Monday, February 25, 2013

Teaching Vocabulary and Language Skills

This year I have had the wonderful opportunity of working with teachers and students in integrating technology into the curriculum. It has been such an awesome experience and I have learned so much in the process. One thing that I have learned is how hard it is for some teachers to transfer what they already know about their teaching practices to developing lessons that integrate technology. One reason for this is not knowing what technology is available. Also, teachers seem to get stuck on the idea of the technology rather than how the technology can enhance instruction. With that being said, I have been developing a curriculum for teachers to show how technology can move lessons to the next level. So I thought I would share a new lesson that I have created to teach students grammar and language skills. The lessons in this document could be used to teach academic vocabulary in any subject area, figurative language, grammar skills, dictionary and glossary skills using book creator apps. Any book creating app will work but the apps I chose were Scribble Press, Book Creator, or Story Creator. If iPads are not available, there is a great Web 2.0 tool called Little Bird Tales. It is a simple online tool that students enjoy! If you are interested click on the picture below to link to my blog.

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4 comments:

  1. It should be noted that the 1st gen iPads won't display when connected to a VGA projector. Just a heads up!
    http://ets.berkeley.edu/help/using-apple-ipad-classroom

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    1. Thanks! I guess I should add that to my page. I always forget about the 1st generation iPad.

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  2. Thanks so much for sharing this with us Jen! It looks great and I can't wait to try this out with my students!

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    1. You are welcome! Hope your kids enjoy the activities!

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