Last year I blogged about how I used GarageBand in my first grade classroom. You can read about more about it by clicking here. We still use GarageBand; however, I am finding myself using Photo Booth in many ways this year as well. Photo Booth is a free application that is on Macs. It is also available on iPads (starting with the iPad 2.)
This year I have more English Language Learners in my classroom and I have found PhotoBooth to be extremely beneficial for those students to be able to watch my mouth as I actually say the words. Just like GarageBand my students can listen to specific words or directions as many times as they need which is also beneficial for all of my first graders!
Students use PhotoBooth to (unknowingly) practice their fluency. My kids love reading into Photo Booth. We do this as a reading center as well as students gladly do it on their own at home to share with the class. Since we eat breakfast in the classroom, the morning is a perfect time for kids to share their stories. So we put them on the SmartBoard for all to hear! Since my first graders want to sound perfect for their classmates they will read the story over and over again until it is just right. Which makes for great fluency practice as well!