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The Art of the Discussion Prompt

The Art of the Discussion Prompt | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

By Alex Joppie: Discussions are sometimes called the engine of an online course. Discussions provide an opportunity for students to engage with the course content, with each other, and with you—the professor—simultaneously, which means they have a lot of potential for meaningful learning and high retention.

 

There is no guarantee that students will really apply themselves by just creating a discussion. What you get out of a discussion assignment depends on what you put into it. Here are some tips for writing your discussion prompt, selecting your settings, and participating in the discussion.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, May 6, 2014 9:50 PM

Here's a detailed article that provides a solid foundation for writing discussion prompts. Practical advice and some D2L specific references, and an interesting list of related articles make this piece worth your time (if it fits your needs)! 

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Teach Copyright Basics with a Cool Interactive Tool

Teach Copyright Basics with a Cool Interactive Tool | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

The Search Results: Among other useful materials, I stumbled across a pretty neat interactive image on the Cyberbee site that answers some common student questions about copyright, including the one that sent me over the edge!


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Dean Mantz's curator insight, January 17, 2014 12:43 PM

Thanks to Jamie Forshey for sharing this copyright teaching resource via her scoop.it curation page.  I will be sharing this with my elementary and pre-service teachers. 

BookChook's curator insight, February 23, 2014 4:15 PM

Nice simple interactive to help explain copyright to kids. 

Gina Paschalidou's curator insight, February 26, 2014 1:00 PM

Teach your students about copyright laws.

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Tweet from @TeachHeath

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How do you LEVEL ur reading? Here's our teams idea- Love to hear ur ideas too. #satchatwc #ASCD14 #edchat #MRA14 pic.twitter.com/2vP1uokuWR

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7 Pinterest Ideas for High School Writing ~ In Our Write Minds

7 Pinterest Ideas for High School Writing ~ In Our Write Minds | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

by Kim Kautzer

 

Some time ago, I posted 8 writing ideas from Pinterest. Most of those ideas were directed at elementary grades, so today I’d like to point you toward some terrific Pinterest ideas for high school writing.


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Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, November 12, 2013 6:30 PM

Love these ideas--and their links

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Writing Next: Effective Strategies to Improve Writing of Adolescents in Middle and High Schools

Writing Next: Effective Strategies to Improve Writing of Adolescents in Middle and High Schools | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
Along with reading comprehension, writing skill is a predictor of academic success and a basic requirement for participation in civic life and in the global economy.

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Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, September 30, 2013 8:49 AM

Summarizes the literature and advocates for next steps for education related to writing instruction

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Using Evernote to Confer with Writers ~ Two Writing Teachers

Using Evernote to Confer with Writers ~ Two Writing Teachers | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
Today's guest blog post by Cathy Mere will help you jump on the electronic record-keeping bandwagon. Learn how to use Evernote to keep conferring notes on all of your students.

 

"We learn so much sitting beside writers as they work in our workshops each day.  Two years ago I gave up my spiral notebook I used to keep records of writing conference conversations for a digital system.  Saying goodbye to my spiral notebook with tabbed sections for each student was easier than I anticipated.  The time was right.  More and more often I found myself wanting to do more than record handwritten snippets of evidence, thought, and conversation.  More and more I found myself wanting to take pictures of student work or record student voices.  More and more I found myself wanting to link to digital pieces students were creating.  More and more I seemed to have a device in my hand instead of a pen.  After learning about Evernote I decided to see if I could use it as a tool to record notes from across the day.  I found myself enjoying the seamlessness of Evernote. It seemed Evernote was a tool to allow me to capture the learning journeys of the young writers in my classroom.

 

"To begin I created a notebook for each student and then placed them in a class stack.  Each time I confer with a writer during writing workshop I use Evernote.  Before I begin our conversation I glance through the last few notes, watch the work the writer is doing, and wait for an appropriate moment to chat.  For me, it has worked to create a new note inside the student’s notebook each time I have a conference with a writer.  My conferences are often structured like this:"

 

 

 


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Jim Lerman's curator insight, September 1, 2013 1:47 AM

A well documented description of how one teacher has developed her own method to maintain digital notes for all her students in Writers' Workshop by using Evernote.

Patricia Christian's curator insight, September 2, 2013 2:35 PM

Another way to document student writing electronically using Evernote.

Franc Viktor Nekrep's curator insight, September 2, 2013 4:44 PM

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How interactive technology is transforming storytelling

How interactive technology is transforming storytelling | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

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Jeni Mawter's curator insight, July 16, 2013 10:44 PM

With a considerable (and thankful) push from the Gaming industry ...

