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18 Digital Tools and Strategies That Support Students’ Reading and Writing | MindShift | KQED News. Teachers in Littleton, Colorado — like teachers in many places — are increasingly asking students to read and write online. Free tools like Google Docs have made it easy for students to work on the same piece of writing at home and at school, and have allowed teachers to explore collaborative writing assignments and synchronous editing with students. There are also many digital tools that can support students as they learn how to read deeply, take well-cited notes, and navigate the writing process. While many teachers are finding efficiency in allowing students to write and submit assignments online, not all students or teachers want to use the exact same set of tools.

That’s why Littleton’s Instructional Technology Specialist, Dana Levesque, started compiling resources on a site that both teachers and students can access to find the tools that fit their needs. “Kids have different learning styles,” Levesque said. “At that point I wanted to know her thinking,” Broyles said. Don't Reinvent the Wheel, Add Rims! - Using the SAMR Model in the Foreign Language Classroom.

As many schools continue to become one-to-one schools, or at least begin to increase the availability of laptop carts and computer lab use, many educators are becoming overwhelmed. The feeling that they need to completely redo their curriculum, figuring out a way to make sure the students are using laptops every day, and the pressure from administration and parents to prove the laptops are worth having can put a strain on even the most seasoned veteran! However, after a year’s experience in a newly one-to-one school, I can assure you of a few things.

First off, the parents and administration are there to be supportive, and the students are learning the ropes just as much as you are, and no, not every activity must be done on a laptop. And most importantly, there’s no need to completely throw away your old lesson plans and start from scratch! What is SAMR? SAMR stands for Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition. Where they’re from Their age. Tools, Apps, & Ideas for Learning Grammar. “Who climbs the Grammar-Tree; distinctly knows Where Noun, and Verb, and Participle grows… “- Decimus Junius Juvenalis, Satire VI With digital devices, learners are writing and speaking everyday. Often, our learners communicate with an international audience. The activities below get students to use their devices to learn grammar in engaging ways. One idea is to get our students to correct the grammar in celebrity tweets, online reviews, and their own status updates. Resources Lucid Chart has made this incredible video flowchart of the grammar structures in the song, Hey Jude.

Bookmarks Grammar, by shellyterrell Enjoyed these resources? Quill.org — Interactive Writing and Grammar. 6 Good Tools to Generate Writing Prompts. All writing starts with an idea which is then expanded and elaborated, but coming up with ideas to write about is not always easy particularly when you have to teach different classes. This is where digital writing prompts come in handy.These are web tools that you can use to generate ideas and story starters for students to write about. I have compiled some of these tools for you below , check them out 1- Things to Think About Kids’ Things to Think About provides 100 prompts to spark thinking for written responses and encourage conversations about ideas and issues for kids.

Created by students and teachers in Michigan, it can be used in classrooms or with families by allowing children to explore the prompts and by using them to guide a discussion or lesson. This is a good tool that can helpyou generate new ideas to be used for writing short stories, plays or any other writing task. Plinky is another wonderful tool for writing prompts. A story start is the first chapter of the book. Writing Helper. Grammar Girl. Mignon Fogarty is the creator of Grammar Girl and the founder and managing director of Quick and Dirty Tips.

A magazine writer, technical writer, and entrepreneur, she has served as a senior editor and producer at a number of health and science web sites. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Washington in Seattle and an M.S. in biology from Stanford University. Mignon believes that learning is fun, and the vast rules of grammar are wonderful fodder for lifelong study. She strives to be a friendly guide in the writing world. Her archenemy is the evil Grammar Maven, who inspires terror in the untrained and is neither friendly nor helpful. Grammar Girl provides short, friendly tips to improve your writing. To book a lecture event with Mignon Fogarty for your company or organization, contact Macmillan Speakers. Follow Mignon on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, StumbleUpon, LinkedIn, and Pinterest. Awards Media The Oprah Winfrey Show, Grammar Girl Fixes Common Mistakes, March 2007. QR Code Culture in a Box | Connect all Schools. This is a simple twist on a great project that many schools have done before for those who use mobile technology.

