As a public school teacher I try to embrace the Common Core Standards and use them as a road map to guide my instruction. I am also constantly on the lookout for ways to use technology to encourage the integration of 21st century skills and mastery of the Common Core. Recently I used the app Tellagami to reinforce the following Common Core State Standard with a group of grade three students:
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
After reading the first two chapters in the book Ramona Quimby Age 8, a group of six students were asked to each write down a specific detail about the plot of the story. Then we put the six details together as strips of paper on the table and the third graders had to discuss the sequence of the details within the novel.
Once we put the details in order from first to last, the students did a group recording in Tellagami. They also had a lot of fun taking turns on the iPad to make the Ramona Quimby character. A great activity for a classes with one iPad or an iPad cart.