See ELAR Podcasts for a starter list of podcasts.

19 May 2011
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Podcasts 4 ELAR/Language/Library

Our Web 2.0 Part 2 Moodle course provided some wonderful discussion on useful Math podcasts. Why reinvent the wheel? Here are some of the resources (with descriptions) that were provided from teachers enrolled in the course. Use these as mini lessons, reviews, independent study pieces, or to clear up common misconceptions. 

  • Grammar Girl: This is a must!!!!
  • Storynory: This podcast has a bunch of poems and stories that are auditory. Many of my students sadly, don’t have books at home, this is a way they can get the exposure and enjoyment of literature just by clicking the link.When looking through the podcasts in Storynory, I saw that they had The Wizard of Oz, which is on my student’s reading list, broken down by chapter. The podcasts here are almost like an audio book. The chapters are each read aloud on the podcast. This would be a great way to keep students who are frequently absent caught up. I could post the podcast in my wiki for each chapter. Students could listen to the chapter if they are home sick
  • Sweet and Sassy Summer of girls fiction: This is a podcast for girls that has some storytelling activities geared towards girls, voiced by girls my students ages. It gives great ideas abot novels and literature that I can use to interest some of my girls especially over the summer, almost like a reading camp for them during the down time.
  • Book Voyages: This is a podcast dedicated to introduction of new books and poems geared towards kids my students age.  I am hoping to encourage them to listen to the podcast over the summer, by getting them to check it out in May, and using it regularly. (Also check out Horn Book Podcast & Authors Without Limits).
  • Coffee Break Spanish: This podcast will help me because I’m certified in Spanish, but I’m not currently teaching Spanish. So it can keep me up to date and practicing/reviewing the language daily.  I wouldn’t use it instructionally (at this moment), but could be used to connect with Spanish speaking students and parents. (Also check out Discover Spanish, Finally Learn Spanish)
  • English Grammar in Context:  will serve as that extra grammar practice, or perhaps the reteach that sometimes needs to take place.  Again, individual station work or as additional work at home.
  • One Voice from Africa: is a news program connecting Africa and America.  I will use it for listening practice as well as just current information.  I have several African students and this will provide some intrinsic motivation for learning as they have great interest in what is happening back home.
  • Meet the Author: is a podcast for the students. Students can listen to interviews of different authors to find out about what inspired them to start writing, hear about the characters in the books and learn facts about the author.
  • American English Pronunciation: is pronunciation practice and I will be using it for stations or as homework for my students.  It provides private practice and allows some flexible learning in my classroom.
  • Books on the Nightstand: is a blog about books, authors, and reviews of books. It is beneficial to both me and the student because it has suggestions for what to read next, books that are related to each other by theme or author, and information about authors. Instructionally, for me personally, I am always looking for fun interesting picture books to share with my family. For students, it would help them choose a book.
  • Radio WillowWeb: This podcast database is something that we’ve used in our previous assignments as an example for podcasting.  I struggled to find ideas for how to use podcasting with my first graders. This podcast subscription is great for me because it helps me get ideas for my own classroom and gives me a guide for formatting.  It works well for my students because it allows them to learn from other students and they can use it as a model of expectation for their own podcasts.  I used this for my students’ assignment.  We are about to study sound in the upcoming weeks and I found a podcast on Sound created by third graders for my students to listen to and record one thing they learned about. I thought it would be a great introduction.
  • Super Why! PBS Kids: this is a breakthrough preschool series designed to help kids ages 3 to 6 with the critical skills that they need to learn to read (and love to read!) SUPER WHY makes reading an empowering adventure by using interactive literacy games that need YOU to play. I think this resource will be great for my students, especially in the beginning of the year when many of them are still lacking the basic, fundamental reading and phonics skills.
  • Just Vocabulary: I am always looking for new ways to introduce new vocabulary to my students. This podcast presents two new words per episode. I would post one podcast per week. The students would have the week to listen to the podcast and complete activities through the week. One might consist of posting a complete sentence using each vocabulary word to the wiki.
  • Vocabulary and Oral Language Development: Vocabulary and language development are key in kindergarten. I will be able to use this site to engage learning in both areas.
  • Audiobooks with Annie: Classic books from the public domain. She is currently reading Anne of Green Gables. This could be used as a station or during SSR time. Would also lend itself to booktalks on my wiki!
  • Kinder PODS- kindergarten: This podcast has great information pertaining to kindergarten.  There are examples of student work, music, students reading, and much more.  I’d love to have my students listen to a recording of kindergartener read, for example, the Hermit Crab by Eric Carle, as part of our Eric Carle study.
  • Kinderkids: This is a podcast from a kindergarten class in New Hampshire. This subscription can give me ideas to use in my own classroom, as well as offer a great way to share what other kindergartners are doing in another state.  Having my students listen to their podcasts would not only be entertaining, but give my own students ideas for contributing to our own podcasts.
  • BigStoryTime: This podcast has lots of short stories for kiddos on varying topics.  There is a story called “I Love My Mommy” that I will have my students listen to before we start working on our Mother’s Day projects this week.  I’ll post the link to my blog and then have my students finish the sentence stem “I love my mommy because….”
  • Cody’s Cuentos: Has stories in Spanish to listen to online. This is exactly what I need in my dual language classroom which will help with developing better listening skills especially when their is a lack of bilingual material in our classroom.
  • Candlelight Stories: Listening to a variety of stories when books and/or parents or older siblings are not available to help them read, or read to the child. We can listen to a variety of stories through these podcasts, on all different types: fables/folk tales/fairy tales. This blended perfectly with our reading unit we just wrapped up in first grade.
  • The Reading Workshop: this podcast will be beneficial for me by keeping me connected to reading and good ways to implement this into my teaching and curriculum. I will use this by adding these strategies into my daily teaching.
  • How to Videos: are mini blogs about how to act in various situations. These are british, and so much fun. They are beneficial to students through role playing different social situations and showing exactly how to handle each. An example is “how to pay a compliment” and “how to decline an invitation.” I would have these available to students on the Library Resource page under the heading “Handling Yourself in Society.” These would also be great for adults. (also check out Elementary Podcast & Big City Small World & I Want to Talk About)
  • Modern Manners Guy: This is a fun podcast. Some of the podcasts are more directed for high school/adults so I would have to find which ones apply to the middle school level.  I teach social skills (all of my students happen to be male) and many have autism so this would be a fun way to teach them manners and social skills. (also check out Manners for the Digital Age)

