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Google helps over 400 SA schools boost learning - ITWeb Africa

Google helps over 400 SA schools boost learning - ITWeb Africa | Google Solutions for YWD in South Africa | Scoop.it
Enterprise technology is being used to help better teach South African children.
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I consider this initiative to be vindication for the need to engage young tech-preneurs to serve as support for teachers. Any honest teacher who is learning to navigate through the wonderful maze of Google drive and its corollaries, will tell you that it requires serious mental spadework.


Tech-preneurs can ensure that teachers aren’t the ones who have to take valuable time to handle the technical snafus - they can get on with teaching.

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12 Great Ways to Use Google Drive: Now powered by ThingLink.

12 Great Ways to Use Google Drive: Now powered by ThingLink. | Google Solutions for YWD in South Africa | Scoop.it
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12 Great Ways to Use Google Drive: Now powered by ThingLink

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Osmo

Osmo | Google Solutions for YWD in South Africa | Scoop.it
Play on iPad with Real People and Real Objects. Osmo promotes social intelligence and creative thinking in kids. Back Osmo and help us shape the future of play. Pre-Order now to save 50%.
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I am always encouraged by the hard work that leads to innovative solutions for learning that aims at bridging the gap between the "digital and real".

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How to Read Piketty

How to Read Piketty | Google Solutions for YWD in South Africa | Scoop.it
Any attempt to make any sense out of the furor around the claims made in Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-first Century, must first navigate through the maze of blog posts, columnists, politi...
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Some people read for entertainment, others for information and still there are some who read for understanding. When reading online, these goals for reading determine not only the kind of material we currently read, but they also influence our decisions to avoid certain kinds of material.

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Why Businesses Should See Early Childhood Development as a Smart Investment

Why Businesses Should See Early Childhood Development as a Smart Investment | Google Solutions for YWD in South Africa | Scoop.it
Emily Gustafsson-Wright recaps the Center for Universal Education's recent webinar on the business case for early childhood development, jointly organized with the Global Business Coalition for Education and Ready Nation/America's Edge.
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Grade Extinction: a case for disassociating learning achievement with numbers/letters | Starr Sackstein, MJE, NBCT

Grade Extinction: a case for disassociating learning achievement with numbers/letters | Starr Sackstein, MJE, NBCT | Google Solutions for YWD in South Africa | Scoop.it
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Reading 2.0

Reading 2.0 | Google Solutions for YWD in South Africa | Scoop.it
Many educators are worried about how technology is affecting the amount of reading that students are doing. They notice that:


Students are struggling to read and comprehend longer texts.
Students a
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Deeper Literacy: New Insights and Strategies for Teachers

Deeper Literacy: New Insights and Strategies for Teachers | Google Solutions for YWD in South Africa | Scoop.it
In this special PD webinar series, three master educators will offer insights into how teachers can deepen literacy instruction and give students the tools and opportunities they need to build close-reading and analytical-writing skills.
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Great opportunity.

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Silent Tea Party: Pre-Reading for Challenging Texts

Silent Tea Party: Pre-Reading for Challenging Texts | Google Solutions for YWD in South Africa | Scoop.it
Here is a pre-reading strategy to use to prepare students for reading challenging books. Silent Tea Party gets students to interact and start understanding the big idea of the book. Listen to Ms. Fulco as she explains how to use this pre-reading strategy in the classroom.
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Simply SWEET TEAching: Phonics vs. Whole Language: What Brain ...

Simply SWEET TEAching: Phonics vs. Whole Language: What Brain ... | Google Solutions for YWD in South Africa | Scoop.it
Phonics," Donna Gardner states, "the whole language teaching method emphasizes "pre-reading strategies" because students who have not been taught phonemic awareness/ decoding skills (phonics) cannot sound out ...

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Christine Els's curator insight, March 14, 2013 9:42 PM

Supportive of phonic instruction. Additional sites with research based info.

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Sing Those Strategies!: Engaging Students in Reading Comprehension Strategies

Engaging students through song is a motivating approach for students to learn about comprehension strategies. See full lesson plans and additional videos at ...
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Will Seattle open the door to preschool-for-all plan? - The Seattle Times

Will Seattle open the door to preschool-for-all plan? - The Seattle Times | Google Solutions for YWD in South Africa | Scoop.it
Will Seattle open the door to preschool-for-all plan?
The Seattle Times
... the Boston school district.
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Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: 3 Great Ways to Use a Google Form

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: 3 Great Ways to Use a Google Form | Google Solutions for YWD in South Africa | Scoop.it

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For our new interns training in Bloemfontein, @TTsikang

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Travel the (Google Maps) World with Literary Characters!

