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2015 AASL Best Apps + Best Websites for Teaching and Learning

2015 AASL Best Apps + Best Websites for Teaching and Learning | ELA Tips and Tools | Scoop.it

The 2014/2015 Best Apps Committee was chaired by its founder Melissa Jacobs and included: Jennifer Helfrich, Joquetta Johnson, Melissa Johnston, Catharine Potter, Kathleen Roberts, Mary Ann Scheuer, John Schumacher, Laura Warren-Gross and me.


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20 collaborative Google Apps activities for schools | Ditch That Textbook

20 collaborative Google Apps activities for schools | Ditch That Textbook | ELA Tips and Tools | Scoop.it
Google Apps are collaborative, which makes them highly powerful. They offer opportunities for students to engage unlike ever before. Here are 20 ideas.

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Maria Richards's curator insight, April 15, 2014 8:20 PM

Now... To help staff to try!

Mark Fuson's curator insight, August 14, 2014 5:07 PM

I'm a big believer in collaboration, since I've never had a "grown-up" job that doesn't require it. We can teach essential collaboration skills while addressing our standards by thoughtfully constructing real learning opportunities.

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Close reading is not just academic. Close reading impacts our everyday lives.

Close reading is not just academic.  Close reading impacts our everyday lives. | ELA Tips and Tools | Scoop.it
Really, another post on Close Reading?  Oh, yes! And here's why. I had the privilege of hearing Kate Roberts (@teachkate) passionately illuminate Close Reading at a session at Teachers College Writ...

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Mel Riddile's curator insight, September 4, 2013 9:28 AM

Keep in mind Patricia Kain's (Harvard) three steps for close reading:

  1. “Read with  a pencil in hand, and annotate the text.
  2. Look for patterns in the things you’ve noticed about the text—repetitions, contradictions, similarities.
  3. Ask questions about the patterns you’ve noticed—especially how and why.” (Kain, P.How to Do a Close Reading, Harvard University, 1998.
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"Be very intentional about what you do in showing them (students) the value of literacy."

"Be very intentional about what you do in showing them (students) the value of literacy." | ELA Tips and Tools | Scoop.it
I sell literacy. I do. If I don't sell kids on wanting to learn to read and write as well as they can, they won't. Sometimes it's an especially hard sell for kids in middle school, both for those who

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Literary vs. Informational Text: Balance

Literary vs. Informational Text: Balance | ELA Tips and Tools | Scoop.it

Using Text Genre Brace Maps to Balance Informational Texts and Literature


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Janet Alvarez's curator insight, July 15, 2013 8:54 AM

Good article that references the use of Thinking Maps.  The article also has a link which provides specific examples. 

lbligen's curator insight, August 4, 2013 1:33 PM

Strategies for balancing the following:

Literature: Stories, drama, and poetry. Realistic fiction and historical fiction fall into the literature category and do not qualify as informational text.Informational text: Predominantly follows an expository text structure rather than a narrative form and often includes print features, captions, tables of contents, indices, diagrams, glossaries, and tables. Although biographies and memoirs are informational in terms of their content, their narrative structure excludes them from being the predominant focus for instruction of informational text.
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Twitter / joangatewood: ELA 6-8 teachers doing a gallery ...

Twitter / joangatewood: ELA 6-8 teachers doing a gallery ... | ELA Tips and Tools | Scoop.it
ELA 6-8 teachers doing a gallery walk. Getting great ideas to use this school year! #TNCore http://t.co/5bFlkAhpy5
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Naturally Embed UDL in No Time | MiddleWeb

Naturally Embed UDL in No Time | MiddleWeb | ELA Tips and Tools | Scoop.it

Framing lessons through the lens of the Universal Design for Learning isn't about more time so much as it is about more strategic thinking, says Elizabeth Stein. (#UDL naturally links to #CCSS. What's an example from your classroom?


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Instagram Scavenger Hunt

Instagram Scavenger Hunt | ELA Tips and Tools | Scoop.it
This week, I took my students to Chinatown on a field trip to complement our Joy Luck Club unit and their study of China in their global studies course.

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Comparing the CCSS for Writing with the Trait of IDEAS

Comparing the CCSS for Writing with the Trait of IDEAS | ELA Tips and Tools | Scoop.it

How close is the connection between the Common Core State Standards for Writing and the Six Traits of Writing? Somewhat close? Pretty close? Try VERY. In fact, virtually every standard references one trait or another. That’s because the traits are simply qualities that make writing work, and making writing work is the primary focus of both the traits and the CC writing standards.


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Educational Leadership:What Research Says About Reading:The Case for Informational Text

Educational Leadership:What Research Says About Reading:The Case for Informational Text | ELA Tips and Tools | 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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Stick Pick

Stick Pick | ELA Tips and Tools | Scoop.it

Since its debut in the iTunes App Store on June 2, 2011, just over one year ago this week, thousands of teachers and administrators from all over the world have been discovering how easy it is to incorporate higher order thinking skills into their daily lesson plans.


