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Technology in Literacy Ed

  • Opening Doors to Digital Worlds With VoiceThread

    A local rural middle school teacher sought to shift her literacy instruction from less teacher-directed to more student-centered learning. Key in this transformation was the development of digital book projects by groups of students.
  • English Companion Ning: The Social Network for and by Teachers

    The English Companion Ning (ECN), is an online community “where English teachers go to help each other.”
  • Explain Everything: Using Screencasting Applications in the Classroom

    Screencasting tools such as Explain Everything allow teachers and students to create and share content with a wider audience.
  • Creating Collaborative Spaces Using Padlet

    In simplest terms, Padlet is a digital wall where users can post content of their choice, including text, images, documents, and videos. Users can even add their own digital drawings.
  • IRA Technology and Reading Award Winner Brings Positive Change to Title 1 Students

    This year's winner of the IRA Award for Technology and Reading, Stephanie Laird from Mitchellville Elementary School in Mitchellville, IA, uses technology to "level the playing field" for her students.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Promoting a Collaborative Environment With Classroom Blogs

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