Vocaroo is a simple website that allows you to create a QR code of an audio recording. Teachers could use Vocaroo to create an interactive way for students to practice recognizing their sight words by allowing their students to record themselves saying their sight word and then using it in a sentence. Students can practice reading the sight word on the front of the index card and then they can instantly and independently check their accuracy by scanning the QR code on the back, which will contain a recording of themselves saying the word and then using the word in a sentence. This would be a highly engaging literacy center to add to your toolbox. Schedule an appointment with me to learn how easy it is to create QR codes of an audio recording.
Epic! is a FREE for educators app that has thousands of popular, high interest books. This amazing app allows you to support a wide-range of learners with tons of highly engaging early readers, chapter books, non-fiction, and audio books. In the teacher dashboard you can set up individual student profiles where students will log in to personalize their library and bookmark their unfinished books. Students can access the Epic! library through the app on their iPads or even on their Chromebooks. From the teacher dashboard you can also view student activity, create and assign quizzes, or create a collection of books to assign to your students. Use Epic! to highlight specific reading strategies in a guided reading group, assign a collection of books for your students to research a topic, encourage students to diversify their reading with an Epic! genre reading challenge, track how many books your class reads with Epic!'s printable readerpillar, and so much more! This is a must have app for every teacher (and parent). You will easily hook even your most reluctant readers.
Mrs. Vanasse and her first graders taught me about a super fun creation app called Sock Puppets today! Mrs. Vanasse showed us how to create a puppet show by selecting her characters, background, and props. Then, she recorded her voice. Her students were thrilled to see Mrs. Vanasse's completed show and couldn't wait to create their own. Mrs. Vanasse also showed us how easy it is to make a puppet show with more than one character (you can add up to 4 different characters.) She said she uses Sock Puppets to help her students with many of their reading standards, including having them retell the beginning, middle, and end of a story! Click on the app to see it in the app store, or download it to your devices from our SAD6 catalog today!