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Kobo Is Using An Augmented Reality Game to Promote eReading - AppNewser

Kobo Is Using An Augmented Reality Game to Promote eReading - AppNewser | Technology in the English Language Arts Classroom | Scoop.it
Kobo Is Using An Augmented Reality Game to Promote eReading

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I wish we could make this a reality for adolescent readers in school! So many students are involved in video games, and they are often our reluctant readers.

 

It would be so amazing if games could be developed for school books. It would be so motivating for kids, and they could see their progress through the book by seeing their progress in the game. It would be instant gratification that books often lack for struggling readers--a video game would provide that instant feedback. 

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Twitter 101: 5-Step Guide for Social Media in Education | Edudemic

Twitter 101: 5-Step Guide for Social Media in Education | Edudemic | Technology in the English Language Arts Classroom | Scoop.it
We’ll guide you through the Twitter social media landscape and show you how to find the best educational resources for both yourself and your students.

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Maryann Rosenhave's curator insight, March 13, 11:03 AM

En enkel guide til bruk av Twitter med elever.

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Android App Updates - Feb. 20th, 2014: Google Docs, Dropbox, Instagram and ... - Android Headlines - Android News

Android App Updates - Feb. 20th, 2014: Google Docs, Dropbox, Instagram and ... - Android Headlines - Android News | Technology in the English Language Arts Classroom | Scoop.it
Google Docs' Sheets and Slides apps Get Updated This week, Google updated their Sheets and Slides apps for Android. Mostly fixing minor bugs, but also brin
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Excellent iPad App to Introduce your Kids to Coding ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Excellent iPad App to Introduce your Kids to Coding ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Technology in the English Language Arts Classroom | Scoop.it

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Coding has become such a huge push recently, and my school participated in The Hour of Code in December. It seems that with the increase of technology there will be more and more students who become interested in developing their own apps and games. There are already kids who develop their own apps and pay the fee to add them to the Apple Store!

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20 Free Tools for Making Comics and Cartoons for Teaching and Learning

20 Free Tools for Making Comics and Cartoons for Teaching and Learning | Technology in the English Language Arts Classroom | Scoop.it
Comic Strips and Cartooning can be a Fun Way for Students to Explore Learning Topics There are so many good free tools for creating comics and cartoons on the

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Ca m'a plu de faire un bd au cours avec les élèves.

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Very inspiring

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The best iPad comic book apps and graphic novel apps

The best iPad comic book apps and graphic novel apps | Technology in the English Language Arts Classroom | Scoop.it
A complete list of the best graphic novel and comic book iPhone apps.
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As someone who loves reading graphic novels, I think it's important that they are not left out of the technology conversation. What I love about reading graphic novels on a Kindle is that the pages never rip or fade, and they are always available to read. A lot of people do not realize the impact graphic novels can have on a struggling or reluctant reader, and I hope that graphic novels eventually become more like a regular novel on the tablets--complete with text-to-speech, dictionary, highlighting functions.

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Why Baltimore is Poised to be a Leader in EdTech

Why Baltimore is Poised to be a Leader in EdTech | Technology in the English Language Arts Classroom | Scoop.it
Baltimore has a real opportunity to brand itself as a leader in education technology. There are a large handful of EdTech companies that are already based in Baltimore and with the real problems our city schools face, a self-awareness campaign might push even more developers to focus their products for the classroom.
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Joseph Manko is the principal of Liberty Elementary School in Baltimore City. His school has become the first 1:1 ipad/student ratio school in the city, and probably in most of Maryland. What is interesting is that with this 1:1 ratio, the proficiency on the MSA at LES is at 90%! What an achievement!

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Too Much of a Good Thing? 7 Addictive Educational iPad Games

Too Much of a Good Thing? 7 Addictive Educational iPad Games | Technology in the English Language Arts Classroom | Scoop.it
Though they are marketed as a mental workout for kids, there's such a thing as too much of a good thing. Some of these educational iPad games are incredibly addictive.
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This article reminds me of a segment I heard on the radio about Candy Crush Saga and how it was the "perfect" addicting game: it's the right mix of ease and challenge with fancy colors and prizes. People start pouring money into this game in order to keep playing (something I refuse to do since I am a teacher and I am cheap--maybe my cheapness has helped me not become addicted). 

 

What's funny about this slideshow is that I've heard of some of these games before. I've heard my students talk about Minecraft (and of course how addicted they are to it--I've even had a student make a Minecraft picture for a project once). Some teachers at my schools have the students play Math Ninja when they have earned it as a reward. 

