Saturday, September 12, 2015

Have You Heard of Speakaboos???

Have you heard of Speakaboos? I found it a couple of years ago just exploring various sites to find some great stories and books to use with the technology piece in my classroom. 

It offers up a free 7 day trial and you can explore everything from nursery rhymes to fairy tales to farm animals and MORE!

I LOVE using all kinds of resources to engage my students and sometimes listening to me read all day can get old! So providing a different way for them to engage in books is key to active learning in my classroom.

Once you log on, this is what the student's would see, and of course if you click on the purple arrow to the right, there's even more to explore! 

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Once you click on the activity, the students will see this screen---which will allow them to hear the story being read to them, read it to their self, OR (my personal favorite) read and play! 

I love read and play because it's interactive! 

Some stories do not offer each option so it's a great way to differentiate instruction based on your student's needs.

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In the teacher/adult's section, you can filter your searches by clicking on:
  • type
  • genre
  • theme
  • educational concept (subjects)
  • characters
  • ....and even LEXILE measure if you want to choose levels!

Again, there are also various modes for each book: some are Read To Me, Read It Myself, Read & Play or Sing To Me!

Here are a few other pictures that show various stories available! There is something available for everyone. It's also great for nonfiction stories! I'm excited to use the Fire Engine story and All About Firefighters for Fire Safety week! (not shown)

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Here is some more information about Speakaboos and their mission!!

Speakaboos is an award-winning reading motivation platform for early childhood literacy. Our mission is to provide highly engaging and educational interactive stories that motivate every child to read. 

Speakaboos features a catalog of over 175 interactive stories with rich illustrations, animated characters and story-driven touch-screen interactions that bring favorite stories to life and keep children engaged through active learning. 

Head over and grab your free trial! I promise it's worth it! 
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Speakaboos, but all content expressed in this post is exclusively my own! 

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