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Using Webcomics in Classrooms

Katherine Sokolowski explains why she uses webcomics in her literacy workshops, and shares an extensive list of her favorite online sources.

“Are We Gonna Watch the Movie?”

Gretchen Schroeder finds her high school students are always eager to see the movies related to the novels they are reading in class. Yet it rarely makes sense to show the entire film. She explains how to choose clips judiciously.

Technology Is Not a Reward

Bill Bass explains why teachers who are still using technology as a reward are far behind their colleagues in integrating computers and applications into workshops.

Figuring Out Social Media Together

Ruth Ayres finds storytelling is at the heart of social media, and describes how teachers and students might work together to find a place for social media in classrooms.

Getting Started with Digital Portfolios

Megan Skogstad shares advice launching digital portfolios.

Launching Student Data Binders

Megan Skogstad shares lots of practical advice for creating and sustaining student data binders.

Digital Literacy Workshop

Maria Caplin has suggestions for making transitions to digital literacy in reading and writing workshops.

Video for Last Days of School

Melanie Meehan encourages teachers to build a video collection of students at work to use with next year’s class.

Using Padlet with Students

Katherine Sokolowski finds Padlet is a great tool for compiling learning and building community.

Using Google Earth to Support Readers

Justin Stygles finds Google Earth is a marvelous tool for helping students research settings in novels.

Webquests with Middle School Students

Megan Ginther revisits a classic internet research project.

Teaching Search Skill Basics to Students

Bill Bass has advice for teaching web-based search skills to students.

Twitter in the Classroom

Katherine Sokolowski and her students find Twitter is an essential element in their fifth-grade reading workshop.

The Power of a Hashtag

Katharine Hale looks at the value of hashtags in helping students harness Twitter in a reading community.

Choosing the Right Tool for Your Message

Julie Johnson has advice on classroom uses of tech resources.

Integrating Short Videos into Minilessons

Katherine Sokolowski gives advice on how to add video to your literacy minilessons.

Shallow Books? Learning from a Reading Celebration

Franki Sibberson discovers we allow students to assess what reading matters most to them, we can learn a remarkable amount.

Rethinking Technology: The Power of Student Experts

It’s impossible to master all the new technology resources available in classrooms, and fortunately we don’t have to. Katherine Sokolowski enlists peers as tech experts in her fifth-grade classroom.

Reader Response in the Digital Age

Franki Sibberson has suggestions for moving to more digital response options with students.

Digital Boards for Formative Assessment

Katharine Hale has moved much of her reading response to digital boards, which are also a useful tool for formative assessment.
 

Many Possibilities for Student Podcasting

Katherine Sokolowski shares how she has integrated podcasting into her 5th grade classroom.

Getting Ready for Summer Reading: A Lesson Cycle

Franki Sibberson designs a lesson cycle to prepare students for summer reading.

Getting Started with Blogging in Fifth Grade

Katherine Sokolowski presents some strategies from her fifth-grade classroom for launching student blogs.

Creating Video with Students: Tools and Tips

Bill Bass gives advice and provides resources for creating video with high school students.

Connecting Class Social Media in Eight Simple Steps

Colby Sharp shares step-by-step guidance for linking class blogs, Twitter and private Facebook pages when sharing with families. Best of all, you can turn over the task to students.

Expanding the Literacy Classroom with Flipped Minilessons

Katharine Hale tries some flipped minilessons in her fifth-grade classroom and explains how technology is providing new opportunities for student learning.

Deeper Writing: The Story Behind the Selfie

Gretchen Taylor taps into a cultural phenomenon with her seventh-grade writers to help them deepen their writing and reflection.

Kindle Highlights: Conferring with Nicole

If you’ve ever used a Kindle reader, you might be fascinated by the highlighted notes of other readers. Franki Sibberson uses those notes in a conference with Nicole.

Shared Blogging in the Primary Classroom

Shared reading and shared writing are essential instructional techniques in the primary grades. How about shared blogging for teaching children basic blogging skills? Cathy Mere describes how it works.

Keeping Kids Safe on the Internet

Julie Johnson provides helpful tips and a letter for parents to help keep students safe on the Internet.

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