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Reading Specialists Resources - LiveBinder

Reading Specialists Resources - LiveBinder | AdLit | Scoop.it

A collection of resources for Reading Specialists on CCSS

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Handwriting v. Laptops? Why People Ask the Wrong Question (and Why Think Pair Share Rules Yet Again)

Handwriting v. Laptops? Why People Ask the Wrong Question (and Why Think Pair Share Rules Yet Again) | AdLit | Scoop.it

Do students learn less when they are taking notes on a laptop than they learn when they take notes in a lecture class by handwriting?


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Free Technology for Teachers: NEWSELA + Google Docs = Differentiated, Collaborative Reading!

Free Technology for Teachers: NEWSELA + Google Docs = Differentiated, Collaborative Reading! | AdLit | Scoop.it

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Apps and Tools for the Common Core Literacy

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Final Post in Series Looking at Apps and Tools for the Common Core Literacy Curriculum Reading Strand Dr. Leslie Suter and Dr. Melissa Comer are faculty

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Inside author Andy Griffiths' joyously silly wonderland

Inside author Andy Griffiths' joyously silly wonderland | AdLit | Scoop.it

 

"He wants to get away from the 'bum' and 'poo' books he's sold millions of, but Andy Griffiths' army of young fans can rest assured his imagination-stretching tales will always go to the limits of good taste, writes Lisa Clausen."


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What are the hardest languages to learn? - Lingholic

What are the hardest languages to learn? - Lingholic | AdLit | Scoop.it
What’s the deal? Is there really any such thing as a “hard” language, or even the “hardest” one? Find out in this informative post!

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A Picture Of Language: The Fading Art Of Diagramming Sentences

A Picture Of Language: The Fading Art Of Diagramming Sentences | AdLit | Scoop.it
Once a popular way to teach grammar, the practice of diagramming sentences has fallen out of favor.

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Being a Better Online Reader - The New Yorker

Being a Better Online Reader - The New Yorker | AdLit | Scoop.it
Soon after Maryanne Wolf published “Proust and the Squid,” a history of the science and the development of the reading brain from antiquity to the twenty-first century, she began to receive letters from readers. Hundreds of them. While the backgrounds of the writers varied, a theme began to emerge: the more reading moved online, the less students seemed to understand. There were the architects who wrote to her about students who relied so heavily on ready digital information that they were unprepared to address basic problems onsite. There were the neurosurgeons who worried about the “cut-and-paste chart mentality” that their students exhibited, missing crucial details because they failed to delve deeply enough into any one case. And there were, of course, the English teachers who lamented that no one wanted to read Henry James anymore. As the letters continued to pour in, Wolf experienced a growing realization: in the seven years it had taken her to research and write her account, reading had changed profoundly—and the ramifications could be felt far beyond English departments and libraries. She called the rude awakening her “Rip van Winkle moment,” and decided that it was important enough to warrant another book. What was going on with these students and professionals? Was the digital format to blame for their superficial approaches, or was something else at work?
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Storytelling in the Classroom as a Teaching Strategy

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Storytelling in the Classroom as a Teaching Strategy


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10 Tricks to Make Yourself a Wikipedia Master

10 Tricks to Make Yourself a Wikipedia Master | AdLit | Scoop.it
It's the most famous and most open encyclopedia in the world, so obviously there's more to Wikipedia than just checking episode summaries for Breaking Bad. Find out how you can make the most of the free encyclopedia.

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Do Common Core Professional Development Like This | Teaching the Core

Do Common Core Professional Development Like This | Teaching the Core | AdLit | Scoop.it
47% of teachers reported, in a recent survey, to have been put through sub-par Common Core professional development. This doesn't have to be the case! Here's
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Teach MLA in Under 15 Minutes With Formatically and Easybib

Teach MLA in Under 15 Minutes With Formatically and Easybib | AdLit | Scoop.it
Two Entrepreneurial High School Students Made This Easy app to Simplify MLA Formatting In 2001, two high school seniors in Chicago built a website that made
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A Depth Of Knowledge Rubric For Reading, Writing, And Math - te@chthought

A Depth Of Knowledge Rubric For Reading, Writing, And Math -  te@chthought | AdLit | Scoop.it

"This is part 1 in a 3 part “Return To The Classroom” series, so-named because we, somehow, loathe the phrase “Back to School.” Today’s post is on assessment, with a look at rubrics for the Depth of Knowledge framework."


