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Build Literacy
with iPads

Minnetonka iPad Institute
June 27, 2014
Tech Coach and Media Specialist
Jen Legatt
Literacy does not need to take a back
seat once technology is introduced to
the classroom. Strong literacy skills still
foster success in all areas of
academics. Come learn some ways
iPads and other digital tools can be
used hand-in-hand with literacy
Challenges and Benefits
What are the challenges and benefits
of the technology tools enter our
classrooms today?
Technology on its own does not
create a literate child.
Apptivity Seat iPotty
These are different students.
We need to think differently.
How can technology and literacy
work hand-in-hand?
The Digital
Educational Leadership
November 2013 Issue
Article: Research Says / The Reading Skills
Digital Brains Need
All of this suggests that heavy exposure to digital
technology may be altering how learners think and
read. As University of CaliforniaLos Angeles
developmental psychologist Patricia Greenfield
(2009) writes, Every medium develops some
cognitive skills at the expense of others (p. 71).
Plato Said
Two thousand years ago, Plato asked
the same question about the new
technology of his day: literacy.
Reading and writing, he opined,
weakened the mind and destroyed
memory. In some ways, he was right.
Psychologists and anthropologists
have since determined that literacy
fundamentally rewires our brains.
It makes us more analytical,
introspective, and abstract thinkers, yet
less adept at other things, such as
reciting epic poems from memory.
Studies have also found that
the mere presence of
hyperlinks in text reduces
reading comprehension, likely
because it breaks up reading
flow and leaves readers
feeling disoriented or lost in

Even if we ignore the
hyperlinks, our brains must
work overtime to determine
whether or not to follow
Digital_Nation Digital Native Map
Frontline: 2010
F-Shaped Pattern for Reading Web
What does this mean
for our students?
Accessibility: Speak Selection
Accessibility: Speak Selection
On the iPad
Speak Selection
Accessibility: Built-in Dictionaries
Remove Distractions:
Reader in Safari
+ Remove Distractions:
Reader in Safari
What difference can text size
National Institute of Health: Effect of print side on
reading speed in dyslexia
eHow Education: How Font Size Affects Reading
Telegraph: Hard to read fonts can boost pupil results
EduKindle: More Research Says Bigger Fonts Help
Kids Read
What difference can text size make?
EduKindle: More Research Says Bigger Fonts Help
Kids Read
Because there are fewer words and those words
are easier to decode, struggling readers make
substantial progress with comprehension, tracking,
and fluency, all while making fewer decoding
mistakes. Additionally, research shows that fewer
words on the page lower anxiety levels in
struggling readers.
Accessibility with Audiobooks
Support reading with Audiobooks
University of South Florida: Lit2Go
Bookshare for students with text disabilities
Other helpful tools
Dragon Dictation text to speech

Google Translate

Speak Text - Speak and translate
text documents and web pages
Chrome Speak
Google Lit
Even on tablets like iPad in
the Google Earth App

Kate Messners
Authors Who Skype
with Classes
Skype an Author
Scholastic Invite an
o Grades K-4
o Grades 5-8
o Grades 9-12
o Spanish
What literacy strategies
do you use with your
Comprehension Strategies
Comprehension monitoring instruction teaches
students to:
Be aware of what they do understand
Identify what they do not understand
Use appropriate strategies to resolve problems in
From Reading Rockets
Seven Strategies to Teach Students Text Comprehension

Use the Tools in iBooks
HUG Strategies: Highlight, Underline, Gloss
Use the Tools in iBooks
HUG Strategies: Highlight, Underline, Gloss
Oral Fluency
1. Model Fluent Reading
2. Do Repeated Readings
in Class
3. Promote Phrased
Reading in Class
4. Enlist Tutors to Help Out
5. Try a Reader's Theater
in Class

web and app based
highlight and make
web based download

From Scholastic:
5 Surefire Strategies for Developing
Reading Fluency

Audio Recording Tools
Audioboo Fluency Practice
First Reading
Second Reading

Close Reading
Close, analytic reading stresses
engaging with a text of sufficient
complexity directly and examining
meaning thoroughly and methodically,
encouraging students to read and
reread deliberately.
Closing in on Close Reading
Close Reading
When the text is shorter and appears
more accessible, students, especially
reluctant or struggling readers, may
more readily take on the challenge
and gain the confidence to tackle
longer texts.
The Case for Reader-Friendly Articles
ReadWorks Finding Passages for
Literacy Practice
ReadWorks provides research-based units, lessons, and
authentic, leveled non-fiction and literary passages directly to
educators online, for free, to be shared broadly.

News ELA

Newsela is an innovative way for students to build reading
comprehension with nonfiction that's always relevant: daily news.
Close Reading Resources
Britannica Databases Search Results by Level
ELM4You - Britannica
Close Reading Resources
Infotrac Databases Results with Word Count
ELM4You - Infotrac
Graphic Organizers
Keys to Literacy worksheets
Read Write Think mobile apps
Notabilitys Papers
Eduplaces Graphic Organizers
Scholastics Graphic Organizers
Writing on the iPad
Paperport Notes
PaperPort Notes is a digital note
taking tool for the iPad that is
transforming the way people create
and share information. Now you
can combine documents, web
content, audio, typed text as well
as hand written notes into a single
document that you can easily
organize and share with anyone
Penultimate gives you the natural
experience of writing on paper, with
the added power and availability of
Evernote. Take notes, keep
sketches, or share your next
breakthrough idea -- in the office,
on the go, or at home on the sofa
Two Column Notes
Notability is the best-selling note-
taking app on iPad, iPhone and
iPod touch. Notability is so
powerful that it will transform how
you work: sketch ideas, annotate
documents, sign contracts,
complete worksheets, keep a
journal, jot travel notes, teach a
class, make a presentation and
much more.
Summarizing Visually
Summarizing text by using writing
activities builds on prior knowledge,
helps improve writing, and
strengthens vocabulary skills
1. What are the main ideas?
2. What are the crucial details necessary
for supporting the ideas?
3. What information is irrelevant or

all about Adolescent Literacy
ThingLink App

Summarizing Visually
ThingLink App

Writing to
How has technology
changed writing today?
What is a keyboard?
Learning to Write and
Writing to Learn
By Joan Sedita
Writing to learn means using writing as a
tool to promote content learning; when
students write they think on paper. Content
teachers assign writing activities to help
students learn subject matter, clarify and
organize their thoughts, and improve their
retention of content.
Brainstorming with iBrainstorm
Help students develop and improve fluency with thinking
Allow students to discover new ideas and relationships between concepts
Get the mind going to generate and organize thought processes, new ideas
and information
-From Inspirations Teaching and Learning with Brainstorming Webs
Collect Student Writing Simply with
Google Forms
Google Forms
Publishing from an iPad
Create an electronic storybook

Creative Book Builder
Build an ePub book simply

Spoken story app

Publishing from the Web
Google Sites
Living Writing: Blogging
ReadWriteThinks Teaching with Blogs
When students write entries and comment
on the entries of their peers, blogs
become an integral part of a lively literacy
Students can post on such topics as
journal/diary entries, reflections on their
writing process, details on their research
projects, commentary on recent events or
readings, and drafts for other writing they
are doing.
Technology Can Enhance Literacy
Tech Coach and Media Specialist
Jen Legatt