Basically, schools have sent each other (participating schools are from Finland, UK, USA, Romania, Dubai, & Spain) gifts that the children think represent their respective city. Shaw Wood Academy in our sister city Doncaster, after a lot of discussion and research about their local area, decided on play money (British pounds) to represent the shopping that can be done at the Frenchgate centre, animal masks to represent the local wildlife park as well as a small ball to represent Doncaster Rovers Football Club. Attached to each item was a QR (Quick Response) code created by the children that linked to the website of the place that it was representing. Therefore through the technology students have been able to harness more information about the different places.

Participating children range in ages from 7-11 years. Blogging With Students. Skip to content Blogging With Students This series guides you step by step through the process of class and student blogging. Each step includes links to class blogs being used by educators so you can check out how other educators use their blogs. Many of the examples are from primary grades but the same principles apply regardless of student age including adult learner. The activities can be completed at your own pace and in any order! This series consists of: Sign Up For Free Powered by WordPress | Hosted by Edublogs | Protected by CloudFlare AddThis Sharing Hide Show AddThis FollowShare Toggle Dock Share Close AddThisPrivacy.

Excellent Tool to Enhance Students' Reading Comprehension. November, 2014 Rewordify is a great web tool that you can use with your students and kids to help them read difficult passages. Rewordify simplifies complex passages and render them reader-friendly. Students can paste in difficult sentences, paragraphs, or whole chapters and then click on "Rewordify text". They will then get a paraphrased version of their text with a simpler and easier vocabulary.The reworded words are highlighted which means that students can click on them to hear and learn the origin harder words.

Rewordify also allows you to obtain a simplified version of any web page. Just paste in the URL of the webpage you want to read in the yellow box and hit 'Rewordify'.Watch the video below to learn more about how Rewordify works. A Handy Assessment Rubric for Book Trailer Activities. Excellent Tools, Apps, and Tips to Create Educational Book Trailers. November 12, 2014 There are several ways to use technology to engage students and enhance their literacy skills and one of them is through creating video book trailers.

Yes, they are similar to movie trailers we see now on YouTube but they are different in scope. A video book trailer is a concise review of a book created with the help of a variety of digital tools that include : images, text, clips, voiceovers, recordings, and music. Why include book trailers in your instruction? Creating book trailers is a comprehensive learning task in which students get to experiment with different literacies.Book trailers is a good way to get reluctant readers to readBook trailers are good for those readers who find it hard to visualize what they readBook trailers are a good alternative for the traditional book reportsTips on how to create Book Trailers Here are two sources I would recommend for learning about some important tips to keep in mind when working on book trailers: I- Audio resources:

Ngram Viewer. Building a Culture of Blogging | Shannon O'Dwyer. Over the last 3 years, we have built a thriving culture of blogging in our elementary school. Each class (Pre-K to Grade 5) uses a blog as a hub of learning, literacy and reflection. Writing, photos and videos are added weekly, and often daily. In the upper years, students own individual learning blogs, to document the inquiry process. We are gradually training our parents to peek through these digital windows to see what their child learned this week! Why? When students blog, we know they feel motivated and confident to write. They consider the audience and focus on content, vocabulary and mechanics. Unexpected Benefits: More writing! Practical Tips for blogging with elementary students: In a culture of blogging, children believe that learning should be shared, students control the message and classrooms are connected to the world. Google Docs Features to Support the Collaborative Writing Process.

Sharon J. Washington, executive director of the National Writing Project, said: “Today’s young people are using a range of digital tools to compose and create in new and exciting ways. It is a game-changing moment for teachers of writing. The very notion of what it means to write is shifting, and educators are faced with adapting their teaching practices to integrate new technologies while redefining writing and learning for the 21st century.” Google Docs is an online suite of digital tools that provides teachers with some powerful features to help students develop 21st century writing skills.

