Tag Archive: technology

Yes &… with Digital Tools We Can

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As we set off to create writers who write in tandem with the printed world and the digital world there are a few we need to consider.

8 Great Ways to Meet Writers Where They Are

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Throughout the conference, I watched, listened, and played with digital tools and all along I thought about our students and how digital tools have the capability to make all students feel successful.  I was in awe of the opportunities digital devices bring to our classrooms.

A Data System For Tracking Progress

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The  last post I wrote was about what students will say leads to their growth as writers. In that post, I mentioned the data system we use to track their progress, and several people… Continue reading

Q&A About the Upcoming Classroom SOLSC

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Watch a video call I had with elementary school students from Julie Johnson’s school about the upcoming Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge.

Let this be a reminder to you too!

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I almost lost this: It’s not quite a tragedy, since it is something I could have recovered. Granted it wouldn’t have been much fun and I would have been grumbling on the inside about… Continue reading

My Life as a Reader.

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The first unit of study is coming to a close.  The summative assessment is two part.  First, students are to create a multimedia presentation (text + image + audio) of their past, present,… Continue reading

Tech Tools You Should Know About Too

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I met with one of my colleagues after school yesterday to talk-tech with her. We did some URL swapping as well. Here are some of the amazing sites she informed me about, which… Continue reading

Standard English vs. Texting.

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In my most November 2008 issue of The Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, I came across an article by Gloria E. Jacobs, “We Learn What We Do:  Developing a Repertoire of Writing… Continue reading

A Couple “Techy” Rubrics

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Earlier this week, I posted about the process of determining how to attach grades to chats and discussion forums.  Before break, my students divided into two groups and determined the areas which should… Continue reading

Swarming Thoughts

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Since I returned from San Antonio late Monday night, I’ve had two days with my students as I embrace my shifted paradigm of using technology.  I really didn’t realize that I needed to shift… Continue reading

Reflecting on Digi-Storytelling

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Last night, Stacey & I put together our first digital story.  Although it is quite rough, a bit cheesy, and borderline ridiculous — the benefits far outweigh the potential embarrassing consequences of posting… Continue reading

Online Brainstorming Tool

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The newest Web 2.0 Tool I learned about yesterday at NCTE is called bubbl.us. It’s a brainstorming tool, which I briefly demonstrated, while Ruth taped me using a digital camera, in the video… Continue reading

Netvibes

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Every now and then I try out a new technology and really like it. This morning that new technology is NETVIBES. In an instant it allowed me to create a personalized page with… Continue reading

Virtual Author Visit

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video visit_2, originally uploaded by happygirl_77. Yesterday was Ball State University’s first virtual author visit of the school year. Sue Price and Betsy Likens(middle school language arts teachers) joined their classes in order to… Continue reading

Document Camera

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The Reading Zone posed some questions (on her blog) about how other teachers use document cameras in the classroom. Since the document camera I was fortunate to have was bestowed upon my room… Continue reading

Stixy: My new favorite tech toy

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My Stixyboard for Wednesday 9-3-08 Originally uploaded by teachergal I discovered Stixy this past weekend, which is essentially an online bulletin board. The users of Stixy suggest using it in the following ways:… Continue reading