Thursday, June 27, 2013

Integrating Technology into Reading (Daily 5)

Hey, Technology Tailgaters!  It’s Kristin from iTeach1:1.  I’m co-hosting a summer technology linky with Learning to the Core and this week’s theme is all about integrating technology into reading.  We have some great bloggers linked up already and would love for you to stop by and check it out (and link up too)! 

Here’s my post about my favorite techie centers for each of the Daily 5.

Read to Self:
My students’ favorite read to self choice is definitely Tween Tribune, which has current event articles for kids.  I require my students to comment on at least one article they feel they “connected” with.  They get very motivated by the fact that their peers can read their comments and it helps me hold them accountable as well.  Tween Tribune is free and safe for kids since the comments are moderated by teachers.
Read to Someone:
My students really enjoy reading to each other using RazKids on the iPads.  While this site is not free, it has an amazing selection of high-interest leveled books.

Listen to Reading:
Our favorite online storybook sites are Storyline Online and Read to Me.  Both sites are free and have a great selection of stories read aloud by celebrities.

Work on Writing:
My students love writing journal entries using Penzu, which is a free online journaling site. They each have their own personal journals, which are private by default. Sometimes I’ll post photos on our class website so they can add those in for entries about field trips, science experiments, and other classroom happenings.  There is a paid teacher version of Penzu, but we use the free version and love it!

Word Work:
Each week I post our spelling lists to Spelling City.  Spelling City has a great selection of engaging activities for the kids to practice their weekly words. 
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  1. Wow! I wrote down 2 sites to add to my list from your post. :) Thanks so much for sharing. I am going to check out Penzu and Tween Tribune.
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  2. Hi thanks for sharing this! I like the Penzu journal writing. I would like to start this with my class but was wondering if they each have a journal under one account? If so how do I go about doing this? Thanks

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