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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Tune Into Technology Linky (Reading)!!

Kristin at iTeach 1:1 and Aylin at Learning to the Core are hosting this fabulous new linky called "Tune Into Technology" on Thursdays!
This week's theme is "Integrating Technology into Reading."
Here are a few ways I use technology during my reading block that I have previously blogged about...
Work On Writing:
My favorite activity (and the students' favorite also!) to use that incorporates technology for work on writing time is Kidblog.  I blogged about using Kidblog in depth here and here.

Read to Self:
I am slowly building my classroom library and tweaking my system for keeping track of my supply of books.  The last couple months of the year I started using Classroom Booksource.  I really like it so far and am looking forward to using this technology from the start of the school year next year.  You can read more about my experience with Classroom Booksource here.

Word Work:
I have maintained a Quia website for about ten years now.  I keep a link of many websites where the students investigate a topic that correlates to our reading material.  I feel it is important for students to learn how to navigate websites to find the information they need.  This is one of my word work centers even though it may not technically be "word work" but they usually do learn new vocabulary!  I wrote a post with a sample page of an investigation I use with the mentor text "The Raft" here.

I have so many other ideas for iPad apps that I want to try next year!  They are sitting waiting in my pins to be explored:)

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  1. I have 2 accounts too. Don't know why though...

  2. Hi Holly,
    I always love all your ideas! I used Kidblog with my little friends too and it worked out so well as a reading response center! Now that I actually have my classroom library organized by levels, I think I need to check out Classroom Booksource in order to keep it organized- thanks so much for the idea!
    Also, thanks so much for linking up with us!
    Learning to the Core

  3. Okay, I just read all your posts on Kidblog and I am SOLD! I was trying to think of a way to make their journaling more relevant and authentic to them and I think I am going to have them publish one free write a week on Kidblog. What do you think? Thanks for this post...just might be a big added piece of instruction to my classroom in the coming year. :)
    Creating Lifelong Learners

  4. I used Kidblog this past year and Classroom Booksource. Aren't they great?!?! I never had so many kids wanting to write. Great post.

    Life With Middle Schoolers

  5. Great post! I love the ideas of including book reviews on Kidblog I was wondering just how to use that resource-thanks! Also, I am definitely following you (again) now. I double checked your button.

    :) Nicole
    Tadpole Tidbits

  6. Kidblog has been at the top of my list of things to try but I just never got around to it this past year. After rereading your posts about how you used it, I'm definitely going to make it a priority at the start of the year. My classroom library has been on the "honor system" and I get overwhelmed about a checkout system, but I think I'm going to look into Classroom Booksource. Thanks for linking up with us and I hope you'll be back with some techie math tips next week.:)

    iTeach 1:1

  7. Great ideas! I'm definitely going to have to dig deeper into KidBlog and see if there's an app!