Travel the (Google Maps) World with Literary Characters! | Google Solutions for YWD in South Africa | Scoop.it
If you're looking for a way to incorporate STEM concepts and Common Core concepts into your k-12 fiction lesson, look no further. Our Research and Instruction Librarian, Kim Miller, found an excell...

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, September 18, 2014 1:52 PM

29 July 2014

 

Short and sweet but always an honor to be recognized favorably by University Librarians and Colleges of Education.

 

 ~ www.GoogleLitTrips.org ~

brought to you by GLT Global ED aka Google Lit Trips, an educational nonprofit

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Special Report | Nadine Gordimer (1923 - 2014) - Mail & Guardian

Special Report | Nadine Gordimer (1923 - 2014) - Mail & Guardian | Google Solutions for YWD in South Africa | Scoop.it
Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer died peacefully in her home on July 13 2014. The Mail & Guardian pays tribute to a South African literary giant.
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For all that Nadine Gordimer brought to South Africa and the world, one stands out - to understand, you must read. May we never tire in our work to give children and youth all the skills they need to read.

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SchoolNet SA - IT's a Great Idea: Free online course for the African Storybook project

SchoolNet SA - IT's a Great Idea: Free online course for the African Storybook project | Google Solutions for YWD in South Africa | Scoop.it
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Great opportunity for teachers.

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Sweden Minister of Education Want so Invest Millions into Improving Reading.

Sweden Minister of Education Want so Invest Millions into Improving Reading. | Google Solutions for YWD in South Africa | Scoop.it

http://www.aftonbladet.se/nyheter/article18681524.ab

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It is election year in Sweden, so every politician's promise should be carefully weighed. It is clear, though, that even societies who have a leading edge in Technology-assisted learning alternatives, are concerned about the deficient set of reading skills.

http://www.aftonbladet.se/nyheter/article18681524.ab

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Low-Health-Literacy Adults Need More Than Technological Tools

Low-Health-Literacy Adults Need More Than Technological Tools | Google Solutions for YWD in South Africa | Scoop.it
The explosion of communication technologies raises interesting questions: Can technology be used to improve health literacy? Can it help improve the health of these adults and their families? For low-health-literacy adults, ...
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I appreciate the probes that too few of us are asking - too often influenced by what is very normal to us.

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Maths Week timetable – 10-14 March - Maths Week and National Curriculum reform - TES Mathematics - TES Community

Maths Week timetable – 10-14 March - Maths Week and National Curriculum reform - TES Mathematics - TES Community | Google Solutions for YWD in South Africa | Scoop.it
TES Community connects teachers around the world to share classroom support, healthy debate and extra-curricular fun
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This Insane New App Will Allow You To Read Novels In Under 90 Minutes | Elite Daily

This Insane New App Will Allow You To Read Novels In Under 90 Minutes | Elite Daily | Google Solutions for YWD in South Africa | Scoop.it

The reading game is about to change forever. Boston-based software developer Spritz has been in "stealth mode" for three years, tinkering with their program and leasing it out to different ebooks, apps, and other platforms.


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Another insanely wasted exercise, illustrating an obsession with speed in a world that, as Set Godin puts is, "actually rewards you for being insightful and for doing work with meaning".

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The Learning Edge: Reading Strategies- The SQ3R.mov

Dr. John Body from the Office of Learning Skills at Mount Holyoke College gives an overview of a reading strategy that is an oldie but goodie- The SQ3R.
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Reflections on Teaching » Blog Archive » Pre-reading strategies get banished to the detention room of bad practices…

Reflections on Teaching » Blog Archive » Pre-reading strategies get banished to the detention room of bad practices… | Google Solutions for YWD in South Africa | Scoop.it

To sum up, it’s all about figuring out when a given strategy is needed, and when to leave well-enough alone. I’m not going to pretend I have that all figured out, but a new list of standards is not the answer to that particular problem, listening to students and adjusting my practice is.


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Pre Reading Strategies | How To Teach Your Kid To Read | Easy Ways To Teach Kids To Read

VISIT: http://EasyToTeachReading.com Pre Reading Strategies | How To Teach Your Kid To Read | Easy Ways To Teach Kids To Read - Reading is one of the most im...
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Adventures in Pre-Reading: SINGING (part 2 of 5)

Explore the five practices of reading readiness: TALKING, SINGING, READING, WRITING, and PLAYING. These Ready Readers practices will help nurture children's ...
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