For educators who are interested in using games for learning -- specifically towards developing skills as they relate to the Common Core State Standards -- here are five games students can enjoy and that we’ve found sync with standards.
English Language Learners (ELL) or English as a Second Language (ESL) students don't always have it that easy. They often need to learn to read and write the words as they are learning to understand and speak them.
The addition of the precise language and visuals is what we have been telling teachers to do for years for both the ELLs and native speakers. I appreciate the fact that it is supported by the deeper thinking required of the CCSS.
Developing a strong vocabulary is an important area of focus for ELLs who are building their reading comprehension. Educators use a variety of strategies to grow readers in their classroom, and there are many free iPad apps that support vocabulary acquisition.
`As I somewhat overtly stated in the last post, I now reside as an Ed Tech at Westlake HS. While I am still acclimating to the size of the campus and getting to know the staff and students, I did have a chance to drop in on a few classrooms piloting a mobile-friendly seating solution. Interested in gleaning initial findings from both the teachers and the students, I gathered a bit of anecdotal and pictorial data. The complete article can be found on the Eanes WHS WIFI blog but I will share a few of the highlights here.``
Each time I look at one of these good ideas, I begin to think about "how do we use the technology and train teachers how to make the same accommodations we expected them to make with the traditional materials?" Has using technology kept up with the linguistic adaptations some of our ELLs need or is that "translate everything" mentality still out there. Are there enough "tricks" built into the programs and apps? I am just thinking out loud since I am not a tech geek.
The App Store takes delivery of hundreds of new apps per day. The overwhelming scene makes it possible to easily overlook an exciting game, valuable productivity suite, etc. However, we have a solution.
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These tools can be very helpful for language teachers. Students can use them to impprove their pronunciation and develop their reading skills. All these tools are easy to use and above all free of charge. Most of these tools are extensions that you can install on your browser.
Note: Welcome to this new series on the iPad to transform how we approach writing in the classroom (or anywhere)! In this new series, the focus is on 6 actions you can take to iPadify the Writer's Process. Yes, that's right. The Writer's process. Maybe we've gone a bit astray with our focus on the writing process. As a writer, what do you do? That's what this series focuses on.
By the way, if you haven't read the previous series, iPadifying the Writing Workshop, you'll definitely want to in this convenient post that combines all the sections into one.
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