Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Tumble Books as Literacy Center

One of the ongoing frustrations teachers share with me is the netbooks are not self contained. Students venture off, touch buttons they shouldn't, which requires the assistance of the teacher.

The purpose of this post is to look at Tumble Books and how it can make the netbook center more student independent. One very nice feature of Tumble Books is its playlist feature. This allows multiple Tumble Books to be accessed.

The red arrow will connect you to official Tumble Book playlists on a variety of topics. All the books will be in the Tumble Pad so a student will not need to leave that interface to access more books. The playlists are typically 15-30 minutes.

The blue arrow is where you (I ) could create an account wide playlist. My plan would be having about 5 books in the playlist and changing it monthly. If you have particular ideas about this playlist I am all ears.

Below is a screencast about accessing the playlists. It really is a nice interface at keeping students focused on 2 or 3 books.

Where I would begin if I was doing this in a literacy center is picking a specific playlist every week or so. Similar to how you would choose a tape or CD. You can also put Chrome into full screen mode to limit browser distractions for students.