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Primary pupils becoming video stars in online book reviews - Independent.ie

Primary pupils becoming video stars in online book reviews - Independent.ie | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
It is an innovative way to encourage children to read. Irish primary schoolchildren are becoming book-show presenters and are posting reviews of their favourite novels online.

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Janika Puolitaival's curator insight, March 5, 9:02 AM

Children presenting favourite books for other children always always works better than librarians sharing book tips. This is something that should be done even more. Something to develop with local schools?

Kobe Davis's curator insight, April 5, 8:33 PM

This article explains the introduction of a FIS book club in British schools. This website encourages students to read through creation of online book reviews. Students are filmed talking about books they have read and critiquing their characters and plot lines.

 

This way of learning focuses on student learning where “students are active rather than passive recipients of knowledge” (Commander, Ward & Zabrucky, 2012, p. 395) and encourages them to “think more deeply about learning” (Commander, Ward & Zabrucky, 2012, p. 398).

 

I would use this technology in stages 1-3 with books that I have selected as well as books that the student has chosen. Students would be instructed to film their book reviews in pairs and then present these videos to the class. The class would then critically analyse the student’s presentation and perhaps take a vote whether or not they would like to read that book. This would allow students to demonstrate their proficiency in Talking and Listening. It would also allow me as a teacher to be aware of the types of books the students would be interested in.

 

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Commander, N. E., Ward, T, E., Zabrucky, K, M. (2012). Theory and practice: How filming “learning in the real world” helps students make the connection. Retrieved April 5, 2015 from http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1000691.pdf

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What a great idea

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The Right Approach to Reading Instruction - Room for Debate - NYTimes.com

The Right Approach to Reading Instruction - Room for Debate - NYTimes.com | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Should schools use the student-centered balanced literacy program to teach reading, or require closer instruction by teachers?
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Music Helps Kids Read

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Making music improves auditory precision and attentiveness
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Documents:- Skills Outlook

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This first OECD Skills Outlook presents the initial results of the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), which evaluates the skills of adults in 24 countries. It provides insights into the availability of some of the key skills and how they are used at work and at home. A major component is the direct assessment of key information-processing skills: literacy, numeracy and problem solving in the context of technology-rich environments.

 

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With Common Core Coming to the Plate, How Prepared Do Teachers Feel?

With Common Core Coming to the Plate, How Prepared Do Teachers Feel? | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

According to Catherine Gewertz at Education Week, "teachers are getting an increasing amount of training to prepare for the common core, but that doesn't always make them feel ready to teach the standards.

 

According to the article, a recently released study, "From Adoption to Practice: Teacher Perspectives on the Common Core," shows that while far more teachers are attending common-core training, they are giving those sessions low marks for quality.

Professional Development and Training. In last year's report, 71 percent of teachers said they had attended professional development or training for the common core. This year, that figure rose to 87 percent.Teachers were far more critical of their training sessions in 2013 than they were in 2012, however. Two-thirds felt they were of high quality in 2012, but barely half said so in 2013.Only 23 percent reported that the assessments had been a topic of professional development.Far more common is training on the English/language arts standards; training on the math standards runs a distant second.Their sense of preparedness, ranked on a scale from 1 ("not at all prepared") to 5 ("very prepared"), was about the same in this year's report as it was the previous year: just under half gave themselves 4s or 5s on that preparedness scale.Only one-quarter said in this year's report that their students were well prepared to master the standards, and 14 percent said their students were well prepared for the tests.Teachers are unhappy with the lack of alignment between their instructional materials and the common core, a situation that's stubbornly unchanged from the year before. Nearly six in 10 said their main curricular materials were not aligned to the new standards.Teachers are pretty cynical about publishers' claims that their materials are "common-core-aligned." Fewer than four in 10 said they'd trust curriculum providers' claims of alignment.Only 18 percent classified themselves as "very familiar" with the math standards in the fall of 2012, but that number rose to 31 percent in the fall 2013 survey.


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Mel Riddile's curator insight, August 14, 2014 10:45 AM

Why was there "far more training on the English/language arts standards; training on the math standards runs a distant second?"


Literacy is now a "shared responsibility" across all content areas. This means that all secondary teachers are expected to integrate purposeful reading, writing, and discussion of complex text into their lessons. In reality, few teachers have received the training or support to carry out this formidable task, which will take several years of focused practice to reach an acceptable level of proficiency. 

Although elementary teachers are much better prepared to teach literacy skills, they must increase the amount of informational text and do more argumentative/persuasive writing, which are significant changes.

Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, August 16, 2014 3:16 PM

As a facilitator of learning about the Common Core, none of this surprises me. Much of the PD I see offered by states and many of the professional development companies are worn out and outdated PP slides initially developed by testing consortia. Much of the training I see offered should have been happening two years ago, not now...after implementation has begun and testing is upon us.

Unfortunately, when teachers attend trainings that offer weak support in knowledge about and application of the standards, their time is wasted and their proficiencies are not increased. Implementing the Common Core is work, hard work. To entertain teachers for a day or make the material seem easily understood does a disservice to teachers, students, schools, and communities.

Ann Francis's curator insight, August 16, 2014 9:57 PM

#commoncore, #ccss

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"High school students read far fewer words per year than their younger peers"

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An examination of what students choose for their "outside" reading in grades 1 through 12 shows disconcerting patterns taking hold in middle school.

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Mel Riddile's curator insight, May 9, 2014 7:42 AM

"Another interesting common-core note, for those of you who are so into the weeds on this stuff that you know about Appendix B of the Common Core State Standards. That's the list of texts that the standards' authors suggest as examples of readings in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama that are appropriately complex at each grade level. Renaissance Learning's report shows that there has been an increase—albeit small—in the reading of those texts. Although the standards' authors didn't intend those lists as "assigned reading" lists, they appear to be having an effect on what teachers suggest to their students."

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A Wonderful Free Classroom Poster on Digital Citizenship ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Wonderful Free Classroom Poster on Digital Citizenship ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

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simple picture with many implications for health, security, safety, and education

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Social media education absent from orientation sessions despite new arrests | Inside Higher Ed

Social media education absent from orientation sessions despite new arrests | Inside Higher Ed | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
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Shear said. “People -- especially students -- aren’t given that type of education.... Students need to be apprised of the things that may happen if they utilize digital tools in a way that may create criminal issues or liability issues.”

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/08/26/social-media-education-absent-orientation-sessions-despite-new-arrests#ixzz2d58tGgh6 ;
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