DIBELS Testing The Big Five! Initial Sound Fluency Letter Naming Fluency Phoneme Segmentation Fluency Nonsense Word Fluency Oral Reading Fluency
IRA research for reading and technology IRAs Technology Statement which came out about three years ago says the new literacies of today will be replaced by even newer literacies tomorrow as new information and communication technologies continuously immerge. Don Leu is given credit for this statement www.literacy.uconn.edu/
Have fun with learning Are you a Digital Native or a Digital Immigrant? Digital Natives are students in K-12 Digital Immigrants still print off emails! We are new to the technology.
Did you know? Individuals aged 13-17 spend more time on the Internet than watching TV Ages 6-17 include online activities like homework and research –one in every 5 is using the Internet at home everyday for educational purposes –8 out of 10 have video game consuls; more than 50% have handheld video players and/or game players
Who plays games? 82% of students play games outside of school at least twice a month and boys are more likely to play than girls 8 to 18 age group 50 minutes a day are playing videogames 35 percent of game players are under the age of 18 43 percent of 18-49 year olds play games
Benefits of playing games and using the Internet and other technological resources: higher-order thinking skills are required practical skills are reinforced practice in high performance situations develop expertise and team building these activities help you figure out the who, the why, the when, and what would happen if? Isnt that cause and effect when you think about it? involves students in doing something they enjoy doing it is a part of today's culture all types of children on all different levels can actively participate How can we incorporate childrens enthusiasm for games, the Internet, and other technology resources?
Why use the Internet for Teaching and Learning? Extend opportunities for all students to acquire these important skills and strategies New literacies build on foundational literacies and extend and reinforce them Expose students to new reading, writing, viewing, navigating, and communicating skills Raz-kids.com Prices: –Individual subscription 59.99 –School/Group (10 teachers/classrooms) 39.99 –District License (50 teachers/classrooms) 29.99
Engagement and Motivation There are many excellent resources available on the Internet to encourage, motivate, and support readers as they acquire these new literacies. Students can use these sites both at school and outside school to extend their literacy experiences. So we are here to help you get started: –www.interventioncentral.comwww.interventioncentral.com
Tips for Struggling Readers http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/static/guides/animals/animals.stm http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/static/guides/animals/animals.stm
Five Ways to Use the Internet to Teach Childrens Literature 1. Exploring stories on the Web 2. Inviting students to be authors on the Web 3. Participating in virtual book clubs 4. Collaborating on Internet projects 5. Adding informational websites to the study of literature
Exploring Stories on the Web Helps build students understanding of story structures Introduces new opportunities to develop Internet navigational skills Helps develop positive dispositions toward technology
Inviting students to be authors on the Web Increases engagement in writing. Works can be showcased and made available to a wide audience. Revising and editing become more purposeful, because the work is shared with the public.
Scholastic Online Book Reviews http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/swyar/
Scholastic Online Book Reviews http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/swyar/
Interactive Read Along Stories Transform traditional oral and print stories by adding graphics, sound animation, and video to create interactive texts. Learners become familiar with stories in a new format. Fosters strategies for decoding, fluency, and comprehension of texts. Increases engagement and interest in reading.
TumbleBooks with Word Helper www.tumblebooks.com www.tumblebooks.com
Storybooks on the Web There are a wide variety of free texts in multiple languages available on the web Digital texts encourage reading by offering students a variety of book choices at a click of a button
International Childrens Digital Library Offers 820 books online in 9 languages www.icdlbooks.or g
Digital Storytelling http://www.scott.k12.ky.us/technology/digitalstorytelling/studentstories.html http://www.scott.k12.ky.us/technology/digitalstorytelling/studentstories.html
Participating in Virtual Book Clubs What are they? Forums for students to exchange ideas Students write to a wide audience about the books that are important to them Encourages interaction with different perspectives
EPALS Book Club http://www.epals.com/projects/book_club/ http://www.epals.com/projects/book_club/
The Spaghetti Book Club www.spaghettibookclub.com www.spaghettibookclub.com
Literature Extension Projects Strengthens traditional literacy skills. Introduces new elements that are unique to online reading and writing.
Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do you See? http://www.district87.org/oakland/brownbear/ http://www.district87.org/oakland/brownbear/
Collaborate on Internet Projects What are they? Partnerships between classes in different locations to solve a common problem or explore a common topic. Helps children acquire the collaborative problem-solving, information, and communication skills they will use when they enter the world of work.
Add informational websites to your study of literature Interactive sites transport readers to new places to investigate firsthand accounts, primary source documents, and other resources. Sites not only offer text, but also feature maps, images, videos, animations, and sound files.
Pairing Texts with Informational Websites Create connections that spark wide reading
Midnight Riders: A Paul Revere Virtual Museum Midnight Riders: A Paul Revere Virtual Museum
Why is teaching with the Internet important? We have a responsibility to provide students with a wide range of literacy experiences that demonstrate the ways we read and write in our daily lives. If students dont have access outside of school, they have no opportunity or support for learning the new literacies of the Internet. Our classrooms are the best places for students to acquire the new literacies they will need for the workplaces of the 21st century.
