Disciplinary Literacy in Michigan
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Educators help students recognize and understand the nuances of a discipline by using strategies that “make their thinking visible.” They promote classroom reading, writing, listening, speaking and critical thinking using authentic materials that support the development of content-specific knowledge and that transfer to real world situations.They guide students through these complex texts by using strategies that develop conceptual understanding of language and set expectations for relevant application of skills. This site includes resources of all kinds, including content knowledge resources, that lead to deeper disciplinary learning.
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Reading comprehension depends on content knowledge

Reading comprehension depends on content knowledge | Disciplinary Literacy in Michigan | Scoop.it

In order for students to read a text effectively, they must be able to do two things: decode the individual words and comprehend the sentences and paragraphs. Too often, we focus on how students decode words (the ongoing phonics versus whole-language debate), but in that debate we neglect the importance of reading comprehension. A student may be able to ‘read’ every word on a page and yet not understand what the text actually means.


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4 STEM Tools That Turn Students’ Curiosity Into Real Learning via MindShift

4 STEM Tools That Turn Students’ Curiosity Into Real Learning via MindShift | Disciplinary Literacy in Michigan | Scoop.it
Tools like Expeditions, SAM and Lifeliqe connect kids to the greater world using augmented and virtual reality, while PocketLabs allows students to collect

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Houston’s stories of Hurricane Harvey

Houston’s stories of Hurricane Harvey | Disciplinary Literacy in Michigan | Scoop.it

"Blue and her team selected 45 stories, each plotted with ESRI’s ArcGIS software on a map of Greater Houston and tied to the exact location where it was first told. The resulting story map of Hurricane Harvey, ‘Damaged and Defiant: Houston Stories,’ was published in the Houston Chronicle in December. The map shows short narratives gathered by Chronicle staffers from people across the area — from Crosby to Kingwood to Katy — each a unique perspective on the storm; told together, they’re the collective account of a city that experienced one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history."


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These interlinked Houston story maps show some of the key elements of a good story map: 1) strong spatial analytical components, 2) a powerful narrative, 3) rich visuals, 4) solid cartography, and 5) well-sourced information.

 

Tags: fluvialwatercoastal, urban, disasters, physical, mappingESRIStoryMap.

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One Strange Rock - National Geographic Society

One Strange Rock - National Geographic Society | Disciplinary Literacy in Michigan | Scoop.it
Only 556 people have escaped the bonds of Earth's gravity and biology to experience the planet from space since 1961. This tiny fraction of the more than seven billion people currently on the planet has a unique perspective on Earth and on life as we know it.  Life on Earth is possible because our...

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The Effect of Creating Digital Storytelling on Secondary School Students' Academic Achievement, Self Efficacy Perceptions and Attitudes Toward Physics

The Effect of Creating Digital Storytelling on Secondary School Students' Academic Achievement, Self Efficacy Perceptions and Attitudes Toward Physics | Disciplinary Literacy in Michigan | Scoop.it

"The purpose of this study is to examine the effect of Digital Storytelling (DST) on the (a) academic achievement, (b) attitude towards physics and (c) self efficacy perception of secondary school students. This study consists of an experimental group and a comparison group which are formed by equal number of students. The six-weeks study adopted a pretest and posttest experimental design involving 64 students in two physics classes taught by the same teacher. Digital story telling was additionally applied in experimental group. Nonparametric Tests have been used in the data analysis. Our findings indicate that DST participants performed significantly better than comparison group participants in terms of physics achievement. While in comparison group students‟ self-efficacy perceptions and attitudes toward physics decreased, in experimental group there was not any difference. "
The Effect of Creating Digital Storytelling on Secondary School Students' Academic Achievement, Self Efficacy Perceptions and Attitudes Toward Physics (PDF Download Available). Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/312128678_The_Effect_of_Creating_Digital_Storytelling_on_Secondary_School_Students%27_Academic_Achievement_Self_Efficacy_Perceptions_and_Attitudes_Toward_Physics [accessed Sep 28, 2017].

 

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Positive impact of Digital Storytelling on high school physics students!


