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Using e-Learning to improve fluency in reading

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Started by Johanna Chambers 23 Aug 2012 2:05pm () Replies (5)

I have a year 3 class and a lot of them are working on reading with improved fluency.  Has anybody used iPads or other devices for improving fluency?  I'm thinking of videoing and using self & peer feedback and feedforward but wondered if there are any other ideas out there!

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  • Amanda (View all users posts) 23 Aug 2012 9:49pm ()

    Hi Johanna.

    We use something we call iRead... basically the students choose a text to read via a webcam.  They record themselves reading and then once finished they read through the text following along with a finger to track their reading.  At the end they reflect on what they have heard and noticed about their reading.  This can be done via a simple tool like photobooth or similar webcam programme on PCs.  Evernote is also a great way of collecting this information as it can be accessed via the website or on their devices.  Making it accessible for all.  You can easily set each student up with their own notebook.  They can then create a new note and record their voice into the note, then type or record their reflection after it.  

    There are a range of apps that would allow them to be able to record this e.g. voice memo, fotobabble, puppet pals or audioboo to name a few apps.

    An app is also available called k-12 Time Reading which has had some good feedback and reviews online.  You may be interested in looking into that.  It's $5 but there is a lite version for free to try.

  • Karen Spencer (View all users posts) 23 Aug 2012 9:15pm ()

    Hi Johanna,

    Here's a wee video (from the US) on how the simple model of 'reading-recording-reflecting' might integrate iOS technology appropriately:

    It's a little idealised.....and it doesn't include every recommended strategy (such as modelling or explicit teaching), nor does it touch on how we choose texts appropriately for engagement.... but it might be a useful start:-)

  • sansam (View all users posts) 23 Aug 2012 5:58pm ()

    We just had this very discussion today, videoing with ipad was top of list, fotobabble, using easispeak microphones - kids love them, garageband - straight recording their voice - just a few!

  • Catriona Pene (View all users posts) 23 Aug 2012 2:22pm ()

    Great question Johanna - take  look at this resource shared by Lisa Morrison.  There are bound to be some overlaps between her use of e-learning to improve oral language and your request for apps to improve fluency in reading.

    /resources/view/119737/reflective-summary-to-use-e-learning-as-a-tool-to-improve-childrens-oral-language-skills

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