“Abridging classic novels for younger readers is nothing new. But in recent years, classic literature has been graphic novel-ized, making it more accessible for readers young and old while preserving the plot, themes, and sometimes even the author’s voice. English class will never be the same, thanks to these classics gone graphic.”
Matt Blum: "If you're a fan of The Hunger Games book, movie, or both, we have some very exciting news for you: The official social game based on the story is coming to the iPad very soon -- and it's really good!"
Meet the latest tech superheroes: school librarians. According to School Library Journal’s 2012 School Technology Survey, media specialists are leading the charge to bring new media, mobile devices, social apps, and web-based technologies into our nation’s classrooms.
So far, the results have been pretty impressive: 87 percent of school librarians report that they’re in charge of their library’s technology, with 60 percent adding that they’ve also introduced it into the classroom. Furthermore, 44 percent now serve on their school’s tech team, and in these budget-troubled times, when many library positions are on the line, that role may mean increased job security. In fact, 55 percent of the elementary, middle, and high school librarians that responded to our survey say that their tech skills have increased their value in administrators’ eyes.
There are many places where one may go and download free audtio books. This posts lists 10 locations, providing a brief explanation for each. The sites vary with some geared to to children and others to adults. Audio books are great for students whom may struggle with reading, as well as for long drives and walks. And all these sites are legal. They host books in the public domain.
Here, in the Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative, we have been encouraging one another (and the teachers with whom we work) to integrate some web 2.0 tools into our teaching. ...
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Some good resources and activities linking to the Australian Curriculum: English. Would like to have seen more focus on graphic novels as sophisticated and complex texts. Would also challenge the claim that the first comic book was Superman in 1938. Other than that, thumbs up to the ABC for this new website.
Google just keeps adding new tools...or you discover something that you never knew they had...such as a "massive library of free lesson plans." Perhas one of the best things about these plans is you have multiple wasy to sort them. You can sort by Google product, or by subject or by age. The post provides additional details as well as samples of a few lesson plans.
Books and educational toys can make a child smarter, but they also influence how the brain grows, according to new research presented here on Sunday at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. The findings point to a "sensitive period" early in life during which the developing brain is strongly influenced by environmental factors.