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Digital storytelling is incredibly popular given the proliferation of new technologies. This paper discusses its use from the perspective of secondary students’ academic achievement, attitudes towards physics and self-efficacy perception. The findings from the experimental pretest and posttest design elicited important insights. DST participants seemed to benefit in terms of their physics performance. Students’ self-efficacy perceptions and attitudes towards physics did not show alteration for the experimental group.

 

Overall it appears that digital storytelling has a positive effect on learning and therefore more research is needed to explore and contribute to the field specifically in relation to critical, reflective and creative thinking and learning motivation and students’ engagement.

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Digital Storytelling on Secondary School Students' Academic Achievement
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Science is a social process: facilitating community interactions across the research lifecycle

Science is a social process: facilitating community interactions across the research lifecycle | Disciplinary Literacy in Michigan | Scoop.it
Modern day research practice is incredibly collaborative, increasingly interdisciplinary and a very social process. Sierra Williams underlines the importance of researchers and publishers alike rec…

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UB Earth Day 2017

UB Earth Day 2017 | Disciplinary Literacy in Michigan | Scoop.it

The University of Belize is having its 10th Earth Day celebration next Friday, April 28th.  Always a fun time, where one can learn about the environment, and how to protect it.

 

"UB is hosting its 10th Annual Earth Day Fair through the Natural Resource Management Program under the theme 'My Community, My Climate.'  The primary goal for this year’s event is to highlight the meaning of climate change and climate literacy by engaging primary, secondary and tertiary level students in environmental education programs.

On April, 28th come, enjoy and find out what UB’s Earth Day celebration is all about! We’ll have informational booths, the launch of a mural competition, interactive learning activities for children, prizes, music, fundraiser and more!

Also witness what Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s), Government Agencies, Private Businesses and especially what UB students in the NRM Department are doing for our environment!"


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Teaching science with engaging picture books

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"Melissa Stewart and Nancy Chesley's Perfect Pairs skillfully uses fiction and nonfiction life science books to supplement inquiry based learning in grades 3-5 ..."


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For Educators | Historic Jamestowne

For Educators | Historic Jamestowne | Disciplinary Literacy in Michigan | Scoop.it

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"In 1607, a group of 104 male settlers, led by Captain John Smith, established Fort James in what is now modern day Virginia. Today, the Jamestowne Rediscovery Society, a project of the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities, is dedicated to researching the first permanent English settlement in North America and to educating the public about the "dramatic story" of Jamestown's establishment and demise. Visitors will find a number of resources for teaching and learning about Jamestown on this page. Nine lesson plans have been designed to engage elementary, middle, and high school students with the story of Jamestown, while encouraging student interest in the practice of historical and archeological inquiry. For example, How to Think Like an Archeologist, a lesson aimed at upper elementary school students, facilitates an introduction to the field of archeology via an examination of grocery store receipts. While some of these lesson plans are designed to prepare students for a visit to the settlement, many of these lessons may be implemented in classrooms around the world without an accompanying field trip. Readers will also find a link to the organization's YouTube page, which features a number of short videos about ongoing archeology efforts at the site of the former settlement."


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The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures

The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures | Disciplinary Literacy in Michigan | Scoop.it
I’ve compiled several “The Best…” lists that sites where you can learn about the geography, data, languages, and holidays of different countries around the world. Those reso…

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Diversity has always been a passion of mine and I love learning about people and cultures. What a great resource.

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Newsela Connects All Students to Historical Readings

Newsela Connects All Students to Historical Readings | Disciplinary Literacy in Michigan | Scoop.it
Newsela has some awesome new content that is of particular interest to social studies and history teachers. For those of you unfamiliar with Newsela, it is a website that adapts the text complexity…
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Two Good Sets of Animated Maps for U.S. History Students

Two Good Sets of Animated Maps for U.S. History Students | Disciplinary Literacy in Michigan | Scoop.it
Creating my earlier post about resources for learning about Pearl Harbor prompted me to revisit a couple of animated maps of U.S
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Why Curiosity Enhances Learning

Why Curiosity Enhances Learning | Disciplinary Literacy in Michigan | Scoop.it
A neurological study has shown that curiosity makes our brains more receptive for learning, and that as we learn, we enjoy the sensation of learning.

