- Writing Wizard app – Set up your own spelling lists and record your voice saying the word. Screenshot of the app.
- Word Wizard app – Reads the word you spelled aloud to you. Screenshot of the app.
- Practice words on a drawing app such as
- Use PicKids to create word collages. (Example)
Read to Self
- Epic – Providing access to over 10,000 books, Epic is a free iOS app or webpage for educators. Check out Epic for Educators for information about setting up free teacher/student accounts.
- Unite for Literacy – a great website for beginning readers. I make a direct link to the website using the “add to home screen” feature of iPad.
Read to Someone
- read to someone via Skype or Google Hangout (Check my class’s experience.)
- Record your reading using an app like Voice Record Pro (can be saved as a video) See Kristen Wideen‘s step by step instructions using a similar app.
- Book Creator – take a picture of the page and then read it. Record a reading sample in the same “book” several times throughout the year to show fluency. Grade one example
Listen to Reading
- Epic – (As mentioned in Read to Self section) Books with the green “Read to Me” label are read aloud.
- Unite for Literacy also reads books aloud (requires a click for audio on each page).
- Storynory – Books for slightly older students (no illustrations) read aloud.
- Belkin Rockstar allows up to five students to listen with headphones at once on a computer or device.
- Use PicKids to write about an image. (Labelling example)
- Popplet Lite – Safety example, rhyming words (use also for word work)
- Book Creator – Makes digital books with the option of recording your voice. Create fiction, non-fiction or comics.
- Blogging – gives students an authentic audience and feedback from beyond the teacher. (Student example. Or take a photo of your writing on paper to post on your blog.)