Elementary Reading and Writing Supports

Many things we need can wait. The child cannot. Now is the time his bones are formed, his mind developed. To him we cannot say tomorrow, his name is today. -Gabriela Mistral

Open Library

Posted by Jimk on June 3rd, 2010

yet another source for books,  Theyactually hope to have 1,000,000 books for use by students with reading problems. check this out. There are options to upload books as well.http://openlibrary.org/

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Jing screencasting

Posted by Jimk on April 20th, 2010

Jing allows a user to capture screenshots, create videos for posting on blogs, share with teachers, kids or parents. Screencasting allows a teacher or student to demonstrate concepts in new ways. Travel to the Jing site for more information.

Russell Stannard   has created many lessons supporting language arts with supports for ESL students

MathTrainTV offers many examples of student created math supports.

The really exciting aspect of this software is that it is FREE!

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Making Read-Along books with page turning prompts using Audacity

Posted by Jimk on March 30th, 2010

Useful for early elementary and Esl applications. You can put together audio recordings of books with page turning sounds,  just like the big publishing houses do. Only you can add any sound you like. I am currently involved in creating a pile of books for use in a Middle school CI Classroom. The kids are getting interested in literacy and enjoying reading. Using Audacity to Create Read Along books. A video will follow shortly

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Meeting This Week

Posted by Corinn on March 1st, 2010

Just a reminder that we will be meeting this week, Wednesday & Thursday, March 3 & 4 for our next session of Reading & Writing Supports. Please bring some pre & post writing samples to share from your students who are experiencing success using the Neo or Talking Word Processor. We will continue to explore assistive technology supports for writing and will introduce two new writing supports. We will be meeting in the Nims computer lab and lunch will be provided. Please remember to bring your own beverage.

We look forward to seeing you!

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If you haven’t had enough fun with Mp3 files yet…

Posted by Jimk on February 25th, 2010


Read on. I always enjoy a figurative punch in the nose. During these episodes real learning takes place. I thought I’d share some exciting information  regarding Id Tagging and track information.  Recently while overreaching my responsiblilities, I was using Text to Audio. I was being my normal self and doing other folk’s work ,converting a bookshare file to Mp3. The process went well until I tried to sync the files to a player.  The files were out order in Windows Media player, and dandily messed up on the player…Being Mister Wonderful I repeated the process more than once…It did not work each time. The root of the problem?.. no track information, the title information was not enough to suffice.  So I embarked on a cathartic journey creating some documents that will support adding track information when recording in Audacity  Adding track infromation in Audacity. If you failed to do this properly here’e a Doc on how to Fix the problem on exisitng file Editing existing Mp3 files with AudioShell Lastly a document the probably didn’t need to be created How to edit track information in Windows Media Player. It does not make the changes permanent, but you may find it useful in creating custom audio Cd’s for the dance club…

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Dear Diary,

Posted by Corinn on February 17th, 2010

diary_of_a_wimpy_kidOkay, so I’m running out of catchy little titles but I do want you to know that It’s great to hear all of the things you and your students are doing with the MP3 players. Remember, if you would like to get more players for your classroom you can do so by fulfilling the terms of the MP3 player agreement. If you’ve misplaced yours you can download a copy from the handouts section of this blog. (Handouts-Nov. 4 & 5, “How to get more MP3 players”) Part of that agreement is that you record some materials using Audacity. If you’re looking for something to record we just purchased the Diary of a Wimpy Kid collection. If you (or you and a colleague) would like to record one of the books let me know and I’ll send you a copy. If you have a different book you’d like to record that fine too, just make sure to let us know what it is first so we can make sure we don’t already have it. Happy recording!

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Write On!

Posted by Corinn on February 2nd, 2010


Rumor has it that some exciting things are happening with the Neo’s and we’d love to hear more about it. Please leave a comment and tell us about your successes (or frustrations). How are you incorporating them into your instruction? Are your students taking them home? What has been the impact for your struggling writers? What limitations have you found? What additional supports do your students require? While we’re on the subject, we’d love to hear about your experiences with the Talking Word Processor too!

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Check It Out

Posted by Corinn on January 26th, 2010

check-markOkay, so here’s the truth…we’ve been bragging about you guys all over the county. We were so excited to hear about all of the innovative ways you are using your new technology to improve student engagement and success in reading. In case you haven’t heard, you have to check out what your colleagues are doing.

  • Ask Brian how he was able to save time by loading stories on multiple MP3 players at the same time.
  • Checkout Carey’s webpage and listen to her students reading poetry.
  • Ask Linda how she’s using Audacity to help improve students’ reading fluency.
  • Go to Beth’s classroom and check out how excited her students are about using the MP3 players.
  • Ask Carey how using highlighting tape is improving students’ comprehension scores.
  • Talk with Christy about how she’s using the MP3 players to support her ELL students
  • Check out the tests that Megan has recorded using Audacity.
  • Ask Eric how his students are earning more A.R. points.
  • Go to Julie’s classroom and see how her students are more engaged in reading chapter books.
  • Ask Beth how she’s supporting a student’s listening comprehension while he’s using the MP3 players.
  • Talk to Kelly about how her students are demonstrating success using the easy readers and highlighting tape.

You guys  are truly amazing and we can’t to see what you’re doing with the Neo’s and Talking Word Processor! The USB hubs were sent out last week so please let us know if you didn’t receive yours. Also, the headphones are in and we will be sending them out today.

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Welcome Back!

Posted by Corinn on January 4th, 2010

We hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing holiday. Just a reminder that our next meeting will be taking place next week. Group A (3rd grade teachers and Brian) will be meeting on Thursday the 14th and Group B (4th & 5th grade teachers) will be meeting on Friday the 15th. The meetings will take place in the Nims lab from 8:30-3:40 and lunch will be provided. (Please bring your own drink.) We will begin to look at some writing supports and ask that you bring three writing samples from struggling students with you. If there’s anything that you would like to review (MP3 players, Audacity, Bookshare, etc.) please reply to this post. We look forward to seeing you next week!

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Lights Camera Action

Posted by Corinn on November 30th, 2009

Action278x300Hello! I hope everyone had a nice holiday. Jim & I have loved reading about all of the great things that are happening in your classrooms and were wondering if anyone would be willing to allow us to come videotape you using supports with your students. We would also like to do some videotaped interviews with teachers and students on your experience so far using the assistive technology supports. If you would be willing to allow us to interview  and/or videotape you or your students, please comment on this post. Thank You!

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