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A resource for educators interested in improving literacy through the iPad and apps
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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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Unlocking Literacy with iPad

Unlocking Literacy with iPad | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

This site is my own creation and is the result of the year-long teacher research project I completed to discover how the iPad impacted my students' literacy. It contains the article I wrote for the ISTE 2011 conference as well as the video that is featured in iTunesU. I've updated it with a resources section that I hope will be helpful to those interested in the iPad's impact on literacy.

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1,000 Education Apps Organized By Subject & Price | Edudemic

1,000 Education Apps Organized By Subject & Price | Edudemic | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

From the Texas Computer Education Association, this list of recommended apps is in a shared document via Google Docs. The list is organized by subject area and free apps are color coded in white. It can be a bit overwhelming, but as a resource for literacy apps, it is tremendous!

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What’s On the Horizon in Higher Education | MindShift

What’s On the Horizon in Higher Education | MindShift | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

TABLET COMPUTING. The iPad is scorching the competition in the tablet field — the report states that 97% of all tablet-based and 46.8% of all mobile Web traffic comes from the Apple’s tablet. Motorola, Samsung, and Amazon all offer their own versions, but despite their lower prices, the iPad has dominated the market at large, and specifically at higher-ed institutions. Tablets are useful tools for learning because they’re portable and light, can replace heavy textbooks, and can be used for fieldwork, and more universities are offering tablets to students as part of their tuition costs.

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iPad Apps for Autistic Students ~ A Media Specialist's Guide to the ...

iPad Apps for Autistic Students ~ A Media Specialist's Guide to the ... | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
iPad Apps and Resources for People with Autism- spreadsheet created by Shannon Rosa, (parent of a child with autism) Corina Becker, (an Autistic adult with a BA in English) and Jordan Sadler. (speech-language pathologist) Very extensive listing!
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RR for iPhone

RR for iPhone | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

RR is an easy way for teachers to check the results for a running record test of reading. Simply enter the number of words read, number of errors and the number of self corrections.

RR will then feedback to you the error rate, percentage rate, self correction rate, and whether the text read is ‘easy’, ‘instructional’ or ‘hard’. Great for all classroom teachers who use Running Records to monitor student reading processes and achievement!

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Digital textbooks hinge on connectivity

I wrote earlier this month about Lamar County School District Superintendent Ben Burnett's goal this semester of finalizing a policy on student use of iPads and other handheld electronic devices.


Also, earlier this month, at a news conference in Washington, D.C., Federal Communications Chairman Julius Genachowski, along with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, said the time was now for American students to transition to digital textbooks....

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Life is not a race to be first finished » Blog Archive » Transforming proofreading with an iPad

Life is not a race to be first finished » Blog Archive » Transforming proofreading with an iPad | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

I will call the child in this story Smilie because he didn’t want to be named! Smilie told me that he had written his story and that he had finished proof reading it. I loved the story- it made me laugh out loud and with Smilie’s permission I read it to the class. I took a photo of a Smilie’s draft writing with the iPad's camera and put it up on the  whiteboard with the data projector. I called the class together and together we looked at what we might do to edit the text.

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Katherine's comment, February 26, 2012 11:08 PM
Love this idea! What a great way to get the whole class involved in the editing process!
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Hello Kitty Interactive Cookbook

Hello Kitty Interactive Cookbook | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
The Hello Kitty Interactive Cookbook app was designed by kid-centric software company Castle Builders, as part of a license deal with Sanrio. Specifically designed for kids and their parents to use together, the Interactive app is the first in a series of three cookbooks that feature unique dessert recipes that are read out loud, with the option to play music in the background. The app also contains cooking video demonstrations and helpful tips.
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Recommended iPad Book Apps for Older & Reluctant Readers Ages 8-12 | The Digital Media Diet

Recommended iPad Book Apps for Older & Reluctant Readers Ages 8-12 | The Digital Media Diet | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

“What can you recommend for my students who are in 5th grade but read at a much lower level? They think most picture books are ‘babyish’ so anything that will appeal to them would be much appreciated.” ~ Teacher comment from Facebook

 

This is one of the comments that stands out as representing the overall tone of these requests. So this list, not really a top 10 but more of a reading list, is my top recommendations for children who are not quite at grade level for reading skill but need books with topics and stories that appeal to their maturity level and interests. These are books with a variety of subjects. Many have the option for narration with highlighting word-for-word. I’ve broken them down into categories instead of a ranked listing, to aid parents & educators as they select book apps for older readers. As I come across new titles, I will add them to this post. If you have a suggestion for this list, please let me know in a comment.

