Tools: International Children’s Digital Library for iPad on the iTunes App Store

Since the launch of the iPad, people have discussed its potential applications for education.  Among the plusses, they are light weight and easy to manipulate, so even small children can operate them.  It’s also possible to sinc them, allowing them to replace the “clickers” that have sometimes been used in colleges to gather aggregate data of class comprehension in real-time.

Critics have complained that throwing expensive gadgets into the classroom won’t fix the underlying problems, but I imagine that some of them had not considered some of the cost-saving perks of these new toys.  Among them, the ability to create a (nearly?) paperless classroom, since teachers could potentially distribute their assignments electronically.  

Here’s another cost-saving app that could be used in the classroom: ICDL – Free Books for Children – International Children’s Digital Library for iPad on the iTunes App Store.  This link allows students the opportunity to access a wide range of books on their iPad, exposing them to reading opportunities in multiple languages, something that would be very difficult for the average public school library to offer.  

(Thanks to Ruslanda Westerlund at the Educators of English Learners blog for finding this app!)


About LingEducator

Dr. Jaclyn Ocumpaugh received a PhD for her dissertation on regional variation in the acoustics of Mexican American English (Michigan State University, East Lansing). Before that, she received an MA in English/Linguistics from North Carolina State University for her work on the acoustics of /r/--a sound which is highly variable in the English language. Her passion, however, has always been to understand the social implications of language variation. In addition to her work in acoustic sociophonetics, she has worked with rape trial analysis, developed cognitive methods for understanding discourse level variation between men and women, and created sophisticated tools for teaching future educators about the kinds of dialect variation they will find in the classroom. She has taught classes in English, Linguistics, and Education at Old Dominion University, William & Mary, the University of Mary Washington, and Virginia Wesleyan College. She is currently a Post Doctoral Fellow of Learning Sciences and Technologies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where she is helping to develop models of student engagement in the classroom. She also consults in the private sector.
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