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140+ Books for the Boys of YA

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"...we’d like to present this wall of over 140 books that we think will speak to the boys of YA. They’re full of adventure, magic, real-world issues, and romance. Some of them are even written by - *gasp* - women. They give us all kinds of male figures: strong, brave, struggling, emotional, confused, and yes - even a few great role models. Most of all, they give us great stories for any reader -- almost all of these books appeal to us as adult women even though we are probably not the target audience from a marketing perspective. That being said, while we do think that there will always be outlier readers who feel comfortable reading anything and everything (and we love them for it), we also realize that it might be a struggle to hand-sell a book with a girl in a dress on the cover or a romance-driven plot to the "average" boy. We'd love to think of this list as a tool for educators, librarians, parents, and teens to find a great read for the boys in their lives, but anyone who enjoys a great story will find something in this wall of books."


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{12 Days: 12 Tools} Infographic: Recap of 12 Tools | Learning Unlimited | Research-based Literacy Strategies

{12 Days: 12 Tools} Infographic: Recap of 12 Tools | Learning Unlimited | Research-based Literacy Strategies | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it
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A Tool for every day! I love this! Thanks!

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What’s Cooler than Cool? Dads Writing for Their Kids

What’s Cooler than Cool? Dads Writing for Their Kids | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it
Interview with the guys behind Daddy Cool, an anthology of dads writing YA stories and essays targeted at their kids

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Male reading role models are important. In this post, fathers discuss reading with their children and writing for them too.
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10 Ways To Use Technology To Teach Writing

10 Ways To Use Technology To Teach Writing | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it
Here, we offer just a few tech-focused ways to help students learn grammar,and, most importantly, why good writing is so important to their futures.
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Best YA Books of 2011

Best YA Books of 2011 | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it
It's safe to safe I'm a bibliophile. I read anywhere from 75-100 YA novels a year, and collect books like they're a 401K plan-like their very existence means I'm safe and secure.
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Moving at the Speed of Creativity - Post an eBook from an iPad to Your Class Blog

Moving at the Speed of Creativity - Post an eBook from an iPad to Your Class Blog | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it

In this 3.5 minute screencast, digital learning consultant Wesley Fryer demonstrates how to use the $4 iPad application “eBook Creator” to export an enhanced eBook...


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An iPad Workflow for the Classroom Using Google Drive & Pages, Keynote or Numbers

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The Google Drive iPad app is not yet all that we might want it to be, but it is definitely moving in the right direction. A recent update included the ability to create and edit spreadsheets, but i...
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shakespeareanimated - YouTube

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BBC's Shakespeare Animated channel... the cartoons are a bit old-fashioned, but it may serve as a way to introduce some of Shakespeare's plays and characters.


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Brainwriting

BrainWriting is a technique similar to Brainstorming and Trigger Sessions. There are many varieties, but the general process is that all ideas are recorded by the individual who thought of them. They are then passed on to the next person who uses them as a trigger for their own ideas. Examples of this include;

 

1 BrainWriting Pool

2 BrainWriting 6-3-5

3 Idea Card Method

4 BrainWriting Game

5 Constrained BrainWriting

6 Varying the level of constraint

 

Click on "Brainwriting" to access links for all six types of brainwriting.


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Tranquillity - a site to write poetry

Tranquillity - a site to write poetry | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it

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Cybrary Man's Educational Web Sites Writing Resources

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The internet catalogue for students, teachers, administrators & parents.
Over 20,000 relevant links personally selected by an educator/author with over 30 years of experience.

 


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Writing Undergoes Renaissance in Curricula - National Writing Project

Writing Undergoes Renaissance in Curricula - National Writing Project | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it

Summary: Various forces, such as the Common Core State Standards, are bringing about a newfound focus on writing instruction for teachers. One of these teachers is Linda Denstaedt, co-director of the Oakland Writing Project in Michigan, who uses strategies such as the "multidraft read" in order to encourage her students to approach reading like a writer.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 5, 2013 11:08 AM

I like the angle of this articler.  The common core standards provide real punch for a radical revision of writing curriculum across the country.  The critical thinking basis of the standards is a natural fit for many modes of writing.  Let's leverage this change to create a new emphasis on writing!

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A 60 Seconds Guide to The Use of Blogging in Education

A 60 Seconds Guide to The Use of Blogging in Education | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it

A few months ago Educational Technology and Mobile Learning posted a detailed guide on how Teachers can Use Blogging in Education. We are glad this post has received a wide interaction from...