 

When I compare these "educational games" to a super non-educational game like Candy Crush, it makes me wonder if it's a good thing that kids are addicted to educational games. At least they're using their time for something constructive? But, if students develop addictive traits early on, what does that mean for their future? Ugh. 

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Intervention kindles a love of reading

Intervention kindles a love of reading | Technology in the English Language Arts Classroom | Scoop.it
Sometimes the simplest idea can make the biggest difference.
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This article made a lot of sense in so many ways! We always speak of the achievement gap in the U.S., but I love how Billing actually did something about it in Australia. So many kids would be better and more independent readers if they were given the chance to own their own eReader, like a Kindle. It made me so happy to see such a big difference for every child that was engaged in the project. 

 

I also LOVE the fact that Billing mentioned how much cheaper it was to ship Kindles to remote parts of Australia. As an English teacher, I have spent over $5,000 on textbooks ALONE. That's money that could be going towards getting Kindles or iPads--tools that are much cheaper and more likely to "stay in style" long after a textbook. 

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Adventures of iPads in Kindergarten

Adventures of iPads in Kindergarten | Technology in the English Language Arts Classroom | Scoop.it
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While this blog does not seem to be up-to-date, there is a really interesting poster when you scroll down, which show how exactly technology has increased over the years and how it is more beneficial for students, especially when it comes to finances. The average iBook costs $15 whereas the average book in colleges costs $65! That's a difference of $900 a year which is 124 hours working at a minimum wage job!

 

Now....if we only got rid of textbooks and got tablets...maybe teachers could get paid more and we'd catch up to Finland in education...

 

That's a BIG maybe. 

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Creating magic with myON reader - YouTube

It's a widely-known and well-supported fact: Getting more books into the hands of more kids is the single most important factor to improve a child's life pro...
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This. Seems. Amazing. 

 

With MyON reader, kids have access to any book, any time. Students are matched to texts that they would enjoy based on their interests, and it has shown to increase the amount of reading students do on their own. 

 

It also have benefits for teachers in that it logs data and supports student growth. 

 

Only questions: 1) How much does it cost? and 2) In the video, did the district or did the students supply their tablets?

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15 More Apps To Create Books On The iPad

15 More Apps To Create Books On The iPad | Technology in the English Language Arts Classroom | Scoop.it
15 More Apps To Create Books On The iPad
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We often forget that good readers make good writers. It's nice to be reminded that tablets can be used for more than one critical skill: WRITING! And these apps appear to be super student friendly--which is definitely a plus when working with students who can be technology deficient. 

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Educational Leadership:Strong Readers All:E-Readers: Powering Up for Engagement

Educational Leadership:Strong Readers All:E-Readers: Powering Up for Engagement | Technology in the English Language Arts Classroom | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.
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It's cool to have a "case study" account of how eReaders have been helping students; however, I feel that this article is very one sided. For example, this article fails to mention any detriments to using an eReader versus a good old fashioned book, and it only mentions the benefits. It discusses how students became more engaged, but it also mentions that it could just be the "novelty" of the new technology.  Could it have been the text that engaged students and not the technology? Could the eReader be distracting in any way, or take more time because students are unfamiliar with how to use it? 

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The Best 9 Free Websites That Offer Free eBooks for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The Best 9 Free Websites That Offer Free eBooks for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Technology in the English Language Arts Classroom | Scoop.it
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According to this article, the U.S. and Canada are supposed to be "embracing" digital textbooks by 2020. I find this super hard to believe. There is no way that people would get rid of (expensive) textbooks that have been used for years, even if they are out of date and are not are efficient or user-friendly. However, this article offered "free" solutions for finding books and texts, even textbooks,  online but for educators.

 

The only issue I foresee with most of these sites is that the students need access to the texts, not just the teachers. How much would it cost to make online textbooks accessible for all students? Could a school district cover the costs of this by eliminating hardbound textbooks? AH that would be LOVELY!

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How to create a class in Google Classrom - YouTube

A short screencast demonstrating how to create a class in Google Classroom on iPad

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Sue Osborne's curator insight, February 22, 5:11 PM

Cool!

Kelly's curator insight, February 23, 10:51 PM

Fairfax County Schools use Google applications as part of their everyday classroom learning and activities starting in the early elementary years - given the endorsement and student familiarity, I imagine Google will continue to dominate. Understanding how the various applications and features integrate in a classroom setting is ever more crucial!

