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Common Core: Victory is Yours | Scholastic.com

Common Core: Victory is Yours | Scholastic.com | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Stop worrying and love the Common Core with our tool kit of activities.
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A 6 Step Process For Teaching Argument Analysis

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What is Theme, Anyway? 11 Tips for Teaching About Theme in Language Arts By Samantha Cleaver ~We Are Teachers

What is Theme, Anyway? 11 Tips for Teaching About Theme in Language Arts   By Samantha Cleaver ~We Are Teachers | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
“What is theme anyway?” Here are 11 tips and ideas for teaching themes in your langauage arts class including 5 mini-lesson plans Teacher tips to teach the literary concepts of theme and main idea in stories, books and literature.
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Audio Tools for the Language Class

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Recently, our Language teachers have been given the task of creating an activity where students will be asked to add audio to specific prompts.  With the current state of technology, this should be...

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An Insider Look Into The Brain of Struggling Readers (Poster) ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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Great Websites to Teach Anatomy of Human Body in 3D

Great Websites to Teach Anatomy of Human Body in 3D | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

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Vivian Kohler Fenandez's curator insight, September 21, 1:20 PM

Para ciencias naturales

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Make Your Own Storybook for Free

Make Your Own Storybook for Free | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
This free new tool makes storytelling fun again!

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, September 21, 12:35 PM

Great to use with young learners. 

Marco Favero's curator insight, September 21, 4:19 PM

aggiungi la tua intuizione ...

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What does close reading look like in Third Grade?

What does close reading look like in Third Grade? | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Resident Literacy Expert Jaclyn DeForge discusses how to do a close reading of a third grade level text.
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iPad® Apps for Students Struggling with Reading, Writing & Math

iPad® Apps for Students Struggling with Reading, Writing & Math | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

Join Diana as she walks you through the built-in accessibility features of the iPad and demonstrates the apps live for you to view and follow along. You will see the features of the apps, along with the gestures and how to use the apps. Learn realistic implementation methods to use immediately with students.


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Diana Petschauer's curator insight, September 15, 9:16 PM

In today’s workshop you will learn about the best iPad apps for students who have difficulty with reading and/or writing, including challenges with math! Apps that are useful for related therapists such as OT, SLP, and Reading Specialists will also be demonstrated. For students who struggle with a print disability due to Dyslexia, specific LD, executive function, difficulties processing, low vision, blindness, or physical disabilities, you will learn about apps to help students be successful with:

  • Reading                      
  • Comprehending                     
  • Note taking                
  • Computing
  • Writing                       
  • Organizing                 
  • Assessing textbooks

Apps will include: text-to-speech for books, documents, and PDF's with annotation, word prediction, note taking, object and money identification, graphic organizers and mind-mapping, magnification, voice recognition, audio recording, math support, Scanning with OCR (Optical character recognition), support while browsing the internet and researching, foundational literacy skills, digital story creating, and more. Apps demonstrated can be utilized with students from elementary school through post secondary education as well as adult learners.

OUTLINE

Apps for Reading:

  • Text to Speech, Highlighting, Definitions, Font Options, OCR, Differentiated Reading Levels, Support for Comprehension & Retention, as well as fluency and sight words/ vocabulary support, accessing digital and audiobooks

Apps for Writing and Completing worksheets/ Handouts/ Assignments:

  • Text to speech, typing, handwriting/ annotating, Voice Recognition, Word Prediction, Sight Words

Apps for Executive Function:

  • Note taking, Graphic Organizers, Brainstorming, Scheduling & Reminders, Organization, Planning, Audio-recording

Apps for Low Vision and Blindness:

  • Magnification, OCR, electronic Braille, audio, object/color/money ID, access to digital and audio books

Apps to Support Math skills and instruction:

  • Basic math, foundational math, algebra, equations, counting money, telling time, fractions, word problems, support for dysgraphia

