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Running Record Calculator | Stopwatch Recorder

Running Record Calculator | Stopwatch Recorder | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Get Running Record Calculator | Stopwatch Recorder on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
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As a Reading Recovery teacher in a former life this app is more than a substitution for the pencil and paper iteration. On a quick tryout it seemed to do what it claims with a minimum of fuss. Of course it would be better if the multiple records could be stored and further codified. The developers have thought of this and actually offer this capability in another pay-for app in Levelbook | Running Record Stopwatch Calculator Grade Book, which contains the Stopwatch Recorder app. The latter can be found at http://bit.ly/1sxTgtT ; and costs $6.49 in the Australian app store.

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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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Paper Vs. Screen—Does It Matter Anymore?

Paper Vs. Screen—Does It Matter Anymore? | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

"Does it matter whether people read on a screen or on paper? Does it matter what kind of screen? Douglas Adams, author of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” thought not, and once said that lovers of print are simply “confusing the plate for the food.”But others disagree, saying there’s a real difference between reading on paper and reading on screen. In a post from three years ago, I discussed some of the differences, but the new Pew study has inspired me to revisit the topic. And since research shows that people reading on a screen prefer articles with bullet points and lots of white space…"

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From October 2012, this article brings together some interesting research looking at reading via screens.

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Subtext

Subtext | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

"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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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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Booktrack: Soundtracks for Books

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"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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This Incredible App Could Change How You Read Books Forever

This Incredible App Could Change How You Read Books Forever | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Oyster is a new app launched last week, that wants to for books what Spotify did for music and Netflix for film and TV. For a monthly fee of $US9.95, ...
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It had to happen I guess, I wonder what the world of readers will make of it and how soon it will be before someone adapts the notion to school based literacy.

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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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A Beginner’s Guide To Setting Up An eBook Library On Your iPad

A Beginner’s Guide To Setting Up An eBook Library On Your iPad | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

"The recently announced iPad mini, along with similar digital tablets like the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7 make for nearly perfect e-reading devices. From the near paper-like reading to the easy download and archiving of eBooks, there’s hardly no reason now not to build an eBook library. As this infographic points out, e-reading is on the rise and it’s becoming easier to start an e-library."

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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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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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