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Chris Carter's curator insight, February 26, 4:19 PM

Beautiful infographic; powerful message

Anabel Gonzalez's curator insight, February 27, 6:57 AM

My Beginner ESL students have started blogging everyday and it has been a huge success!  They are enjoying it so much that they are improving their writing skills without realizing it. Blogging is good for all!

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I SOOO need this infographic.

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Teachers' Corner: ProCon.org for Teachers and Librarians - ProCon.org

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Valuable resource for persuasive writing, debate and critical thinking. 

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Tracee Orman's curator insight, December 30, 2012 7:27 AM

Procon.org: Great for arguments and debates. My husband uses this site a lot with his current issues/events students.

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Valuable resource for teaching critical thinking! 

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Weekly Writing Prompt

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For this week's writing prompt, think about the changing of the seasons—are you ready?

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I love have teens write about nature. This is a great prompt.

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Getting teens to write about nature-always good!

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2012 Nerdies Book Awards

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What began as a list of 154 nominated books in 7 categories  has now been voted on to give us these chosen titles for the following categories. Please note that the category titles contain links to...

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Great list of books!
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Read the YA nominations!

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Best YA Summer Books 2012 - Anna Reads

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My list of recommendations for the best young adult novels to read by a beach, a pool, on a road trip or just in your own back yard.

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Best Books 2011: YA Lit for Adults — Library Journal Reviews

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How Augmented Reality Can Change Teaching

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The technology behind Augmented Reality is taking a real-world view and enhancing it with computer-generated imagery.

 

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Read more, a MUST:

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The right way to add innovation to traditional learning.

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Enhancing and deepending the learning experience.

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Teachers Guide on The Use of Wikis in Education

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Teachers Guide on The Use of Wikis in Education

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Today's guide is about Wikis in education. This is the 14th guide we are publishing here and there are more coming on the way. We , in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning, are very much hoping that by the time we finish posting all the series of guides we have been working on, our readers ( most of whom are teachers and educators ) will have already acquainted themselves with some powerful web tools to integrate technology into their education. As I said in earlier guides, we will also publish a free ebook containing all the guides we have written plus several other surprises for teachers, so stay tuned.

 

What is a Wiki ?

 

According to Leuf and Cunningham, a wiki is " a free expandable collection of interlinked webpages, a hypertext system for storing and modifyinh information, a data base, where each page is easily edited by any user." A Wiki can be thought of as a combination of a web site and a Word document. At its simplest, it can be read just like any other web site, with no access privileges necessary, but its real power lies in the fact that groups can collaboratively work on the content of the site using nothing but a standard web browser.

The Wiki is gaining traction in education as an ideal tool for collaborative work but there are more than just collaboration that makes a Wiki a promising web tool for teachers and students. Let us go through some of these features to learn more about the potential of this tool in education.

 

Reasons why Wikis are important in education

 

Here is a list of some of the most important features that make out of Wikis powerful learning tools in the 21st century education :

Most of the Wiki hosting platforms are freeWikis are easy to create and do not require any tech wizardary to run and maintain themThey have very student-friendly interfacesThey can be accessed anywhere with an internet connectionAnyone can edit a wiki Wikis are instantaneous so there is no need to wait for a publisher to create a new edition or update informationGeographical borders are deleted and students from all around the world can collaborate and work on the same documentThe Wiki software keeps track of every edit made and it is a simple process to revert back to a previous version of an articleWikis widen access to the power of web publishing to non-technical usersWikis are flexible and do not have a predetermined structure meaning they can be used for a wide range of applications

 

Tips for teachers before using a Wiki

 

Here are some points teachers need to keep in mind while using Wikis in their classrooms :

Select a Wiki platform that you and your students are fanilair withLook for a video tutorial online on how to use that platform to share with your studentsYou can use Teachers Free tutorial making tools to create your own tutorial about how students can use the wiki you are about to set up and share it with studentsDedicate a whole session to just walking your students around the different features of a Wiki and get them to do some example posting before youTeach them about copyright issues and ethics ( chekc these resources tostart with )Give them the reasons why you are creating this Wiki and make it clear it is for learningTalk to them about the benefits they can get from using a Wiki in their learningCreate a classroom FAQ page that will help new students learn about your wikiCreate a poll or do a kind of voting on the name to pick for your wikiDon't forget to get parents permission and make sure to inform the school authorities about the presence of the wikiPeriodically brief parents about the proceedings of the classroom wiki and if possible get them to contribute too.

