25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area 25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area Reading is reading. By understanding that letters make sounds, we can blend those sounds together to make whole sounds that symbolize meaning we can all exchange with one another. By understanding that letters make sounds, we can blend those sounds together to make whole sounds that symbolize meaning we can all exchange with one another. Without getting too Platonic about it all, reading doesn’t change simply because you’re reading a text from another content area. How to Get Free eBooks on Your Mobile Device This is a guest post from Jennifer Carey (@TeacherJenCarey) of EdTechTeacher - an advertiser on this site. With the rise and prominence of eBooks have come a number of resources for educators and students to access free content on virtually any device. Using e-readers, tablets, or computers; in conjunction with apps such as Kindle, Nook, iBooks, Google Play Books, and OverDrive; you can access libraries of books for free on virtually any device. By downloading these free apps, you make your device a digital reading device that is not dependent on a specific vendor. Once you have the apps installed on your device, there are many resources you can use to find free eBooks.
7 Free Tools for Creating Your Own Machinima Films Machinima is the art of making movies with video game footage and assets, and it’s an exciting and growing medium for creative filmmaking. While you generally can’t get the visual quality of traditional Pixar-style computer graphics, you can nonetheless create some wonderful things with it. And, crucially, it’s something you can get started on right now with completely free tools, no special training required. Whether you’re making something as simple as a music video or as involved as a nine-hour epic fanfic starring Sonic and Master Chief, machinima is open-ended and flexible enough for you to make almost anything. Here are some great tools to get you started. Standalone Tools
How to Create Awesome Book Displays I work full time at a public library, and even though I work in the Adult Reference department, I’m fortunate enough to spend most of my work hours on book-related responsibilities. But if I had to pick an area that takes up the majority of my book-related time, it would be creating displays. Now, for some libraries or book stores, creating displays requires nothing more than printing off a sign and slapping a few marginally-related books on a shelf and calling it a day, but that’s what separates the amateur displays from the awesome ones. 10 Innovative Learning Stations That Get Students Reading Whenever I would introduce a new novel to my students, I always got the same reaction: Students moaned and groaned about the storyline, expressed their lack of interest in the author’s writing style, and proclaimed their everlasting boredom with the class as a whole. In order to avoid student complaints, I decided to implement book clubs in my classroom—students now have the opportunity to work in groups and choose what book they as a group want to read for a given unit. In order to make this work, there are a few things you should do.
PowerUp / HISD -The Future is Now Technology—Students and staff must have equitable access to the latest technology, tools, infrastructure, and cyber safety guidelines to support digital-age instruction, collaboration, and the development of 21st-century skills. Part of this effort includes the district’s one-to-one laptop program, which will provide every high school student with a laptop to use for learning at school and at home by 2016. The “HUB”—A digital teaching and learning platform that will eventually become the hub of collaboration, curriculum, instruction, and communication for HISD staff, students, and parents. When fully implemented in 2015-2016, the “HUB” will allow all HISD educators to create and share instructional resources and assignments, enable students to tailor their classes to their own personal learning profile, and allow parents to track their children’s progress.
Create and manage custom maps in Google Drive Google My Maps makes it simple to create, share, and publish custom maps online for a variety of business purposes—from publicizing a company’s location to mapping delivery routes and planning events. Now integrated with Google Drive, My Maps allows anyone to easily create maps with custom lines, shapes, and placemarks, to import geographic data (like addresses, places, and coordinates) into maps, and to share maps as they do other Drive files. Shared maps are subject to the same permission settings as other Drive files, allowing Apps admins to decide which groups of employees can share maps within or outside of their domains. Google Apps admins can turn the My Maps service on or off for their entire domains or specific OUs from within the Admin console (under Apps > Additional Google services). Note that these maps are only available on the web; they can’t be accessed offline and can’t be synced to an individual’s hard drive. Release track:Rapid release and Scheduled release
12 Insta Easy Instagram Library & Literacy Promotion Ideas What’s the point of Instagram and why should you spend your precious time and money on it? Well, don’t worry about the cost, because it’s FREE! So, all you really need is creativity and a few minutes a day to make meaningful, fun, and lasting connections with your community. And with Instagram you get a twofer!