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How to start safely using social media in the classroom - Daily Genius

How to start safely using social media in the classroom - Daily Genius | AdLit | Scoop.it

"It’s a controversial topic: do you introduce social media in the classroom or ignore it? Whether you use traditional social platforms or social-focused tools, many educators find that this technology helps increase engagement and excitement with students, many of who are already very familiar with it.

“Students communicate, research, collaborate, create and publish online with or without the help of parents or educators. These same students then hop on social media to promote, discuss and share their thoughts with the world. The digital environment is offering us some of the greatest learning opportunities that young learners have ever had,” says Gail Leicht, an 8th grade teacher.

Bringing social networking into the classroom gives quiet students a chance to shine; sharing their voice online is often easier than speaking out in class. It also opens the doors for collaboration and communication between peers, both inside and outside of the classroom. Not to mention, it gives teachers another opportunity to connect with students. "


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Reading Lessons Aligned to Common Core Standards?

Reading Lessons Aligned to Common Core Standards? | AdLit | Scoop.it

In this podcast we go searching for specific reading lessons that align with the Common Core Standards for complex text.


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Teaching Innovations | Educator Innovator

Teaching Innovations | Educator Innovator | AdLit | Scoop.it

Spurred by the work of Central Texas Writing Project educators, Education Service Center Region 13 in Austin has documented the innovative practices of those teachers in an online video series. Join these educators to hear how their students are using digital tools to connect with others while taking control of their own learning, from ESL students blogging on Youthvoices.net to fifth graders emulating Ted Talks to high school students using iPads for more in-depth audio feedback.

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Why Wordless Picture Books Work | Scholastic.com

Why Wordless Picture Books Work | Scholastic.com | AdLit | Scoop.it
Does your classroom library feature wordless picture books? Here is a list of the best ones out there, and reasons why you need them in your room.

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Savannah Gabel's curator insight, June 8, 2016 9:36 AM
I really like this list and would use it for my own classroom!
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Steps for Cultivating a Love of Reading in Young Children

Steps for Cultivating a Love of Reading in Young Children | AdLit | Scoop.it
Daniel Willingham's new book is full of advice for parents and teachers hoping to nurture a love of reading in kids.
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I love that this author makes the distinction between teaching reading and developing a love of reading. One does not create the other...

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Questions That Matter Primer

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Related resource: NCLE example of an inquiry guide.

http://www.literacyinlearningexchange.org/inquiry-guide%E2%80%94ncle-example


Access to this resource has been provided by the The Ball Foundation, an NCLE Stakeholder Organization.

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Maine's Cross Disciplinary Literacy Network | Literacy in Learning Exchange

Maine's Cross Disciplinary Literacy Network | Literacy in Learning Exchange | AdLit | Scoop.it

We are content teachers Pk-12+, literacy coaches, and others interested in advancing literacy learning in Maine.  We are facilitating a series of learning opportunities exploring CCSS, SBAC, and our transition or "shift" issues.  We are working to build our knowledge and skills in these areas, as well as in areas of facilitation of professional conversation and sharing both online and offline.  One key topic of our cross-content conversations is around the close reading strategy.

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A Conversation about Implementing Text Sets in K-12 Classrooms

A Conversation about Implementing Text Sets in K-12 Classrooms | AdLit | Scoop.it

In this interview with Whitney Whealdon, the English/Language Arts Program Coordinator at the Louisiana Department of Education, she and NCLE Associate Director KaiLonnie Dunsmore talk about the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in Louisiana. Specifically, they discuss Ms. Whealdon’s work with teachers on constructing text sets for K-12 classrooms in Louisiana.

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Dickens with a twist: how to teach Hard Times

Dickens with a twist: how to teach Hard Times | AdLit | Scoop.it

Don't let Charles Dickens' complex language deter you or your students. Teacher Laura-Jane Evans-Jones shares her ideas for how to teach Hard Times by breaking down students' expectations and tapping into their curiosity with word association. The Guardian (London)/Teacher Network blog (2/17)

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Pa. high-schoolers write, publish books in honors English class

Pa. high-schoolers write, publish books in honors English class | AdLit | Scoop.it
Ninth-grade students at Pine-Richland High School are writing and illustrating children's books that will be published later this spring. Leticia Harshman's 20 honors English 9 ...
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A group of 20 honors English students in a Pennsylvania high school have written 10-sentence, 10-illustration children's books to be published this year through Amazon's CreateSpace. Each student had to write a book similar to "Where the Wild Things Are" that is timeless, has multiple interpretations and appeals to readers ages 8 to 80. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (3/9)

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Response Prompts

Response Prompts | AdLit | Scoop.it
Articles from across the web that are ripe for discussion and response. I don't search for articles specifically, they're just ones I come across in my regular reading from all sorts of sources and recommendations. They are articles that I may or may not agree with, but that are about topics that students should be aware of and given the opportunity to explore, respond to, and discuss.

If you are one of my students, you may select from any of the articles here for your response journal. Remember when reading to consider the quality of the source you've been directed to, it and the author's bias, the reliability of their research/argument, and its intended audience and purpose before you formulate your own opinions and responses.
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How to Write a Great College Application Essay - YouTube

College applications - particularly the essays - can be stressful. Learn from the experts on how to avoid common mistakes and make your essay stand out in a ...
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Keep One Unpublishable, Private Journal To Improve Your Writing

Keep One Unpublishable, Private Journal To Improve Your Writing | AdLit | Scoop.it

Writing is a deeply personal habit. There are plenty of ways to beat writer’s block. . .


