In January, I had the privilege of presenting at the ATIA (Assistive Technology Industry Association) Conference in Orlando, Florida. My session on Literacy was popular and I decided the easiest way to share it was via the awesome Spectronics Blog.
Some of my inspiration for the Literacy technology tools I chose, came from by colleague and buddy, Greg O’Connor, as well as my presentation Buddy, Jen Mac, who I went on tour with around Australia last year.
You can find lots of great resources from our Literacy Tour HERE. Seriously, check it out!!!!
Here are the slides from my ATIA presentation:
In these slides you will find more information and images around the 10 technology tools that can support literacy learning.
Essential Factors in successful Literacy Learning:
1. Oral Language
2. Phonological Awareness and Phonics – (including Synthetic Phonic approach)
3. Reading – fluency, accuracy, comprehension, vocabulary
4. Writing – mechanics, editing
Top 10 Tools to engage students in literacy learning
1. iOS 8.+ iPad settings
The latest settings now available in iOS 8+ update, such as Predictive Text and Third Party Keyboards, mean that regular apps can now be even easier for our students with diverse learning needs to use. For example, Evernote, already a powerful tool for note taking and writing, is improved when used with a simplified Third Party Keyboard and predictive text.
Apps demonstrated in this section:
Third party keyboards demonstrated:
And others on our blog: http://www.spectronics.com.au/blog/apps/category/ios-keyboards/
Once these apps have been loaded from the App store, you need to INSTALL the new keyboard in your iPad settings.
2. iPad as a document camera
Giving students immediate feedback about their writing is essential. There are lots of great iPad holders and cradles that could be used to hold the iPad so you can use it as a document camera in your classroom… but I went cheap and bought this space saving shelf from my local cheap store… I think I am suppose to put cups on it.
Instead I put my iPad on it, then I can put the students writing underneath the camera, and project to the whiteboard, so we can share and give feedback about their writing.
3. Key apps for effective teaching of letter-sound links
I have some favourite apps, ones that are essential in teaching and consolidating of letter-sound links, as well as essential phonological awareness skills like segmenting and blending.
4. Apps for Oral Language
There are so many wonderful apps, that have engaging language opportunities in them. Opportunities for students to listen and speak and describe, all of which are essential in literacy development.
Here are a few good ones to try out:
5. Literacy learning using the app: Explain Everything
Explain Everything…. one of the BEST apps ever!!! It is called a Screen Casting app, as it allows you to make recordings of what is happening on the screen, as you speak.
So many uses and applications, including: Reading Records, Reading comprehension, Cloze sentence work, How to videos, and more!
6. Literacy learning using the app: Aurasma
Aurasma is another big app, that can change a classroom! Basically, you can link any video you have on your iPad, so that it will play when held over a trigger image.
Here are some ideas:
Book reviews: Videos of students giving book reviews linked to book covers
Sign Language Supports: Sign videos linked to pages in books
Engaging Reading: Videos of a book being read enthusiastically linked to pages of the book. Or maybe a favourite book being read by a father who is away for work.
Sharing writing: Videos of students sharing and reading their writing linked to their piece of writing.
Video instructions: “How-to” instructional videos linked to worksheets.
7. Graphic Organisors
All in for Graphic Organisors! An essential tool to help students plan and organise their writing.
8. Clicker apps for supported writing
Each of the Clicker apps are fabulous for supporting writing. In built supports include: word banks, text-to-speech, word prediction, simplified keyboards and visual supports:
Clicker 6 software is another awesome tool for your PC, as it has the same literacy supports, and more!
9. Literacy learning using the apps: Book Creator and Creative Book Builder
All educators must have a good book creation app. Try Book Creator, which allows you to create books with photos, video, text, drawings and audio recordings. Then Creative Book Builder takes it a step further to allow you to create books with even more options, such as tables, and quizzes, and embedded power points.
10. Favourite websites to support literacy learning
Word hippo: http://www.wordhippo.com
Simple Wikipedia: http://simple.wikipedia.org
Google images: http://www.google.com.au/images
The Daily Cafe: http://www.thedailycafe.com
Reading Rockets: http://www.readingrockets.org
Reading Doctor: http://www.readingdoctor.com.au
Jolly Phonics: http://www.jollylearning.co.uk
PDF books using word families/sight words at www.hubbardscupboard.org
Getting reading right: http://www.getreadingright.com.au/blog/reading-expression-cards/
Pinterest (follow my mate Jen Mac)
Tar Heel Readers: http://tarheelreader.org
Spelling city: http://www.spellingcity.com
That’s it! 10 very useful tools… all ready to go into the classroom!
Please share any other things you love in the comments section of this blog post!