Writing Workshop at a Glance Teachers start by defining cooperative grouping jobs for peer editing that are appropriate for the the level and needs of the learners in the class. Sharing and Commenting for Collaboration and Immediate Feedback Document sharing and comments provide students with opportunities to receive immediate feedback in the 24/7 classroom. Research Tool Integrated Reference Tools. The Power of Digital Story. Telling our story is an essential part of our humanness. It allows us to feel part of the community that knows our story, and it fosters empathy for those that surround us.

Story is a powerful force in shaping mental models, motivating and persuading others, and teaching the lessons of life. Telling story extends back to a time when oral history dominated the tools of communication. And now the flood of technology tools that allow for instant communication has spun us back into a golden age where story again dominates the media landscape. Digital stories, now both easy to produce and simple to publish, are an ideal way to energize learning and engage students at a deeper level. Create Space for Listening The world is full of story -- just look at the fire-hose blast of Snapchat images, YouTube videos, and those moments of binge-watching Netflix. Persuade with the Head and the Heart Lead with the Narrative Great digital stories are rooted in their narrative.

Amplify with Images. IB English A: Language & Literature: InThinking Sitemap. Easy Languages. Duolingo | Learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian and English for free. Languages Online. Voki Home. 10 Social Media Tips for Reaching World Language Learners. Feeling outdated, not connected, or even totally lost in the digital age? Well, let me assure you, droning on and on about grammatical structures is a surefire way to quickly lose student interest in the world language classroom. Instead, embrace something which truly interests the millennial student: social media. Utilizing it in the classroom will give your students practical, engaging ways to communicate in the language you teach.

The 21st century learner is not wired to memorize; instead, her or she is inclined to create, connect and collaborate. Here are ten ideas to get you started on your journey toward not becoming the classroom dinosaur you have always feared becoming. 1. Blogging is a wonderful way to keep your students connected, even when they are no longer in class. 2. Micro-blogging via Twitter is another way to link students outside of class. 3. Photo sharing a Spanish word of the day via Instagram has become an activity that my students truly enjoy. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Mix It Up! Authentic Activities for the World Language Classroom. Do you ever feel stuck in a rut while planning your language classes? Perhaps you spend a lot of time lecturing at the white board, use the same activities with different vocabulary for every unit, or rely on teaching students grammar because that's how you were taught. No matter your "go to" activity, we are all much more engaging when we vary our activities and make them relatable.

If the speaker is engaging, a good lecture every now and then is enjoyable. However, when faced with daily lectures, students dread class, and hence, learn less. So why not mix it up? When dreaming up new activities, our main focus should always be authenticity. In a previous Edutopia post, I outlined how to best shape a unit around communication. Interpretive Mode Read children’s stories. Interpersonal Mode Engage your students in these activities: Sign a contract on the first day of school promising to use only the target language within your classroom walls. Presentational Mode Have students do these: 15 Outstanding Websites to Learn Languages Online. If you are reading this you are probably already convinced by the benefits of learning a foreign language! But learning a language is a really challenging adventure that everybody approaches and challenges differently. Indeed, there isn’t any universal method that will make you fluent overnight by instantaneously downloading knowledge into your brain – Matrix-style (if you guys know how to do this, contact me right now!).

You will have to put a lot of effort and commit yourself with a thorough schedule to end up speaking the language. But don’t worry, there are many apps and websites that will help you to make your way to fluency as easy and natural as possible… and for free! Let me walk you through this list! Get Started: Duolingo: With tens of millions people using the website and mobile apps, Duolingo is unmistakably one of the best resources out there to get started into a language. Memrise: On memrise you can browse over thousands of user generated courses in 150+ languages for free. World Language Resources. Lingro: The coolest dictionary known to hombre! Englisch ⇔ Deutsch Wörterbuch - leo. Deutsche Grammatik - Lingolia Deutsch. Online-Aufgaben Deutsch als Fremdsprache.