How students and teachers can use Wikis in the classroom

 

Here are some suggested ideas on how you can leverage the power of Wikis to your classroom teaching and learning :

 

You can share docs, media, and PDF files on your classroom wikiWikis can be used as a portal for all your lessonsUsing the discussion feature in Wikis, You can connect with your students and give them extra helpTeachers can expand their teaching beyond the classroom wallsYou can use your Wiki to share presentations with your studentsMake it a class project to collaboratively write a reference book that others can use.Post assignments and study guides on your Wiki for the class to work onGet your class to create summary pages on every unit they learnEncourage students to share links and other helpful pieces of information on your classroom wikiAllow students to make drafts on the wiki and ask others to comment on themAssign portfolio pages to each of your students and allow them to display and discuss their workUse your wiki for peer editing , for example students can edit each others work for spelling, grammar, or anything else you want them to learnWikis are a great way to get feedback from your students. Ask them to post comments on wiki pagesUse Wikis to track projects allowing thus students to see which tasks have been completed and which have notCreate a news outlet on your wikiCreate an achievement page where parents can log in to see what their kids have accomplishedFinally teachers can also use wikis for professional development and to connect with other educators from other places to discuss, share and learn from each other.

 

Two Great Wiki hosting platforms to start with:

 

Here are some platforms where you can start your wiki for free. They are among the best available for teachers :

 

1- Wikispaces :

This is a free wiki host providing community wiki spaces, visual page editing, and discussion areas. It is my favourite platform and it is the first one I would recommend you try for your class.

2- PBworks

This is another great wiki hosting platform that lets anyone sign up and create a new wiki but the free version is ad-supported.

Examples of Educational Wikis

1- Classroom Wikis
2- Student Created Wikis
3- Higher-Ed Wikis
4- Group Project Wikis
5- Global Connections Wikis
6- PTO Wikis
7- Teacher Peer Wikis

 

Wiki video tutorials:

1- How to Build an Educational Wiki

2- Using Wikis in The Classroom

Webliography.

A Wiki Walk Through
Wikis in Plain English
Exemplary Classroom Wikispaces
Tips for Teaching Wikis
The Way of The Wiki
Cybrary Man Wiki Resources
Wikis Connecting Education
10 Best Practices for Using Wikis in Education
17 Interesting Ways to Use a Wiki in The Classroom
50 Ways to Use Wikis for a More Collaborative and Interactive Classroom

 


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Imaginary Brainstorming - Mycoted

Imaginary Brainstorming is like Classic Brainstorming, but with a slight twist. The ground rules etc. are the same, the differences are;

 

-When defining the problem make sure that it has a subject - who is acting,a verb - the action, an object - who / what is being acted upon.

- Perform a ((classic brainstorming)) session

 -Define the essential elements of the problem, and identify which of the elements above (1) is the most directly tied to a successful solution.

-Propose imaginary replacements for the other elements. e.g.  T-chart of "Original problem"  and "Suggested replacements"
-Formulate a new problem statement, substituting one of the imaginary elements.

-Brainstorm ideas for the imaginary problem

-Apply ideas from the imaginary brainstorming back to the real problem statement.

-Analyse all of the ideas (real, imaginary and combined) and take forward those of most interest.


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Three Steps to Critical Thinking: Plus, Minus, Interesting

Three Steps to Critical Thinking: Plus, Minus, Interesting | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it

Edward Charles Francis Publius de Bono is a bona fide genius. The author, inventor, Rhodes scholar and Nobel prize-nominated economist graduated from college at age 15.


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Response: Celebrating our Students' Good Writing

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An award-winning English and Social Studies teacher at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, Calif., Larry Ferlazzo is the author of Helping Students Motivate Themselves: Practical Answers To Classroom Challenges, The ESL/ELL Teacher's...

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Ferlazzo is a highly productive blogger with honest classroom experience.  Here is another two part series on How to help students become better readers.  ~ Dennis

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Cybrary Man's Educational Web Sites Writing Resources

Cybrary Man's Educational Web Sites  Writing Resources | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it


The internet catalogue for students, teachers, administrators & parents.
Over 20,000 relevant links personally selected by an educator/author with over 30 years of experience.

 


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Crickler Vocabulary Ordeal - A crossword-like puzzle to spiff up your vocabulary

Crickler Vocabulary Ordeal - A crossword-like puzzle to spiff up your vocabulary | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it

With sunshine thanks to @baibbb


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