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Learning and Teaching Literacy
Collected articles about new findings affecting Early Learning and Literacy Connections.
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Technology and Young Children | National Association for the Education of Young Children | NAEYC

Technology and Young Children | National Association for the Education of Young Children | NAEYC | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
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At the Preschool and Kindergarten learning level, technology is best used as an additional outlet for creativity and expanding or applying new knowledge - Guidelines are here:

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26 Learning Apps For Reading And Writing From edshelf

26 Learning Apps For Reading And Writing From edshelf | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
by edshelf: Reviews & recommendations of tools for education Knowing how to read and write are fundamental skills. Technology coach Elizabeth Espinoza shares her list of recommended apps for reading and writing.
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Here is a good grouping of tools for technology.  It is good to have professional recommendations from real-time use in varying applications. Thank you Elizabeth, for sharing.

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Retired officers emphasize early learning in YMCA visit - The Courier-Journal

Retired officers emphasize early learning in YMCA visit - The Courier-Journal | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Retired officers emphasize early learning in YMCA visit The Courier-Journal The three generals said congress and the Obama administration should work together to fund a program for states to offer quality early learning programs, starting with...
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Another perspective for early childhood learning support.  Ideas from other areas of the community help to expand our base for advocady!

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No Learning Without Feeling

No Learning Without Feeling | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Agreement on how American schoolchildren should read and write is much easier to arrive at than agreement on what they should read and write.
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This is our wish for every child - that the learning include the beauty of literature, there are so many nuances that do not appear in prescriptive readers.  Why not include both????

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Guest commentary: It's past time to extend 'exquisite beauty' of early ... - Bridge Michigan

Guest commentary: It's past time to extend 'exquisite beauty' of early ... - Bridge Michigan | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Guest commentary: It's past time to extend 'exquisite beauty' of early ...
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Across our nation there is a growing debate. How much should we spend to support early childhood programs? How should we spend it?
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"Our nation’s ability to provide the experience of early learning success to all our children will largely determine the quality of our social and economic future. Let’s get it right."  Reasons to advocate....

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State can't scrimp on early learning - Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

State can't scrimp on early learning - Walla Walla Union-Bulletin | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
State can't scrimp on early learning
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
The Washington state Legislature engages in a delusional false economy when it scrimps on money for early-learning programs.
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Logic on the page that supports early learning programs.  Some details to help with advocy discussions....

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Where Essential Questions Come From

Where Essential Questions Come From | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Where do essential questions come from? Grant Wiggins explains.
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It's not so much that they can't, but a reminder of how to think.....in a different way, with permission to expand on their own.....

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The KYVL for Kids Research Portal - How to do research Home Base

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A step-by-step visual that makes underestanding and application easy for elementary and middle grades.  Thank you for sharing!

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Books Change How a Child's Brain Grows - Wired (blog)

Books Change How a Child's Brain Grows - Wired (blog) | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Wired (blog)Books Change How a Child's Brain GrowsWired (blog)NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA—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...

Via Christine Bushong
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More info about brain based learning and adding it to your box of tricks.

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Education

Education | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
brain break activities using dice
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Quick and sweet - catch a break and refocus for a clearer picturer, a second look, a better understanding.

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How 21st Century Thinking Is Just Different

How 21st Century Thinking Is Just Different | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
How 21st Century Thinking Is Just Different
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Looking at how we are processing information - how are our students learnning to sift through information?  A new perspective...

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Neuroscience For Kids

Intended for elementary and secondary school students and teachers who are interested in learning about the nervous system and brain with hands on activities, experiments and information.
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Linking to more brain-based info on a student level.

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Infographic: How Search Engines Work - KIDS DISCOVER

Infographic: How Search Engines Work - KIDS DISCOVER | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Learn about how a web search works with this fun infographic from KIDS DISCOVER, perfect for the classroom or home.
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Pictures help with the explanation....strategies built from understanding the process could build from there....

