When I first starting using my iPhone and iPad with my students, my challenge was finding good apps that were more than just entertainment. Using these devices in the schools was new, and there was a lag while developers caught up with the educational possibilities. Now, my challenge is sifting through the vast number of apps to find quality, reasonably priced apps. I often find myself saying, "This one is pretty good, but I wish it did...", or "That was a waste of $.99." When I came across Book Creator by Red Jumper Studios last year I was a little skeptical. It was spendier than I like for something I am trying out on a whim, but the initial reviews were good, and having been on an app drought, I splurged. This app is so intuitive that over the past year, it has become one of my go-to apps. I use it to make social stories, have students create their own artic books, work on vocabulary concepts, and my own kids even like to create books to share their activities with their friends and grandparents. During one of our school's technology trainings, I shared the app with our first grade team, and they quickly began to use it throughout their day. It is so fun to see the kids grab an iPad, open iBooks and read the books THEY have written....and yes, they CHOOSE to do this. The best news is that Book Creator is 50% off for the month of December!
Language is so vast, that when teaching language skills, it's often hard to know just where to start. Over the years, I have made myself many charts and lists to help me quickly remember the levels of learning, but until now I haven't found anything that works as a quick reference for me. I created this graphic as a easy reference for me when setting goals for my students and for teaching scaffolding of language skills to staff. Each shelf is a representation of one of Bloom's levels, and each book contains a verb/skill that is associated with that level. The lower level skills are on the botton of the bookshelf, and the skills build from there. I find this especially useful when working with the little kiddos. I like to think of little toddlers pulling books off the lowest shelf, and as they grow they can reach the books on the higher shelves. This resource is available on my Teachers Pay Teachers site by clicking the bookshelf.
When children are engaged, they are ready to learn!