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Sheffield universities team say iPad apps can help children learn to read

Sheffield universities team say iPad apps can help children learn to read | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Research conducted by Sheffield’s two universities has shown that iPads and other tablets can help children to develop reading skills from a very early age.
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If you ever get the chance to watch an infant upwards of 18 months who is given free run with a tablet or smartphone and see how they use and manage it, you will quickly realise that these devices are enabling something different to occur in relation to learning. The dexterity with which decisions are made appear to be quite different from what are held as traditional pursuits such as puzzles, matching, language interactions and the like. It should not surprise therefore that this might also apply to reading where "normal" pre-cursors to reading such as repetition, rhythym, intonation, self control etc which is normally reliant on an adult or older siblings intervention can now be enabled by a familiar device which also enables inbuilt reward and gratification across a number of activities. This could be another "watch this spot" piece of research.

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iPad and Guided Reading

iPad and Guided Reading | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

"Many teachers have been using iPads to develop reading in the classroom. This post looks at how they can be integrated into guided reading, however the apps we recommend are versatile enough to be used across many teaching reading contexts."

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A neat article complete with applist and workflow looking at guided reading

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16 iPad Apps to Support the Writing Process {Part 1 of 2} | Learning Unlimited | Research-based Literacy Strategies

16 iPad Apps to Support the Writing Process {Part 1 of 2} | Learning Unlimited | Research-based Literacy Strategies | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

"Today’s writers benefit from an incredible assortment of digital tools from which they can draw inspiration and productivity. Although some writers prefer to stick to old-fashioned pen and paper or even typewriters, there’s a vast population of others that are happy to take advantage of all the new tools out there. Some of the brightest of these tools can be found on the Apple iPad, and Terry Heick at TeachThought has compiled 16 of them here. Whether students need a place to scribble ideas, organize plotlines, or just find their zen before sitting down to write, these apps have them covered. And you, too."

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Has most of the regular apps with a couple of other neat niche apps. Includes annotations.

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Subtext

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"Subtext is a free iPad app that allows classroom groups to exchange ideas in the pages of digital texts. You can also layer in enrichment materials, assignments and quizzes—opening up almost limitless opportunities to engage students and foster analysis and writing skills."

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These 7th Graders Have Already Published Their First iBooks Author Bestseller | Cult of Mac

These 7th Graders Have Already Published Their First iBooks Author Bestseller | Cult of Mac | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

"How many 7th Graders can say they best selling authors? Well this group of kids from Woodlawn Beach Middle School in Northern Florida can thanks to their teacher Andrea Santilli and iBooks Author.
Ms. Santilli, a self-professed “die-hard Mac girl”, was looking for a new way to not only challenge her Advanced Life Sciences class, but also leverage technology to make learning fun. Not to mention get some practical experience in the real world of writing, photography, video, and ebook publishing. Just a few minutes with this free ebook and you can see how much potential there is for iBooks Author and iPads in the classroom. Not to mention you’ll probably learn something interesting."

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The History 2.0 Classroom: Social Reading on the iPad: Subtext X Custom ePub

The History 2.0 Classroom: Social Reading on the iPad: Subtext X Custom ePub | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

"Subtext is an intriguing iPad application that allows users to read books collaboratively. While reading, participants can insert text, emotions, questions, links and thoughts into the margins of the book. When other readers jump into the text they can see the notations and reply to the existing thoughts in a discussion thread that is neatly tucked away into the margins of the text."

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Fluency Timer Now Available for iPad/iPod/iPhone | Creating Lifelong Learners

Fluency Timer Now Available for iPad/iPod/iPhone | Creating Lifelong Learners | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

"My desktop app, Fluency Timer, is now available for the iOS (iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touches). The app provides an adjustable timer with integrated voice recording to allow teachers, parents, and students to easily record student fluency readings. It’s designed simply so that even primary age students can use the app to record themselves reading."