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Technology and Young Children | National Association for the Education of Young Children | NAEYC

Technology and Young Children | National Association for the Education of Young Children | NAEYC | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
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Do young children already have access to technology? Yes - so many earlylearning toys have interactive features that work with the push of a button.  But these should NOT be the only types of toys they have.  Guidelines are here:

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10 Ways to Prevent the "Summer Slide" - MetroFamily Magazine - April 2012 - Oklahoma City, OK

10 Ways to Prevent the "Summer Slide" - MetroFamily Magazine - April 2012 - Oklahoma City, OK | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Often referred to as “summer slide,” there is a real danger in the loss of educational ground your children might experience during the summer months. Here are 10 helpful—and fun—ways to help prevent the summer slide.
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General ideas - easy to pass on in print - share with your learning community!

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How to Hold Onto a Kid’s Natural Genius

How to Hold Onto a Kid’s Natural Genius | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
In many schools, students are asked to shut down what makes them special in order to conform. But standing out is critical in this world. Here are some ways to help kids understand and embody...
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Here are some great suggestions to help kids understand their best attributes and identify traits that will help them grow in many positive ways.

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Preschools Aim to Better Equip Low-Income Parents

Preschools Aim to Better Equip Low-Income Parents | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Parent-engagement efforts, part of many preschool programs, can build confidence and involvement.
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Helping parents to partner in a better education for their children, and when possible, for themselves.  Here is a program that helps make connections with parents who are working for a brighter future for their families.

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8 Tips For Helping Students Tell Stories In A Social Media World

8 Tips For Helping Students Tell Stories In A Social Media World | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Human beings are storytellers by nature. Children especially love to hear stories, but aren’t always so keen on telling their own. Partly because they’re kids. Telling stories is more about the imagination and the curiosity...
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A good outline for plannng a project. Several sites are listed for sampling and ideas to begin a plan. 

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27 Actions That Promote Self-Directed Learning

27 Actions That Promote Self-Directed Learning | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
27 Actions That Promote Self-Directed Learning
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A great listing of ways to scaffold an assignment for research!  These ideas encourage students to drive their research through a focused perspective. That is one of the most difficult parts of setting a project into motion.

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To Get Students Invested, Involve Them in Decisions Big and Small | MindShift

To Get Students Invested, Involve Them in Decisions Big and Small | MindShift | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
It can be amazing and illuminating, once this door is opened, to see and hear the myriad ways that students understand learning and engagement.
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Fiinding and taking advantage of a teachable moment extends to the use of apps.  Having a student share something through a new venue renews the energy of learning and sharing of new knowledge.

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Rutgers Beginner's Guide to Research

Rutgers Beginner's Guide to Research | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it

Via Beth Dichter
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a visual aid - helpful for upper grades, or as a tutorial.  Any way we can help with examining a topic and planning the search is appreciated.

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Lourense Das's curator insight, May 29, 2013 9:39 AM

Great interactive tool to teach your students (and yourself) about 'how to do research'

Peg Becksvoort's curator insight, May 30, 2013 5:29 PM

Look at this from the POV of when and how you will teach research skills. Students need consistent requirements for excellence and accountability.

johanna krijnsen's curator insight, June 6, 2013 3:49 AM

a great tool to teach your students how to research

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Powtoon Video Genre Intros

Powtoon Video Genre Intros | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it

I used Powtoon for 8th grade orientation, and students were 100% attentive!


Via Mary Reilley Clark, Christine Bushong
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Anything that adds novelty!  What a great idea!

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Stacey Py Flynn's comment, June 15, 2013 8:24 AM
It looks cool! Can you record your own voice as a track?
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9 Characteristics Of 21st Century Learning

9 Characteristics Of 21st Century Learning | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
9 Characteristics Of 21st Century Learning
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Visualizing the learning process incorporating media....the comments expand on this topic very nicely, too.  Good piece for discussion!

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36 Digital Storytelling Sites and Apps From edshelf

36 Digital Storytelling Sites and Apps From edshelf | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
by edshelf: Reviews & recommendations of tools for education Once upon a time, there was a teacher looking for ways to help her students tell a story. She wanted to give them a variety of tools from...
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A mini-bookshelf of apps- Thank you for sharing!  Think of the fun of exploring and comparing oach of these.....

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The Simple Things I Do To Promote Brain-Based Learning In My Classroom

The Simple Things I Do To Promote Brain-Based Learning In My Classroom | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
You don't have to be a neuroscientist to promote brain-based learning in your classroom. In fact, it's really quite simple.
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Practical advice and connections to enhance learning strategies.  Helping children understand how they learn gives them an advantage in developing their own best habits.

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