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1 Litchfield Technology Symposium June 10 th and 11 th Allison Arndt Instructional Coach at Watertown-Mayer School District

2 Allison Arndt I have worked in the field of education for 11 years and have taught 1st, 2nd, and 5th grades. This year I took on a new role in the Watertown-Mayer school district as the K-5 Curriculum and Instructional Coach. I have spent the last three years working in a 1-1 iPad setting and have worked to integrate technology into instruction and staff development in order to promote choice, creativity, communication, collaboration, deeper thinking, and student engagement.

3 Literature Circles Book clubs that allow students a chance to authentically discuss and reflect on what they are reading. Elements of Lit Circles Student choice Small groups based on choice Meet regularly

4 Literature Circles Traditional Model Updated Model  Multiple student roles that add to discussion of book  Work can be interactive and shared among group and teacher  Possibilities are endless and students can mold their role to fit their interests  Students can research about topic and make more connections  Students can still contribute to a group if they are absent  Teachers can record conversations to listen to the quality of discussions  May take more training and management at the start, but students are very engaged  Multiple student roles that add to discussion of book  Work tends to be worksheet based  Can sometimes limit creativity  If a student is absent, they miss out on discussion

5 Traditional Literature Circle Roles  Discussion Director – asks questions and guides the discussion  Connector – makes and shares connections  Literary Luminary – finds, shares, and discusses important and memorable quotes and sections of the text.  Summarizer – summarizes sections of the book  Word Wizard – researches and shares vocabulary words with the rest of the group  Scene Setter – discusses the setting and it’s importance to the story

6 Discussion Director  Blog or Discussion EdModo discussions Kidblog Student Samples

7 Connector  Coggle https://coggle.ithttps://coggle.it Free and easy to use mind mapping tool Share with others for collaboration Organize and file in Google Drive Access revisions Add pictures Add live links Coggle You Tube Video

8 Literary Luminary  Wordle Wordle create a word cloud from important and inspiring quotes from the text.  Find audio versions of passages to share  Record self reading (reread for fluency and expression) passages Students listen to and record own reactions and thoughts

9 Summarizer  TimeToast TimeToast create interactive timeline using events in the story Add pictures and live links Upgrade to create groups and share work

10 Word Wizard  Quizlet – create vocabulary flashcards Quizlet  Online or interactive dictionaries  Create a shared vocabulary journal in Google docs for the group to access and add to  Use mind mapping tool to create graphic organizers of words  Add pictures, examples, etc to words in journal

11 Scene Setter  ReadWriteThink: Comic Creator ReadWriteThink: Comic Creator

12 Other tips  Students can record their discussions and share them with you so that you can listen in.  Students could video record with camera and you can view

13 Other Examples of Literature Circles & Technology Integration  Mr. G Online  Blog focused on technology in school  and-literature-circles/ and-literature-circles/  Drs. Cavanaugh (Higher level)  Technology Enhanced Literature Circles  Background and PDFs for student use 

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15 Time to explore!  Go to some of the sites listed in the presentation and check out the programs.  Start making a list of sites that interest you or you feel you could use


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