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Prevent the "Summer Slide" - Keep Kids Reading All Summer Long! | CRC Health Group Blog

Prevent the "Summer Slide" - Keep Kids Reading All Summer Long! | CRC Health Group Blog | ELA Tips and Tools | Scoop.it
Don’t let your kids slide backward and lose the progress they made this school year. Help them to keep their newly acquired skills sharp by participating in a summer reading program.
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WikiView – Wikipedia Reader for iPad

WikiView – Wikipedia Reader for iPad | ELA Tips and Tools | Scoop.it
Wikipedia is a great resource for researchers, students, and anyone interested in learning more about topics they are not familiar with.
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Common Core Resources and Info For Parents

Common Core Resources and Info For Parents | ELA Tips and Tools | Scoop.it
Find, steal, and share free Common Core tools. For teachers, coaches, school and district leaders. Assembled by Student Achievement Partners.

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Close reading is not just academic. Close reading impacts our everyday lives.

Close reading is not just academic.  Close reading impacts our everyday lives. | ELA Tips and Tools | Scoop.it
Really, another post on Close Reading?  Oh, yes! And here's why. I had the privilege of hearing Kate Roberts (@teachkate) passionately illuminate Close Reading at a session at Teachers College Writ...

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Mel Riddile's curator insight, September 4, 2013 9:28 AM

Keep in mind Patricia Kain's (Harvard) three steps for close reading:

  1. “Read with  a pencil in hand, and annotate the text.
  2. Look for patterns in the things you’ve noticed about the text—repetitions, contradictions, similarities.
  3. Ask questions about the patterns you’ve noticed—especially how and why.” (Kain, P.How to Do a Close Reading, Harvard University, 1998.
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Common Core recognizes three tiers of vocabulary

Common Core recognizes three tiers of vocabulary | ELA Tips and Tools | Scoop.it

3 Simple Tools to Support the CCSS Academic Vocabulary Shift

Getting Smart

 

by Susan Oxnevad -

 

The Common Core identifies six instructional shifts needed to effectively implement the standards in ELA/Literacy. Shift 6 suggests an instructional change in
the teaching of Academic Vocabulary.


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Mel Riddile's curator insight, September 4, 2013 9:24 AM

For many schools explicit vocabulary instruction may represent a quick-win in building literacy skills. Teachers already teach Tier 1 and Tier 3 vocabulary. Tier 2 vocabulary should be the focus of school wide efforts to improve reading and literacy skills.


The Common Core recognizes three tiers of vocabulary.

Tier 1

Words acquired through every day speech, usually learned in the early grades.

Tier 2

Academic words that appear across all types of text. These are often precise words that are used by the author in place of common words. (i.e. gallop instead of run). They change meaning with use.

Tier 3

Domain specific words” that are specifically tied to content. (i.e. Constitution, lava) These are typically the types of vocabulary words that are included in glossaries, highlighted in textbooks and address by teachers. They are considered difficult words important to understanding content.

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NEW RELEASE: Making Evidence-Based Claims about Literary Technique Grades 9-12!

These literacy units empower students with a critical reading and writing skill at the heart of the CCSS: making evidence-based claims about complex texts.


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Amy Youngblood's curator insight, July 30, 2013 9:53 AM

What a great find!  These high quality units are free.  

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What’s a QR Code Doing on That Blanket?

What’s a QR Code Doing on That Blanket? | ELA Tips and Tools | Scoop.it
Artist Guillermo Bert is weaving together technology and Native American tradition (RT @edtechgirl: Cool idea for using QR codes as an integ activity for ELA/SS http://t.co/XFCWT8b7lu #edtech #ohedchat...
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Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: Explore - Wagon Wheel Project Toolkit

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: Explore - Wagon Wheel Project Toolkit | ELA Tips and Tools | Scoop.it
RT @soxnevad: @padlet @MasteryConnect @InstaGrok @poppletny I'm weaving your tools into the #CCSS and #SAMR http://t.co/XuT1sxra3U http://t…
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Dorothy Minor's curator insight, July 7, 2013 1:36 PM

This site provides useful information from a teacher. Susan Oxnevad provides good examples from her own experiences. She also has Scoop.it topics.

Connie Wise's curator insight, July 23, 2013 6:16 PM

Great resources in visual format.

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Integrating iPad Apps into High School Content - LiveBinder

This is a collection of skills and lessons and the apps that support the learning. See, lists of

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A Realist's Guide to Flipping the Classroom


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Carmenne Kalyaniwala-Thapliyal's curator insight, May 7, 2013 3:43 AM

An interesting presentation on flipping the classroom. 

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Summer Learning: Who I Am

Summer Learning: Who I Am | ELA Tips and Tools | Scoop.it
This first post for Vocab Gal from June 2011 gives you a little background of who I am and models how I attempt to incorporate vocabulary into all fa...
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Media Projects for Middle School

Media Projects for Middle School | ELA Tips and Tools | Scoop.it
While the right words can convey a great deal, it is often through the use of visual imagery that we make our points most effectively. These images can be in one or more multimedia formats, from overheads and handouts to websites and videos.
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ePub Bud - Publish, Convert, Store, and Download free children's ebooks online for the iPad and nook color!

ePub Bud - Publish, Convert, Store, and Download free children's ebooks online for the iPad and nook color! | ELA Tips and Tools | Scoop.it

"Free Children's eBooks for the iPad, nook, and other readers; and even some books for adults too!"


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