OBJECTIVES

  • Identify a minimum of 10 apps that will support students who struggle with literacy (Reading, Writing, & Math) or Access to curriculum or learning materials.
  • Discuss how the apps will support students who have difficulty with literacy (reading, writing & math) or Access, and learn realistic applications for use.
  • Develop skills to utilize and implement the apps in daily practice while working with students who struggle with literacy and access.
  • Discuss specific student concerns to learn specific use and application to meet your student’s needs. Share favorite apps with others attending.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Diana Petschauer, M.Ed., ATP is a RESNA certified Assistive Technology Professional and Founder/ CEO of Assistive Technology for Education, LLC. and Access4Employment LLC. Diana is an accessibility specialist and certified ATP who provides AT assessment, training & consultation for students to access education and for adults to access employment, home and the community. Diana manages the AT consultants and trainers who work for ATE and A4E.  Previously Diana was the AT Specialist at the University of New Hampshire. She presents/trains locally & nationally, including at larger conferences such as ATIA, CSUN, Closing the Gap, & OTAP.


A DVD recording of the webinar can be purchased here:

http://www.pesi.com/ECommerce/ItemDetails.aspx?ResourceCode=RNV047770



Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, September 18, 4:55 PM

Don't miss this incredible resource that Diana has put together for learners that struggle in reading, writing and math. This is a must resource for every school on the planet!

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The Difference Between Inference & Prediction

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Using Webb's Depth of Knowledge to Increase Rigor

Using Webb's Depth of Knowledge to Increase Rigor | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Norman Webb's Depth of Knowledge Levels is a system that categorizes tasks according to the complexity of thinking required to successfully complete them.
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Literacy for All Learners - ASCD

Literacy for All Learners - ASCD | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
By Klea Scharberg Literacy—ongoing development of reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills—is crucial for learning and engaging in school and beyond. The goal of what should be taught can be defined through standards, curriculum, and the changing information demands of society. How we personalize the learning of literacy skills for each of our students is where we show the art of teaching. One way to personalize learning is to build on students' strengths. Renowned psychologist Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences provides a way to approach lessons through activities that motivate and engage students in settings in which they feel comfortable. In a Washington Post Answer Sheet op-ed, Gardner advises educators to "Learn as much as you can about each student, and teach each person in ways that they find comfortable and learn effectively." He continues by encouraging us to “Teach important materials in several ways, not just one ... In this way you can reach students who learn in different ways.” The New School in St. Louis, Mo., has taken this personalization even further by designing its library's architecture, purpose, and activities around the eight intelligences. As you get to know your students this school year, use the activity examples based on the components of multiple intelligences below to find new and varied ways to engage them in learning literacy.
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Using Google Classroom to Differentiate Assignments

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What is nice about a digital environment is the ability to differentiate. Google Classroom allows you to build a set of resources for a single assignment. This makes it possible to offer students c...

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15 Questions To Help Students Respond To New Ideas

15 Questions To Help Students Respond To New Ideas | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

"It just might be that in a society where information is abundant, thinking habits are more important than knowledge. Somewhere beneath wisdom and above the “things” a student knows.

Laws of economics say that scarcity increases value. It’s no longer information that’s scarce, but rather meaningful response to that information. Thought.

And thought has a source–a complex set of processes, background knowledge, and schema that we can, as educators think of as cognitive habits. And if they’re habits, well, that means they’re probably something we can practice at, doesn’t it?"


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 8, 10:09 PM

We want our students to demonstrate that they know how to think, to understand that they have the ability to ask questions and find answers, answers that may not be available through Google (esp. if we are asking them to research). In short, we want them to use metacognitive skills.

But how do we teach them these skils? The image above, from teachthought, provides 15 questions that may help students create the habits that students need to learn. Below are three of the questions. Click through to the post for the entire list, as well as some great discussion.

* Is this idea important to me? To others? Why or why not?

* Is there a “part” of this new idea I can take and “pivot”? Create something new and fresh?

* What real-world models–examples–relate to this that can help me understand this further?

Consider posting these questions in your classroom and using them when appropriate with students.

Bronwyn Burke's curator insight, September 18, 5:50 PM

Thinking and questioning, the more the better. Engaging with new information and building curiosity.

