Crocodoc is a file sharing website where you can annotate and edit PDF files, Word documents, images, etc. Using Crocodoc allows students to annotate and collaborate while engaging in literacy and writing.
TLC 2013 presentation on using Crocodoc Personal and PaperPort Notes to engage students in critical reading and close reading strategies.
This video provides background on close reading and expectations involved with the Common Core State Standards.
Teachers may want to consider how close reading will improve student reading ability and how they can implement technology to increase literacy skills.
This is a link to a pdf article on students with reading disabilities and strategies to help them improve. We are going to practice critical/close reading strategies with this difficult text to experience the process our students would go through in class.
This blog post provides a top ten list for annotation apps for iPad. I use PaperPort Notes in my classroom.
Students in my Advanced Grammar and Composition classes paired up to teach grammar concepts they felt they knew particularly well. This assignment took the place of their last test grade as they demonstrated how they would teach their favorite concept to someone else. The videos shown below were produced using a variety of software and iPad apps. Some students used the ShowMe app for iPad, others used a combination of Microsoft PowerPoint and PhotoStory but uploaded and shared the video using YouTube. Still other students used Prezi and Screencast-o-matic. Regardless of the tools used, all demonstrate their ability to use technology to create and teach a grammar concept to someone else.
None of these students had professional development in how to implement software in the classroom. They just played until they found the tools that worked best for them. I played technology troubleshooter and grammar editor when needed. With time to play and create, students were able to effectively demonstrate what they knew and hopefully teach someone else in the process.
Tecia and Matya create a grammar tutorial for the basics of subject verb agreement.