Thursday, June 27, 2013

Tune into Technology-in Reading

I'm excited to be linking up with iTeach1:1 and Learning to the Core for their new Thursday linky, Tune into Technology.

My fourth graders love anything that have to do with technology. One major way that I integrate technology into my classroom is by using my SMART Board.

I can take a very, dare I say it, dry lesson and create a fun activity on the SMART Board. Doing this instantly engages the class. One website I have used is The SMART Exchange. If you have a SMART Board, be sure to check out this site. It has a lot of great resources that other teachers have created for free.
Another technology resource that I just started using this year was Storia. It is a free app that you can download to a tablet, computer, ipad...almost anything. When you download the app they give you five free books. As a teacher, I was also given the chance to download five new books for free as well. Some of my kiddos needed a larger font than some books are normally printed in, so being able to read on a screen where we could enlarge the font was great for them.

How do you incorporate Technology into your Reading class? I'd love to hear new suggestions!

Don't forget to check out the linky giveaway.


  1. I love Storia as well, just started using it this year. I love that they have interactive features with some of the books as well.

    Literacy Spark

  2. I love Smart Exchange! I've never used Storia, but now I will definitely check it out! Thanks for linking up with us- we hope you'll be back next week for math ideas!:)

    iTeach 1:1

  3. I love Storia. I get so many free books from ordering through book clubs! It is a great resource.

    Sixth Grade Tales

  4.'ve convinced me to go dive deeper into Storia! Great suggestion!

    Lizzy from *The Teacher Chick*

  5. Hi Bethany,
    I actually don't have a SmartBoard in my room, but I do use Smart Notebook on our macs ALL the time for a number of activities with my little friends! I totally agree though, anything that becomes more interactive on the SmartBoard makes it so much more exciting! I know I heard of Storia before but never actually looked into it...but I plan on doing so before summer is over to get those 5 free books to use with my little friends!
    Thanks so much for linking up with us!
    Learning to the Core