Friday, March 21, 2014

Literacy has taken on a whole knew twist in the 21st century. It is closely tied to the information processing the brain does - in all areas. This article is great and addresses one of the goals of the CCSS. Enjoy! Courtesy of Smart Brief!

Ideas for teaching media literacy under the common core
Under the Common Core State Standards, students are expected to be able to determine in what ways a filmed or live production -- such as a movie -- departs from the original story. In this article, Frank W. Baker, a media literacy education consultant, suggests several resources for teachers to help students determine the difference between history and a Hollywood adaptation, such as this year's Oscar-winning film "12 Years a Slave." MiddleWeb (3/19)Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

This is a great article that you can use of evaluate the use of technology in your district or classroom. Enjoy! Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

R.I. elementary school credits teaching, technology for improvement
A struggling elementary school in Rhode Island is crediting higher expectations, teaching, individualized lessons and leadership for improvement in students' math and reading scores. The school also has worked to integrate technology in the classroom by installing an electronic whiteboard in every classroom and providing students with access to iPads. The Providence Journal (R.I.) (free registration) (3/14)Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

This article is great and supports what we found during a technology pilot at Mt. Blue High School. Enjoy!! Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

How to engage student writers with eBook projects
Teachers can use eBook projects that meet the demands of Common Core State Standards while integrating technology, creativity, critical thinking and other skills. Carl Harvey, a school librarian, said eBooks enhance the writing process. "You're not writing to satisfy just the teacher, you're expanding your audience, taking pride in your work, and having higher expectations for your work," Harvey said. eSchool News (free registration)