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John Evans

Writing Sparks - 2 views

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    "Writing Sparks is a series of inspirational writing challenges for your whole class."
John Evans

50 Writing Prompts for All Grade Levels | Edutopia - 1 views

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    "The collection of prompts below asks young writers to think through real or imagined events, their emotions, and a few wacky scenarios. Try out the ones you think will resonate most with your students. 

    As with all prompts, inform students that their answers should be rated G and that disclosing dangerous or illegal things they're involved in will obligate you to file a report with the administration or school counselors. Finally, give students the option of writing "PERSONAL" above some entries that they don't want anyone to read. We all need to let scraggly emotions run free in our prose sometimes."
John Evans

A Year of Picture Prompts: Over 160 Images to Inspire Writing - The New York Times - 7 views

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    "This school year we added a new feature to our daily lineup of student activities. Called "Picture Prompts," these short, accessible, image-driven posts feature photographs and illustrations from The Times, and invite a variety of written or spoken responses - from creative storytelling to personal narrative to constructing an argument or analyzing what a work of "op-art" might be saying.

    Teachers tell us they use these prompts to inspire student writing - whether in their journals, as a timed opportunity or to practice inferring meaning "without worrying about getting the right or wrong answer."

    They also use them with a variety of learners, from high school to middle or elementary school students to English Language Learners of all ages. As one teacher put it, she uses them "for helping teenagers to start talking to each other."

    Below, we've categorized the 160+ prompts we published during the 2016-17 school year based on the type of writing they primarily encourage students to do. All are still open for comment. Plus, we have a lesson plan on how to teach with Picture Prompts, along with other Times images, in case you're looking for more inspiration."
John Evans

10 of the Most Outstanding BookTube Channels | Parchment Girl - 3 views

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    "I don't know about you, but when I logon to YouTube, I usually end up spending hours clicking from video to video. It's probably not the most productive way to spend an afternoon, but it's hard to control myself when there are so many amazing vloggers (video bloggers) talking about books!

    A couple of years ago I wrote A Beginner's Guide to BookTube, in which I highlighted some of my favorite channels and videos. Since then, so many new book lovers have joined the ranks and some previously small and unknown channels have grown to epic proportions. Choosing just ten favorites was hard and I spend hours agonizing over this list, but I'm happy with the result. Without further ado, here are my top ten favorite BookTube channels in no particular order:"
John Evans

Teaching with Graphic Novels | Edudemic - 3 views

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    Modern graphic novels have emerged as effective teaching tools that help improve literacy, explain complex concepts, and get students excited about reading.
John Evans

11 Websites and Apps for Social Studies Reading Passages - Class Tech Tips - 1 views

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    "How are you making connections between your English Language Arts instruction and the work happening in social studies? Incorporating social studies reading passages into your instruction can help you address learning goals in both subject areas. If you are teaching a lesson about the American Revolution you might share a short selection of informational text so students can discuss cause and effect in a reading passage in the context of that moment in history. If you are reading a historical fiction novel you can use short reading passages to provide additional information on notable figures or events that pop up during the course of the story.

    Earlier this year I shared some favorite online resources for science reading passages (see the post here). There are a handful of great social studies reading passages organized on websites and available in mobile apps. Locating just-right resources for your classroom can be a struggle, especially when it comes to reading materials. As you begin the search for content to share with your students, you'll want to check out the range of resources featured on this list. Make sure to scroll to the bottom for a special link to reading response tools that students can use in combination with the resources on this list."
John Evans

Playful Learning in the Early Years: The Gingerbread Man Coding Reteel - 1 views

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    "This week we've been reading a favourite winter time story! The children love the adventures the Gingerbread Man has as he runs away from the different characters in the story. They are always so sad at the end when he is eaten by the fox!
     

     
    Today I challenged them to retell the story and help the Gingerbread Man outsmart the bakers, cow, goat, cat and fox by using a coding game. This activity helped the children to strengthen their retell as they recalled the story and sequenced the events of the story, and encouraged them to practise their coding skills, specifically oral language related to directionality and number.
     
