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Tried it Tuesday

It's not that I don't want to link up with Tried it Tuesday most weeks, it's just that after teaching all day and coaching Quiz Bowl after school, I lose my brain.  There's just nothing left for me to give.

But today?  Well, today was our fourth snow day.  Yup.  Now we get to add them on to the end of the year. But I have brain power left!  And so I get to link up!

 And I get to tell you about a cool new app I found (but haven't tried yet with students) that looks really neat.  I can't wait to show it to my students.  I just need to be able to see them.  In school!

It's called Telagami.  Sorry.  No pictures.  But, you can download it on iPads or use it on laptops.  Basically students (or you - there's been WAY too much fun happening between my husband and our daughters!) Anyway, you create a character, complete with hair and eye color, clothing, mood, and background.  Then you record your message.  Easy to do!  I want some of my students to record themselves reading, because as you know, I'm about to start CAFE.
If we ever have school.

Some of my kiddos need to work on fluency and some need to listen to themselves, just to hear how they sound.  I'm hoping it will help them become a little more aware of their reading strengths and weaknesses.

Have you ever used it?  Are there other apps out there like that?  Do tell!


  1. I can't believe you're on 4 days... we had three with winter break and I know that I was getting cabin fever! Hang in there. I'm super excited to check out this app. Working on fluency is so important, and I'm always looking for ways to do it differently! Thanks for sharing.
    Mrs. Bentin's Blackboard

    1. Yeah. We had three days off for snow and one for -18 with wind chill. I love winter, but I'm not eager to spend most of June corralling kids into learning!

  2. We have had 4 snow days as well (although not today). I really like the way you plan on using this app. What a fun way for students to record themselves reading!

    Fit to be Fourth

    1. I hope the kids like it as much as I do. It's been fun to play with! I'm thinking that the kids could count the number of words they're reading - say they read a page out loud, and the app gives you the time, so we could do a words per minute thing - not as a way to stress them out, but every once in a while just to see if their fluency is improving.

  3. I have never used it, but I bet it would be super motivating for the students!