Keeping Up with New Tools There are hundreds and hundreds of web-based tools available! There seem to be a dozen or more new tools online every day! Here are some of the newest ones that I'm exploring (from my Pinterest boards):Donna BaumbachWebTools-New 2 Me!Follow On Many of these have potential for increasing our own productivity, for enhancing our teaching, for organizing our information resources and/or for helping students learn. How to do keep on top of these new tools? Many teacher-librarians and other educators are curating webtools they find useful.
Using Student-Centered Comprehension Strategies with Elie Wiesels Night ReadWriteThink couldn't publish all of this great content without literacy experts to write and review for us. If you've got lessons plans, videos, activities, or other ideas you'd like to contribute, we'd love to hear from you. More Find the latest in professional publications, learn new techniques and strategies, and find out how you can connect with other literacy professionals. More Teacher Resources by Grade Tools for sharing thinking Teachers and students have access to an impressive set of tools for sharing ideas and making thinking visible. The old model of calling out answers to questions has certain limitations and while it remains the mainstay of many classrooms new options allow for a mix of options. Some of our goals are to provide our students with appropriate wait time or think time and to ensure the voice of even our most introverted students is heard. It would also be nice to have a record of our students thinking and a way to easily see patterns of thinking across a group of students.
Top Ten Mentor Texts for Argument Writing (Grades K-3) To teach argument writing, you need a variety of mentor texts that demonstrate the art of persuasion, opinion AND argument. We’ve built a list of books for grades K-3 that do just that. Of course, non-book texts like movie reviews, book reviews and student writing can be great mentor texts for argument writing too! The Day the Crayons Quit (Grades P-2, Lexile AD730) When Duncan arrives at school one morning he finds a stack of letters, one from each of his crayons, complaining about how he uses them. Best Applications For Annotating Websites I’m always on the look-out for web tools that can mimc a key instructional strategy I use with students in the classroom — having them use post-it notes to annotate books or articles so they can demonstrate their use of reading strategies (asking questions, making connections, etc.). I thought it would a good subject for another “The Best…” list. In order to make this list, it had to be available free-of-charge, be accessible to English Language Learners, and not require any downloads of any kind. Here are my choices for The Best Applications For Annotating Websites (not in order of preference): A.nnotate is the newest addition to this list.
An Introduction to Google Spaces - BetterCloud Monitor For desktop: To create a space, go to Google Spaces and click Create a Space. Name it, and then you can send out invitations to the space. You can send out the link by copying it, emailing it directly, or sharing it via Facebook. Spaces also has a mobile app. The video tutorial demos it on iOS, but it’s also available on Android. Breakfast with Books by Patrick Andrus My wife and I had a 50th birthday party to attend on Sunday, July 31st. The gathering started at 4:00 PM. I told my wife we needed to be home by 7:00 PM. EDU 609 - Antioch University Seattle School Library Certification Program Helen Adams, a former Wisconsin school librarian and technology coordinator, is currently an onlineinstructor in the School Library Media Endorsement Program of Antioch University-Seattle. Helen's published works include numerous article in professional journals. Additionally, she has written Protecting Intellectual Freedom and Privacy in Your School Library (Libraries Unlimited 2013), Ensuring Intellectual Freedom and Access to Information in the School Library Media Program (Libraries Unlimited 2008), Privacy in the 21st Century: Issues for Public, School, and Academic Libraries (co-author, Libraries Unlimited 2005), and is a contributor to the forthcoming The Many Faces in School Library Leadership , 2nd edition (Libraries Unlimited 2017).
"The Lottery" lesson plans 11 Facts About Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery"When the story was published in 1948, some people were so outraged that they canceled their subscriptions to The New Yorker; other background information. "The Lottery"7 critical-thinking discussion questions for small groups. Adobe Reader required. How to Use the New Version of Padlet Last week Padlet introduced a revamped version of their online corkboard tool. The core functions of Padlet are still the same, but the user interface has changed a little bit. The primary changes are in the way that you customize your Padlet boards. In the video that is embedded below I provide an overview of the new version of Padlet.Padlet as a simple blogging platform: Padlet walls can be arranged in free-form, grid, or stream layouts. Creating a Padlet page in the stream format could be a good way to create a simple, collaborative blog for students.
The 10 Best Dystopian Books You Haven’t Read Yet – Early Bird Books List Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2. Photo: Courtesy of Lionsgate. When it comes to dystopian books, there are a lot of fish in the sea. Some of them are about fish coming out of the sea (Undertow, anyone?).