apps for all: learning with tablets & smartphones
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Apps for All: Learning with Tablets & Smartphones
June 10, 2014
l More apps every minute! How can you keep up?
l Schools investing in iPads l Smart technology
pervasive in all population sectors, and more popular for Latinos
l We all see kids using devices
Who we are?
l 2013-14 LSTA grant called “Apps for All”
l FREE apps ONLY!
l Bev Schwartzberg, Adult Literacy Coordinator
l Patty Haddad, Library Assistant/Apps for All Staff
Two Library Audiences
l Adult literacy learners and tutors (what we’ll focus on today)
l Parents of young children (preschool,
l Five “Techno Tutor” projects 1. Using Apps for Learning Phonics &
Pronunciation…which led to 2. Introduction to Tablets: coaching sessions 3. Free Apps for Test Prep: GED, Math,
Citizenship 4. Using Apps for Writing 5. Grammar & Vocabulary for English Language
Results for adult literacy pilot?
l Workshops are good, but coaching is better l Having a lab with devices helps l How to lead people to resources:
– Graphite.org and other review sites – SBPL Apps Pinterest page:
http://www.pinterest.com/sblibraryapps/boards/ – App lists available online (coming soon) – Curriculum available online (coming soon)
l Websites can be better than apps (e.g., www.pumarosa.com)
Phonics and Pronunciation: Sounds and Letters
PRONUNCIATION: video instruction to illustrate lip
and tongue production. We recommended two apps from Lingraphia:
SmallTalk: Phonemes https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/smalltalk-
phonemes/id384170714?mt=8 (caution: uses International Phonetic Alphabet so
symbols may be different than English dictionary) Small Talk: Consonant Blends https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/smalltalk-
SmallTalk: Phonemes sample images
Phonics and Pronunciation: Sounds and Letters
ALLITERATION: develop awareness of the beginning sounds in words (free version: s, l, a, t, and p). Here’s a kid apps from Doc Ruth:
Profs’ Phonics 1 https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/
PHONEMIC AWARENESS: activities to practice blending, segmenting and reading basic sound combinations. Here are two from Preschool University:
Reading Magic 1 https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/
Reading Magic 2 https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/
ESL Apps: Vocabulary
Vocabulary: Fry Words by Alligator Apps by Innovative Mobile Apps
Flashcards that teach the most common words in the English language
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fry-words/id470926345?mt=8 Alphabet Organizer by ReadWriteThink Build phonemic awareness. Visual. http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/mobile-
Duolingo by Duolingo Learn languages including English for free.
For Spanish speakers learning English!
Learn English with Lingo Arcade by Innovative Mobile Apps
Learning how to read, speak, and write English. Free, but to upgrade cost $4.99 for all levels.
Oh Noah! by PBS Kids Excellent website that requires Flash. It is
meant to teach Spanish, but the website is bilingual.
ESL Apps: Grammar
Mad Libs by Penguin Group USA & Sparkle Fish by Whosagoodboy Partners: fun story creation game—a nice break from workbooks!
Mad Libs: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mad-libs/id326885152?mt=8
Word Mover by ReadWriteThink
Create lessons to use over and over again.
Writing Fundamentals: Grammar and Sentence Structure
Read on Sight Free by tApps https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/word-blocks/id434349833?mt=8 Description: cute kid’s voice, basic game; interesting sentence examples. Free version is VERY limited.
Sentence Reading Magic by Preschool University https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sentence-reading-magic/id454581599?mt=8 Description: simple, but effective: Noun + Verb; Noun + Verb + Object sentence patterns.
Vocabulary Spelling City by Spelling City https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/spellingcity/id538407602?mt=8 Description: vocabulary games based on sample lists or lists created on their website. The experience is
not overly intuitive, but fun once it’s set up. Website: http://www.spellingcity.com/. The website is tied to common core standards.
Sentence Maker by GrasshopperApps.com https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sentence-maker-free/id518347992?mt=8 Description: Photos and word tiles used to practice sentence structure. The free version is limited, but still
good and the paid version is only 99 cents.
