Literacy apps for families

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"There's an App for That" Presentation for the Leadership Omaha-Family Literacy Day at the University of Nebraska Omaha, College of Education on Saturday, April 27th. This presentation includes various apps that will help parents infuse literacy and technology to engage their children in learning. Even if they don't even realize they are learning!

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Literacy apps for families

  1. 1. College of Education IDEAS Room Roskens Hall 412Innovation Design Experiences Activities Synergyhttp://youtu.be/SKVcQnyEIT8 WENDY LOEWENSTEIN
  2. 2. Word recognition and vocabularyPre-K-2nd GradeSound Beginnings- (Free)Practice beginning, middle, and end sounds. Moderate thedifficultyWord Games for Kids-Futaba (Free)A fun word game for kids-up to four students can play at a time.Endless Alphabet (Free)Learn new words while learning letter soundsSight Words:Kids Learn (25 words free-All 300 words $8.99)Hear words, write words, recording with playback, games, too
  3. 3. VocabularySpelling City- Practice spelling words usingactivities and practice tests. www.spellingcity.comOpposites-A fun game for all ages-individually orin groups.• Mad Libs-Has spell check and offers suggestions onthose tricky adjectives and adverbsInnovation Design Experiences Activities Synergy
  4. 4. How do you know if an eBook is good?• Interactive, but not too interactive• Options for “Read to Myself” and “Read to Me”• Interactive text or highlights words WHILEreading• Bonus-If you get the WHOLEbook. Free Apps labeled “Lite”only give you the first few pages.
  5. 5. eBook AppsCollins Big Cat (free!)Read to me, Read by Myself, Story Creator, reasonableinteraction, quiz after reading-Eight total titles-AllFictionStoria (first five eBooks are free)Track your child’s reading and manage their bookshelves.Fiction and non-fiction, high interest titlesRuckus- (Not all free, up to $13.99)iReaders or Readalongs, Turn narration on or off, Storychoices and coloring options, Fiction or non-fiction books,can track kids’ progressScholastic Reading Timer (free)A stop-watch and reading log, along with reading tips.
  6. 6. Writing/CreatingToontastic-Create a cartoon. Starts with a story arc(elements of a story) for creators to follow.P Puppet Pals-Create a puppet show and narrate the story.Sock Puppets-Similar to Toontastic & Puppet Pals-Except it’s sock puppets!!**Involve comprehension, fluency, and vocabularyInnovation Design Experiences Activities Synergy
  7. 7. Resources• Reading Rockets-Literacy Apps• Richard Colosi web site• Theres a Special App for that-Part 7-Apps thatSupport Literacy Instruction/
  8. 8. • http://www.appysmarts.com/• http://appshopper.com/• http://www.famigo.com/• http://bestappsforkids.com/Innovation Design Experiences Activities Synergy

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