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Best Apps for English Teachers

Best Apps for English Teachers | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
If you’re a teacher with an iPad, you’ve probably already discovered lots of fun apps, as well as a few that can boost your productivity. But did you know that several apps that can help you teach English language skills, reading and composition are also available? Here are some of the best apps for English teachers that we’ve found:
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iPadagogy - YouTube

iPadagogy - YouTube | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

A channel dedicated to instruction videos of useful apps for education...I hope to create my own set of instructional video on the iPad as our school district implements there use.  Be sure to check out http://www.k12techapps.com


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iPads Changing The Way Children Learn Today

iPads Changing The Way Children Learn Today | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

There are thousands of videos on Youtube today that illustrate the bewildering intuition that young children seem to display when using iPads.


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Before iPads

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“The book reader of the future”, 1935
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Hands On With the New iPad

Hands On With the New iPad | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
The new iPad with ultra-sharp Retina Display and 4G makes the world's leading tablet even better; we take it for a quick spin at the keynote event in San Francisco.
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Digital Kindergarten: Teaching Tools: Handwriting Apps

Digital Kindergarten: Teaching Tools: Handwriting Apps | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
So when I got my first iPad and looked at my first GOOD handwriting app I thought YES!!! This is why iPads belong in Kindergarten! Handwriting instruction and practice really should be done with a 1:1 teacher student ratio.
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Tar Heel Reader

Tar Heel Reader | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

"TarHeel Reader is a collection of free, easy-to-read, and accessible books on a wide range of topics. The books may be downloaded as slide shows in PowerPoint, Impress, or Flash format. Each book can be speech enabled and accessed using multiple interfaces, including touch screens, the IntelliKeys with custom overlays, and 1 to 3 switches."

 

TarHeel Reader can be accessed through the iPad's web browser and is a wonderful way to build vocabulary, provide new choices for students and support independent literacy activities through accessibility.


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My Story - Book Maker for Kids

My Story - Book Maker for Kids | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

 My Story is the simplest story maker and book creator in the App Store. Children can draw, use photos, record voice, type, and then send their finished creations to family and friends on the iPad. Cost: $1.99


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Reading on the iPad: 6 Elements of Instruction APP'd

Reading on the iPad: 6 Elements of Instruction APP'd | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
Using Box or DropBox (slightly more complex), you can create web-based folders of texts differentiated for specific students, reading levels, reading interests, or reading groups. These can be accessed directly from the iPad app.
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Free Map Literacy Book for Mercator’s Birthday - All Points Blog

Free Map Literacy Book for Mercator’s Birthday - All Points Blog | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

How Maps Change Things: A Conversation About the Maps We Choose and the World We Want by Ward Kaiser is being released on March 5th, the 500th birthday of famous map-maker Gerhard Kremer, aka Mercator. The book is available as a free download for the full month of March, 2012 as a PDF, [and mobi and epub] for iPhones and Kindle. The book examines maps as change agents, reflecting intentions and setting agendas, revealing who has power and resources, and who has not. It helps to explain the messages maps send.

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Goodnight Safari Review – GiggleApps

Goodnight Safari Review – GiggleApps | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

Goodnight Safari is a soothing and lovely app for iPad that allows children to interact with animals found in Africa’s Savannah, helping them with various bedtime routines, ultimately seeing that these animals go to sleep.

 

Six animals who need help from readers in performing nighttime activities are included, like helping a a young hippo take a bath or a monkey climb to bed, and I admire how each baby animal is being attended to by an adult animal – presumably their mom or dad.

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Class Widgets - Custom Widgets for iBooks Author

Class Widgets - Custom Widgets for iBooks Author | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

A nice collection of widgets that teachers and students can add to their iBooks Author content.

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The jury is still out on school iPad deployments | All things related to educational technology

The jury is still out on school iPad deployments | All things related to educational technology | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

iPads (and their Android brethren) are starting to come into their own with enterprise tools and management utilities that make life easier for IT staff. Electronic texts are emerging. Cloud-based applications and state-of-the-art tools for organization and communication are already here. We’ve basically arrived in terms of tech. Where we haven’t arrived is in terms of pedagogy.

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High Techpectations: Mobile Learning Finds (Apple iOS) (weekly)

High Techpectations: Mobile Learning Finds (Apple iOS) (weekly) | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

Lucy Gray is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Teacher, and is a dynamo at identifying resources for teachers. Her weekly blog covers many different aspects of teaching and learning with the iPad, and among these is literacy.

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Apps to Manipulate PDF Files on your iOS Device

Apps to Manipulate PDF Files on your iOS Device | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
You can perform basic editing of your PDF files on an iPad or iPhone with these apps. Remove pages from a PDF document, merge multiple PDFs and more.

