Turn Your Read Aloud into an Immersive Experience

As you're getting ready to head back to school, I'm sure there are tons of tools you've discovered this summer that you're excited to try with your students.

Well here's another one that you don't want to miss.

Campfire App is a free app that is available on the App Store (iOS devices only). Once you enable the microphone, it will listen to the words of the story (similar to if you were using text to speech to send a message) and as you read certain words or phrases in the story, music, sound effects, and lights will surround you (and your students). The music and sounds will play from your phone or a speaker you connect and certain smart bulbs (such as the Phillips Hue bulbs) for an even more amazing experience!

While there are many apps that try to make popular picture books more engaging, I love that the kids don't need a single piece of technology to enjoy this tool. In fact, if you can manage to set up your iPhone or iPad in a position where your students can't see it - they may not even realize that you're using technology either! 🙂

Campfire App works with a number of Bluetooth speakers, but you can also connect it to a speaker with a traditional headphone jack. 

Another helpful feature of the app is the ability to manually trigger the sounds. This is helpful if you want to have a student do the read aloud that might not have the precise pronunciation needed to trigger the sounds in the app. This is also great if you have an accent 😉 

The app has a catalog of about 50 books but they're taking recommendations constantly. My favorite is Where the Wild Things Are and my four-year-old is a fan of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

I see so many great ways to use this app in the classroom and library. Imagine - projecting your MackinVIA eBooks onto your whiteboard and doing a read-aloud with this app. With just a few simple tools, you can turn a typical story time into an immersive, magical experience!

Add it to your list and share this app with a friend.

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