 

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Free Technology for Teachers: 10 Good Google Docs, Sheets, and Forms Add-ons for Teachers

Free Technology for Teachers: 10 Good Google Docs, Sheets, and Forms Add-ons for Teachers | Technology in the English Language Arts Classroom | Scoop.it

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13 Creative Ways To Use Twitter In The Classroom

13 Creative Ways To Use Twitter In The Classroom | Technology in the English Language Arts Classroom | Scoop.it

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Is Internet killing reading?

Is Internet killing reading? | Technology in the English Language Arts Classroom | Scoop.it
Reading, all journalism students are told in Journalism 101, is a must.

You cannot be a journalist if you don’t read newspapers, magazines, books and what you have. Students of literature too swear by the reading habit. After all, if one wants to write well, one must read vastly differing types of writing, they are told.

But truth be told, reading is changing. The very definition of the verb reading is undergoing a transformation, thanks to the Internet. Studies in the US have thrown up some worrying data — that school children are spending more time online than with books. They prefer to read in snatches and they collate data in a way that the previous generation is unable to comprehend. On the Internet, one can get many different points of view in the same time that it takes to understand one point of view by reading a book. Faster and easier they say.

What is taking a hit is the depth of the knowledge gleaned from online resources. With speed as its touchstone, the Internet is made to deliver information quicker and in a more innovative manner than the book does. The book, sadly, is no match for this. Researchers also worry that the lonesome nature of Internet usage is also taking away quality time of students spent with peers in reading books together. Cognitive skills of imagination too take a hit, as the Internet provides not simply words but also video and audio, leaving little to our creativity.

One section of online users though is happy. Dyslexic children and those with shorter attention spans say the Internet is answer to their prayers. Studies have shown that dyslexic kids learn better and their test scores improve when they learn online. For the rest though, it is pure fun.

Books themselves have gone online now, with e-books being written and released solely for the medium. To these they add audio-visual elements to pull in those who hate to read books in their traditional form.

Our only constant is change. As attention spans shorten, reading comprehension must change, meaning greater inputs in shorter and shorter bursts. Adapt we must. As for some of us, call us old-fashioned, but give us a good book and a mug of hot chocolate any day.

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Even though books are physical forms of reading, isn't it okay to use tablets? What about all of the accommodations that can be used on a Kindle or iPad? Aren't these technically still books, even without the musty smell?

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, January 19, 1:32 AM

Impact of emerging technologies on reading

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There’s an App for That -- Using iPads to Support Literacy Instruction in the Classroom | Scholastic.com

There’s an App for That -- Using iPads to Support Literacy Instruction in the Classroom | Scholastic.com | Technology in the English Language Arts Classroom | Scoop.it
Using iPad apps in the classroom for use in literacy instruction.
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Scholastic always partners with schools to bring Book Fairs and discounted books to students. I absolutely love the Puppet Pals app, and I love that they give ideas to help use it. My older students have always loved reader's theaters, and the reading that happens during a reader's theater always gets the kids more engaged. It always gets them thinking about characterization and character development, which can be really hard to teach. 

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12 Stats on the State of Bookstores in America Today - OEDB.org

12 Stats on the State of Bookstores in America Today - OEDB.org | Technology in the English Language Arts Classroom | Scoop.it
Over the past few decades there has been a lot of speculation about the demise of the American bookstore and some of it may not be entirely unfounded. As b
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As much as I love my Amazon Kindle, it makes me sad to think that there may come a day when bookstores are nonexistent! I feel partially responsible since I own a Kindle and Amazon has about a quarter of the book market.

 

There are sometimes when having a book in your hands are just better than not. And of course...who doesn't love the smell of a bookstore! 

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What The iPad’s Popularity Says About Education

What The iPad’s Popularity Says About Education | Technology in the English Language Arts Classroom | Scoop.it
What The iPad's Popularity Says About Education
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"Is it the job of schools to assimilate or educate? And can there be one without the other?"


Even though my paper is about incorporating iPads and Kindles into the classroom to benefit literacy, this article discusses a lot about how this push for technology is a bit much. The way Heick discusses iPads reminds me of my feelings towards smartboards. I have always felt that smartboards will run their course as an educational tool fad, but I have often thought that smartboards would eventually be replaced by 1:1 ratio of iPads!

 

Like Heick says, it will be interesting to see what the "educational landscape" looks like in 10 years--maybe I'll finally be able to work from home! (not)

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Tablets, Smartphones Influence Reading Instruction

Tablets, Smartphones Influence Reading Instruction | Technology in the English Language Arts Classroom | Scoop.it
The number of games, apps, and software to help students learn to read and increase their literacy skills is growing fast, and the tools themselves are becoming more interactive and animated.
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I know I write a lot about how tablets would be great for education, but this article made me realize that there is a bigger issue besides just a technological gap. The last point made is that parents need to be more involved in reading with their children. When a parent is engaged in reading, it increases the amount of reading engagement and comprehension in a child. 

