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Jeremy Davis

Newsela | Nonfiction Literacy and Current Events - 23 views

    Changing lexile levels of current events.
Paul Beaufait

JSTOR: The Elementary School Journal, Vol. 36, No. 6 (Feb., 1936), pp. 456-460 - 9 views

    Dolch, E. W. (1936). A basic sight vocabulary.
    The Elementary School Journal, 36(6), 456-460.

    Published by: The University of Chicago Press
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Steve Ransom

ScootPad :: Practice. Learn. Succeed. - 29 views

    Free for teachers, students, parents.
Paul Beaufait

Skype Announces Collaboration with Prominent Organizations to Further Empower Teachers ... - 21 views

  • Skype in the classroom strives to enrich students' learning experiences to discover new cultures, languages and ideas without leaving the classroom. 
  • Skype in the classroom strives to enrich students' learning experiences to discover new cultures, languages and ideas without leaving the classroom.  Skype in the classroom now features each individual organization's dynamic content, projects and available guest speakers
  • To join Skype in the classroom and view these exclusive resources, teachers should:

      • Sign up at using their Skype account details
      • Create a profile which includes their interests, location and the age groups they teach
      • Once complete, teachers will have full range to explore the Skype in the classroom organization microsites, utilize vast content from these organizations and engage in conversations with select guest experts.

    For more information or to register for Skype in the classroom, please visit

    Press release about Skype in the classroom
Paul Beaufait

Starfall's Learn to Read with phonics - 25 views

    "a free public service to teach children to read with phonics" pointed out by Ken Bain (2012)
Paul Beaufait

What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success - Anu Partanen - National -... - 16 views

  • As for accountability of teachers and administrators, Sahlberg shrugs. "There's no word for accountability in Finnish," he later told an audience at the Teachers College of Columbia University. "Accountability is something that is left when responsibility has been subtracted."
  • The main driver of education policy is not competition between teachers and between schools, but cooperation.
  • Decades ago, when the Finnish school system was badly in need of reform, the goal of the program that Finland instituted, resulting in so much success today, was never excellence. It was equity.
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  • Finland -- unlike, say, very similar countries such as Norway -- was producing academic excellence through its particular policy focus on equity.
  •  the number of foreign-born residents in Finland doubled during the decade leading up to 2010, and the country didn't lose its edge in education. Immigrants tended to concentrate in certain areas, causing some schools to become much more mixed than others, yet there has not been much change in the remarkable lack of variation between Finnish schools in the PISA surveys across the same period.
  • Educational policy, Abrams suggests, is probably more important to the success of a country's school system than the nation's size or ethnic makeup.
  • When Finnish policymakers decided to reform the country's education system in the 1970s, they did so because they realized that to be competitive, Finland couldn't rely on manufacturing or its scant natural resources and instead had to invest in a knowledge-based economy. 
  • It is possible to create equality. And perhaps even more important -- as a challenge to the American way of thinking about education reform -- Finland's experience shows that it is possible to achieve excellence by focusing not on competition, but on cooperation, and not on choice, but on equity.
    Partanen, Anu. (2011). What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success. The Atlantic. Retrieved January 9, 2012, from
Phil Taylor

Reading a Book Versus a Screen: Different Reading Devices, Different Modes of Reading?|... - 25 views

  • "This study provides us with a scientific basis for dispelling the widespread misconception that reading from a screen has negative effects," explains Füssel. "There is no (reading) culture clash – whether it is analog or digital, reading remains the most important cultural technology."
  • "We have thus demonstrated that the subjective preference for the printed book is not an indicator of how fast and how well the information is processed," concludes Professor Schlesewsky
Phil Taylor

Educational Leadership:Reading Comprehension:Making Sense of Online Text - 33 views

    I worked with Julie Curio a few years ago for MA New Literacies. I think it is so important to start teaching students these new skill to comprehend text and to efficiently search a topic. However, I teach graduate level courses and I do these exercises with teachers and many (regardless of age) do not know these strategies. States need to do more PD to bring administrators and teachers up to par so we can make sure our students are ready for whatever comes their way. Thanks, ~Katy
aunt tammie

Online Video Lectures and Course Materials - Open Yale Courses - 34 views

    Open Yale Courses. Lectures from Yale University
Lisa Thumann

Incentives to Keep Students Reading This Summer « Thumann Resources - 33 views

    4 incentives for prizes, free books and cash
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