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Web Tools to support literacy. Having another amazing day at U-Learn … Was certainly tough today to get up after a GREAT night out at the conference dinner This morning I went to a fantastic breakout session with Glen McKay all about Web Tools to Support Literacy in your classroom.

Web Tools to support literacy

The intention of this session was to give us the tools that can be used to support a literacy programme with a variety of tools used to inspire and encourage the creation of ebooks. An examination of touch screen tablets and emergent literacy in Australian pre-school children. Hal Marston :^\ sur Twitter : "Children who read become adults who think. #education #books #literacy... Tips for Writing Autobiographies with Kids. A Handful of Great Apps for literacy Education. Reading out aloud with Audacity - A lesson that promotes self assessment. This is a great reflective tool for students to assess their own reading by recording themselves and then listening back to the recording.

Reading out aloud with Audacity - A lesson that promotes self assessment

After modelling how to use the Audacity software (Free), students are quite independent and love the fact that they can hear their own reading. *** If you like this lesson, please consider sharing it via Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to help spread the word about Australian Curriculum Lessons. Introduction: Introduce students to the software and model how to record themselves. How to brand your language or literacy program. Branding is one activity that falls under the larger umbrella of marketing.

How to brand your language or literacy program

It’s important to have an overall marketing strategy. The San Francisco Times. MissSeaward : Any ideas for engaging reluctant... Importing for Interactive Reading Logs. 6 Good Educational Web Tools to Teach Writing Through Comics. March 2, 2014 Writing is a tedious cognitive act that is intellectually demanding for students.The approach we teacher and educators adopt towards writing makes the different between a real engagement and apathy.

6 Good Educational Web Tools to Teach Writing Through Comics

Students usually view the writing process as personally revealing and thus they loose any kind of connection with it. Writing about reading: offering students choice in reading responses. When I first began teaching, Nancie Atwell’s In The Middle was my go to PD book for all things to do with reading and writing workshop.

Writing about reading: offering students choice in reading responses

I modeled so many of my teaching practices on what I learned through that book and through a few workshops with Nancie. More than anything else, I wanted to create the environment Nancie had, one in which each of my students would feel the same sense of passion and personal investment in their reading and writing lives. Nature Sites for Kids. Another Study Shows The Benefits Of Reading For Pleasure.

Thanks to Michelle Gunderson, I’ve learned about yet another study showing the importance of students reading for pleasure.

Another Study Shows The Benefits Of Reading For Pleasure

Here are some excerpts from a report on it appearing at Centre for Longitudinal Studies: The research was conducted by Dr Alice Sullivan and Matt Brown, who analysed the reading behaviour of approximately 6,000 young people being followed by the 1970 British Cohort Study, which is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

They looked at how often the teenagers read during childhood and their test results in maths, vocabulary and spelling at ages 5, 10 and 16…. Perhaps surprisingly, reading for pleasure was found to be more important for children’s cognitive development between ages 10 and 16 than their parents’ level of education. The combined effect on children’s progress of reading books often, going to the library regularly and reading newspapers at 16 was four times greater than the advantage children gained from having a parent with a degree….. Why All Students Should Write: A Neurological Explanation For Literacy. Why All Students Should Write: A Neurological Explanation by Judy Willis M.D., M.Ed., In terms of writing and the brain, there are multiple reasons for embedding writing throughout STEM courses.

Why All Students Should Write: A Neurological Explanation For Literacy

Writing promotes the brain’s attentive focus to class work and homework, promotes long-term memory, illuminates patterns (possibly even “aha” moment insight!) , includes all students as participants, gives the brain time for reflection, and when well-guided, is a source of conceptual development and stimulus of the brain’s highest cognition. There is an involuntary information intake filter that determines what sensory input is accepted into the brain. The high stress state also directs the amygdala switching station to conduct information to the lower, reactive brain, where long-term retrievable memories cannot be formed.

Schools that Practice Learning-Literacy. To help them prepare for the upcoming conversations, seven relevantly accomplished professionals were invited to spend eight minutes each sharing their insights about school leadership and culture. They included a former superintendent, international educator, a director of education for a large Canadian school district, a developmental psychologist, executive director of the (Canadian) National Staff Development Council, president of a large chain of grocery stores, a professor of sociology ––– and me. Debunking Writing Myths: Always/Never Use “Said” Dialogue Tags. Never use a “said” dialogue tag. / The only dialogue tag you should ever use is “said.”.

Debunking Writing Myths: Always/Never Use “Said” Dialogue Tags

Like anything else in writing overuse of anything is lazy writing and can frustrate readers (and editors). Back in the day when most of us started writing, the books we were reading used dialogue tags such as: 15 More Apps To Create Books On The iPad. Literacy In K-5 Classrooms. Cheryl Lyman has 12 years experience teaching K-12 computer science, most recently at McDonald Elementary in Pennsylvania as Instructional Technology Specialist.

Literacy In K-5 Classrooms

Awards include Classrooms of the Future Coach, Ed Tech Leader of the Year Semifinalist, PA Keystone Technology Integrator, PA State Peer Reviewer, and Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year Semi-finalist. We look forward to her knowledgeable insights in curriculum development and technology integration into the classroom.

