Today’s students are more equipped than ever before with technology made accessible on an iPad. Many programs that were once expensive or difficult to learn have been replaced with built-in features or free app downloads to provide students with necessary literacy tools at their fingertips.
As we think about literacy skills with our emergent and beginning readers, let’s consider how to maximize the learning environment with some basic iPad applications.
- Dictation is one example that allows students to be able to express their thoughts by speaking and allowing the iPad to dictate their words through text.
- Another example is the Dictionary feature where students can press and hold over any text to have the word defined and spoken aloud.
For more applications and information on how you can provide differentiated instruction to target individual instructional levels check out Apple’s guide to Learning with iPad: Building Literacy Skills.