Are you looking for more ways to use your digital resources and be the best SLP that you can be?
Many of you know that this year I am teaching hybrid, so I have some of my students in person and some of them online. While I have students in person and online, I am using all digital resources. Doing it this way has been great for me because I only have to prep once, it is paperless for everybody and less to sanitize in between groups.
Today I wanted to share with you one of my favorite digital tools and that is the Chrome extension called Page Marker. This extension is free and all you have to do is search Chrome Extension Page Marker and download it to your browser. Then whenever you open any webpage from NewsELA.com to readworks.org or even a boom deck, you will be able to write directly on the website page. This is so helpful because then you can do things like take notes or highlight sections of the text as we would normally have students do in person. So let me show you exactly what I do and how I use this tool!
This Summarizing Boom deck has a reading passage and a graphic organizer where you can move things into the organizer. Using this Boom deck, I can help my students work on the strategy behind summarizing with the graphic organizer. Then we can work to apply what they know while we are reading the passage and underlining key details using Page Marker. The students will be able to look for key details (somebody, wanted, but, so, then) and annotate right on the boom deck using Page Marker.
This allows your students to think about it as they are reading and underline the sections of the text. Then after they have marked the reading passage, they can go to the graphic organizer answers page and see if it will help them choose their answer choices now that they have thought about it.
It helps students to think about it while they read as it will aid with memory and processing so they don’t feel overloaded when it comes time to answer the questions. By having our students go through it slowly with us we can teach them how to look for those answers. This is just one example but you could use the same strategy if you’re looking for the main idea, looking for the who, what, when, where, why, looking for the text evidence or you could even do this to markup articulation sounds. The possibilities are endless!
Want to learn more? Check out the video and the resources I mentioned for engaging, no prep activities to use with your students this week!