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Are e-books bad for long-term memory? | SmartPlanet

Are e-books bad for long-term memory? | SmartPlanet | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
A growing body of research shows it is hard to retain facts and information when reading an e-book.

 

 

 The following is from Google Lit Trips Founder and Apple Distinguished Educator Jerome Burg:

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I don't know how often while scouring the net for articles to scoop for this topic, I find myself discovering articles that seem to link together in ways that mere coincidence must strain to explain.

 

Having earlier scooped an article that led me on a contemplative journey regarding whether we are willing to listen to what we do not want to hear or read what we do not want to agree with, I suggested that not wanting to experience the opposing points of view was a sign of adamant ignorance; an almost unforgivable sin unlike "regular" ignorance. This is because ignorance is the norm and only means that we are unaware. It does not mean that we are incapable of knowing; merely that for some reasons we have not yet come to know much about a topic. Whereas, adamant ignorance is an insistence upon remaining unknowing; a stubborn kind of resistance to knowing.

 

And then I cam across this article which pushes some buttons that got me wondering if I am any less adamant about resisting articles that seem to support what I don't want to believe are true.

 

So, as I read the article, I found myself arguing against the thesis a bit more than I was taking in the argument being posed. I do not want to believe that it is true that reading e-books is bad for long-term memory. In fact, having just spent a great weekend at the Computer Using Educators' Conference in Palm Springs where e-books were definitely a hot topic, and remarkable examples of the (r)evolutionary impact e-books are having on the very concept of what a book is, I came away thinking that we are just at the beginning of discovering the wonders that e-books can bring to the reading and learning experience. 

 

I suspect that this article and the research it rests upon is limited to the simplest forms of e-books that are essentially simply electrified text with a few additional resources such as bookmarks and maybe embedded definitions. 

 

But, having seen much of the "far beyond that" stuff coming down the proverbial pipe, I think it is clearly too soon to draw conclusions of this sort about e-books since the media is in its infancy at best. iPads/iBooks for example are bringing highlighting, notes, and marginalia possibilities to the reading experience. Publishers are now embedding video and audio media in place of still images and graphics that include interactive exploration of such things as human biology, the laws of physics, and critical thinking applications allowing readers to experiment with concepts rather than to merely read about experiments.

 

And, iBook Author is allowing anyone to experience the long held maxim that having to teach something is the best way to learn something. So readers become writers who must really wrap their heads around concepts in order to build their own e-books as demonstrations of what they have learned in their research about the subject.

 

It's engaging in ways that looking at static text, digital or ink, can not be.

 

Sure, there is much flash and dazzle which may or may not be as engaging as we'd like to believe it is, but again we're in the infancy stage of the degital book era.

 

I truly suspect that in a year or so, as we have just a bit of time for the unrecognized potential that digital can bring to the reading experience, that future studies may come to very different conclusions.

 

So am I adamantly resisting the these posed here because while reading it it did stimulate thinking on my part that counterargues?

 

I don't know. My test in such cases is always more or less the same. Was I open enough to the argument to also find things to consider that I had not already consider. Perhaps, not enough to change my general existing paradigm but perhaps enough to help refine my understanding and positions?

 

In this article the spatial context argument was intriguing. I don't feel my location as clearly beyond the sentence I'm reading on the page I'm reading as I'm used to in a paper based book. I don't feel that thickness of pages in the entire book where I have a visual and even tactile sens of whether I'm at the beginning of the book (as in the pages in my right hand exceed in tactile thickness, the pages in my left hand as I hold the "book." When the thickness shifts from my right hand to my left hand in a paper-based book, I don't feel that anticipation that I may be approaching the end of a mysterious voyage or approaching the day when I'll have to go find a replacement book because I "reached the end" and there was no more "thickness of pages" in my right hand.

 

And come to think of it, this contemplation reminded me that I do feel a bit confused, even annoyed at times by the fact that pagination in ebooks no longer really helps me locate myself within the story because the pagination is not consistent when I alter font sizes while reading.

 

So... no, the article did not change my mind, I still think it's way too soon to pass this sort of judgment on the "new" book form. However, there are contemplations here regarding the subtle differences in the reading experience that I had not previously considered and that I do beleive are worth including in the refined version of my opiniion about the paper/digital conversation.

 

I'm now more open to the pro-paper argument than before, but also not convinced that during the transition period or the early days of one format compared with the other, that the issues presented here will among other pro-paper considerations, grow or recede as the digital formats evolve.

 

So Amy Kraft, I don't have the same concern you have, but I am grateful for having read your article. You did give me much to think about.

