Improving Reading Skills
Liz Nyenhuis has been leveraging technology to help her French students get in more practice time. She has the students record themselves speaking French with their Chromebooks. While this would obviously be applicable to teaching other languages, she thought of another great use of this tech tool. Elementary teachers could have their students, especially early readers, record themselves reading aloud.
Here are some suggestions of apps that could be used for recording:
Interactive Posters- No Glue Stick Required!
Give your students the option of creating a multimedia presentation instead of poster. Matt Miller, the author of Ditch That Textbook, gives ideas for making interactive posters in Google Draw with images, shapes, links, and more.
Beyond interactive poster, students could create 3-D renderings of things like the Jerusalem temple or Noah's Ark. This could be done with architectural design software like Planner 5D from the Chrome Web Store. Or, for a more immersive experience, we could look at setting up software like Second Life on the VMware server. Once installed, it's possible to access VMware from Chromebooks.
When it comes to note taking, students need two things- skills and tools. One popular method of note taking is the Cornell Method. I've created a Google Docs template for taking Cornell notes and added it to the MCC template gallery. It includes a link at the bottom for students to review the method.
Other tools for note taking include:
- Google Docs- With or without the Cornell Notes template, Docs is a great app for taking notes that students are familiar with.
- Google Keep- This Google app is designed specifically for note taking. Notes can be tagged by subject, color coded, shared and exported to Google Docs. Images and free hand drawings can be added to a note. Notes can even trigger a reminder based on time or location.
- TurboNote- A pop-up allows students to take notes while viewing videos from YouTube, Khan Academy, etc. without switching back and forth to another tab. Notes link back to the spot in the video that the student was watching when each note was taken.