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ACT Prep Info for Parents, Students, & Teachers - Potential Magazine

ACT Prep Info for Parents, Students, & Teachers - Potential Magazine | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
In case you missed it, check out our recent #Parent2Parent segment on WSFA-TV #AlabamaLive. Rebecca Bloodworth from Auburn University at Montgomery...
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For Teachers

For Teachers | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
In this section I've been compiling a list of links to blogposts by myself and by others related to professional development and classroom practice. I've divided them into two broad categorises: So...

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Read Slowly to Benefit Your Brain and Cut Stress

Read Slowly to Benefit Your Brain and Cut Stress | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
At least 30 minutes of uninterrupted reading with a book or e-book helps.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, Today, 8:07 PM

Reading something important invites whiling over it and pondering it. It is marathon.

 

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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Share Materials By Using Files and Folders on Google Sites

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Download the Digital Citizenship Starter Kit from Edmodo & Common Sense Media

Download the Digital Citizenship Starter Kit from Edmodo & Common Sense Media | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

Today, Edmodo is excited to announce a partnership with Common Sense Media, a national non-profit dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of media and technology. As part of our partnership, we have created  a new resource for educators, the “Digital Citizenship Starter Kit,” which includes a series of activities and lessons designed to introduce digital citizenship concepts right in Edmodo. All lessons are based on Common Sense Media’s free K-12 Digital Literacy and Citizenship curriculum.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, September 16, 2:26 PM

Here's a back to school life saver from Edmodo & Common Sense Media.  The Getting Started "We the Digital Citizens Pledge" poster is a great visual reminder for your classroom wall (real or virtual). The Digital Citizenship Modules are available for Elementary - Middle - and High School. 



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For Teenage Brains, the Importance of Continuing to Learn Deeply

For Teenage Brains, the Importance of Continuing to Learn Deeply | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
It used to be that neuroscientists thought smart people were all alike. But now they think that some very smart people retain the ability to learn rapidly, like a child, well into adolescence.
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TeachThought - Marzano's 9 Instructional Strategies In Infographic Form

TeachThought - Marzano's 9 Instructional Strategies In Infographic Form | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

"Marzano is known for, above all else, identifying “what works,” and doing so by reviewing and distilling research, then packaging it for schools and districts to use. Among his most frequently quoted “products” is the “Marzano 9″–9 instructional strategies that have been proven by research to “work” by yielding gains in student achievement.


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10 Tips for Delivering Awesome Professional Development

10 Tips for Delivering Awesome Professional Development | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Having clear objectives and starting on time are some of the tips one expert offers for creating effective professional development for teachers.
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Good advice from instructional coach Elena Aguilar.
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Teaching Theme in Literature

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Lesson ideas, anchor charts and other resources for teaching students to identify the theme in a piece of literature. Sponsored by The Great Books Foundation.
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Pushing Beyond Co-Teaching Comfort Zones | MiddleWeb

Pushing Beyond Co-Teaching Comfort Zones | MiddleWeb | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Instructional coach Elizabeth Stein reflects on the characteristics of any effective co-teaching partnership, even if they require us to leave our comfort zone.
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Students Owning the Common Core Math Practices

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When teachers bring the Common Core into a classroom discussion every day, students begin to understand and own them. Learn why it is important to use the Common Core language with students.


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Anchor Chart Intervention! Secrets to Making Effective AND Well-Designed Anchor Charts | Minds in Bloom

Anchor Chart Intervention! Secrets to Making Effective AND Well-Designed Anchor Charts | Minds in Bloom | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

Minds in Bloom is very happy to present Michael Friermood and his guest post on anchor charts We know you'll find this very informative!

You don't have to be an artist to make a great anchor chart. I mean, you can be an artist; it's just not a requirement. It would be helpful if you are a teacher though. Are you in?

 I see teachers sometimes cringe when the topic of making an anchor chart pops up. They aren't necessarily cringing at the thought of all anchor charts. Just their anchor charts. I hear things like, "My anchor charts look terrible," "My students don't even look at them," and "All I do is fumble through the whole lesson when I'm making it, and I start sweating."
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