Happy Monday everyone! A new tech snack will be coming this week, but in the meantime, I wanted to share a resource with you. In 2014, I was asked to present for the AIMS (Association of Independent Maryland/DC Schools) conference. For that conference I presented some information about blended learning and some great tools you can use. While my audience was primarily for K-5 teachers, the tools I discussed could be used by students in middle/high school as well.
That presentation became so popular that I have created a part two of the presentation. Click on the links below to access all three presentations.
Blended Learning Models: http://rpcstech.flipsnackedu.com/browse/fuiyrfam
Blended Learning General Tools Part One: online.pubhtml5.com/evwn/jwwk/#p=1
Blended Learning General Tools Part Two: http://rpcstech.flipsnackedu.com/browse/fzkf2j3u
Emergent and early readers need exposure to text in different formats. The more exposure they have to text, the more teachers can develop and grow a love for reading early on. Today's tech snack is a special treat for all teachers of young readers!
Today's tech snack can be found at the following url: http://www.uniteforliteracy.com/
What is it and how can I use it in my classroom?
Unite for literacy is a free online site that gives you access to numerous free electronic books. The books are all beautifully illustrated with real life pictures showing children, adults and animals in different environments. All the books are educational and entertaining.
All the books provide oral narration. To have a book read aloud, students just have to click on the speaker icon. While all the books are written in English, the narration does not have to be. Narration can be done in a number of languages including Chinese, Spanish, Arabic, French and American Sign Language (there are many more languages offered.) In order to move from page to page, you must click on the arrow tabs at the ends of each page.
Unite for Literacy can be used on any Internet enabled device including tablets, and smartphones. No app or software has to be installed in order to start using the site. This website can be used by students on individual computers, in small groups, as a whole class activity with the use of an LCD projector, or as a blended learning activity.
You could do is have your students ask or write a series of questions about the parts of the story. In addition, you can have them tell you one interesting fact they learned from the story, have them draw a scene from the story or have them make picture cards and then have the students put the pictures in order.
Ah, simple yet effective. Definitely a favorite for any teacher of young children! See you next time at the café!
About the Author
Wendy Torres has been teaching for over 15 years and has a BA in Special Education and a Masters of Education in Instructional Technology. She is currently an Instructional Technologist for Coppin State University.