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Monday, July 16, 2012

Here we are!

After a long and hot day of teaching summer school , we finally remembered to take a picture! Sara is in the purple. Angie is in the white :) We hope you enjoy all of the hard work we have been putting into our materials!

Our Top 3 Free Reading Apps!

It is always exciting as a teacher to receive free materials! We spend so much of our own hard earned money that when we get something for free we celebrate and share it with others! So, we are going to share a few of our favorite free apps for reading books on your iPod/iPad!!!
  • Stories 
    • 'New book a day' program to help you build your library. If you do not want to wait you are able to purchase books.
    • You can choose to have the books read to you or you can read the book yourself. When the story is read to you the words light up in a different color allowing students to easily follow along. 
    • Background music is played as well as sound effects that fit the story line
    • Visit their website to find out more! 
  • TabTale
    • Numerous titles for free with ads. If you would like an ad free version of the book you are able to purchase it.
    • Engaging pictures, activities, and audio keep students engaged.
    • You have the option of read to self, or read to me.
    • Words are highlighted as the story is read allowing for students to follow along.
    • Visit their website to find out more!
  • Storyboy
    • Stories are created by parents for their children to have fun learning in a safe environment.
    • 20+ titles to pick from with a handful of stories offered for free!
    • There are no ads present in the free books!
    • One thing I wish they had included is a way to draw attention to the words as they are being read. 
    • Visit their website to find out more!

Terms of Use

Today we got our Terms of Use set up! We tried Legal River, with no luck. termsfeed saved the day with their simple step-by-step generator. Check it out on the lower left side of our blog.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Blogger Beginners...

thats us! Learning that there is a whole lot more to this blogging thing than just typing your thoughts! We have been a follower of many great education blogs for awhile now, and we're excited (& slightly overwhelmed!!) to be a part of that world!! We look forward to sharing their blogs and information with our followers, and of course share with them the great things we are working on!!! We are so super excited---its difficult to remember to take it 1 task at a time when we can not wait to share our ideas with the world!

In case you are looking to start a blog, we've found this blog, Seredipity and Spice, to have some great pointers and very helpful hints!! Thanks for sharing your great info Melissa!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Our 1st Blog!

Hello! Welcome to our blog!! We are super excited to be here, taking on an adventure that we both thought about for along time but are now finally seeing come true! Looking forward to blogging with you!