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Curated content specifically for developing digital literacy, apps for English and strategies for teaching 1:1 iPad in an English or Society & Environment classroom. This page is an offshoot of the original Prendi eLearning page - http://www.scoop.it/t/prendi-elearning Follow me on Twitter at @prendielearning
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Literacy Apps for Students on iPad

Literacy Apps for Students on iPad | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities Technology | Scoop.it

"25 graphic organizers for students to use to organize their thinking while reading preparing to write. Covers all common comprehension skills: cause /effect, main idea/detail, sequence events, pro/con, story elements, characterization, word meaning, plot, KWL and much more."


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Some excellent apps here to help students think about their writing!

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How to Infuse Digital Literacy Throughout the Curriculum

How to Infuse Digital Literacy Throughout the Curriculum | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities Technology | Scoop.it

"So how are we doing on the push to teach “digital literacy” across the K12 school spectrum? From my perspective as a school-based technology coach and history teacher, I’d say not as well as we might wish – in part because our traditional approach to curriculum and instruction wants to sort everything into its place."

 


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A very interesting article that examines whether digital literacy is a surface approach, or something understood clearly by students. I think we could do it a little better, and this involves some extra awareness of these teaching moments when they arrive! For instance, I use the first presentation-style assignment for my Year 7s to teach about plagiarism and referencing online sources. 

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 27, 9:14 PM

How often have you heard the term digital native or digital immigrant? Are our students digital natives because they were born after digital items were widely available? Does this factor mean that they understand how to use these tools effectively and that they are digitally literate? For me the answer to that is that they do not fully understand how to use digital tools effectively and they are not digitally literate. This is something we need to teach them.

This post does an excellent job looking at this issue. Specifically it looks at these areas:

* Students must learn how to evaluate online content - Think of this as a research skill.

* Students must be able to engage with others online and communicate - Think of this as a communication tool.

* Students need to learn how to create and projects can be digital.

These three areas come together and create the skill sets needed to digitally literate. More information is available about this in the post.

And if you happen to live in the New England area you might consider checking out the Massachusetts New Literacies Institute that will be taking place in at the Kittredge Center in Holyoke, MA from July 8 - 10. Information for this may be found at http://mnli.org/. This institute looks at three cornerstones: Online Content Reading, Online Collaborative Inquiry and Online Content Construction "preparing future-ready teachers."

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The Science of Storytelling

The Science of Storytelling | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities Technology | Scoop.it

Many studies show us that our brains prefer storytelling to facts.When we read facts, only the language parts of our brains work to understand the meaning. When we read a story, the language parts of our brains and any other part of the brain that we would use if we were actually experiencing what we’re reading, light up.This means that it’s easier for us to remember stories than facts. Our brains can't make major distinctions between a story we’re reading about and something we are actually doing....


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Maria Persson's curator insight, September 30, 6:49 PM

Something about telling our stories can often keep us in loops of despair and darkness but in sharing them these clouds can often lift and lead to empowerment and engagement with the world around us again!

 

This is a great infographic suggesting how physiological aspects are affected by storytelling...believe it or not - do the research and make your own mind up!

 

Commercial aspects aside and the idea of branding, how could this concept work in  educational environments? Need to give this more thought...ideas anyone - very welcome!

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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, October 3, 2:02 AM

One more proof to show how important storytelling may be!

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Wordflex Touch Dictionary

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s anGet Wordflex Touch Dictionary on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.

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This is an incredible app for anyone who loves words. Explore up to 2 million language nodes in this dictionary/thesaurus combo. Developed in association with Oxford University Press, this app takes the idea of mind mapping to the next level. This is an interactive reference book that allows easy navigation through a tree-like structure for a fun, tactile exploration of language.

Features to check out:

Audio pronunciations of words.Tree-based view for easy navigation between entries.Flexible search.Print out or share ‘word posters’ via email, Twitter, Facebook.

 

It IS pricey, so I will post some alternatives, but it has a fantastic interface and is well worth it.

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Digital storytelling enhances K-12 classrooms | eSchool News

Digital storytelling enhances K-12 classrooms | eSchool News | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities Technology | Scoop.it
Digital storytelling uses various types of media to illustrate academic concepts in an engaging way for today's students.
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An example of using digital storytelling to teach the story of the Holocaust has some interesting effects. 

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity - Wesley Fryer's Blog

Moving at the Speed of Creativity - Wesley Fryer's Blog | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities Technology | Scoop.it

Moving at the Speed of Creativity is Wesley Fryer‘s blog: "I use this site to digitally document my own journey of learning and collaborate with other educators and lifelong learners around the globe. I focus primarily on issues related to engaged learning, web 2.0 technologies, digital storytelling, educational leadership, literacy, blended learning, creativity, appropriate uses of educational technologies, digital citizenship, and educational transformation."


