Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology and other Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague

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Using Assessment Data to Enhance Your Reading Program

Using Assessment Data to Enhance Your Reading Program

The first time I heard the word disaggregate was in the summer of 1996 while in graduate school.

A classmate, favoring a stule of horn-rimmed glasses, pocket-protector, and polyester pants, seemed well-suited to the word as he gave a presentation on test result. I cringed when he enthusiastically placed transparency after transparency on the overhead projector showing graphs and spreadsheets of numbers representing the latest scores on statewide tests.

I was watching the manifestation of my mother’s admonition that “a girl better learn math or be passed over by those who do.”

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Shortened Link: http://tinyurl.com/literacyanddata

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Mind mapping Tools online

Mind-mapping allows students (and teachers!) to accomplish higher order thinking skills as they collect, organize, and  represent ideas, tasks, words, or other items linked to and arranged around a central key word or idea into a mind map diagram. This blog post explains three Ways Mind Mapping Can Be Used to Enhance Learning http://ow.ly/1kH6RI

The blog EducatorsTechnology also compiled some advantages of using mind mapping tools in education :

  • Mind mapping enables teachers to manipulate ideas and concepts with great ease and flexibility
  • It helps present information in a visually attracting and comprehensive way
  • Its organizational structure helps students understand and communicate their knowledge effectively
  • Teachers can use it to manage their classes and activities
  • It helps teachers summarize, organize, and present lecture information
  • It can be used by both teachers and students to create tutorials and explain difficult concepts
  • Visual maps gets students attention and focus
  • It promotes active note taking, thinking, and learning skills
  • It fosters inquiry and problem solving

This article also lists some truly awesome and free mind mapping tools for teachers–click over and spend some time…you just may have some new resources for the upcoming school year!

 

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Project-Based Learning from Start to Finish

Project-Based Learning from Start to Finish

Visit http://www.edutopia.org/manor. Go inside Manor New Technology High School, where an unwavering commitment to an effective schoolwide PBL model keeps both students and teachers motivated and achieving their best.

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What Happens on the Internet in 60 Seconds?

Very detailed graphic. Great for real-world classroom application on interpreting data, data-driven decision-making. Check it out:

What Happens on the Internet in 60 Seconds? http://ow.ly/1kGRA0

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Twenty Social Networks for Life-Long Learning

The top three social networks are Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Adding participants at lightening speed is Pinterest, now the third largest social network . Consider also, specialized educational social networks which allow life-long learners to add to their knowledge at home while still in pj’s or sweats.

Through discussion, file sharing, and collaboration, targeted social networks address specialized interets such as GoodReads for reading enthusiasts. Just a note: the link for the WriterFace social networking portal re-routes to Schiel & Denver Book Publishers

Some of the fastest growing networks are designed specifically for education.  This blog post has 20 social learning networks to visit and perhaps join, during these lazy days of summer.

Twenty Social Networks for Life-Long Learning

 

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Summer Reading List

Summer Reading Lists from Reading Rockets:

http://www.readingrockets.org/books/summer/2012/

Make a goal to read one book this summer, whose plot or main points you can share with your students in the fall.

Also, set a goal to obtain your own Library Card and a Library Card for your children.

library card

 

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Storybird: Digital storytelling and digital story creating

storybird

Years ago, my daughter had the time of her life at Mary White’s Storytelling computer camp. For one week she created digital stories culminating in a gloriously bound book that we still display today, fifteen years’ later. I think this became a pivotal moment for her and one of the reasons she had a YA blog today.

Fast forward to today: Storybird offers the sameWeb 2.0 magic as that glorious computer camp experience. Storybirds are “short, art-inspired stories you make to share, read, and print. Read them like books, play them like games, and send them like greeting cards.” I absolutely love the backstory behind Storybirds.

Sign up for a free storyboard account as a teacher, student, or “Regular”. (I love being “regular” don’t you?). Being a “Regular” makes it simple for families and friends to create short, visual stories together that they can share and print.

Creators can choose from tagged sets of beautiful artwork, add text by typing or copy and pasting.

Publishing options are either “Private” or “Public”. Both options allow email announcements.

Take a fun summer moment and create a Storybird.
Here is the Storybird I created about Reading

http://tinyurl.com/4oopsread

storybirdsample

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101 Summer Fun Activities

summer fun activities

Source: http://pinterest.com/pin/260505159666152900/

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Happy Summer!

Source: www.familyfun.go.com

You made it! Summer is here!

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End of the School Year Thank You

End of the School Year Mug from Story People

gathering up bits of the world & setting them out in an order that her children can understand

Story People end of year mug

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