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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. Using iPads for Literacy and Research in Kindergarten. If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?

Using iPads for Literacy and Research in Kindergarten

-Albert Einstein We are finishing up a big unit on the rainforest. We have learned about the 4 layers, what animals live in each layer, what products we get from the rainforest and how people are destroying the rainforest. 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. 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. Branding is a hot topic though and lots of people ask me about it. So today I wanted to focus briefly just on branding for language schools and literacy programs. Here are a few tips to get you started: Be clear about what programs you’re offering. 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. Our job as teachers is to build this connection between student writers and the writing practice through engaging them in real and authentic tasks that speak to their immediate environment and provoke their intellectual curiosity. Using comic strips is one powerful way to get students excited and motivated about the writing act. Students love to interact with visuals and tools such as the ones listed below will empower them to do just that.

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. Among my “I must do this in my classroom” activities was Nancie’s once a week literary letters from and to her students. 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. 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? 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. 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. Being able to consume, critique, and create media is so important for our 21st century students. While I love to write about books in my book reviews, lots of children don't share my enthusiasm. If your kids or students groan at the mere mention of writing a book report, consider some alternative ideas. Instead of a book report, have your kids make a book trailer! 50 Recommended Links for ELL/ESL Educators.

Visual Storytelling: New Language for the Information Age. How Gaming Can Build Literacy and Social Skills? By Justin Marquis, Ph.D. I recently stumbled across a discussion on Twitter about the ways in which fiction and literature can promote the development of emotional intelligence, social skills and other touchy-feely forms of literacy. The original conversation occurred via blog posts from Annie Murphy Paul of the New York Times and Rutgers University professor Maurice Elias on EduTopia. The basic premise of these two articles was that reading actually activates portions of the brain that are unrelated to the process of reading, but are related to the subject matter you are reading. 2 Apps to Embed Writing into Student’s Life.

By John Hardison (from New Study Uncovers If Texting Actually Affects Grammar. 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. 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. Digital Literacy for School Leaders. Why Reading Matters. Do You Teach Poetry? Here are 34 Web Sites You'll Love. Meet Elliot Baxter. Starfall's Learn to Read with phonics. Using Children's Literature to Teach Comprehension Strategies ...