ORGANIZATION: RWT TimeLine by International
Reading Association https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/rwt-
timeline/id724817238?mt=8 Description: “Timeline allows students to
create a graphical representation of an event or process by displaying items sequentially along a line.” Details are then added to create a paragraph, essay or story.
Venn Diagram by International Reading Association
Description: can be used in a variety of ways, but its primary intention is to help individuals “organize their information logically.”
Adding Details: Character Development, Events, Etc…
Trading Cards by International Reading Association(APPLE ONLY)
Description: a great way to create and store the details of characters, vocabulary, events, objects, etc.
Write About This by Robert Armbrister NOT COMPLETELY FREE http://www.lighthouse.org/accessibility/design/
Description: pictures and prompts to help start the writing process. Stories can be written from custom pictures or using uploaded photos. A recording option allows for a read aloud option. One con is that there are no built in editing tools. And an even bigger con is that the free version offers only one saved story at a time. The paid version costs $3.99. Graphite gives this app high ranking.
Parent workshops about apps for kids
Four workshop titles:
1. How Do I Find Great Free Apps for Kids?
2. See, Hear & Touch: Apps That Develop Music & Art Sense
3. Creating Stories with Free Apps
4. Good Cents: Free Apps That Take a Child Beyond the Piggy Bank
All these will be posted online as well!
Example: Finding Good Apps
Spring 2014: iPad rollouts and purchase plans in four local schools
• Introduction to review sites like graphite.org (apps review site of Common Sense Media), readingrockets.org, littleelit.org • Introduction to our Pinterest page (link) • How to use reviews, especially on the App Store • Caution and safety: in-app purchases What We Found: Some people want to know device basics or which device to purchase
What We Learned
l Tech “Expert” vs. Tech Researcher l Sharing & Promoting
– Pinterest – Keywords to catch an audience
l Less is More l Hindsight is 20/20 for a Nanosecond l Format: Lab vs. Individual Devices
Research and App Hunting Going Beyond Those Wonderful Review Sites
Susan Vega – READ/San Diego
Keep in mind…
• Not all apps are available for both Android and iOS
• Not all iDevices can use iOS apps – Not all iphones can use iphone apps – Not all ipads can use ipad apps
• Not all devices that use Android can use Android apps
Four Tricks Using the apps you already own
and one free one
Tip 1 Using Photo Albums
Sounds for /r/
l Find an image of the letter R using the internet browser on your phone.
l Make the image as large as you can on the screen, then take a screen shot.
• Crop photos as needed using the Edit tool
• Go to the Photos App
l Find more images that begin with r and have that /r/ sound.
l Take screen shots and crop as necessary
l Alternatively (or additionally), use the phone's camera to take photos things that have an /r/ sound.
Create an album
In your photos, add an album, name it, then add photos
You can add as many photos as you'd like.
• Demonstrate prepositions • Language scouting • Sight word stack
Tip 2 Worksheets
• This requires a drawing program (one where you can manipulate layers), but you can do this with the Penultimate app). • Purpose: create worksheets for practice...especially if you don't have a copy machine handy. • Best for larger tablets, not as ideal for iPhones.
l Take a photo (or screenshot) of the worksheet. Crop and/or edit as necessary.
l Open up Penultimate, tap on papers, then tap on the "+" then add the worksheet image.
(Alternatively, you could import the photo onto the page, but when you erase the page, the photo disappears)
Options • A way to proofread (correct on the screen) • Practice cursive (a stylus is very helpful) • Lots of possibilities!
Trick 3 Using Guided Access
Trick 4 Speech Selection
Accessibility Speech Selection
Other quick tricks
• Voice memo - record homework, pronunciation practice, etc. • FaceTime - one way for tutoring teams to meet if they can't meet in the same room. • Reminders – doesn't have to be a task list. Learners can keep track of the sight words he or she has mastered in one list.
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