Thursday, May 26, 2011

Literacy throughout the disciplines, to include the World Language Classroom

Literacy is one of the most common terms used in our society today.  We are surrounded by literacy terms - "financial literacy," "technological literacy," "geographical literacy," to name a few.  

Lisa Dalrymple, Foreign Language Department Head for  Mt. Blue RSD, will look at the expanded definition of literacy as it applies across the content areas.  

"It is not enough to say that literacy is defined by being able to read and write.  Today our students need to be able to do an array of tasks to be literate.  Students need to be able to comprehend, identify, prioritize, organize, retrieve, and understand within a context that is meaningful.  Literacy is not confined to one area of a person's life but rather it is found in every discipline. "... Lisa Dalrymple




Topic:  Literacy Across the Curriculum
  
Presenters: Lisa Dalrymple

Date: June 2, 2011

Time: 3:00-4:00 p.m.


To take part in the webinar click on this link:





*Audio access to the meetings will be conducted via phone bridge.  To help participants connect by phone, a box will appear asking for their phone number so the Connect conference room can call them back.
Those using a telephone with a direct-dial phone number, should accept this option, enter their phone number, and the conference room will call them right back.
Those who have a telephone with no direct-line phone number (if their phone is only reached by a switchboard), should click on CANCEL when the call-back box appears, then dial-in to the meeting using this access combination:
·         Dial-in 1-866-910-4857
·         Password 985399
Detailed instructions on joining the meeting can be found online at http://www.maine.gov/education/lsalt/paap/materialstools/documents/PK20-2_login_instructions.pdf.
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Monday, May 16, 2011

Should students use their own mobile devices in the classroom?

A great read for all educators!  This proposal has some interesting possibilities.

School policies that allow students to use their own mobile-technology devices in the classroom are becoming more popular as educators look for ways to introduce one-to-one computing. Research on one-to-one laptop programs suggests the benefits of mobile-learning initiatives might include better attendance, more educational resources and improved achievement. Some educators are concerned about students becoming distracted by the devices, but others say the novelty wears off and is replaced by higher engagement in academic uses. eSchool News