And when I had to explain why iPod didn’t start with an upper case letter the way proper nouns usually did, well, I decided all of the rules were up for grabs. The changes I have mentioned are rather superficial, but they are indicators of a large shift that has been taking place in the way that I teach literacy.
Having students use technology in many different ways is a great idea. My children enjoy being able to video chat and skype with their daddy because he is overseas, and they study different words or lessons that they are going over to not only keep him involved but also so they can have the experience of having their daddy help them with school work as well.
Technology does help learning in the classroom because there are so many ways to go about using a device to get the material across to all the students in the class. I also think that since technology is all around us, that children are starting to learn at younger ages.
"FluencyFinder http://www.fluencyfinder.com/ the popular educational iOS app for determining Reading Fluency has just recently released their long awaited update.
What is FluencyFinder? FluencyFinder is a fantastically simple teaching tool for educators wanting to assess student’s Reading Level (Grades 1st-8th). This is done by printing out a Reading passage (6 per grade level w/ more on the way) and then having the student read while following along on an iOS device (iPad/iPhone). The teacher will begin the assessment by starting the app timer and then tap (+) or (-) as a student makes or corrects a mistake. When the student is finished the teacher will end the timer and then press the finish assessment button to get instant real-time results. These detailed results will include WPM, word counts, number of mistakes and more."
"Phonics Studio is a free iPad app that has received glowing reviews from speech-language pathologists. The app provides more than 2,500 flashcards that students can use to practice pronouncing more than 200 sounds. After opening the app students select a letter from the alphabet then a sound. Each sound has a collection of flashcards. To practice pronunciation students can listen to a recording and then create their own recordings (open the preferences panel to turn on the built-in recordings). The person working with a student can mark the student’s recording correct or incorrect."
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