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"In terms of young children developing as writers this is the most interesting development in the last 20 years." Pie Corbett

"In terms of young children developing as writers this is the most interesting development in the last 20 years." Pie Corbett
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Sue Waters Blog Year of the iPad 2 | TiPb The late Steve Jobs called 2011 "the year of the iPad 2" and almost a year after it was introduced, almost 2 years after the original iPad was introduced, it remains a product selling in the tens of millions with absolutely no competition in sight. And that's a shame because, as a consumer, the one thing I want most is strong, meaningful competition for the iPad. It's become a cliche to say "there's no tablet market, there's only an iPad market", but like most cliches there's more than a little truth to it. Very few people want a tablet. Not in the 10 years prior to the iPad when Microsoft sold Tablet PC to almost no one, and not in the almost two years since when Apple's competition has tried to differentiate themselves by being more like PCs. The simple truth is, the iPad was never designed to be a tablet. For many people, PCs -- personal computers -- are anything but. The iPad is the opposite of that. That's why Apple is selling a so many of them, and why their competitors aren't.

How to enter 5SC | Five Sentence ChallengeFive Sentence Challenge The 100 WC prompt is published on Sundays. The 5SC prompt is posted every two weeks on Thursday evenings. Children write their pieces in class These are posted to the class blog The URL of the POST (not the blog URL) is linked to the 100WC.net for that prompt. Please make sure you link to the right prompt! Please watch this video put together for us by Dominc Hughes showing you how to link your posts: Children are encouraged to visit other entries. If you do not have a class blog I have set up a blog especially for 100WC / 5SC entries for classes without blogs. What is QuadBlogging? About ETR Community EdTechReview (ETR) is a community of and for everyone involved in education technology to connect and collaborate both online and offline to discover, learn, utilize and share about the best ways technology can improve learning, teaching, and leading in the 21st century. EdTechReview spreads awareness on education technology and its role in 21st century education through best research and practices of using technology in education, and by facilitating events, training, professional development, and consultation in its adoption and implementation.

Prompt #12 › 5 Sentence Challenge I was really impressed with the way many of you created stories about the people in the picture for the last prompt. There were lots of wonderful pieces so yet again it was very difficult to choose the showcase but here they are! ********** Prompt#11 Showcase ********** Isaac in Yr.1 at Shenfield St Mary's, Essex, UK Miles in Yr.2 at Bangkok Patna School Caitlin in P3 at Dunipace Primary, Falkirk, Scotland Bailey in Yr.1 at Bidston Avenue Primary, Wirral, UK Emily in Yr.3 at Snowsfield Primary, London, UK Jessica at Vauvert Primary, Guernsey, Channel Islands Nay Thit in 2P at Bangkok Patna School As you were so good at story writing last time, the new prompt is: The Secret Room What could be in it? The link will be open until 20th March

blog4edu [licensed for non-commercial use only] / Welcome to Blogs 4 Edu! Writing a blog can be a bit difficult at first, so we have gathered a community to encourage, support and inspire you through adding blog comments and sharing blogging challenges, projects, and communities. We will be supporting new education bloggers, student bloggers, new bloggers, and those who feel they need more support from their educator community. Please add your encouragement to these communities by visiting our Facebook and Twitter (@Blog4Edu) accounts! Participate in these great projects: Find more great projects to participate in here! Each week we will feature a blog post and include a summary of why we enjoyed the post! Check out our featured posts: Read about the blog tip of the week here! Click on any of the tips to find out more!

The Best Resources For Beginning iPad Users Though I haven’t gotten an iPad yet (NOTE: Now I have!), we did get one for my mother-in-law. So, with an eye towards helping her now, and me in the future, I put out a call to readers to their suggested resources as well as hunting for them on my own. You might also be interested in The Best Sites For Beginning iPhone Users Like Me. Here are my choices, and choices suggested by readers (their recommendations are better than mine!) iPad Getting Started is from TC Geeks. The 10 best iOS apps of 2011 comes from The Telegraph. The best iOS apps for children, 2011 is also from The Telegraph. The top 50 iPad apps is from The Guardian. Choosing the Right Keyboard For Your iPad is from Read Write Web. The Best iPad Apps: 10 Essential Apps For The New iPad You Got For The Holidays is from The Huffington Post. Educreations lets you easily create video lessons. Fill Your New Kindle, iPad, iPhone with Free eBooks, Movies, Audio Books, Courses & More is from Open Culture. iPads In The Art Room Melissa A.

The Electric Company Over thirty years ago, an educational television show dared to speak to youth in the voice of their generation. The Electric Company turned on the power of possibility for kids by showing them that learning to read can be fun. In 2009, the power surged back with the all-new The Electric Company. The show aims to entertain children between 6 and 9 while simultaneously teaching the following four crucial areas of literacy that are challenging for struggling readers: 1. 2. 3. 4. Discover The Electric Company community events across the nation! Play "Prankster Planet." Quadblogging – a great idea for peer assessment | Bryony Taylor I’ve mentioned before on this blog that I think that blogging is one of the most exciting areas where technology is supporting teaching & learning. One of the best educational bloggers around, ‘Deputy Mitchell‘ (as he is known on Twitter) came up with the idea of ‘Quadblogging‘ when contacted by schools near him who weren’t getting nearly as much traffic to their class blogs as he was . Here is a description from the Quadblogging website: Imagine four schools that had a partnership/agreement that would mean that for a four week cycle, each school’s blog would be the focus for one week out of four. Each school in the Quad would spend some time visiting the blog of the school for that week, leave comments etc. After that week, another one of the four schools would be the focus and this would be repeated for the four week cycle and then repeated. I was thinking, though, that this principle could also be applied within a large secondary school. I can see this taking off! Update: Liked this?

How effective is THRASS in teaching literacy? By Sarah Yeung, Lewis & Lewis. My initial interest with THRASS (Teaching Handwriting Reading and Spelling Skills) started when I saw these large THRASS charts in classrooms. I began wondering about the approach we take towards teaching literacy, especially for those students who have literacy difficulties. How do you explain that the letter ‘A’ does not always make the ‘a’ sound as in apple? I recently went to the THRASS two-day workshop during the summer holidays. Traditional learning – graphophonic Previous traditional teachings take a ‘graphophonic’ approach, which is the one letter (grapheme) makes one sound (phoneme) approach (e.g. However, when students enter primary school, we struggle to explain to students why these rules don’t apply anymore and that a sound is not always depicted by a specific letter. We often see errors in spelling choices such as ‘woz’ (was), where the letter-sound rule does not apply anymore. The THRASS chart has a consonant and a vowel chart.

An absolute great idea for student blogs- show them that their posts are read! by kbpc172 Dec 30

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