 

 ~ http://www.GoogleLitTrips.com ~


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Encyclopedia Britannica ends print, goes digital

Encyclopedia Britannica ends print, goes digital | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (Reuters) - In yet another sign of the growing dominance of the digital publishing market, the oldest English-language encyclopedia still in print is moving solely into the digital age.The Encyclopedia...

 

*Personally, I think they're a little late to the game...


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iOS Apps for Those who Learn Differently and Struggle with Text

iOS Apps for Those who Learn Differently and Struggle with Text | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

Free and inexpensive iPad and web-based apps from Paul Hamilton, who wowed his audience at the 2012 Cross Currents Special Education Conference. Follow this for his presentation which will offer you more web-based applications than you can ever use.

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Khan Academy Releases Free iPad App To Access Thousands of Education Videos

Khan Academy Releases Free iPad App To Access Thousands of Education Videos | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
Khan Academy is a not-for-profit organization with the goal of augmenting a top caliber education to anyone, anywhere primarily through their 3,000+ video library accessible for free.
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Apps in Education: My E-Textbook Manifesto:

Apps in Education: My E-Textbook Manifesto: | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

Greg Swanson has prepared an informative post on the integration of e-Textbooks, the use of iBooks Author and the interactivity of these tools on the iPad. He has outlined a number of considerations that would make the use of interactive textbooks a success in the classroom. With the introduction by Apple of the iBooks Author, teachers, and even students can become creators of content for differentiated classroom materials.


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Liberating Learning in Literacy | Inspiring third millennium learners

Liberating Learning in Literacy | Inspiring third millennium learners | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
With a theme based on consumer to creators, James Langley and Vicki Cox presented the group with tasks using Kindles, iPods, iPads, Web 2.0 and android. The morning session consisted of quick fire ...
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Moving at the Speed of Creativity - Podcast389: Improving Literacy with Media in Higher Education

Moving at the Speed of Creativity - Podcast389: Improving Literacy with Media in Higher Education | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

This podcast is a recording of Wesley Fryer’s keynote address on March 3, 2012, at the Enhancing Teaching & Learning Conference hosted by the Kansas City Professional Development Council in Kansas City, Missouri. The session description was: Interested in helping students become better readers, writers, and critical thinkers? We need to “play with media” to become more effective communicators and improve our media literacy skills as both learners and citizens. As you learn to play with digital text...

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Will Apple create the all-iPad classroom? - San Jose Mercury News

Will Apple create the all-iPad classroom? - San Jose Mercury News | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

Apple hopes its foray into digital textbooks for the iPad will impress educators and corner a huge, lucrative K-12 book market. But the high costs of the plan and the challenges of mobile technology could ensure that hardback books remain a classroom mainstay.

 

Will Apple create an all-iPad classroom and realize Steve Jobs' vision to transform the multibillion-dollar textbook industry? In January, the Cupertino company announced iBook 2, a digital textbook service in partnership with three big publishers that dominate the K-12 market. The electronic books will sell...

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446 Places for Free Books Online

446 Places for Free Books Online | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

This is a listing of 446 sites that legally offer free books (eBooks) for download or for online viewing.

 

Some time ago I went looking for some free eBooks and was surprised to find that there are many resources for this. I decided to put together this list of sites that offer free eBooks as a reference. Originally, the list was for 50 sites (hence that number in the link) and I thought that was a lot. I expect that this list will cross 500 sites in the near future. Given the large listing, you may want to check out the various Genre pages that I have put together.

 

I have tried to make certain that all of the eBooks at these sites are legally available for viewing/downloading. However, it is possible that I have made a mistake. If you suspect any of these sites of illegally offering copyrighted materials, then please let me know through the comments below.


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Auryn providing free storybook apps each day of March to promote National Reading Month

Auryn providing free storybook apps each day of March to promote National Reading Month | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

In recognition of National Reading Month, Auryn is giving away one free storybook app each day of the month to promote reading among children on digital devices. Among the titles available for free download during March will include:

 

Van Gogh and the Sunflowers (USA Today Top 5 amazing kids book app and current Appy Award finalist) http://bit.ly/tJcR0D

 

Teddy’s Day http://bit.ly/fL36eY (Winner of multiple awards including the first ever Appy Award)

 

The Little Mermaid http://bit.ly/fmFHcj (Parent’s Choice Award winner)

 

Bunny Fun: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes http://bit.ly/esZwBP (Parent’s Choice Award winner)

 

Teddy’s Night http://bit.ly/fHmVc3  (Parent’s Choice Award winner)

 

March is recognized throughout the U.S. as National Reading Month; designated as such by the National Education Association. The organization will celebrate its 15th Annual Read Across America Day this year, a nationwide program that helps children discover the joy of reading and is expected to draw more than 45 million participants on Friday, March 2.

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