Monday, December 3, 2012

Reading Response: Using ShowMe on iPads

This is our first Technology Tailgate post and we could not be happier to have the opportunity to post alongside so many great technology ideas!  If you would like more technology ideas for the classroom, please come check out Amanda and Aylin's new blog: Learning to the Core.  

Reading response is a major part of my small group lessons so I regularly try to incorporate different resources to make responding interesting and informative.  One app that allows me to make responding to reading more exciting is the ShowMe* app. I love using this app for a variety of activities since it is an interactive whiteboard app.  In this lesson, the focus was on visualizing. I first did a brief think aloud where I told a short story and drew a picture on the iPad as I spoke.  
I then read the students a story while hiding it within a file folder so they could not see any pictures from the story.   The students then drew on the ShowMe app as I read and afterward we discussed what they included in their pictures. 
I then had them record their voices telling about their visualization. This is a great feature of ShowMe because then if you are unable to meet with each student (if you use this in a center, for example) you can later listen to their understanding of the story. 

*This app is also great for any other sort of reading response where you may ask the students to draw a picture of the characters, setting, etc.  I also like using it for practicing letters and making words.  

Common Core Alignment: CCSS. ELA- Literacy. RI.K.1:
With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text. 

Have a great day!
Amanda & Aylin

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  1. I LOVE this! Thanks for posting! We are so happy to have you on our team!

  2. What an engaging way to teach visualizing! I love how they can record their voices.

    iTeach 1:1

  3. We use Show Me for tons of things! I like to use it as a way to annotate and talk about a picture that students take of an object using the camera on the iPad or a screenshot from Google Images.