Thursday, March 8, 2012

Computer Based Listening Center

It’s time for the Wednesday Website suggestion!! For two years, I was the Technology Specialist at a school in Georgia. During that time, I amassed a large collection of websites that I use with my students. If you want to search through some of them, you can check out my IKeepBookmarks site. Or, you can check back here each week for the Wednesday Website suggestion.

Websites to use to turn your classroom computer into a learning center. Ideas from Raki's Rad Resources.

In my classroom, I only have one computer, so it is often hard to utilize it in a way that gets all the kids on it.  One way I have started using my computer recently is as a listening center.  There are lots of great websites that have “online stories” that children can listen to.  So, this week’s website suggestion actually has 3 websites, all of which make great listening centers!

1. Storyline Online – This is one of my favorites because it has storylinecelebrities reading really good, quality books to the students AND it shows the words of the book on the bottom, so students can follow along.

2. Reading Is FundamentalrifThis site has some great classic stories, like Cinderella and The Fox and the Grapes, and all the stories have the words for the students to follow along with.

3. Mighty Booksmightybook – These original stories are very colorful, animated and well read.  You can get more books with a subscription, but there are 8 stories you can listen to for free!

If you need a recording sheet for your students when they are at the listeningcenterlistening center – HERE is a quick, easy one I have in Google Docs.

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