Immersive Reader, Chrome Extension Must-Have

Immersive Reader is a must-have Chrome extension that once installed to your Chrome browser will give your students the ability to have web content read to them. Students would highlight content, right-click and select ‘help me read this’. Your screen is transformed to the Immersive Reader format. Simply click the play button at the bottom of the screen and follow along as the text is read to you. Settings for speed, showing parts of speech, syllables, and line focus are also available. And more thing… you can have the text translated and have a picture dictionary option for the words. What a great tool for ESOL learners as well. A screenshot is posted below.

Immersive Reader format once text is selected on a website.

Toony Tool Cartoon Maker

Create and share simple one-page cartoons or comics using your own backdrops or those provided. You add characters, speech or thought bubbles, and props to help tell your story. This cross-curricular tool gets students excited about writing. Studying Ancient Cultures? How about narrative writing? Have students illustrate the Author’s Purpose through a cartoon. Comics can be printed, saved, downloaded, emailed, or shared online.

Codeable Crafts and Storytelling

Codeable Crafts is perfect for tying in literacy with computer science. Students combine simple crafting (shapes, stickers, crayons) with block coding to create their stories. Students enrich their imagination and creativity while engaging in the basic concept of computational thinking. They draw on animal templates, name their creatures, and then snap together a set of coding blocks for a sequence of interactions for telling their story. Students can add a small set of advanced coding blocks to create sound, movement, and text.

This must-have FREE app is available for iOS and Android devices. Let’s do this!

New Creative Tools in Seesaw

Effective today, June 19th, Seesaw launched their new creative tools making it easier for students to demonstrate their learning in ways that work best for them and it works better than ever on chromebooks too. For iOS, you must update your app and for Android you have to be a little more patient as it is still in development.

Example 1) demonstrate the water cycle by adding multiple pictures over a background, labeling them, and then adding arrows to show the cycle while the student records what they know.

Example 2) Identifying parts of speech by underlining examples, labeling them, and talking through their work.

Example 3) Working out a math word problem with recording your thought process.

Summer PD at LCES on Monday, July 22nd.

AM Session 9-11
PM Session 12-3

Writing Less to Write Better

You’ve probably heard the phrase “less is more” and wondered how could that be. Surely it isn’t true in all instances however with writing we can help students become better writers by writing less. Google Docs is equipped with a Word Count tool which also counts characters and/or spaces. What if you told your students to write a paragraph that contains 35 words or less to summarize a story read in class. You determine what the summary must include and then challenge your students to meet that goal with the help of the Word Count tool.

Eric Curts, Certified Google Expert explains this activity in his video below.