Monday, October 1, 2012

October

 Literacy and Technology 

iPads in the Classroom:

I'm excited to see more and more iPads in classrooms this year at every level!  I'm always looking for effective ways to use iPads in education, particularly related to literacy. 

 The September Issue of The Reading Teacher, a publication of the International Reading Association, featured a study on the use of iPads for literacy in the classroom. 
**Even if you don't read the whole article, check out the apps mentioned in one of the text boxes.

Abstract:
     The goal of this investigation was to explore how a  teacher could integrate iPads into her literacy instruction to simultaneously teach print-based and digital literacy goals. The teacher used iPads for a three-week period during her literacy instruction and selected apps that provided unique approaches to helping the students meet their literacy learning goals.
     An explanation of how to develop lessons that meaningfully integrate iPads is presented, as well as lessons learned from the project. Considerations for integrating tablets, such as the iPad, into literacy instruction are provided.
Because iPads and similar tablets are relatively unexplored as tools for literacy learning, this work may provide a foundation for teachers and leaders making decisions about whether mobile devices such as these can be useful in literacy classrooms.
  

Apps to Check Out
Book Retriever:   This app is from the Classroom Library Company for managing book borrowing between students, teachers, and parents. 

 Find the best books and media for teens, as selected by library staff and educators across the United States! Search for books by title, author, genre, award, or list; create a reading list with the favorites button; share what you’re reading on Facebook and Twitter; and find a copy of the book in your local library, all from one screen!

YALSA's App of the Week:  Check out the blog of the Young Adult Library Services Association for weekly apps focusing on literacy, science, math, and staying organized as teachers and students. 

2012 MSU College of Education Technology Conference
The 29th Annual MSU College of Education Technology conference will be held on October 27th, 2012 on the campus of Michigan State University in Erickson Hall from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm.  The theme of this year’s conference is open and networked education. This year’s conference will be FREE OF CHARGE to all attendees, but you will need to register on the site.