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Scratchwork.io - A Video Whiteboard for Math Students via @rmbyrne 

Scratchwork.io - A Video Whiteboard for Math Students via @rmbyrne  | Disciplinary Literacy in Michigan | Scoop.it
Scratchwork is a new online whiteboard and video conferencing tool designed with math students in mind. The platform works like man

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10 AMAZING SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS! - YouTube | #STEM #LEARNingByDoing

10 AMAZING SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS! and TRICKS compilation they are awesome easy to do at home, using copper wire battery and magnets gyroscopes chain and ring, electric train etc.

 

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10 AMAZING SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS! and TRICKS compilation they are awesome easy to do at home, using copper wire battery and magnets gyroscopes chain and ring, electric train etc.

 

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10 AMAZING SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS! and TRICKS compilation they are awesome easy to do at home, using copper wire battery and magnets gyroscopes chain and ring, electric train etc.

 

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WisdomMaps: A New Generation of History Mind Maps 

WisdomMaps represents a new way of organizing information that mimics the human thought process and results in greater learner engagement and better learning. This is impossible for other learning methodologies based on “linear learning” to achieve on account of the limitations of “spaghetti code”: information imbibed like slurping up a strand of spaghetti, that is read or heard one sentence or phrase at a time. Spaghetti code is difficult to untangle and organize, and most learners retain only a small fraction of what they read or hear in this fashion.​


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Terrence Monroes's WisdomMaps is Designed for History and Liberal Arts courses. WisdomMaps creates a new way of thinking about it all.  Go explore!

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Science Infographics Breakdown STEM Subjects as Visual Maps

Science Infographics Breakdown STEM Subjects as Visual Maps | Disciplinary Literacy in Michigan | Scoop.it
t's often easy to get stuck into a narrow view of what a particular field of study entails, but as Dominic Walliman reveals in his impressive science infographics, there's much more than meets the eye when thinking of particular STEM subjects. Walliman demonstrates the diversity and complexity of biology, chemistry, computer science, physics, and mathematics in visual maps that explore the breadth of each field.

Walliman, who also created animated videos exploring his science infographics, manages to pack all the shades of each complex field on one page. For instance, the Map of Mathematics travels from the origins and foundations of the field to the differences between pure mathematics and applied mathematics. Likewise, chemistry is divided between rules and different sub-topics like biochemistry and inorganic chemistry, with fun illustrations to clearly show what falls underneath each area.

Whether you are a scientist who feels like people never quite get what you do or a student who can't put their finger on how they might use their math or science degree, Walliman's infographics will come in handy. Consider them roadmaps to possible careers or cheat sheets to figuring out how quantum physics is related to the theory of relativity. Best of all, by studying the visual maps, it becomes easy to see how all these scientific fields overlap and fit together like a puzzle.

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How to Use Data to Tell a Stronger Story

How to Use Data to Tell a Stronger Story | Disciplinary Literacy in Michigan | Scoop.it
Data visualizations that don't communicate a larger story don't succeed. Here's how to balance your data, design, and messaging.
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History Lessons Blend Content Knowledge, Literacy

History Lessons Blend Content Knowledge, Literacy | Disciplinary Literacy in Michigan | Scoop.it
As school prepare for changes under the Common Core, some educators are turning to a program that strengthens students' history knowledge and reading comprehension.

