I have been researching ideas on how I can use the iPads® in my learning centers to promote literacy. There’s lots of potential, but I needed a little help finding a good solution. And then I came across this post by Beth Holland from EdTechTeacher Inc.
I thought she had some great ideas about using the iPad to promote literacy and was looking forward to using some of them in my classroom. I thought I would start out with her first suggestion, which uses Educreations, a whiteboard app that allows students to take photos, write information, and record audio.
I had the students look through their reading books and each pick a passage that we had already read. Then using Educreations, they took a photo of the selected reading page and recorded their oral reading of it. I told them to use their best expression and to really work on paying attention to punctuation.
Once they finished their recordings, they could go back and listen to themselves. This allowed them to actually hear their reading. They can assess their own oral reading and decide how they can make it better. Those who had time could re-record the reading and try to make improvements. (Listen to one student practice his oral reading and all the character voices too!)
The kids loved listening to themselves! And this activity provided a way for them to do that and improve their reading. Another win-win.
In the example above, you can see how the student chose a portion of a play we had read together. In his recording, he was able to practice making the characters sound different. I love the way he did it! It sounds like more than one student reading!
What strategies have you tried to improve your students’ smoothness, fluency, and expression in oral reading?