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School Libraries Boost Student Literacy, Australian Survey Finds

School Libraries Boost Student Literacy, Australian Survey Finds | Online Teacher Underground | Scoop.it
The 2013 Australian School Library Survey, conducted by Softlink on behalf of Australia's school library associations, has again revealed a positive relationship between a school’s literacy results and its library’s resourcing levels, the company...
Maryalice Leister's insight:

How many times do we need to present positive evidence such as this before we stop shooting ourselves in the foot and closing libraries? Thousands of children would never touch a book if not for a library and as someone who found solace and friendship in books, the educational world needs to take note.

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15 Lesson Plans For Making Students Better Online Researchers - Edudemic

15 Lesson Plans For Making Students Better Online Researchers - Edudemic | Online Teacher Underground | Scoop.it
How do you make students better online researchers? By understanding how they can and should use Google, of course!

Via Karen Bonanno, Dennis T OConnor
Maryalice Leister's insight:

Let's help our students not only do it better, but become the best researchers possible.

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Jane Sowter-Maranion's curator insight, October 4, 2013 6:01 PM

Indeed, students do turn to Google first. Teacher Librarians however, need to be directing students to other suitable search engines for their research.

kathymcdonough's curator insight, October 5, 2013 7:28 AM

Essential questions are explored.

Lucy Wyatt's curator insight, October 7, 2013 1:41 PM
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A nice blend of different levels for student engagement.

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Kidblog | Safe and simple blogs for your students.

Kidblog | Safe and simple blogs for your students. | Online Teacher Underground | Scoop.it
Maryalice Leister's insight:

There are some creative and interesting uses for this web tool. The earlier we get children writing, the stronger their skills will be. Check it out and share!

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Sharilee Swaity's comment, September 29, 2013 2:25 PM
I just signed up for this tool, for my class. I love that it is another way to get students writing, and that it is interactive and a medium they can relate to!
Sharilee Swaity's curator insight, September 29, 2013 2:29 PM

Blogging for student can be a neat way to do journals in your classroom.  I just signed up for KidBlog for my class, and am looking forward to trying this out. 

Maryalice Leister's comment, September 29, 2013 2:33 PM
Thanks for letting me know - I see great value in this. If it gets children writing and loving the process, it's a win-win.
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The 6 Best Books on Writing

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When you're low on inspiration, confused, or just procrastinating, writers' guides can be your salvation. Here are six books on writing we turn to again and again (and a few of them are on sale through 9/30!

Via Dennis T OConnor
Maryalice Leister's insight:

Natalie Goldberg has a series of books, all of which are foundational and supportive and easily read. Check out this list - the reading (and writing) is good. Share!

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Online Plagiarism Checker by PlagiarismDetect - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

Online Plagiarism Checker by PlagiarismDetect - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Online Teacher Underground | Scoop.it
PlagiarismDetect is an online plagiarism checker, for texts written in English and Spanish. It's fast, high-quality and operates on the updated search algorithm.
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Students are grateful for these tools to help them recognize appropriate citations in research and teachers appreciate the capability to refer to current internet content. It's a win-win. Check it out.

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100 Free Writing Prompts for Your Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

100 Free Writing Prompts for Your Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Online Teacher Underground | Scoop.it
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Simple but useful - this app can help you out when students say: I don't know what to write about! Please try and share - let me know what you think!

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Preparing Teachers to Teach Writing Using Technology

Technology is changing not only how people write, but also how they learn to write. These profound changes require teachers to reconsider their pedagogical practices in the teaching of writing. This books shares instructional approaches from experienced teacher educators in the areas of writing, teacher education, and technology.


Via Nik Peachey, Iñaki Murua, juandoming, Minter Dial, Dennis T OConnor
Maryalice Leister's insight:

Writing teachers need to change. What has always worked no longer does the job and we underserve students if teachers don't change. This complete study and guide can help.

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Marie-Ann Roberts's curator insight, November 25, 2013 7:48 AM

Could be useful for study skills sessions or embedding functional English?

Susan Wegmann's curator insight, November 25, 2013 9:08 AM

Download this Free book! Excellent resources.

Richard Whiteside's curator insight, November 26, 2013 9:21 AM

Not research per se, but an e-book aimed at training teachers. Includes units on using apps and tools and fpcsing in general on the teaching of writing in the so-called 'digital age'.

 

No mere pamhplet either, this is a proper book!

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Connected Educator Month Book Club–2013

Connected Educator Month Book Club–2013 | Online Teacher Underground | Scoop.it
What: Four books and their authors share insights and push your thinking around the content. When: A new book launches each week in the month of October. Where: In a cool new CEM educational community called edConnectr.
Maryalice Leister's insight:

This is an exciting opportunity to work with colleagues and the book authors to gain a deeper understanding into the topics presented each week, And at the end, if you participation has been consistent, you will receive a certificate and online badge for your portfolio. Check with your PD representative to see what kind of CEUs might be given (don't assume). But this one is worth it....check it out!

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Maryalice Leister's curator insight, September 21, 2013 10:27 AM

This is an exciting opportunity to work with colleagues and the book authors to gain a deeper understanding into the topics presented each week, And at the end, if you participation has been consistent, you will receive a certificate and online badge for your portfolio. Check with your PD representative to see what kind of CEUs might be given (don't assume). But this one is worth it....check it out!