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Feature: Reading Quickly and Efficiently Online | UKEdChat.com

Feature: Reading Quickly and Efficiently Online | UKEdChat.com | AdLit | Scoop.it

Sometimes it can feel that you are overwhelmed with the amount of reading that is on your ‘ToDo’ list – articles you have saved to read later online; all the fantastic articles to read on UKEdChat.com (!); research articles; news articles – it can sometime seem like a never ending list. Many people still struggle reading longer texts online as it can be inefficient so therefore do not fully engage and persist with such articles.


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"Teach comprehension strategies as a scaffold for dealing with challenging text." - Tim Shanahan

"Teach comprehension strategies as a scaffold for dealing with challenging text." - Tim Shanahan | AdLit | Scoop.it

"I would encourage you to continue to teach comprehension strategies as a scaffold for dealing with challenging text. The point would be to make it possible for kids to make sense of truly challenging texts; the use of strategies could be enough to allow some kids to scaffold their own reading successfully--meaning they might be able to read frustration level texts as if they were written at their instructional level."


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Strategy instruction always worked for my students!

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Your Favorites: 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels

Your Favorites: 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels | AdLit | Scoop.it
More than 75,000 of you voted for your favorite young-adult fiction. Now, after all the nominating, sorting and counting, the final results are in. Here are the 100 best teen novels, chosen by the NPR audience.

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Technology for the Core – Apps and Tools for the Literacy Curriculum’s Reading Strand, Part 2

Technology for the Core – Apps and Tools for the Literacy Curriculum’s Reading Strand, Part 2 | AdLit | Scoop.it
The Second Post in this Week's 3 Part Series Focuses on Apps for Teaching Text Complexity Dr. Leslie Suter and Dr. Melissa Comer are faculty members in the
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8 Places for Thrifty Bookworms to Download Free E-Books

8 Places for Thrifty Bookworms to Download Free E-Books | AdLit | Scoop.it

Summertime is prime time for getting a good read in. Here's a list of eight places where you can download free e-books.


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How great to come across sources like this one! Perhaps some of my students would prefer to read e-books instead of paper versions? This site provides a list of 8 great sources where we could locate books together :)

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.......Then all you need is a rainy day by the window with no one around.

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How Graphic Recording reduces Complexity | Andreas Gaertner | TEDxMünster - YouTube

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Transforming meetings, conferences as well as academic debates into...

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Reading behavior in the digital environment: Journal of Documentation: Vol 61, No 6

 

Abstract:

Purpose –This study attempts to investigate reading behavior in the digital environment by analyzing how people's reading behavior has changed over the past ten years.

 

Design/methodology/approach –Survey and analysis methods are employed.

 

Findings –With an increasing amount of time spent reading electronic documents, a screen‐based reading behavior is emerging. The screen‐based reading behavior is characterized by more time spent on browsing and scanning, keyword spotting, one‐time reading, non‐linear reading, and reading more selectively, while less time is spent on in‐depth reading, and concentrated reading. Decreasing sustained attention is also noted. Annotating and highlighting while reading is a common activity in the printed environment. However, this “traditional” pattern has not yet migrated to the digital environment when people read electronic documents.

 

Originality/value –Implications for the changes in reading behavior are discussed, and directions for future research are suggested.

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Digital Tools for Pairing Literary and Informational Texts and Close Reading Skills

Digital Tools for Pairing Literary and Informational Texts and Close Reading Skills | AdLit | Scoop.it
Final Post in Series Looking at Apps and Tools for the Common Core Literacy Curriculum Reading Strand Dr. Leslie Suter and Dr. Melissa Comer are faculty
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Highlights from Folger Shakespeare Library’s Release of almost 80,000 Images

Highlights from Folger Shakespeare Library’s Release of almost 80,000 Images | AdLit | Scoop.it
Highlights from the Folger Shakespeare Library's Digital Image Collection, released now under a Creative Commons Share-Alike license.

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Webinar-Literacy in Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects: Scaffolding Levels of Text Complexity (With Discipline-based Texts)

Webinar-Literacy in Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects: Scaffolding Levels of Text Complexity (With Discipline-based Texts) | AdLit | Scoop.it
Access to this resource has been provided by the National Council of Teachers of English, an NCLE Stakeholder Organization.
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6 Surprising Bad Practices That Hurt Dyslexic Users - UX Movement

6 Surprising Bad Practices That Hurt Dyslexic Users - UX Movement | AdLit | Scoop.it

Web accessibility doesn’t only extend to color blind users, but dyslexic users too. Dyslexia is a learning disability that impairs a person’s fluency or accuracy in being able to read, write, and spell .