 

I love the fact that there are co-reading apps so that parents and children can read the same books together at the same time, and it's even better that these apps and websites (like Story Before Bed) can be used on a tablet OR other smart device.

 

As an English teacher, I am always asked: 1) How can I get my child to read more? and 2) How can I improve my child's reading comprehension? My go-to answer is to read WITH your child, not TO your child. My mom used to do this with my brothers and me. When I knew I was able to talk to my mom about a book, my understanding and critical thinking levels skyrocketed. 

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apps_early_literacy.pdf

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A PDF document that allows you to see all of the different apps to help with reading comprehension that are available for smart devices. They're organized by category AND price...of course FREE is always the best for teachers!

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Reading Online - Articles: Text-to-Speech Software

a peer-reviewed article for the e-journal Reading Online
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Text-to-Speech is a part of accesibility for all, but using TTS is also available on eReaders. What I like about this article are all of the different suggestions with how to use TTS, and how to even use a Reading Pen II, a device that can pass over printed text and read words to you (how cool is that??). Just based on this article alone, it seems like we as educators have hundreds of ways that we can be helping thoses students with reading struggles, and many of them seem to be unimplemented. 

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27 Simple Ways To Check For Understanding

27 Simple Ways To Check For Understanding | Technology in the English Language Arts Classroom | Scoop.it
27 Simple Ways To Check For Understanding
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Would this NOT be the best poster for students? Not only that, but it appears to be aligned with Common Core Standards! This poster shows simple ways to have discussions with students when reading a text, but it can be used in any content and for any text. It. Looks. Awesome. 

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10 Social Media Skills for The 21st Century Teachers | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

10 Social Media Skills for The 21st Century Teachers | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Technology in the English Language Arts Classroom | Scoop.it

The potential of social networking sites in education is huge and we need to capitalize on it to enhance our professional development and consequently improve the quality of our instruction. Searching for articles on this topic , I came across Doug Johnson's post on the 10 social media competencies for teachers [http://doug-johnson.squarespace.com/blue-skunk-blog/2010/7/31/top-ten-social-media-competencies-for-teachers.html ]. I like the competencies Doug included and decided to make an infographic featuring all of these skills.  Have a look and share with your colleagues.


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I think that educators often hear too much about the horrors of social media: cyberbullying, students posting inappropriate pictures, etc. But with this "Top 10 List," we can see exactly what students can do with social media, and we can make positive connections between students and social media. Maybe if students see the good in social media, they will lose some of that negativity. 

 

What would be great about this "Top 10 List" would be if there were specific content "Top 10 Lists." While this does not have to do much with eReaders, this list still requires teachers to examine social media in a different way, much like we should do with ALL technology and see how we can use it for good, positive change. If students are using Kindles or iPads in order to read, and they enjoy it, a positive connection has been made not only between the reader and the text, but also with the reader and technology. 

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WEAC's curator insight, January 21, 2014 11:57 AM

From identifying the best educational tools to managing your online reputation, this is a great social media checklist for educators.

Epict Italia's curator insight, January 25, 2014 3:47 AM

Le competenze del docente che usa strumenti "Social"
1) Aiutare gli studenti a utilizzare gli strumeti di betworking per trovare informazioni e comunicare in rete con esperti, pari, docenti
2) Conoscere le principali categorier del Web 2.0 e gli strmenti utili per la didattica. COnoscere gli sturmenti a disposizione e utilizzabili nella propria scuola
3) Utilizzare strumenti di rete per comunicare con i colleghi, studenti e genitori
4) Navigare, valutare e creare contenuti su siti social (prezi, slideshaer,..)
5) Utilizzare gli strumenti sociali per creare, mantenere e imparare in una personale rete di apprendmento
6) COnoscere le regle di netiquette e gli standard di comportamento eticon in rete
7) Conoscere e insegnare le regole sul copyright e le questioni di pricacy in rete
8) COmprendere e insegnare l'impolrtanza della gestione dell'identità e della reputazione in rete
9) Scegliere e seguire un personale piano di autoformazione per rimanere infomrato su nuovi strumenti e applicazioni
10) Partecipare nella definizione a livello di Scuola delle regole di utilizzo degli strumenti social

chua meng joo's curator insight, February 3, 2014 11:06 PM

For development of our teachers.