Readers Theaters The Internet allows teachers to acquire the materials needed for implementing Readers Theatre economically, conveniently, and quickly. A recent Google search revealed almost 5000 Web sites that provide scripts, lesson plans, ideas, or useful information relating to Readers Theatre in the classroom. Here are a few below: http://www.scriptsforschools.com/1.html http://www.aaronshep.com/rt/index.html http://www.readinglady.com/index.php?name=Downloads http://www.lisablau.com/ http://www.storiestogrowby.com/ http://pbskids.org/zoom/activities/playhouse/index.html http://www.creativedrama.com/theatre.htm www.timelessteacherstuff.com
Learning To Read http://www.toread.com/ You will find interactive lessons, virtual literature, interesting research, and many other useful topics addressed here. The purpose of this Web page is to improve the quality of reading instruction through the study of the reading process and teaching techniques. It contains many links to developments in literacy, professional materials, research, and critical issues.
Teaching Reading Through Poetry http://litsite.alaska.edu/workbooks/readingpoetry.html Teaching Reading Through Poetry is but one of the many workbooks compiled at LitSite Alaska. Here are practical suggestions to use in your classroom and in other areas of your life. Be sure to investigate some of the other workbooks listed at the bottom of this page. The site also boasts a wide variety of content to encourage reading interest among students of all ages.
Students of the World http://www.studentsoftheworld.info/menu_pres.html Students of the World allows students to choose a penpal from among posted profiles listing age, sex, hobbies, languages used, and remarks. The profiles are listed by country of origin; penpals are selected geographically. Students will be able to discover new cultures, exchange ideas, stamps, postcards, improve knowledge of a foreign language, and perhaps even later to travel there. But, above all, they will enjoy having friends in various parts of the world.
Reading Lady http://www.readinglady.com/index.php This site has some helpful downloads available as well as specific suggestions about how to address areas like comprehension. Several meaty articles about education are featured on the home page with links to each complete article.
eMints National Center eThemes http://www.emints.org/ethemes/ eThemes is an extensive database of content-rich, age- appropriate resources organized around specific themes. These resources are created for educators to use in their classrooms. The purpose is to enrich teaching using instructional strategies powered by technology. You may choose to view a list of eThemes arranged alphabetically or by grade level, or you may search for eThemes of interest.
Giggle Poetry www.gigglepoetry.com Youll find places to learn to write poetry, to read poems by others, to produce poetry theater, to ask the poet, to set up a visit to a classroom by a poet, and pages for teachers of poetry or fiction as well.
Reading Is Fundamental www.rif.org Reading is Fundamental is a very large site devoted to encouraging reading. All programs combine the three major components of reading-phonics, fluency and reading comprehension.
Literature Learning Ladders www.eduscapes.com/ladders Wow, what a find! This comprehensive resource of projects and themes uses book-technology connections to focus on reading. Categories include Themes and Literature Circles, Collaborative and Interactive Projects, Literature-based WebQuests, Ladders of Your Own, Newberys & the Net and Caldecott Connections.www.eduscapes.com/ladders Interdisciplinary themes provide lessons and resources for literature circles. Most themes incorporate technology, with websites to support book studies and communicate with other global classrooms about the book. The Literature-based WebQuests are divided by grade level. Newbery and Caldecott resources offer lessons and units listed by author, title or theme. Connections for medal winners and honor books include author studies and web links related to setting and topics in the book. There are lessons for class projects and even a step-by-step plan for creating your own project.
KidsReads www.kidsreads.com KidsReads is a part of The Book Report Network, whose goal is to support and encourage reading. Features include monthly book themes and topics for readers of all ages, with book lists, thoughtful reviews, author interviews and reader surveys. Sign up for the KidsReads newsletter for features and highlighted book reviews. Students can respond to the Question of the Month by posting their comments online.www.kidsreads.com The Author link has biographies, book reviews and excerpts for dozens of authors organized alphabetically. There is even a Series database to help students find book titles that are a part of a series they love. The Reviews are short overviews to help students make selections from a summer reading book list or when visiting the library. Don't miss Author Birthdays, which groups birthdays by month with active links to those authors who have a biography in the Author section. Every teacher will want to print this monthly list for their Calendar bulletin board. There is also a Write to Your Favorite Author index with addresses for fan mail. Send your students home for the summer with two or three authors from the school year (and maybe even one or two authors from next year's curriculum), encouraging them to research the authors as part of their summer learning log (see this month's "How To…"). Want to start a summer Book Club? This link offers guides for getting started, running a club and choosing a book to read. There are also a variety of book club guides for selected titles, complete with discussion questions, excerpts and timelines. Trivia offers questions and answers for numerous KidsReads titles. Trivia also links to related web resources, extending the book/author study. Games contains printable word scrambles and crossword puzzles for vocabulary from many featured books on this website. The left-hand margin of all pages cross-links items from each resource contained in the KidsReads website. This is a must visit for class literature studies and a perfect follow-up to National Library Week (April 10-16).
Reading Quest www.readingquest.org The struggle to match student learning with national, state and local standards is a constant challenge. This is sometimes even more so in social studies, where the range of information can be so great and the reading requirements can be even greater. Reading Quest offers a simple framework with keys for developing comprehension and strategies to make the skill acquisition easier.www.readingquest.org With more than two dozen strategies for reading comprehension, this teacher resource is outstanding in its organization, lesson guides and printable handouts/masters. Nearly every strategy has a detailed lesson plan and a blackline handout to help make the skill meaningful for your students. The graphic organizers include charts for ABC brainstorming, definition maps, Venn diagrams, story maps and more. This is a wonderful tool for end-of-the-year review. I even have this one filed for those "lazy summer days" when I am looking for materials to get ready for back- to-school. I hope you have a wonderful break.