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There are a great number of resources here with ideas for teaching creativity and literacy. He also gives some tips for managing technology in the classroom and digital storytelling projects. Wide range of articles. 

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Inspire Thoughtful Creative Writing Through Art

Inspire Thoughtful Creative Writing Through Art | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities Technology | Scoop.it
Through transmediation (or observation, analysis, and creation), students can use the experience of studying a piece of visual art as a creative writing prompt.

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Margarita Parra's curator insight, August 25, 2:22 PM

Una excelente idea para desarrollar pensamiento creativo y habilidades de comunicación

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What are children reading?

What are children reading? | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities Technology | Scoop.it
DERN is developed and managed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).
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A new study seems to indicate that while children are comparatively reading less print-based material, they are reading more - and enjoying it more. 

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Free Technology for Teachers: Quill - Writing Worksheets Made Interactive

Free Technology for Teachers: Quill - Writing Worksheets Made Interactive | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities Technology | Scoop.it

by Richard Byrne

 

"Quill is a service that provides an updated take on the old writing worksheets that most of us used in elementary school and middle school. The service offers more than just the writing practice activities, but that is its core feature. Here's how it works; students sign-in (email is not required) to find the worksheets that you have assigned to them. The worksheets contain spelling and grammar errors that your students have to identify and correct. Students submit their corrections and Quill shows them how they did by showing what they did correct and what they should have corrected. An explanation accompanies each Quill correction."


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How to Use Scratch for Digital Storytelling

How to Use Scratch for Digital Storytelling | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities Technology | Scoop.it
Digital storytelling involves combining digital media (images, voice narration, music, text, or motion) to tell a story. Over the past few years, digital storytelling has become an increasingly popular and effective way for students to meet a range of learning goals in the classroom. Scratch...
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I first started using Scratch when I was at university doing IT teaching pracs. It is a fantastic free tool for programming. Students need access to desktops or laptops - but it is worth it. This article explains how to use these logical, programming skills for creative means such as digital storytelling. 

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Free Digital Storytelling Apps for iPads

Free Digital Storytelling Apps for iPads | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities Technology | Scoop.it
Take advantage of your iPad's creative side with these free digital storytelling apps. They are a great way to create a multimedia narrative that you or your students can be proud of!

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Chris Carter's curator insight, May 11, 9:53 PM

Thank you, Jonathan Wylie!

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The Cold War: Crash Course US History #37 - YouTube

urseCrash Course World History is now available on DVD! Visit http://dft.ba/-CCWHDVD to buy a set for your home or classroom. You can directly support Crash Cour...

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Crash Course videos are an excellent Youtube series: there are multiple topics for understanding all sorts of things. This one is on the Cold War. 

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More Than Just a Writing Prompt

More Than Just a Writing Prompt | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities Technology | Scoop.it
Meeting your students where they already were — in the land of MP3s and YouTube — can forever change your classroom.
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A really well-written article on how to ensure student writing is deep, meaningful and connected. 

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What Teachers Want To Hear Students Say

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What Teachers Want To Hear Students Say

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Create timelines, share them on the web | Timetoast timelines

Create timelines, share them on the web | Timetoast timelines | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities Technology | Scoop.it
Timetoast is a place to create timelines that you can add to your blog or website. You can create historical timelines of important events, or build a timeline of your vacation. It's all up to you.
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A great online tool for making timelines: and it works on iPads too! No need to download or install. Timetoast has some great examples ready to use in the class, or students can really benefit from making their own. 

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10 Alternative Apps to Wordflex Touch Dictionary | feature comparison guide

10 Alternative Apps to Wordflex Touch Dictionary | feature comparison guide | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities Technology | Scoop.it
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Here are some other dictionary options for Wordflex as listed by the comparison chart on AppCrawlr. 

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Fragile States Index

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"Weak and failing states pose a challenge to the international community. In today’s world, with its highly globalized economy, information systems and interlaced security, pressures on one fragile state can have serious repercussions not only for that state and its people, but also for its neighbors and other states halfway across the globe.  The Fragile States Index (FSI), produced by The Fund for Peace, is a critical tool in highlighting not only the normal pressures that all states experience, but also in identifying when those pressures are pushing a state towards the brink of failure."


