Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Number Devil

My students have been listening to The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure by Hans Magnus Enzenberger. I found a great blog summary by a student.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Wondering about Epic!

Epic for Educators is a website allowing educators to have access to quite a number of books on various topics. Many of the books include illustrations. It is an excellent resource. I have several students below grade level who need to be reading high interest books daily and thought, "This is ideal!" So, I registered for an account at Epic for Educators.

I then proceeded to read and watch videos (one of which is on the Epic website) to learn how to best utilize this amazing resource. I was finally able to figure out how to have student profiles on my iPad. Students are now able to access books in my classroom. However, they can only access books at home if their parents make an account with Epic for about $5.00 per month. It is billed as a "Netflix for books" which is a good descriptor.

The students who have used it seem to really like it. Students can also take an AR test based on the books that have tests. 

Robert Guynn shared information on how access to books when there is no internet, "when you open a book on the tablet that in the upper right corner of the screen there is a switch/button that says "Read Offline." If you move the button to the right it will turn the button green and a small check mark will appear next to it. This evidently means that it has downloaded the book to the tablet and you can access the book offline."