Friday, April 20, 2012

Our wonderful PTA bought me an iPad this year. I'm busy looking for good educational apps to help by young learners with reading. So far, my favorite app company is Grasshopper Apps. They have story apps and apps for learning rhymes and sight words and more. The first thing I notice is their bright colorful photos in their story apps called "I Like..." Children can listen to the story or read on their own. If they choose to read on their own and get stuck on a word, no problem. Just click on the word and it is read to them. Another great feature is that children can record themselves reading the text. I had my 2nd graders record a story and then had my first graders listen to the story. It was a great way to get the students reading with some expression. They even have an app so you can make your own book! I haven't tried it yet but I hope to do one before the end of the year. The sight word app can be customized with your own words and voice. I had my first graders record the words instead of me. :) In all the apps there are many ways to customize actions to fit your needs. I find "You're great! Awesome!" repeated after every correct response really annoying but it's easy to turn it off. They offer many free apps. If you haven't checked them out be sure to do so!

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