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Learn How to Publish and Create eBooks in iPads – Video | Techgran

Learn How to Publish and Create eBooks in iPads – Video | Techgran | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
Learn How to Publish and Create eBooks in iPads – Video http://t.co/CuZRu8m2...
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Adding to the e-book mayhem

Adding to the e-book mayhem | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

The new Follett Digital Reader app will allow students to check out books to their mobile devices from the Follett SHelf, a collection of e-books that the library can build. Follett’s pricing is very appealing to schools, as they aren’t charging an annual fee (this continues their policy of not doing that) nor will they be charging an additional “mark-up” for e-book content.  The Follett Shelf product also stands alone from Destiny, so if a district doesn’t have Destiny, they could have the Follett Shelf book collection for student check-out.

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Look! I'm Learning Documentary Film

Discover a much larger story inside the experiences of two early elementary teachers that go one:one with their primary students.
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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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IPAD APPS ENGLISH TEACHERS HAVE TO SEE...

IPAD APPS ENGLISH TEACHERS HAVE TO SEE... | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

I have had my iPad for 4 months, and much of that time has been spent bonding with “her” and finding the essential apps for my life. I also wanted to decide for myself if the iPad and other tablets really are something new. These 5 apps helped me decide that the iPad is, indeed, a tool that we have not seen before: original, spare, strange (homage to Hopkins).

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10 Apps for Learners Who Struggle with Reading and/or Writing | Free Resources from the Net for EVERY Learner

10 Apps for Learners Who Struggle with Reading and/or Writing | Free Resources from the Net for EVERY Learner | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

Despite the growing use of multimedia in classrooms, schools remain primarily text oriented. This is a major problem for significant numbers of learners who struggle with text. No matter how capable they may be in other respects, these students are not “academically” oriented in the ways that tend to matter most in the classroom. For many, it’s a processing issue. Others have difficulty with the physical mechanics of writing.

 

In this post, I’m sharing 10 free and low-cost apps that may be especially helpful for individuals who find reading and/or writing challenging. I’ve written previously about some of these resources, but I thought it might be useful to put them together in one place, with information about the apps in point form.


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Literacy Journal: Only 1 iPad in the Classroom?

Literacy Journal: Only 1 iPad in the Classroom? | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

Is only one iPad in a classroom worth it? This question keeps reappearing on the EC Ning and in other blog spaces.

 

The answer is easy: YES, especially if the teacher has access to a Mac desktop or (preferably) laptop and a wifi network in the classroom. It is an even larger YES if the Mac device has the most current operating system. Having a computer to which the iPad can sync is not absolutely necessary, but it is a Best Idea. If you are not feeling confident, get your IT person or another teacher to help you out with setup. I am focused here on apps to install for MS and HS - and then what to do with them. Here is a recent post from an elementary teacher called "Teaching in the one-iPad Classroom" that will help k-5 teachers.

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iPad 2 goes on sale at BestBuy

iPad 2 goes on sale at BestBuy | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

In a move that is likely a precursor to Apple's release of the iPad 3, Best Buy has offered a rare 10% discount on the iPad 2.

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Anna Bligh promises 5,000 iPads for schools | Delimiter

Anna Bligh promises 5,000 iPads for schools | Delimiter | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has promised that her Labor State Government will commit $5.7 million to deliver some 5,000 iPads to year 7 students across the state in a high-profile educational trial of the Apple tablets...

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Free Handwritten Notes on the iPad, Converted to Text | iGo With My iPad

Free Handwritten Notes on the iPad, Converted to Text | iGo With My iPad | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
We talked about a couple handwriting apps we are using for meeting notes, all of which allow for drawing too. Some can even convert the handwriting to text.
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10 Tips for Kindle (or iPad) in the Classroom

10 Tips for Kindle (or iPad) in the Classroom | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

While much of this post deals specifically with Kindle, there are plenty of excellent ideas to incorporate with iPad integration. Most of these ideas are cross-platform.

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Rainbow Sentences: Top Grammar App for Kids - Fun Educational Apps: Best Apps for Kids Reviews iPad / iPhone / iPod

Rainbow Sentences: Top Grammar App for Kids - Fun Educational Apps: Best Apps for Kids Reviews iPad / iPhone / iPod | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
Rainbow Sentences is a top grammar app to help and support kids learning. Easy to use it uses colour codes visuals to identified and understand how to combine various element in a sentence.

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iPads can’t improve learning without good teaching Pt 2 – Writing

iPads can’t improve learning without good teaching Pt 2 – Writing | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it
RT @ashley: iPads can’t improve learning without good teaching Pt 2 – Writing http://t.co/nb2kFVdj...
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20 Great iPad Apps for Primary Literacy | The Creative Education Blog

20 Great iPad Apps for Primary Literacy | The Creative Education Blog | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

From initial charges that 'it's just an overgrown iPhone' the iPad is now part of many teachers' and schools' essential kit. Here are some resources to help in using the iPad for primary grades literacy.

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ebooks and libraries

ebooks and libraries | iPad & Literacy | Scoop.it

I've been wondering about ebooks and libraries for a while, in particular about where things are going in terms of library use of ebooks.  What caught my eye this week was a blog post on the Pub...

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