Sunday, September 29, 2013

iPad Apps to Enhance Literature Studies

A previous post on literature circles highlighted how technology can make traditional strategies more engaging to students.  If you use project-based learning in your classroom, the sky is the limit when it comes to integrating technology to your plan.  That being said, where do you start?

A good place to start is Fluency 21, a unit creation site that walks teachers through the PBL planning process.  Teachers can then share their plans, or keep them private. 

Here are 5 easy ideas you may want to consider for your literature PBLs.  Each references an iPad app, but can be easily adapted to web-based or Android tools:
  • Create and update a plot map with StickyBoard
  • Use Fotobabble to identify “golden lines” from a specific character
  • Make a slideshow in Animoto to make a personal connection with the narrator
  • Identify figurative language with Haiku Deck
  • Recreate a scene from another character’s perspective using Touchcast or iMovie.
All these ideas take your students to higher levels of learning and address Common Core standards in ELA.  Please share what you use to engage your students in literature.

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