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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, March 17, 2015 1:19 PM

I love the idea of the unpublishable journal and have inadvertently started something like this. It's the journal in which I jot down random thoughts and questions, scribble notes about observations, write half-formed ideas for short stories or blog posts or something that hasn't any form yet. It's likely nothing will come from most of the those jottings, but one never knows.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, March 17, 2015 9:28 PM

Mary Oliver and Annie Dillard provide great insight into writing, as well.

 

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Home - World Stories

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World StoriesWorld Stories is a growing collection of stories from around the world. The collection includes retold traditional tales and new short stories in the languages most spoken by UK children.  Story Collections:Adventure StoriesAnimal StoriesBedtime StoriesFolk StoriesLong StoriesShort Stories 
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Teach The Web Talks from Mozilla | Educator Innovator

Teach The Web Talks from Mozilla | Educator Innovator | AdLit | Scoop.it

Teach The Web Talks are webinars that are broadcast monthly by the Mozilla foundation as part of its Webmaker educational initiative. You are invited to join community experts in discussions on all things related to education and the web. Each talk will last approximately one hour with group participation.

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Help All Readers Access Complex Texts

Help All Readers Access Complex Texts | AdLit | Scoop.it
Text complexity is an important part of the Common Core State Standards, so how can we help all students access complex texts? Ryan McCarty has some ideas.
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Culturally Diverse Classrooms: Meaningful Vocabulary Learning

 

Show & Tell: A Video Column / Meaningful Vocabulary Learning

Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey

 

How to close the word gaps that persist for many children

http://bcove.me/a0gdjw6g

 

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Getting Started with Questions of Text Complexity

Issues related to the use of challenging texts span across the disciplines. Many groups associated with the National Center for Literacy Education and from across the 30+ stakeholder organizations are wrestling with varied aspects of student success with complex texts. While some strategies and questions are appropriate for any discipline, other strategies and questions will be discipline specific. Regardless, we have much to learn from one another. These resources are meant to be starting points for digging into the topic of text complexity.

Before you begin:Use evidence to name a key question that will lead to strengthened teaching and learning.Establish a set of steps toward addressing the question, perhaps incorporating one or more of the resources below.Use templates such as NCLE's Inquiry Guide and tools such as the Questions that Matter Primer for formalizing this process.  Consider the following to begin digging into questions of text complexity:

The Why and How of Multiple Texts in Middle and High School with Cynthia Shanahan. (This web seminar is full of science and social studies examples.)

Representing Close Reading in Academic Writing by Eileen Murphy. (This book chapter and audio recording focus on the process of reading strategies for developing claims and arguments in writing.)

Everything's a Conversation:  Reading Away Isolation by Sarah Brown Wessling. (This book chapter provides multiple examples of high school English language arts considerations that keep student needs and interests at the center of Common Core implementation.)

Follow Maine's Cross Disciplinary Literacy Network group and consider the group's discussion about Creating Text Sets.

Conversational protocols guide collaborative discussions. Try the Four A's protocol for discussing a shared reading or the Thinking Lenses protocol for considering text selections within the curriculum.

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Highland Park teacher uses Twitter to teach 'Hamlet'

Highland Park teacher uses Twitter to teach 'Hamlet' | AdLit | Scoop.it
Students in Faisal Mohyuddin's literature class recently created Twitter handles for characters in Shakespeare's Hamlet.
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10 Intriguing Photographs to Teach Close Reading and Visual Thinking Skills

10 Intriguing Photographs to Teach Close Reading and Visual Thinking Skills | AdLit | Scoop.it
We pair 10 photos from The Times that we’ve used in our weekly “What’s Going On in This Picture?” with ideas from students and teachers for how you can use them, or images like them, to teach close reading and visual thinking skills.
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This blog post offers a roundup of teacher experiences and lesson ideas to help students develop close-reading and analytical skills b y studying interesting photographs without caption information.  One science teacher wrote that the practice of coming up with ideas about what's going on in the photos has helped improve students' ability to use evidence to support conclusions in lab reports.
 The New York Times
(tiered subscription model)/Learning Network blog (2/27)

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NCLE Special Report. CCSS Writing, Close Reading, and Complex Texts

Special Report: Reading
and Writing Come into Focus (Part I)Reading and writing have never had a more crucial role in the classroom. The role has increased with the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and mandates in many states regarding reading in early grades.

This NCLE SmartBrief Special Report, Part I of II, explores writing, close reading of complex texts and reading in the classroom. Educator Jim Cunningham -- in the Expert Q&A section -- discusses writing instruction in today's schools. This report also includes some NCLE Spotlights.

In Part II of this report, scheduled for March 31, we'll look at how teachers are encouraging students to read and how they are using nonfiction and poetry in the classroom.

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Privacy Rules: Discussion at SXSWedu reveals concerns and solutions - The Hechinger Report

Privacy Rules: Discussion at SXSWedu reveals concerns and solutions - The Hechinger Report | AdLit | Scoop.it
AUSTIN, Texas – As more technology makes its way into the nation’s classrooms, more data on children is collected, shared and stored. That raises more concerns about the privacy and security of that information. Indeed, when Richard Culatta, the U.S. Department of Education’s director of educational technology, spoke last week at the SXSWedu conference in …
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High School Teachers Guide Students Into Self-Publishing - US News

High School Teachers Guide Students Into Self-Publishing - US News | AdLit | Scoop.it
These high school classes are churning out published teen authors.
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