Sushma Sharma's curator insight, July 17, 2013 4:39 AM

Amazing 

Ryan Burwell's curator insight, July 19, 2013 11:42 AM

Video game control, GPS tracking, and a zombie themed storyline combine to create a new way of participating in narrative.

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The Book Chook: Questions to Promote Visual Literacy

The Book Chook: Questions to Promote Visual Literacy | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

In an increasingly visually complex world, it's crucial for kids to think critically about what they see, and understand it. The other side of that coin is that they need to thoughtfully produce visual content.

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Great questions to promote thinking.

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The Book Chook: Biff! Zap! Pow! Using Comic Editors for Education

The Book Chook: Biff! Zap! Pow! Using Comic Editors for Education | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

 I love opportunities some websites and software give our kids to create and express themselves. For me, Comic Editors are right up there with Image Editors and other digital storytelling sites. If you're a classroom teacher, librarian, parent, or anyone involved with kids, I urge you to explore comic or cartoon creation with your children.
When kids create comics, apart from the obvious skills of writing, sequencing, etc, they're using many different kinds of intelligences.

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F-Shaped Pattern For Reading Web Content

F-Shaped Pattern For Reading Web Content | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
Eyetracking visualizations show that users often read Web pages in an F-shaped pattern: two horizontal stripes followed by a vertical stripe.
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30 Ways to Celebrate- Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More

30 Ways to Celebrate- Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
A resource from the Academy of American Poets with thousands of poems, essays, biographies, weekly features, and poems for love and every occasion

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, March 27, 2013 1:17 PM

Lots of great poetry ideas to share the love of writing creatively with your students during National Poetry Month in April.  We celebrate all our poets this month with a poetry slam and contest on our social network Ning!  To enjoy our poetry slam email pdavies@onlineschool.ca to RSVP for April 9th @11am all students grade 7-12.

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Nonfiction Reading and Writing in the Middle Grades (Pt. 1) | MiddleWeb SmartBrief

Nonfiction Reading and Writing in the Middle Grades (Pt. 1) | MiddleWeb SmartBrief | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"An increased focus on nonfiction is among the changes accompanying the new Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts. Some say that middle-grade students who can read and understand complex nonfiction texts will be better able to meet these standards and will be better prepared to meet the demands of college and careers.

"In Part I of this MiddleWeb SmartBrief special report, we examine the role nonfiction is playing in the transition to the common core as well as some of the reasoning behind the changes. "


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Jim Lerman's curator insight, March 26, 2013 10:55 AM

Briefly described links to a number of excellent resources.

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10 Strategies To Reach The 21st Century Reader | TeachThought

10 Strategies To Reach The 21st Century Reader | TeachThought | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

10 Strategies To Reach The 21st Century Reader by Terry Heick (Below are several paragraphs of context–if you’re just here for the strategies, skim to the bottom.) 

 

Like thinking, reading in the 21st century is different than in centuries past, endlessly linked in an increasingly visible web of physical and digital media forms.

 

So in this context of media abundance, what does the modern, 21st century look like? How can we appeal to their interests?


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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, February 7, 2014 6:41 PM

Reading the entire article was interesting, overall good teaching and learning approaches for your 21st century learning environment.

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172 Places For Free Comic Books And Graphic Novels Online

172 Places For Free Comic Books And Graphic Novels Online | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
This article contains scores of links to free online comics and graphic novels.

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BookChook's curator insight, February 28, 2014 5:27 PM

Lots of free comics and graphic novels online. 

Maria Richards's curator insight, May 23, 2014 7:05 PM

More free teaching resources! 

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Immersive Storytelling and Presentation Tools for Journalists

Immersive Storytelling and Presentation Tools for Journalists | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

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Here is a good collection of nine web tools that allow you to create multimedia-rich, visual story-telling, immersive stories and reports alongside some impressive examples.

 

My comments: Great tools list showcasing a nice array of visual presentation tools that can be effectively for journalistic reporting.

 

Useful. Resourceful. Great examples. 8/10

 

Original article: http://www.journalism.co.uk/news/9-tools-for-journalists-to-produce-immersive-stories/s2/a554425/ ;

 


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Moses B. Tambason's curator insight, November 15, 2013 10:21 PM

Watch this video to help the special needs in Africa this thanks giving holiday http://www.africatube.net/video/932/Neglected-people-of-Africa-need-your-help ;

Gianfranco Marini's curator insight, November 17, 2013 1:21 PM

Da http://www.journalism.co.uk 9 strumenti web based per lo storytelling. Si tratta di strumenti che consentono di realizzare storie visuali con elementi multimediali e interattivi.