    We used a small stuffed Gingerbread Man, photos of the different characters from the text, our coding board (sensory table lid with tape), and directional coding cards. "
Nik Peachey

Phraseum - language learning online https://t.co/NifAo5lpcW #elt #esl #efl #edtech #voc... - 1 views

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    Phraseum - language learning online https://t.co/NifAo5lpcW #elt #esl #efl #edtech #vocab #ell #ela #mfl #edapp https://t.co/7wN4Vgqh7k
Nik Peachey

Nik Peachey's Educational Technology Newsletter - 5th August 2016 - 0 views

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    Nik Peachey's Educational Technology Newsletter - 5th August 2016 https://t.co/TYpRDK7CZ8
    My edtech newsletter: https://t.co/TYpRDK7CZ8 #elt #tesol #edtech #efl #k12 #edreform #esl #auselt #ell #ela
Nik Peachey

Nik's Learning Technology Blog: 20 + Things you can do with QR codes in your school - 2 views

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    20 things to do with QR codes https://t.co/ck6hOAXBX5 #elt #esl #efl #edtech #k12 #ell #ela
Nik Peachey

Kotobee - The ultimate free epublishing tool | PeacheyPublications.com - 1 views

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    free epublishing and app creation tool https://t.co/MnOkBYiAZV #elt #esl #epub #digilit #lms #library #k12 #ell #ela
Nik Peachey

Reimagining School Writing | Learning Technolog... - 4 views

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    Reimagining School Writing https://t.co/WFRTkvOKD8 #elt #edtech #esl #ell #ela #k12 #writing #edreform https://t.co/xl29a0YavU
Nik Peachey

Digital-Classrooms-TedEd | PeacheyPublications.com - 1 views

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    TED Ed is a great tool for creating online lessons around videos. It enables you to structure a sequence of interactive activities around the video clip that guides the viewer towards a deeper understanding of the content. It's an ideal tool for building blended learning.
John Evans

12 Common Reasons Students Don't Read & What You Can Do About It | TeachThought - 2 views

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    "Why don't students read more?

    Digital distractions? No books at home? Too much testing? Kim Kardashian? It depends on the student. It depends on illiteracy vs aliteracy. It depends on how you define reading (does reading long-winded character dialogues in Square Enix games count?) So below, I've gathered some of the most common reasons students don't read, and provided some ways you can begin to address that issue."
John Evans

4 Strategies for Teaching Students How to Revise | Edutopia - 3 views

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    "I'm a fan of the writing workshop. That means I also write with my students, and I allow plenty of time for students to conference with me and with each other. I also provide models of what good writing looks like -- and lots of them.

    Here's what the classroom writing process looks like:

    Brainstorming (Think About It)
    Drafting (Getting It Down)
    Revising (Making It Better)
    Editing (Making It Right)
    Publishing (Sharing It!)
    At the beginning of the writing process, I have had students write silently. For it to be successful, in my experience, students need plenty of topics handy (self-generated, or a list of topics, questions, and prompts provided). Silent writing is a wonderful, focused activity for the brainstorming and drafting stage of the writing process. I also think it's important that the teacher write during this time, as well (model, model, model).

    However, when it comes to revising, and later, editing, I think peer interaction is necessary. Students need to, for example, "rehearse" words, phrases, introductions, and thesis statements with each other during the revision stage."
Mike Nantais

Newsela | Instructional Content Platform - 1 views

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    news, education resources,
John Evans

Transform Your Classroom into a Makerspace | - 4 views

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    "As finals approached this year, I had a desire to do something different. In the past I've had students write a timed five-paragraph argument essay about whether Montag, from Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, is a conformist or nonconformist. My students had already written four essays this year, so I decided to ditch the essay. Instead, I had them select a metaphor from the novel and asked them to bring it to life creating a 3D visual metaphor."
John Evans

Excellent Story Writing Apps for Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning - 3 views

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    "Below is a short collection of some interesting iPad apps students can use to help them with their writing and more specifically, outlining, drafting and writing stories. Some of these apps are featured here for the first time but for more options on digital storytelling apps check out this page."
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