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WSRA Resources

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Will you be ready for this child?


It's all about CONVERGENCE


WSRA Presentation.pdf

WSRA Slides (including basic Tomorrow.org SpeakUp 2010 info on handheld use by students)


Canby School District data.m4v 

(You will need Quicktime to play this video)



NetDay SpeakUp 2010 findings.pdf

NetDay Speakup 2010 Findings



Some of the MANY Literacy Apps Available

Phonemic Awareness/Phonics

Phonics Free

ABC Free

Build a Word Express (free)

ABC First Phonics-Word Families Lite (free) 1.99 full version

ABC Phonics Sight Words HD Lite (free)

ABC Alphabet Phonics- Lite (free) Innovative Investments Limited

Alphabet Car HD lite (free) $3.99 for full version

Sight Words List-Learn to Read Flash Cards & Games (free) Innovative Mobile Apps Ltd.

What Rhymes (Kindergarten.com) .99

My First Words Flashcards by Alligator Apps (free)



Dictionary.com (needs wifi) Free

FreeSaurus (Thesaurus) Free (full version .99)

LikeItSounds! (.99) Homonyms

Blanks (Free) Kai Kunze (More Blanks 1.99)

Ad Libs (parts of speech) Lite (free)

Word Cub (free)

Rory's Story Cubes (story ideas) 1.99

Epic Citadel (dynamic fantasy setting) Free

WordFamilies Free

Fozy (word game) .99

Word Warp (word game) free (ad-free version .99)

Word Pops Free (ad-free version 1.99)

Word Bingo .99 (spelling)

Grammar Girl (1.99) or free from the iTunes Store under Podcasts



Verbally (Free)

Dragon Dictation (Free)

Dragon Search (Free)

iTalk Recorder (Free)

Talking Tom (Ben, Gina, Talking Rex,etc) Free

Speak It! $1.99



MiniMod Reading for Details Lite by E. Skills Learning, LLC ($3.99) full version 8.99
MiniMod Reading for Inferences Lite by E. Skills Learning, LLC ($3.99) full version 8.99
Question Builder by Mobile Education Tools ($3.99)
DriversEd by DriversEd.com (free) all 50 states' handbooks-built in quizzes

Not a specific app, but teacher Marilyn Williams shares: "I don't have a specific app for this but I've had good success in taking stories, uploading them to Garage Band, splitting tracks and embedding comprehension questions or reading strategy reminders. Once that's done, I export them into iTunes and then just upload them to the iPods. If you have an iPod Touch, you can also add the text by using the Lyrics option. It's some work up front but once they're done, they're always available. Teachers could collaborate on creating these, too. You can really differentiate for your students and create specific learning opportunities based on students' needs."


Digital Storytelling

Toontastic .99

Puppet Pals (Free)

Strip Designer $2.99

iMovie $4.99

Reel Director $1.99

Pictello  $14.99 (!)


Interactive Books/Book Readers

Dr. Suess -Various Stories ($3.99 ea.)

A Present for Milo (.99)

Grimm's Rapunzel-3D Interactive Pop Up Book ($3.99)

Britannica Kids: Volcanoes ($4.99)

CK12 epub textbooks-California initiative. Completely customizable (find through iBooks)

iBooks w/built in dictionary and access to Project Gutenberg (books in the public domain) iPods/iPads also include voice-over option (found in settings)

Kindle (Amazon Books) Free

Nook (Barnes & Noble Books) Free




IdeaSketch  (free) 

SimpleMind+ (free)

iBrainstorm (free)



Side by Side (Browser w/notes) Free (pro version $1.99)

Sundry Notes (Free) pro version $2.99

My Homework (Free)

iFlash Free

Mental Case Classroom Edition (Free) a bit "techy" to set up flashcard archives

T Chart (simple pros/cons) Free

Red:Green (Free)

Spelling for iPhone (or iPad) includes audio recording  & test scoring capability (.99)


Additional info on iPods and iPads in the classroom


Additional info on cell phones in the classroom


Canby School District Student Data


Canby School District iPod User Group Wiki


ITunes U Resources:  

iPod for Reading and Language Acquisition

Apple Distinguished Educator Resources The majority of these are currently

Khan Academy Podcasts  (Many also available as iPod Apps)  Currently, most of these are math and science based, but more curriculum areas are being added regularly.


Other web resources for literacy apps (and more)

17 digital storytelling and literacy apps resources for kids

from Shelly Terrell who teaches young English language learners between 5 to 10 years-old. She's found that her iPhone as one of the best tools to help improve their English and motivate them to speak English outside the classroom.


An Australian, Greg O'Connor, shares a nicely organized charts of apps for literacy including apps for reading support, writing support, reference, study and organizational and OCR (optical character recognition). The charts include app prices in Australian dollars and Greg's comments as to how well they worked. Greg has been actively involved in supporting the learning of people with diverse learning needs for 29 years. During this time he has worked as a classroom teacher, school executive, district consultant and regional manager with the New South Wales Department of Education and Training. Greg’s areas of interest and expertise include supporting people with complex needs, challenging behaviours and autism, and literacy support technologies for people with learning disabilities. He is passionately committed to the use of assistive and instructional technologies to support the learning of ALL students in school and post school settings. Greg is the Education Services Manager at Spectronics.


A Google Doc handout (for MN educators' conference) was created by Linda Potts, (Inver Grove Heights Community Schools) Jonathan Campbell, Bridget Gilormini (PACER Simon Technology Center) in April 2011. It includes lists of apps for five areas of literacy including Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Vocabulary, Fluency, and Comprehension. Also included are apps they recommend for book reading, text to speech, and audio books.


20 Apps in 20 Minutes video resource Shared by TJ Houston, the Director of Technology at Huron City Schools.





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