Sunday, June 30, 2013

Tune Into Technology Linky: Integrating Technology into Reading

I'm excited to be linking up with iTeach 1:1 and Learning to the Core for their new series Tune into Technology. This week's topic is Integrating Technology into Reading, so I wanted to share 5 strategies I use to do this.

1. Let kids annotate their reading with GoodReader.

I've talked about this app before, but it's one of my favorites. GoodReader allows you to annotate pdf documents. I use it for almost all of my professional reading, and I've converted several documents into pdfs for my students as well. It's a fantastic tool because my students are able to leave "think marks" all over their reading, and I don't have to worry about them writing in a book or leaving sticky notes everywhere. We've even developed our own codes for how to use the annotation tools.

2. Share favorite books on KidBlog.

My students LOVE sharing the books they're reading on KidBlog, and they especially love reading and commenting on each other's blogs. I've talked more about how we do this in a previous post.

3. Create Book Trailers in iMovie.

Some of my students began doing this for fun at the end of the school year when we became a 1:1 iPad classroom, and I will definitely be doing this more next year. iMovie has some great templates built-in for this, and my students loved being able to share their favorite books through this medium.

4. Create book clubs and discussion groups on Edmodo.

We started using Edmodo at the end of the school year, and it was a great way to get conversations started or keep them going about the books we were reading in class. You can read more about getting started with Edmodo in my paperless series here.

5. Use Evernote and GoodReader to assess reading.

I use the running record templates from the Reading & Writing Project at Teacher's College. Because they're pdf files, I can annotate them in GoodReader, and I can record students while they're reading in Evernote. I've written a complete tutorial on how to do this here.

How do you integrate technology into reading instruction in your classroom? I'd love to hear your ideas. And be sure to link up with the Tune into Technology linky!

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  1. Thank you for cramming my head full of ideas:). I can hardly wait to use those running records! The first day I go back I am calling my tech guy about those apps, and I will keep calling until he puts them on for me:)

  2. I love all of these ideas, especially how your students use GoodReader to annotate. I might use your coding idea as well. I'm trying to beef up my reading assessment this year so I will definitely have to check out how you use Evernote and GoodReader. Thanks for all the great tips and we hope you'll link up again next week for math!:)

    iTeach 1:1

  3. Wow, you have many great ideas for integrating technology into Reading. Never heard of the GoodReader app. Looking forward to trying it out.
    Thanks for sharing!

    Shepherd's Shining Stars

  4. Hi Alison,
    I'm definitely going to look into that GoodReader app- it sounds like it would be perfect for my students. I love love love Evernote for my personal life and for school- I use it so many times a day- it's my #1 favorite app...i'm so excited you mentioned it! I haven't used it as a running record tool, but I just may try that out this year-- thanks for giving me another way to use my favorite app! :)
    Thanks so much for linking up with us!
    Learning to the Core

  5. Great post. :) I am planning to use KidBlog this year for my students to publish one of their free writes. I'm very excited about it. :)

    Creating Lifelong Learners

  6. Super excited to read your series!

    I love Goodreader and use it, partnered with my Evernote, religiously. Hope to learn some great new tricks and strategies from you!

    ❁ Kate
    Purely Paperless

  7. I love your poster for GoodReads! Every time I stop in to read your site I learn a new technology tool! Thank you!!


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    Think, Wonder, & Teach


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