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How can political stability and security be measured? The Fragile States Index is a statistical ranking designed to measure the effective political institutions across the globe.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 27, 3:31 PM

How can political stability and security be measured?  What constitutes effective governance?  The Fragile States Index (formerly known as the Failed States Index) is a statistical ranking designed to measure the effective political institutions across the globe.  There are  12 social, economic, and political/military categories that are a part of the overall rankings and various indicators are parts of the metrics that are a part of this index are:

SOCIAL

•Demographic Pressures 

•Refugees/IDPs

•Group Grievance

•Human Flight and Brain Drain

ECONOMIC

•Uneven Economic Development

•Poverty and Economic Decline

POLITICAL/MILITARY

•State Legitimacy

•Human Rights and Rule of Law

•Public Services

•Security Apparatus

•Factionalized Elites

•External Intervention


Tags: political, statisticsdevelopment, territoriality, sovereignty, conflict, political, devolution, war.

MsPerry's curator insight, September 1, 9:49 AM

APHG-Unit 4

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Literacy Everywhere

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Posts about Flipped Classroom written by Literacy Everywhere
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Literacy Everywhere is a resource site with a huge amount of content, particularly on the flipped classroom. It is a bit American-y but contains some good articles - you can search by tag or date. 

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Animaker - Make Animated Videos

Animaker - Make Animated Videos | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities Technology | Scoop.it
Animaker.com is a cloud-based do-it-yourself (#DIY) video making app that is bringing studio quality professional animation tools within reach of everyone.

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Here is a new tool for making animations direct from the browser - no apps, no downloads, no cost. I have had a play and it looks pretty good!

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Richard Whiteside's curator insight, August 12, 12:06 PM

Looks quite impressive. In beta currently, but worth keeping an eye on.

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, August 13, 9:01 AM

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Aris P. Louvris's curator insight, August 13, 2:53 PM

Σε beta έκδοση, δωρεάν με εγγραφή...

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Use Pulp-O-Mizer to create amazing vintage pulp magazine covers.

Use Pulp-O-Mizer to create amazing vintage pulp magazine covers. | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities Technology | Scoop.it
You, too, can create a customized pulp magazine cover with the astonishing PULP-O-MIZER, right here in Cornelius Zappencacklers Derange-O-Lab!
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Use Pulp-O-Mizer to create amazing vintage pulp magazine covers. Add your text, select an image and you are away. Great for making posters to display in learning centres or generate some interest in a new topic. Students could also make their own magazine cover for a book study. 

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Students Map Real-World Issues with (Free) Geospatial Tools

Students Map Real-World Issues with (Free) Geospatial Tools | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities Technology | Scoop.it
Schools are gaining access to the high-powered geographical information system software that enables detailed mapping and analysis of data. Learn how they are using it to teach students.

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Norton Gusky's curator insight, July 29, 2:51 PM

Examples from projects that allow students to solve real-world problems in their communities - creating a 911 responder map, for example.

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Apps and Sites for Storytelling

Apps and Sites for Storytelling | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities Technology | Scoop.it
Storytelling is a very useful skill. It helps kids reel in listeners and requires them to remember material by heart. Use these fun apps and sites to help kids find their unique voice as storytellers, orators, individuals.

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Susan Berkowitz's curator insight, May 21, 12:25 PM

Story building apps are great for development of narrative skills, which in turn are the beginnings of both conversation skills and story creating or re-telling skills.

Susan Berkowitz's curator insight, May 25, 12:39 PM

Kids develop language skills through storytelling; whether it is developing a personal narrative, creating their own story, or re-telling a story that they have read or heard. These build the basics for conversational interactions and academic success.

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Report Shows Teens Aren't Reading for Fun

Report Shows Teens Aren't Reading for Fun | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities Technology | Scoop.it

infromationA Community for Common Sense Educators.

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Here is an interesting article about reading rates - it seems that young people have stopped reading for pleasure, and instead are seeking out information. The study doesn't cover short forms of reading or digital media. It made me think that adults also seem to spend less time reading, so it does beg the question as to whether this form of pleasure really is disappearing?

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Author Commentary That's Simply App Smashing

Author Commentary That's Simply App Smashing | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities Technology | Scoop.it

sFor every major reading comprehension skill that my students learn, I try to have them initially uncover the skill through an engaging inquiry-based lesson. When studying author purpose and perspecti

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A great activity on literacy using several apps 'app smashing' to produce a result. In this task, a group of Year 4s created a screencast deconstruction on five pages from their Literature Circles book. 

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Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask

Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities Technology | Scoop.it

This Why evaluate Web pages (many examples of good and bad pages, Checklist for evaluating, Techniques for finding out who is responsible, who owns the domain name

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This is an excellent guide for figuring out if a web page contains quality information. It gives tutorials on how to truncate web addresses, find out how much traffic has visited the site and allows you to ask critical questions about the content. I am going to use this to create a student proforma for evaluating their sources. 

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