 

As designers, we can help dyslexic users read text more fluently and accurately by understanding and avoiding the bad design practices that hurt dyslexic users. Seeing things from their eyes can give us a better perspective on why accessible design is so important.

 

When dyslexic users read text, sometimes they can experience visual distortion effects [5]. These effects vary in degree from person to person, but they can make reading text that much harder. Below are six bad practices that are likely to cause these visual distortion effects for dyslexic users.

 

These bad practices can also make reading difficult for non-dyslexic users. But the effect they have on dyslexic users is much worse.


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Technology for the Core – Apps and Tools for the Literacy Curriculum Reading Strand

Technology for the Core – Apps and Tools for the Literacy Curriculum Reading Strand | AdLit | Scoop.it

3 Part Series offers a wealth of iPad Apps and Web Tools for the Common Core Literacy Curriculum’s Reading Strand

 

Dr. Leslie Suter and Dr. Melissa Comer are faculty members in the College of Education’s Curriculum & Instruction Department at Tennessee Tech University. They will be co-presenting the session “Common Core Literacy Integration with App Flows” at the 2014 Teaching and Learning with the iPad Conference this November in Raleigh, NC.

The Common Core Literacy Curriculum focuses on reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in all content areas. Use of these curriculum standards at the K-5 level can be a way to reignite instruction of science and social studies, which have been pushed to the background in favor of math and reading/language arts.

At the middle and high school levels, the introduction of the Common Core Literacy in Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects requires teachers to rethink both pedagogy and methodology for teaching content. These subjects, typically taught in isolation, must now be integrated with literacy skills; skills that have, for the most part, been taught in English language arts classes.

As teachers begin to find ways to teach interdisciplinary skills, they will better prepare students for real-world reasoning, problem solving, and critical thinking in preparation for college and career readiness, all goals of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

The push toward literacy integration across the curriculum does not mean that you need to put down your digital tools in favor of paper and books. In fact, with the varied iPad apps and Web 2.0 tools available, we propose doing just the opposite. Technology integration, within all subject areas, is more accessible today than it has ever been. Based on that premise, are you looking for creative ways of incorporating iPad apps and Web 2.0 tools in your lessons to allow students to:

Use close reading skills in order to comprehend complex texts?Write with a variety of media tools?Process content through speaking and listening skills?Show understanding in critical and creative means?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, this article will help you add to your digital literacy toolbox.

CCSS Reading Strand

The CCSS for literacy focus on five basic strands: reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing. In this three part article series we will focus on the reading strand, comprised of academic vocabulary, including Tier 2 and Tier 3 words (more about those in a moment), text complexity identification, close reading skills, and the use of literary as well as informational texts.

Academic Vocabulary

So, what is meant by Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary words?

At their most basic, Tier words are broken into three levels: Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3. Tier 1 words, not considered academic vocabulary, are words that students use on a daily basis, recognize on sight, know meanings for, and have mastered the use of. Often referred to as rich-vocabulary, Tier 2, along with Tier 3 words, comprise academic vocabulary. Tier 2 words are a bit more challenging for students. These words are school-specific ones, such as schema, scaffolding, inquiry, and assessment.

Tier 3 words, sometimes the most unfamiliar and difficult for students to master, are discipline-specific. These words are ones that students must know and use for mastery of a particular subject. In science, for example, Tier 3 words may include cross-ventilation, photosynthesis, bio-mimicry, and geocaching.

Interested in more information concerning Academic Vocabulary? Learn more here.

Digital Tools that Address Academic Vocabulary

Word Clouds – A Different Twist

Many of you have probably used Wordle or Tagxedo to create word clouds. They are fun to make and students are motivated by them. Perhaps we create them, discuss the terms showcased on them in class, and keep them up for reference during the lesson we are focusing on.

For a different spin, we recommend creating a word cloud and posting it to Thinglink. Once it’s posted, students can make comments and respond to others’ comments concerning the words in the cloud. Another plus of posting it on Thinglink is the ability to pair a song or Youtube video with the word cloud which serves to reinforce the vocabulary even more. These things, coupled with the word cloud, make for an interactive experience with academic vocabulary.

Here is an example of Wordle Thinglink depicting academic vocabulary in a social studies lesson centering on The Clinton Twelve.

Additional examples:

Math – Tier 3 Academic Vocabulary of Probability created with Tagxedo
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9 Ideas to Help Explain Common Core to Parents

9 Ideas to Help Explain Common Core to Parents | AdLit | Scoop.it
Jared Myracle, the supervisor of instruction at Gibson County Special School District (TN) and author of 'Common Core Standards for Parents for Dummies,' offers educators some best practices for explaining Common Core.

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