Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Here is a great blog post that summarizes the shifts that should be in place in all classrooms for all literacy. The CCSS supports this transition. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

How technology is changing elementary-school literacy education
Technology has changed the meaning and scope of literacy during the past 20 years, elementary-school teacher Kathy Cassidy writes in this blog post. Cassidy writes that her students write simple stories on classroom blogs, learn to read on interactive e-books and share their communication skills to a worldwide audience, rather than being limited to a single teacher or class. "The days of students reading only books, writing only on paper and becoming literate in an isolated classroom have past," she writes. Powerful Learning Practice (7/28)
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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Looking at literacy as used in the 21st century...courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Preparing students for their futures: 21st-century skills and the common core
In a recent Inservice post, ASCD author Susan Z. Beers draws from her ASCD action tool,
"Teaching 21st Century Skills: An ASCD Action Tool," to provide readers the keys to effectively implementing the Common Core State Standards and teaching 21st-century skills. You'll learn what steps to take to make your classroom a place that truly prepares students for their futures. Read on.Bookmark and Share

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Following is a summary of the options schools will be faced with when students and teachers return to school this coming fall. I have included it here so teachers can think about the upcoming choices they will face. Writing and reading are always used to assess students! Take a look and think about what would work best for your students in your classroom! Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief!

Email Policy Points: Multiple measures of accountability
States and districts across the United States are in the process of revising, piloting, and implementing new evaluation systems. A recent issue of ASCD's Policy Points provides a look at the benefits and drawbacks of a variety of ways to evaluate students, educators and schools. Read on.Bookmark and Share

Monday, July 1, 2013

The use of technology to promote literacy strategies must be taught by educators who understand the literacy process. Following is a article about the improtance of PD when using technology - courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief - and a great online learning opportunity on how to use technology to support literacy from Choice Literacy. Enjoy:}

ISTE speaker advocates for professional development
Professional development is key to the success of classroom technology, according to 2013 Superintendent of the Year Mark Edwards, who spoke at the International Society for Technology in Education conference. "I've seen a lot of districts around the country that think just passing out a piece of hardware is going to make a difference," he said. "The professional development is the life blood of this," he added. The final day of the conference, Wednesday, also featured a "pitch fest," in which the top prize went to LearnZillion, a firm that provides professional development aligned with the Common Core State Standards. San Antonio Express-News (6/26)
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  Franki Sibberson is leading a online class for Choice Literacy this month. Franki's course, The Tech-Savvy Literacy Teacher, is offered July 16 - 24. For details and registration materials, click on the Workshops link:

Workshop: The Tech Savvy Literacy Teacher (July 16 - 24)

Format: Online Course
Grade(s): K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Topic(s): Teaching Writing, Technology, Teaching Reading, Teacher Study Groups

It’s easy to get lost among the new gadgets, software and web resources for young readers and writers.  Many are shiny objects best to ignore, but some are incredible tools for helping students become more skilled and independent.
This intensive eight-day course will jumpstart your learning about technology, with an introduction to scores of resources and videos of children at work you'll want to explore all summer long. Franki Sibberson will help participants align thoughtful reading and writing instruction with the best of the free and low-cost web-based resources available for teachers.  This three-week course will also focus on how technology is changing the ways we all access and use texts in our daily lives in fundamental ways, and what that might mean in our classrooms.  You’ll leave this practical, hands-on class with dozens of new links, resources and tools for integrating technology into your literacy program.
This online course is taught as a series of three modules, with each module including a webcast with Franki. These webcasts are recorded, to allow participants to view (and review) them at convenient times. Students can chat with Franki and classmates between sessions through the closed class discussion board, where many additional resources will be shared.
Topics to be discussed include:
Book Previewing in the Internet Age -- Resources to help readers of all ages become more independent and thoughtful in making book choices.
Building an Online Writing Community -- We'll explore the power of online writing, including ways to connect your students with others throughout the country and world.
Renewal with Technology -- We'll delve into the importance of using tools yourself, especially social media for informal professional development.
Connecting with Authors -- There are a wealth of resources on the web to help connect students with authors in personal and meaningful ways.
The course fee of $295 includes all three webcasts, an online discussion forum with personal response from Franki to questions, concerns, and practice activities in classrooms, The Right Book at the Right Time DVD of Franki in action with students (a $159 value), Franki's latest book The Joy of Planning, a three-month subscription to Choice Literacy for nonmembers, and all course materials. Choice Literacy members receive a discount of $50 off the $295 list price -- just be sure to log in before checking out and your discount will be noted in your shopping cart.
Franki Sibberson is the author of many books and videos for teachers, including Beyond Leveled Books and Day-to-Day Assessment in the Reading Workshop (both with Karen Szymusiak).  She writes a popular children's literature blog, A Year of Reading, with Mary Lee Hahn.
Testimonials from participants in Franki Sibberson's workshops last year:
This workshop was exactly what I was looking for to improve my reading instruction!  Wonderful tips with fabulous books given to us that I will use in my classroom right away.  What a wonderful surprise.
                                                            Deb Hanewich
Franki did a great job connecting fiction and nonfiction units to themes, inferring, predicting, etc.  I loved the giveaways of books to take back and use.
                                                       Lisa Altham-Hickey
Franki has me chomping at the bit to get back to school and get started.  I loved the explanation of how planning should be done - how it makes sense and the lack of numbers or graphs needed to do it.
                                                                     Pat Geller
Truthfully, I'd go to any Choice Literacy Workshop.  Every one is fabulous - I still can't get over how many lovely "prizes" you give out.  A million thanks for a wonderful day.
                                                      Betsy Joseph
It was all wonderful - great pace, fantastic presenter, good variety, so helpful.  Thank you!
                                               Beverly Gallagher
Choice Literacy is such an exciting group of professionals - having real lessons shared, and seeing the videos of the ideas in action was invaluable.  What amazing treats and books!
                                                     Jennifer Peacock

I love being able to hear leaders in the literacy field share - these are the people I looking up to, and read their books and blogs.  The workshop is so helpful with ideas teachers can take and use right away, but we also receive many ideas for reflection.
                                                             Diane Donat
This workshop was very fast-paced and extremely helpful.  I had only heard great things about Franki and expected it to be a terrific day - and it was!
                                                     Kathy Provost
Franki explained step by step how to expand our teaching with a particular strategy using different books and minilessons, moving from simple to more complex strategies.  Franki is so informative, funny, and you can tell she loves what she does.  What an outstanding workshop!  So much information and wonderful gifts.
                                                              Debbie Dailey
This is my second Choice Literacy workshop and both were fabulous.  Franki was great!
                                               Andrea Bell
Franki's vast knowledge of books, her energy, her up to date research. . .it all made the day fly by.  She makes me pause and think in new ways about my teaching.
                                            Mary Johnson
Franki Sibberson

Franki Sibberson is the Lead Contributor for Choice Literacy. She has worked for over 20 years as a teacher at different grade levels and school librarian. Franki is the co-author with Karen Szymusiak of many books and videos on teaching reading in the intermediate grades. You can keep up with Franki on the popular blog she writes with Mary Lee Hahn, A Year of Reading.