Saturday, May 28, 2011

iPods in Guided Reading

One of the funnest Guided Reading lessons I did this year was the day after our school received its first order of iPod.  I checked out six of them, and brought them to the reading table, setting one each in front of them and above their book.  As they read out loud to themselves, I picked up the iPod in front of each of them and began video recording them reading....and the rest as they say, is history.  I created the following iMovie to show you what happened after I began recording.



Not only did students receive real time oral reading feeback from me, but they also had the real-time opportunity to reflect on their own oral reading and self-monitoring skills.  By watching and listening to themselves on the iPod, it was like looking into a mirror and seeing what you want to fix...a hair out of place, salad in your teeth or the right earrings to match your outfit...students could see and fix their oral reading immediately.  The process was quite validating, as Adric says, "I look and sound like a reader!" What better reading confidence builder is that?  Because this day was the first time I had introduced iPods, their excitement and engagement was high...as they encountered problems or questions, they asked and helped each other...all on their own, which just goes to reinforce that learning is a social behavior!

BONUS: 30 Ways to Use the iPod Touch in the Classroom

4 comments:

  1. I Love This!! Look at their little faces. :) The music perfectly reflects those moments too. Now I have to write a grant for Ipods.

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  2. Wow that was very interesting!

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  3. I love this!! I wish more teachers would realize that technology brings us together and lets them discover!! Better than any worksheet could ever do!!

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  4. This was great to see!! We just got Itouches at our school too and I have been looking for great ways to incorporate them into my reading groups, this is a great start!! If you have other ideas of how you use the itouches in your reading groups I'd love to hear (or see!). Thanks for sharing!

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