EPIC app for independent and group reading in my classroom. It is also a wonderful resource for research. An EPIC account is available free for all educators. Students can access EPIC on tablets and computers. You can check out one of the research projects we completed in my classroom below using EPIC.
My friend, Kami from Teaching with APPitude, is such a wonderful resource for all things iPads. In this video, she teaches how she keeps her students accountable using the EPIC app. I love how she show step by step how she assigns books in her classroom and how she keeps her students on track in such a simple way.
I have learned so many wonderful easy technology tips from Kami. You can find her on Facebook and check out many of her videos. She does such an excellent job of explaining, and she is fun to watch too!
Last year, my class created animal report posters and we exclusively used the EPIC app for our research. (Check out our posters below.) My students were able to gather multiple sources to cite their research, and it was such a blessing because they were able to find books on their level.
Each of my students picked an animal. If some students wanted to pick the same animal, I was fine with that. It actually turned out to be a blessing because they were able to help each other out a bit. Each of them were able to find several books that were on topic and on level. Some books were even read aloud books so my students who needed support, had it. Since research for 2nd-4th Graders is such a new concept, having all of the books in one place is so helpful.
I find using the poster display is makes it very possible for my students because it doubles as a graphic organizer for them to gather all of their information.
You can see some more examples below and also a timeline for my lesson plan for the week.
These animal report posters are available in my Teachers Pay Teachers store along with many other research posters.