 

Utili per la content curation e per realizzare presentazioni.

 

Possono essere utilizzati senza problemi nelal didattica per realizzare raccolte e/o narrazioni di eventi e/o problemi di carattere disciplinare e interdisciplinare.

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Here is a good collection of nine web tools that allow you to create multimedia-rich, visual story-telling, immersive stories and reports alongside some impressive examples.


My comments: Great tools list showcasing a nice array of visual presentation tools that can be effectively for journalistic reporting.


Useful. Resourceful. Great examples. 8/10


Original article: http://www.journalism.co.uk/news/9-tools-for-journalists-to-produce-immersive-stories/s2/a554425/ ;







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SEVEN STEPS TO THE PERFECT STORY [Fun Infographic]

SEVEN STEPS TO THE PERFECT STORY [Fun Infographic] | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

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Elena Savina's curator insight, December 2, 2015 5:33 AM

инфографика, как сделать хорошую историю.

Mary Westcott's curator insight, March 1, 2016 10:14 AM

Maybe a tad too complex for our young students, but still a nice way of understanding the foundations of storytelling!!

Marisa d's curator insight, March 11, 2016 12:22 AM

Maybe a tad too complex for our young students, but still a nice way of understanding the foundations of storytelling!!

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Millions of Free eBooks and Audio Books Online

Millions of Free eBooks and Audio Books Online | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
  Introduction This is the launch page for the pages here at Gizmo's Tech Support Alert that list sites with free ebooks and audiobooks. There are 3 pages that separate sites on the format of the ebooks, Kindle, ePub and Online reading.

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Sharla Shults's curator insight, May 27, 2013 4:45 PM

Who doesn't love freebies! Best of the best...BOOKS!

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q bueno
Ness Crouch's curator insight, May 30, 2014 11:45 PM

This is well worth a look. I need to check through to see what might be useful for school. This may take a while!

 

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The Pixar Theory: Every Character Lives in the Same Universe

The Pixar Theory: Every Character Lives in the Same Universe | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
Jon Negroni spent one year untangling the secret world hidden deep within Pixar films. What he found was a universe to which every Pixar character connects.
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useful insights...film studies, anyone?

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Don't Buy It . Advertising Tricks . Be the Ad Detective | PBS KIDS GO!

Ad Detective

You have been hired by Don't Buy It, Inc. as our Ad Detective. Examine the pictures and find where the ads are hidden. Some are obvious but, some are not. Use your Ad Detective skills to find out where companies place their ads and why.

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Printable Kids Letter Writing Set - picklebums.com

Printable Kids Letter Writing Set - picklebums.com | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

To celebrate my girls’ new, and very grown up, writing desk, I made them some special writing paper and envelopes

The kit contains four printable pdf A4 writing papers with dotted lines (to help with correct letter formation) and a beginning ‘dear’ and ending ‘with love’ in pre-cursive script. As well as four printable pdf envelopes, to cut, fold and stick, ready to send.

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Free downloadable letter writing papers

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Sample Items and Performance Tasks | Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

Sample Items and Performance Tasks | Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

The sample items and performance tasks are intended to help teachers, administrators, and policymakers implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and preparing for next-generation assessments. They provide an early look into the depth of understanding of the CCSS that will be measured by the Smarter Balanced assessment system. While the items and tasks are not intended to be used as sample tests, educators can use them to begin planning the shifts in instruction that will be required to help students meet the demands of the new assessments.

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Helpful for teachers to use as models in creating their own assessments.

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Roald Dahl

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September is Roald Dahl Month! Celebrate the author on his birthday (September 13th) or any day with these scrumdiddlyumptious classroom resources for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG, James and the Giant Peach, and other...
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Free Technology for Teachers: The Poetry Idea Engine Helps Students Create Poems

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Don't Just "Cover" Curriculum

Don't Just "Cover" Curriculum | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

In our province the English Language Arts curriculum is loaded with numerous outcomes at every grade level. While looking throughthese outcomes last week my attention was drawn to the concept of  clarifying and extending thoughts and ideas, which is included throughout the K – 9 Program of Study. In grade 5, for example, students are expected to be able to clarify and extend by:

1. seeking others’ viewpoints to build on personal responses and understanding

2. combining ideas by using talk, notes, and personal writing to explore relationships among their own ideas and those of others, and

3. extending understanding by searching for further ideas and information from others.

 

Not only are teachers expected to “cover” these (and all other) prescribed outcomes, today we are wanting them to do it in such a way that 21st century competencies are being built at the same time.  I blogged about the difficulty with this earlier. What follows is a simple yet innovative example of how these outcomes are being met through competency based learning.

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