The class will be focusing much of their time in the AT&T Classroom on literacy using the Daily 5™, a framework for structuring classroom literacy instruction so students develop lifelong habits of reading, writing, and working independently. During the Daily 5™ time block students select from five authentic reading and writing choices to work independently toward personalized goals while the teacher meets individual needs through whole-group and small-group instruction, as well as one-on-one conferring. The reading and writing choices include: Read to Self, Work on Writing, Read to Someone, Listen to Reading, and Word Work. This morning in the AT&T Classroom the second graders were introduced to several of the tools and apps that they will be using across the next five weeks during their Daily 5™ rotations. The second graders are using the Educreations app for Read-to-Self and Read-to-Someone. Educreations is a free app that allows the iPad to record the student’s voice and his/her writing and drawing which can be saved for playback and/or shared online. Educreations can also be used to create stories, animations, presentations, etc. The students use the camera feature within the app to take a photo of a passage from their book then use the app’s microphone to record themselves reading the passage aloud. The app allows the students and teacher to be able to play back & listen to the passage to assess reading fluency. When the students have finished reading and recording, the students have a fluency checklist that they are using to assess their own fluency and monitor their progress. The students also used Educreations for reading comprehension to make a connection to the text. After reading the passage, the second graders used the app’s writing tools to draft 1-2 sentences to demonstrate how they connect with the story’s events/theme.
Students also recorded themselves reading their writing sample.