December 13th

December 13th Training Language Arts

Exploring iPod Use in the Classroom:

Q&A (All): Now that you have the iPods and cart in your schools, what questions do you have?

Please click on the link for the Lee Elementary iPods Blog and read about an elementary class that is seeing great successes with implementing the iPod Touch into their daily learning.

iOS 5 Setting Change (Cherie)

  • Enabling Speak Selection

Storytelling with the iPod Touch

Storykit StoryKit.png(Shauna)

Create a 4-8 page story about you (a picture on each page with some text). Include pictures either from your Photo collection or from the web (things that represent you, your hobbies and interests). When you find a picture on the web you want, hold your finger down on the image you want. It will give you the choice to save the image. Click on that, and it will save it to your Photo Collection. From there you can bring it into your story. Try narrating a page if you want.

  • See how you are able to share the stories you create.

  • Pass the ipods around clockwise to view one another's stories.

  • How else could you use this app with your students?

Simple Mind XpressSimpleMindXpress.png Use the Simplemind Xpress app to map out your Storyrobe audio recorded story about the life cycle of a butterfly. (Shauna)

Reading and Editing with the iPod Touch

Dragon Dictation (Teresa) Open the Dragon Dictation app. Dragon_Dictation.png Begin your recording and dictate part or all of the Gettysburg Address (from below). Check the accuracy of your dictation. Edit at least the first four sentences for spelling, grammar and punctuation. Then check your work against the text below to see how well you did editing the text. You can do this same activity with easier text for younger students, and you can also work with partners to trade and edit for the other person.


© Abraham Lincoln Online

The Gettysburg Address

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
November 19, 1863On June 1, 1865, Senator Charles Sumner commented on what is now considered the most famous speech by President Abraham Lincoln. In his eulogy on the slain president, he called it a "monumental act." He said Lincoln was mistaken that "the world will little note, nor long remember what we say here." Rather, the Bostonian remarked, "The world noted at once what he said, and will never cease to remember it. The battle itself was less important than the speech."
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

QR Reader Activity

  • Story - Little Mist
  • QR_Reader.PNG QR Reader - Download App
  • Use your QR Reader App to scan the codes so you can answer the questions and complete the activities.

Curriculum Related App Search

  • Using your teacher edition of your reading basal look ahead at concepts you will be teaching and see if you can find apps that will assists you in teaching those concepts.

  • Browse the Language Arts Core Curriculum for your grade level.

  • Language Arts Apps on iSchool Wiki

  • Check out UEN's app search Apps4Edu

  • Common Core App available Screen_shot_2011-12-13_at_2.41.46_PM.png

Spelling and other Word Related Games on the iPod Touch

Demo: Spelling City is a website, but can be set as an app icon on each iPod touch.

Students can enter their spelling words and practice them on the touches the same as they can on the website.

Word Pops
Word Warp
Shake and Spell (Free)
Skillbuilder Spelling
Hangman HD (Free)
Build a Word Express
Textropolis (Free)

Grammar with the iPod Touch

Grammar Up (Free)
Grammar Dragon (Free)
Sentence Reading Magic
Grammar Jammers Primary Edition


Storylines free
Idioms Lite
Idioms in Use
Word Insanity
Miriam Webster Dictionary


Pocket Wally Sight Words (Free)
ABC Alphabet Phonics Song (Free)
Phonics Vowels (K-1st)
ABC Phonics Rhyming Words Lite
Phonics Genius
Alphabet Freeze Tag
I Like Books (K-1st)
Flat Stanley
Wild Fables (First 3 stories free, others are $0.99)
Timed Reading (Free and 1.99 versions) Free version/1 student

Other Apps to Explore

Spelling Apps
iPod Touch and iPad Resouces
Writing Tip of the Day
Picture Book
Teacher Reboot Camp
Science, Social Studies, and Art

If there's time: Google Activity (Teresa), and other missed items from last session.

Class Dojo - This is a Realtime Behavior Management Web tool that can be run from an iPad talking to the computer. (Teresa)

Create a Class Dojo app icon.


Training Survey