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Lesson Idea - English

Lesson Idea - English | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

From Apple Professional Development Consultant David Baugh comes this video looking at using apps to teach English in this case the novel WarHorse. It shows how free material can be accessed in order to construct a teaching and learning sequence.

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Booktrack: Soundtracks for Books

Booktrack: Soundtracks for Books | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

"Booktrack creates synchronized soundtracks for e-books that automatically matches music, sound effects and ambient sound to your reading speed to create an immersive reading experience."

The app comes with a couple of free publications plus the chance to make other in app purchases.

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Haunting Melissa

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This looks like a fascinating and innovative concept and may point to where publishing might be headed.

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Using Evernote for Fluency

A second grade student explaining how she is using Evernote to record herself reading fluently.
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The above video by Nicole Gleason shows one student explaining the benefits of Evernote, how she’s using it to improve fluency, language learning, keeping track of her studies, and leveraging all the iPad and Evernote have to offer. It’s impressive and my hat’s off to Mrs. Gleason (check out her other videos here!) and this video.

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Reading with iPads – the difference makes a difference - Education Today

Reading with iPads – the difference makes a difference - Education Today | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

"The aim of our eBook project was to explore the use of an iPad as an eBook reader within the context of a primary school classroom.  While many schools have embraced iPads, their use in schools is still in its infancy and this study was frustrated in some ways by the lack of resources and technological support available."

John Pearce's insight:

A very interesting article looking at using iPads as eBook readers.

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Katrina Elliott's curator insight, February 27, 2013 5:56 AM

This is a very interesting article discussing a study on using iPads used as e-book readers within the classroom.  The study outlines that using iPads increase student's engagement, however it is important for teachers to adapt their pedagogy accordingly to successfuly use iPads as e-book readers within their classroom.

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8 Free iPad Reading Apps for Young Learners

8 Free iPad Reading Apps for Young Learners | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

This is a list of some free iPad apps that will help your students and kids learn how to write letters, develop phonics and sharpen their reading skills.

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Top 15 iPad Book Apps – Most Exceptional Use of Animation | The Digital Media Diet

Top 15 iPad Book Apps – Most Exceptional Use of Animation | The Digital Media Diet | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

"Here you will find the fifteen apps we consider to be simply exceptional for both the quality and contextual use of animation for storytelling in an iPad book app for children. None of the apps to make our list of “Top 10 Animated Books for iPad” in 2011 have been included, so please also check out last year’s post. So, without further ado, here are our very favorite recommendations for polished, story-enhancing animation in an iPad storybook app."

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Interactive eBook Apps: The Reinvention of Reading and Interactivity | UX Magazine

Interactive eBook Apps: The Reinvention of Reading and Interactivity | UX Magazine | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

"The invention of the tablet PC has created a new medium for book publishing. Interactive books are everywhere, and have revolutionized the way people consume the printed word. With the recent software available to allow easy creation of interactive books and with the race to bring these products to market, there seems to be a more and more dilution of quality and a loss for the meaning of interactivity. When publishers create new eBook titles or convert a traditional printed book to a digital interactive eBook, they often miss the added value this new medium can provide."

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8 iOS Games for Word Nerds | Mac|Life

8 iOS Games for Word Nerds | Mac|Life | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

"When mental gymnastics are preferable to good old-fashioned physical exercise, the App Store is a hot spot for hunting down the best puzzle games for getting the job done. Get ready to flex some mental muscle and scarf down some tasty word salad with these stimulating gaming apps for the orthographically inclined."

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Staffroom HQ

Staffroom HQ | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

"Some people have asked me “how do I integrate the iPad into my English classes?” I respond by providing some iPad related tasks that link and work well with the text types taught in Australian primary schools."

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Reading and Grammar Apps for Early Learners

Reading and Grammar Apps for Early Learners | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

Greg Swanson from Apps in Education provides an annotated list of

"...... some great apps available for little ones who are learning their alphabet or are actually learning to read and write. Here are a couple that might work in your classroom."

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