The Importance of Literacy In K-5 Classrooms I recently completed a literacy course through the University of Pennsylvania. This course was predominately geared towards secondary classes. 13 Reasons Why Your Brain Craves Infographics [HTML 5] Digital Literacy and Citizenship Classroom Curr... Do Your Students Read Critically? How do you tell if someone has been reading a book critically?

Do Your Students Read Critically?

One way is they have dog-eared the pages, underlined key ideas, annotated the margins, highlighted quotable phrases, and filled the book with tabs on pages of interest. Looking closer, you read the notes in the margin and you see that in some cases the notes indicate agreement with the author, other notes simply add supporting references, while others vehemently disagree and give examples and evidence contradicting what is written.

If you find such a book, you can be sure that the reader not only read it, but did so critically. As educators, the best thing we can do is to help students develop the skills for critical reading and establish critical reading as a "habit of mind. " Questioning Text In these margin conversations with the author, the student asks questions that seek more evidence, understanding or examples. Wonderful Free Templates to Create Newspapers for your Class. Earlier this year we wrote about web tools teachers can use to for their classrooms. This post turned We have selected for you today a host of awesome templates for your Power Point presentations.

These are basically newspaper templates provided by for free. If you want to create a newspaper for your class, you can do it through one of these templates. The procedure is very easy. Just download the template you are going to use, and once downloaded open the file and start customizing it the way you want. 365 days in my shoes Day 5. Developing a Whole School Approach to Improving Writing Yesterday I posted a poem inspired by Pie Corbett’s If Only. If only we had used his approaches to developing writing years ago!!! Pie has delivered INSET in my school on two separate occasions so far. The first training session looked at Storytelling and the second at Developing Non-Fiction Writing. Using StoryWorks and Edmodo for Debate and Persuasive Writing. Tagged with: elementary schoolLanguage Arts This is a guest post from Lindsey Fuller, a 6th grade Elementary School Teacher in Decatur, Illinois.

The full version of her post can be found on her blog at If you are interested in contributing to the Edmodo Blog, please complete this form. 21 Literacy Resources For The Digital Teacher. Five Ways to Build Lifelong Readers. Squeezing in some fun! Google+ Pages This Blog Wednesday, December 5, 2012 Squeezing in some fun! Ok, ok, so I know you all are madly getting ready for Christmas but I wanted to share one last post on a few of the fall activities that kept us busy!

Is Creativity the Next Essential Literacy? It has been a long belief of mine that one of the most detrimental casualties of our current education system is the loss of wonder. That innate desire to understand why things are the way they are. I had the privilege of hearing Dr. Illustrate a Story. A Great Digital Literacy Skills Continuum for Teachers. Ten Ways to Cultivate a Love of Reading in Students.

50 Activities To Promote Digital Media Literacy In Students. Digital Storytelling: Animated Powerpoint Tutorial. A Literacy-Rich Classroom Environment Supports the Common Core: Infographic. Literacy-rich environments, as endorsed by the International Reading Association, have a significant impact on what goes on in the classroom and set the stage for interactions with a wide variety of genres. Differentiate Language Arts: Noting Details. Alternatives to Book Reports. 50 Recommended Links for ELL/ESL Educators. By Angelita Williams, Teaching a new language to non-native speakers may be one of the most challenging educational jobs out there, so ELL teachers can use all of the help they can get! Visual Storytelling: New Language for the Information Age. How Gaming Can Build Literacy and Social Skills? By Justin Marquis, Ph.D.

2 Apps to Embed Writing into Student’s Life. New Study Uncovers If Texting Actually Affects Grammar. If you’re worried that your students or children are eroding their vocabulary due to texting, you may want to sit down. Bring Literacy into Math with Big Books! Writing prompts. Developing Oral Reading Fluency. The Reading Brain: How Your Brain Helps You Read, and Why it Matters. Information Literacy - Education. Reading: The Core Skill:Every Child, Every Day.

Digital Literacy is Good, but Fluency is Better. Literacy » Primary Edutech. Literacy Begins at Home: A Letter for Parents. Apps that Help Kids with GSP. Everything Dr. Seuss / dr. seuss bookmark. Literacy in the Digital Age. Epistemic Games Help Grow Literacy and Problem-Solving Skills. Teaching Revision Skills in the Writing Classroom. Student Tool for Technology Literacy - Indicators. Literacy and iPad Learning Apps. Literacy Journal: Only 1 iPad in the Classroom? Embracing the storyteller within. Building Social skills and Literacy through Gaming. Building Social skills and Literacy through Gaming. Will we value the skills associated with Social Media like we do traditional literacies? What Kids Are Reading, 2012 – Why It Doesn’t Matter « The Reading Zone. What Educators Need to Know about Reading. Digital Literacy in the primary classroom.

Resources for Teaching Digital Literacy in 21st Century Classroom. Google Digital Literacy Tour. Digital Literacy for School Leaders. Why Reading Matters. Learning to be Independent « Bill Boyd – The Literacy Adviser.