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John Evans

Spruce Up Your Centers with Technology - Learning in Hand - 1 views

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    "Learning in Hand Show #31 is about giving your learning centers or stations a makeover. The collection of activities teachers provide their students at a center can be enhanced with technology, even if there's only one computer or tablet available. Watch the video to learn about some of the websites and apps that can help you set the course of the center, provide content, support creativity, and capture responses. "
John Evans

Why Reading Comprehension in the Content Areas is so Important | Edudemic - 1 views

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    "To prepare students for college and careers, reading comprehension needs to be a part of all subject areas. Students cannot master complex scientific concepts, comprehend historical treaties, or follow complex logic problems without it. Content areas deal with complex texts that require analytical reading skills. Students in social studies, science, and math classes have to be able to compare and synthesize ideas, and use specific academic vocabulary. In 2002, Fisher, Frey, and Williams compiled this list of literacy strategies for the content areas. Today, we're going to add to the list and suggest certain reading comprehension strategies to try in your content area classroom"
John Evans

On literacy and strategy, part 6: my first cut at recommendations | Granted, and... - 0 views

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    As the first phase of bringing closure to these blog posts on literacy at the secondary level, I want to offer a tentative list of recommendations that I believe follow from all the research cited in the previous posts. I will say more about each principle in follow-up posts, as well as offering brief bibliographic and graphic-organizer resources in support of each idea. (I offer some initial thoughts on Principle #1, below)."
John Evans

About the Forest® - 0 views

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    "The Forest of Reading® is Canada's largest recreational reading program! This initiative of the Ontario Library Association (OLA) offers eight reading programs to encourage a love of reading in people of all ages. The Forest® helps celebrate Canadian books, publishers, authors and illustrators. More than 250,000 readers participate annually from their School and/or Public Library. All Ontarians/Canadians are invited to participate via their local public library, school library, or individually."
John Evans

What Teens are Learning From 'Serial' and Other Podcasts | MindShift - 2 views

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    "t didn't take long for Michael Godsey, an English teacher at Morro Bay High School in California, to realize that his decision to use a public radio podcast in the classroom was a wise one. It wasn't any old podcast he was introducing to his classes. It was "Serial," the murder-mystery phenomenon produced by reporter Sarah Koenig of "This American Life," which already was transfixing a wide swath of the adult population.

    "Even if they weren't into it, I told them it was the most popular podcast of all time, and that was interesting," Godsey says. He needn't have worried. The podcast seized his five classrooms of 10th- and 11th-graders. "I had kids cutting other classes so they could come listen to it again," he says. "Kids who were sick, who never did their homework, were listening at home."

    Godsey is one of a growing number of educators who are using podcasts like "Serial" to motivate their classrooms and address education requirements set by the Common Core state standards. Improving students' listening skills is one of the essential components of the new education mandates, and using audio in the classroom can be an effective way to promote listening."
John Evans

Survey reveals 50 books that every child should read by 16 - Telegraph - 8 views

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    "Roald Dahl is the author that people would most like their children to read, according to a new survey to find 50 books that children should read by the time they are 16.

    A survey of 2,000 readers by Sainsbury's to celebrate World Book Day also found that nostalgia reigns supreme, with six in ten parents choosing to read stories to their children that their own parents once read to them. "
Reynold Redekopp

Native American Language Tribal App Gallery - 2 views

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    Aboriginal languages apps developed in Wpg
John Evans

Dragon Dictation: A Must-Have App for Writers - Brilliant or Insane - 1 views

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    "I began using Dragon Dictation a few years ago when my work with a group of struggling writers left me searching for a tool that could help them get the great ideas they were sharing aloud onto a page. I wanted something elegant: a tool that wouldn't interrupt students as they were speaking but rather, quietly capture what they were saying and flip it into text."
John Evans

Writing Your Way to Happiness - NYTimes.com - 0 views

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    "The scientific research on the benefits of so-called expressive writing is surprisingly vast. Studies have shown that writing about oneself and personal experiences can improve mood disorders, help reduce symptoms among cancer patients, improve a person's health after a heart attack, reduce doctor visits and even boost memory.

    Now researchers are studying whether the power of writing - and then rewriting - your personal story can lead to behavioral changes and improve happiness."
John Evans

39 Blogging Tools to Help You Work Faster - 0 views

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    "When you're finding amazing content to share on social media-the kind of thing that grabs attention and gets people to click, share, and comment-one of the most valuable, most original places to turn is your own blog and the content you personally create.

    So the questions become: How to create amazing content, how to put together blogposts strategically and efficiently, and how to get your content out to the masses.

    Writing tips are a good place to start. And to supplement the words you use to build your blogposts, I've found a huge number of blogging tools that help with everything from coming up with ideas to spread the content far and wide.

    Do you have a favorite blogging tool? Read on to see if it's included here in the list, and drop a note in the comments with which ones you love."
John Evans

16 Apps That Will Motivate Even Your Most Resistant Readers - 5 views

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    "For every kid who is caught hiding beneath his covers with a flashlight and a novel at midnight, there is another who has to be begged and pleaded with to read.  And the latter might need a little extra-shall we call it encouragement?-to become a great reader. To help, we've rounded up a list of the top apps that not only teach essential reading skills but also motivate kids-even the most book-phobic-to read, read and read some more."
John Evans

12 podcasts that will tell you a fantastic story - 4 views

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    "It's official - the popular podcast Serial has surpassed 5 million downloads, making it the fastest podcast of all time to reach this milestone.

    This tells us that people really like murder mysteries, but also confirms something else we've known for a long time - listeners want to hear a good story. Unsolved murders are compelling, yes, but Serial is compelling because it puts the listener as close as one can possibly get to an event that happened in 1999."
John Evans

Augmented Reality Read Aloud Stations (with QR codes too!) | Class Tech Tips - 1 views

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    "If you're a regular reader of ClassTechTips.com you know how much I love scannable technology!  I've had the opportunity this past year to work with LitWorld as they've developed iPad literacy programing for children and families.  One super fun set of posters we're using this fall let's students scan a poster to access a video of a read aloud."
John Evans

50 Online Early Readers (with audio) | mattBgomez - 3 views

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    "I found an awesome website that has over 100 early readers with audio! The site is Unite For Literacy and I took the first 50 of the books and created a Symbaloo webmix for my class. The best part is these books work on the iPad as well! I will make another webmix of 50 more books soon."
John Evans

STEM and Writing: A Super Combination | Edutopia - 0 views

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    " brought a superhero into my classroom the other day. He wasn't wearing a cape. He didn't have an alias. But he had the greatest superpower of all: inspiration.

    When you teach using project-based learning (PBL), one brings outside expertise into the classroom. My eighth graders begin the year creating science fiction based origin stories for original superhero characters as an introduction to a greater advocacy unit. Therefore, it seemed natural to bring in an actual scientist. Which brought me to CalTech and Dr. Spyridon Michalakis."
John Evans

Learn » TextProject - 3 views

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    "Schools are about learning-from peers as well as teachers. In class, students learn academic content, but they also learn about social relationships and life skills, such as the need for perseverance to complete tasks successfully.

    To learn something is to gain knowledge about that idea or topic. Learning can occur in formal contexts, such as in a set of experiments about photosynthesis, or, informally, as students chat with one another about favorite books.

    Many synonyms exist for the verb to learn, as well as numerous idioms and common phrases. There many ways to integrate these into everyday classroom and school events."
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