Friday, May 31, 2013

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Here is a great example of how technology can assist schools in literacy - and begin to move towards the 21st century. Enjoy - courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Web-based platform starts new chapter for school libraries
Several Pennsylvania school districts have pooled together their money to launch a $30,000 project giving students access to electronic and audio books through the Web-based platform OverDrive. The service is free and gives students access to the books anytime, anyplace. Educators say the technology will allow school libraries to expand students' access to materials and eliminate the hassles of lost books and late fines. The Express-Times (Easton-Bethlehem, Pa.) (5/21)

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Monday, May 20, 2013

The intent of the Common Core is to focus classroom instruction on inquiry - preferably using technology. Here is a great article that discusses how this was done in some schools in Wisconsin - courtesy of ASCD.

IPads engage students in Wis. elementary, middle schools
Teachers say an iPad pilot program in the Wausau School District in Wisconsin has inspired students to research, read and write more. The devices, distributed in September to 1,000 to elementary- and eighth-grade students, have been used in various projects, such as making e-books, digital presentations and blogs, and the program may expand to include ninth-grade students. "I think it's been a highly effective and successful project for students and student learning," said Jon Euting, principal of Franklin Elementary School. The Wausau Daily Herald (Wis.) (tiered subscription model) (5/12)Bookmark and Share

Friday, May 10, 2013

What to consider when using iPads for classroom reading -courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

This is a great article that addresses one of the challenges of reading on a i-pad or tables.  Teachers need to be aware of this challenge and should develop instructional strategies to help students.

Tablet computers such as iPads can help students share their reading insights with others, but students need to learn discipline for sustained and focused reading on such devices, writes Justin Reich, a fellow at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. In this blog post, Reich suggests teaching "attention" as a skill and helping students strike a balance between
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