Friday, September 13, 2013

How Children Learn to Read - Resources

The Canadian Education Association and OISE have teamed up to prepare and deliver fact-sheets to help educators and parents. We came across one today that seems helpful to those of us, such as ourselves, who have just sent our kids off to JK and are wondering how to best help at home. The Facts on Education: How Children Learn to Read provides links to some good resources and tool kits prepared by trusted sources.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Sentence Builder App

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A little plug for AbiTalk, a site delivering educational apps, with now over 90 apps available. One app we recently tried is the Sentence Builder app. Fully customizable, users can move words around to build sentences - start with a collection of built-in sentences, then create your own sentences, use your own images, and use your voice to record your own sentences and words. A nice app to learn words, sentences, pronunciation, grammar, and punctuation. Runs on iPad and Android platforms.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Level It Books - A little help for busy teachers

A colleague recently introduced me to Level It Books, a great little app to help teachers level their classroom library / books. The app scans your books' ISBNs and provides the guided reading, grade level equivalent, DRA, and lexile levels for the book. They claim to have over 150K books in their database spanning the aforementioned 4 leveling standards. For more information see their FAQ.