Heinemann Digital Campus

Digital Literacies

    • Technology in Literacy Ed

    Technology Fuels Engaged Summer Reading

    Summers for middle school students in a mid-size city are a time for hanging out with friends, playing baseball, riding bikes, going to the local community centers, swimming, reading and going to the public library. What? Kids are reading and going to the library? Yes!
    • Plugged In

    What Will You Do Differently?

    There are two major areas in the world of the classroom where a strong foundation paves the way to a smooth and productive year: communication and getting to know our students.  I thought I would take this opportunity to share with you some of the strategies, practices, and tools I will be using in the upcoming school year in order to kick off the school year right.
    • Technology in Literacy Ed

    Fly to Twitter for Online PD

    Educators worldwide are very willing to share what they know and Twitter is a huge resource for professional development. By following a simple hashtag title entire discussions can open up to you.
    • App a Day

    A Wealth of Digital Aids for Early Readers

    Various free and inexpensive websites and apps can be used strategically to augment print resources, including with primary-aged learners. Sites designed for young learners require minimal technology skills beyond clicking a mouse.
    • Technology in Literacy Ed

    Take Time to Wix

    Wix—a tool that helps you incorporate HTML web content, uses Web 2.0 tools also builds on the skills of the plugged-in generation of students currently in our schools.
    • App a Day

    Building Timelines in the Digital Classroom

    My personal favorite of the Read Write Think app collection, RWT Timeline, has been recognized as a 2014 Best App for Teaching and Learning by the American Association of School Librarians. This is a well-deserved honor for an organization that has done so much to finally bring language arts instruction for the intermediate and middle school grades into the digital age.
    • Technology in Literacy Ed

    Technologies for Acquiring and Making Literacy

    In 2013, Nelleke Belo, Susan McKenney, and Joke Voogt conducted a review to further understand research outcomes in the use of technology for early literacy acquisition in the kindergarten classroom.
    • Plugged In

    Just Because We Can, Should We?

    We see things claiming to make our educator lives easier and make learning more fun for learners. However, just because we can bring that technology into our classrooms, does it necessarily mean that it will do a better job at supporting student learning?
    • Technology in Literacy Ed

    Digital Tools for Teacher Reflection

    Use audio recording apps, social networking, and blogging to reflect and benefit your students and your own progress as an educator.
    • Technology in Literacy Ed

    Promoting a Collaborative Environment With Classroom Blogs

    Writing to a real audience through a blog post is an excellent way to develop audience awareness.
    • Technology in Literacy Ed

    Gathering Diverse Texts for Multimodal Enrichment

    Blendspace works nicely as a visual filing cabinet for potential resources, which I’ll later post to Edmodo if I choose to use them.
    • App a Day

    Do-It-Yourself Professional Development

    School is out for summer! Is there anything better than the first days of summer break? I always have a ton of plans for the productive things I will do with my time off—after taking a few days for myself, of course.
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