- Online reading apps such as Epic! and Raz Kids (will read to students)
- Online newspaper app News O Matic (will read to students)
- Old Scholastic Books CDs on a music playlist - Check out how I did that here!
- Reading iBooks that their friends have airdropped to them. My students create books in book creator and add voice.
- Listening to students read aloud their work via QR codes (hope to post about that soon!)
I could go on and on. Today though I am going to tell you about a fun project I did that resulted in yet another way my students could use their iPad to Listen to Reading!
Teachers are superstars. I do not think we realize just how big of role models we are to all of our students at our schools. They look up to us. I thought it would be fun to take advantage of this stardom and record teachers reading aloud books for students to listen to!
To began I waited patiently until Scholastic had their dollar days sale. I wanted to complete this project for the four classrooms in my school that were 1:1. Therefore, I needed to buy a lot of books. When the sale finally came around I was able to buy four sets of 18 different picture books for an awesome price!
The next step was to record the teachers. It was tricky getting everyone to complete this part because of scheduling. I made a handout though so that they could easily complete it without me. I left my iPad out (on airplane mode so they didn't get random text messages...) and let them pick the book they would like to read. Click the picture below to be taken to a PDF with my GarageBand directions.
After all of the teachers had recorded themselves, I was at a stand still as to where to go. If you took a peak at my previous post, putting all of the songs into a playlist is time consuming. I did not have time to complete this for all of the student iPads in four classes and our year was coming to an end. I hated to put a playlist on the students iPads only for some of them to be wiped out. That is when it came to me...I would create QR codes to scan instead!
I uploaded all of the songs to Sound Cloud. You can do this straight from the GarageBand app. You can create an account for free!
Once I had the songs uploaded, I connected them to QR codes. I just used the web URL and plugged them into my favorite site - qrstuff.com.
Voila! That's it! The last thing I needed to do was to tape on all of the QR Codes so that they could be scanned. I decided to print them out large and put them on the front. I also added a label so that the students knew who was reading the book. Now, to listen to the book you just need to scan the QR code!
You can do this project on a much smaller scale. You could just use a few books you already have in your own classroom library or spin it a different direction and record your parents! I did this also during parent teacher conference time. Hopefully I can find some time to blog about that... Please e-mail me if I can help answer any questions or talk you through a step!