Tune Into Technology – Integrating Technoloy Into Reading

Tech geek….yep that’s me. I make no bones about. I am a bonafide certified tech geek! So when I realized that iTeach 1:1 and Learning to the Core were hosting a weekly Tune Into Technology linky party…*gasp* I just HAD to join in!


I use technology in so many different ways! With us going to a 1:1 deployment, my brain is buzzing with new ideas, since the students will have immediate access to those devices. When we had the class set of netbooks it would be a hassle to get them out, make sure they’re charged, put them up mid-day to charge them so that we can use the rest of the day. But despite that, we were able to do miraculous things!

Web 2.0 Tools That We’ve Used


  • Kidblog – Our class blogging tool.  Students also used kidblog to save their writing drafts before having to submit them to me or post them to other sites.


  • Edmodo – Our social networking hub.  Students are able to take assessments on Edmodo (that I don’t have to grade! :-)), respond to polls, post questions, and writing assignments.  I absolutely <3 it!




  • Xtranormal – Xtranormal instantly turns your words into a 3D animated movie. You can choose your characters and the motions/emotions that you’d like them to exhibit.



  • Animoto – Take pictures, videos, and music and create a beautiful movie!  Students have created book trailers, videos about them, videos that focus on the particular theme from a novel or story.

Wordle Tagxedo

  • Wordle and Taxedo – word clouds.  Students have created word clouds about themselves, characters, novels, themes, etc.  With Taxedo, the word clouds can actually take the shape you want.



  • and today’s highlight…..Voki – talking avatars.

Students created Voki’s for a variety of reasons.  They used them to introduce themselves, created a character description, and in the example provided below, show understanding of a particular skill or concept.  Check out these examples below:



Make sure you head over to iTeach 1:1 or Learning to the Core to link up!

And don’t forget that my Bloglovin’ giveaway will be running until July 1st.  Click here to link up!

Until the next time,



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  1. That’s so exciting that you’re going 1:1! You’ll love it! What kind of devices are you getting?? I’m so happy to have found your blog! Thanks for linking up and I look forward to learning more techie things from you.:)

    iTeach 1:1

    • We’re getting iPads and I am about to burst with excitement! I’ve been blog stalking you for a while now because you have awesome ideas and tips! 🙂 Excited about this adventure!

  2. Hi Carla,
    I used KidBlog with my little 1st graders as a reading response log and they just LOVED seeing each other’s responses. I love your idea with Xtranormal- I’ve never heard of it, but will be checking it out very soon- it sounds great.
    Yay for going 1:1- can’t wait to exchange lots of tech ideas in the near future!
    Thanks so much for linking up with us!
    Learning to the Core

    • My kids love it and I have on particular student that blogs everyday! (We had to have a little conversation about blogging rules:-)) It’s practically sinful how excited I am about going 1:1…..

      This linky party is going to be so helpful!

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