Also check out Sesame Street Podcast (video episodes where muppets & celebrity guests explaining the meaning of words), Children’s Fun Storytime Podcast, 123 Listen 2 Me (review books, movies,and music), Graphic Organizer Tools, Bookwink, Children’s Fun Storytime, The Lost World, A Tale of Two Cities, Alice in WonderlandThe Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson, B&N Meet the Writers, The Art of Storytelling with Brother Wolf, ESL Library & English as a Second Language, Prometheus Radio Theater, Recess Stories: A Web Series for Kids, and Librivox: Great Big Treasury of Beatrix Potter.

Also check out the Escondido iRead Program (iRead in iTunes) for information on how podcasts and vodcasts can be used to support and improve the reading process. iPod, iListen, iRead is another great article to support the success of iPods and reading skills.

Many of these podcasts listed can be used as a stand alone or as an example/inspiration for student and/or teacher podcast production.

Some of these podcasts can be subscribed to which will feed into iTunes, others can be saved as an audio or movie file and imported into iTunes, and some are even bundled as an app. Please post others you find in the comments section along with a description and/or how they can be used.

17 May 2011
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The Tree Doth Giveth

Hasn’t the tree given us enough? Go paperless on your next project!

It is that time of year when many schools are working on projects. Here are a few ways you can incorporate Web 2.0 tools in conjunction with the study of personification, simile, and metaphor. All of these tools focus on the tree as inspiration.

Big Huge Labs: Upload an image to create a magazine cover. Create a dialogue or poem to overlay on top of the image.

Tagxedo: Compose a poem and choose a color, theme, layout, shape etc… Tagxedo will give emphasis tow words (Tagxedo_instructions)

Pizap: Upload an image and add text and speech bubbles to it.

Images can be captured by students or taken from copyright free image sites like Pics4Learning & Morgue File.

While most of these sites do not require copyright attribution, it is always a good practice to do so. Since all of these sites do not auto-save or edit text, it is a good idea to write text in another program (Word, Pages, Text File) and copy & paste into tool.

All 3 sites have no required login and have the ability to easily save images as a jpeg for later use in another work.

Have students compose their poem on a word processor, create an accompanying image using one of the 3 Web 2.0 tools listed, and save it as a PDF. Compile the PDF’s to create a class poetry book using Flip Snack (see iPad Lesson section for example & instructions).

Ethemes offers a list of sites that provide lessons and interactives for writing similes & metaphorspersonification.

17 May 2011
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Shakespeare Sonnets

Meet the Bard: I was asked to find some interactive sites for sonnet study and couldn’t stop there…

Here is an article I came across highlighting various blogs, news, and links in reference to Shakespearean Sonnets.

12 May 2011
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Middle Ages Resources

I had a teacher ask for interactive and online resources for the Middle Ages so thought I would share:

Please share other interactive sites and resources for Middle Ages and History as you find them.

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