Interactive read-alouds are one of the main components of our reading curriculum. This is a time when students engage in the text with the teacher and the other students. Students are also learning about specific literacy strategies such as visualizing and summarizing. Students are then required to provide an informal response to the text. The open-ended prompts allow students to find meaning from the text. A few tools that we have used to accomplish this task are Flipgrid and Autodraw.com.
Students use Flipgrid to respond to the text. This type of video response allows students to share a window into their thinking and understanding. Since the students are responding to a common text they can even reply with a comment to other videos!
Autodraw allows students to create visual illustrations that help them explain their thinking. Students begin to draw a sketch and Autodraw guesses what you are trying to draw and then turns that rough drawing into an image!
Using these three technology tools has helped engage students in their learning and has provided meaningful enhancements to our literacy instruction!
This blog post was originally published at:
https://msgardnersgroup.blogspot.com/2019/04/balanced-literacy-and-technology.html by Commerce Elementary School 2nd Grade teacher and iCoach, Misti Gardner.