The myReader2 is getting a decent workout by Mac’s aide Ms M.
She has declared her “love” for it after just two days…
Things she likes doing:
- scanning a few pages of the reader for Mac and his reading group so he can read along or everyone can see it on the screen;
- set the text from the book onto a suitably timed scrolling speed;
- putting Mac’s spelling words on the screen and having him copy them down using morse code NOT telling him what the word is (I think he only typed 4 words less than his peers wrote);
- scanning the ‘editing’ paragraph and have Mac tell her what letters/items need to be changed;
- using it in ‘live view’ and putting real items (counters/toys/dice) on the base and using them to ask questions on arrays etc;
- scanning the maths worksheets and seeing just what he can answer with very limited, or at times, no instruction.
Of course I am always going to have reservations about an expensive bit of equipment that is big, bulky and only available to use during school hours.
I would hate for it to just sit there not being used effectively. So… if it is decided the benefits outweigh the few reservations I might have then I might try and ‘cut a deal’ for a brainstorming session on how many ideas we can come up with to use it as an inclusive tool for the entire class. That way we could make up a cheat sheet with ideas on it that could be attached to it and I would feel so much better… it really is the little things.
Have you got any ideas for activities or how it should be positioned/located in the classroom?