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John Evans

Running Record Calculator App | Class Tech Tips - 0 views

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    "Collecting data on student progress is an important part of making decisions about intervention and how to best support the children in our classrooms.  Running Record Calculator is an app for iOS devices that helps teachers who are administering this type of assessment.  It records students as they read a passage and gives you a quick way to keep track of self-corrections and errors.  After the recording finishes you can enter the word count from the passage to calculate words per minute."
John Evans

Edutech for Teachers » Blog Archive » Spotlight on Strategies: A-E-I-O-U - 0 views

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    "On tap this week: A-E-I-O-U, a visual literacy strategy that focuses on teaching student how to interpret information related to classroom content as well as how to express their learning in multiple ways."
John Evans

Study Shows iPads Could Improve Literacy Skills in Young Children - InformED : - 0 views

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    "A recent study has found that kindergartners who use iPads in school are likely to score higher on literacy tests than those who do not.
    The study, which was carried out in Auburn, Maine early last year, looked at 266 kindergartners who had been given free iPads to use in class as part of an experiment. Out of the 266 students, 129 were given lessons using iPads, while the remaining 137 were taught through traditional methods.
    The results, which were published on Apple's unofficial tech blog, TUAW, showed that in addition to better scores in every literacy test, children who were taught through the use of an iPad also showed an increased interest in learning and were more enthusiastic about going to school."
John Evans

March 2015: Literacies for the digital age: Information and digital literacy - DEN Blog... - 2 views

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    "This is the seventh in a series of blog posts highlighting the digital literacies our students will need to succeed. The first posts covered financial literacy, visual literacy, media literacy, historical literacy, numeracy, and data literacy. This post will provide you with some ideas on how to infuse information literacy and digital literacy skills into the curriculum."
John Evans

The Library Voice: If There Is One Thing You Do Today....Check Out All Of The AMAZING T... - 0 views

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    "We all love finding a great new resource to use with our students and school community.  

    Well, I got one for you to check out today!  It is called Flocabulary and it is one of the most engaging, creative, and fun websites out there.

    And most of all....

    It gets our young people excited about learning through music and movement!  They love it! "
John Evans

Music Makes You a Better Reader, Says Neuroscience - 1 views

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    "It's known as the "musician's advantage." 

    For decades, educators, scientists, and researchers have observed that students who pick up musical instruments tend to excel in academics-taking the lead in measures of vocabulary, reading, and non-verbal reasoning and attention skills, just to name a few. But why musical training conferred such an advantage remained a bit of a mystery. "
John Evans

16 of the Best Financial Literacy Resources for 2015 | Edudemic - 4 views

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    "Money is a necessary tool, but like any other, it can easily lead its untrained users into uncomfortable - perhaps even painful - situations. So why, then is, financial literacy an educational requirement in less than half of the states in the U.S.? Students deserve to approach life armed with the knowledge they need to understand money matters. The following resources can give you insight into how to bring financial literacy into your classroom."
John Evans

Do Kids Really Learn From Playing Educational Games on Tablets? | Catriona Wa... - 0 views

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    "Last night while helping my 8-year-old son do his weekly spelling homework, my 5-year-old, always looking to divert attention his way, told me he'd learnt how to write the letters A and Z while playing an alphabet and phonics learning game on my tablet. "Would you like me to write the big or little A for you?" he asked grinning with self pride.

    Until recently, there has been little empirical evidence to answer the question everyone's asking about whether these educational Apps kids love playing really do teach them anything. But now there is hard evidence they do.

    A recent study conducted by New York University shows that a reading and phonics learning App had a measurable impact on the literacy of children."
John Evans

Ecological Literacy: Two Outstanding Resources | Henderson Hallway - 0 views

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    "Every day on Twitter, media outlets, and through my inbox, I am lambasted with arguments as to the essential elements of 21st century learning and teaching and its merits. Most of the skills and knowledge associated with 21st century learning begin with "C" for some strange reason, and deal with notions of creativity, collaboration, citizenship, etc. Here is a very popular framework.

    While I do acknowledge that we need a perpetual debate as to what learning is and what excellence in teaching might be, I think that much of our focus as educators has been diverted to thought experiments where we are trying to predict the future. We are told what skills students will need in the future as if we have a crystal ball. How can we presume to prepare young people for any kind of future? Will they need lasers are on their heads?"
Nigel Coutts

Confronting our fears in the haunted house of the unknown - 3 views

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    A recent lesson with my Year Six class reminded me of the fear teachers face when confronted by the unknown. I thought the lesson would go quite smoothly, I have taught it before but this time things went in an unexpected and frightening direction.
Nigel Coutts

The Slow Regard of Silent Things - 2 views

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    You might not want to buy this book.' These are not my words but the first line of the authors foreword, a warning that this book by Patrick Rothfuss is not for everyone but it is for anyone who loves words and quality literature.
John Evans

Coding is the New Literacy - Think Playgrounds, Not Playpens - 2 views

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    "There is no denying that coding is snowballing in importance across schools all around the world. Whether it's Scratch, Programming Games or the Hour of Code, an understanding of software and the ability to code is fast becoming an essential skill for all 21st century learners.

    At a recent TEDx event in Jackson Mississippi, Professor Marina Bers discussed her research into the design and study of innovative learning technologies to promote children's positive development. How does this research manifest and present itself in the real world? Well programming robots of course!"
Ninja Essays

Best Tools for More Effective Writing * Inspired Magazine - 2 views

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    Many people think it's easy to be a freelance writer. If you love writing, then you shouldn't have a problem achieving your daily working goals, right? Well, actual freelance writers wouldn't jump to that conclusion so easily. Even when you are very familiar with the topic you need to cover, the content usually takes much longer than the period you had planned in your schedule.
C CC

Session 234 - Literacy Subject Special - 3 views

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    Summary and Storify from #UKEdChat Literacy Subject Special
John Evans

14 of the Best Media Literacy Resources for 2014 | Edudemic - 5 views

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    "The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) reports that children spend an average of seven hours a day consuming various types of media. This data illustrates that society's voracious appetite for media makes media literacy more important than ever.

    How can you teach your students to interact responsibly with the media? The following resources can help you plan thought-provoking lessons on the subject."
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