For years, bands of educators have been trying to free history instruction from the mire of memorization and propel it instead with the kinds of inquiry that drive historians themselves. Now, the common-core standards may offer more impetus for districts and schools to adopt that brand of instruction.
A study of one such approach suggests that it can yield a triple academic benefit: It can deepen students’ content knowledge, help them think like historians, and also build their reading comprehension.
The Reading Like a Historian program, a set of 75 free secondary school lessons in U.S. history, is getting a new wave of attention as teachers adapt to the Common Core State Standards in English/language arts. Those guidelines, adopted by all but four states, demand that teachers of all subjects help students learn to master challenging nonfiction and build strong arguments based on evidence.
Searching for ways to teach those literacy skills across the curriculum, while building students’ content knowledge and thinking skills, some educators have turned to that program. Designed under the tutelage of history educator Sam Wineburg, it has been downloaded from the website of the research project he directs, the Stanford History Education Group, more than 330,000 times in the past 2½ years.
“It completely changed the way I teach history, and my students are getting so much more out of it,” said Terri Camajani, who teaches U.S. history and government at Washington High School in San Francisco. “They get really into it. And their reading level just jumps; you can see it in their writing,” she said.

A photo of slaves is reviewed by students at Sunnyvale Middle School as they learn about slavery in America.
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Ms. Camajani was one of the teachers involved in a 2008 experiment that gauged the impact of Reading Like a Historian lessons on 11th graders in 10 San Francisco high school classes. Teachers in half the classrooms had been trained to use the lessons; those in the other half did not use them. After six months, students using the program outperformed those in the control group in factual knowledge, reading comprehension, and a suite of analytical and strategic skills dubbed “historical thinking.”
Avishag Reisman, who led the curriculum development and the study as part of her doctoral work at Stanford University under Mr. Wineburg, said the program “seems to hit a number of important goals. Literacy skills: got that. Higher-level thinking and domain-specific reading: got that. And basic facts: got that, too. Students did better on the nuts and bolts because they were embedded in meaningful instruction.”
And they did better even though their teachers “didn’t always implement the lessons with the highest level of fidelity,” said Ms. Reisman, who published her findings last fall and winter in two journals, the Journal of Curriculum Studies and Cognition and Instruction. That suggests, she said, that improved professional development could produce even stronger results.
Going to the Source
The program takes primary-source documents as its centerpiece and shifts textbooks into a supporting role. Each lesson begins with a question, such as, “How should we remember the dropping of the atomic bomb?” or “Did Pocahontas save John Smith’s life?” Students must dig into letters, articles, speeches, and other documents to understand events and develop interpretations buttressed by evidence from what they read.
Teachers trained in the approach focus heavily on four key skills: “sourcing,” to gauge how authors’ viewpoints and reasons for writing affect their accounts of events; “contextualization,” to get a full picture of what was happening at the time; “corroboration,” to help students sort out contradictory anecdotes and facts; and “close reading,” to help them absorb text slowly and deeply, parsing words and sentences for meaning.


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Tips for Setting Up AP History DBQ Essays

Tips for Setting Up AP History DBQ Essays | Disciplinary Literacy in Michigan | Scoop.it
Tom Richey has a great YouTube channel for history students and teachers. In addition to lessons on a wide variety of topics in U.S. an
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Our National Parks--On The Trail: Year's end

Conor Knighton is winding up his year-long journey through our National Parks. He's returned with a backpack full of picture postcards, along with som
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Climate Change Could Kill the World's Oldest Trees

Climate Change Could Kill the World's Oldest Trees | Disciplinary Literacy in Michigan | Scoop.it
Ancient bristlecone pine trees could be outcompeted by other tree species, thanks to climate change.

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3 Great Websites for Elementary Science Teachers

3 Great Websites for Elementary Science Teachers | Disciplinary Literacy in Michigan | Scoop.it
Below are three interesting science resources selected specifically for elementary teachers. These websites provide teachers with a wide variety of educational materials to help young kids enjoy science learning. These include lesson plans, video tutorials, animated explanations, presentations, graphic organizers, interactive games and many more.

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Social Studies In Action: Dealing with Controversial Issues

A guide for viewing Social Studies in Action, a video library of classroom practices.
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How Failure and Solving Real Problems Helps This School Thrive

How Failure and Solving Real Problems Helps This School Thrive | Disciplinary Literacy in Michigan | Scoop.it
Teachers at the STEM School Chattanooga push students to do their best work through questioning strategies that they've often learned by being coached.

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