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Learning Technology & Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague


Great Idea from Scholastic Blog: Spine Poetry

I wrote an earlier post on my daughter’s first poetry unit featuring the Josie’s Poems.

As a mom/internet concierge, I also found a great poetry idea on the Scholastic blog called spine poetry.
Simply scan your entire book collection and choose and lay books on their sides and stack them so the titles can become words or lines in a collective poem.

I love this idea because:
1.) it requires very little advanced planning time for a busy teacher
2.) utilizes library resources (Go Libraries! Go Libraries!)
3.) transfers well with online resources

There are wonderful examples by Megan on the Scholastic website.

Here is one I “composed”

spine poetry HTeague

Happiness Is
Eternal Echoes
Forward From Here
On the blue shore of silence
The band that played on

Emily and Einstein
Look Homeward, Angel 

Ways to differentiate the Spine Poetry assignment can include:
1. changing the number of books in the spine poetry, either decreasing or increasing depending on ability.
2. let students use connecting words {on, in, the, and, etc…} in {brackets}
3. take digital pictures of the final spine poetry sculptures using digital cameras or iPhones
4. researching a “sound-bite biography” of the authors.
5. confining the spine poem to works of poetry only
6. include books with titles in different languages
7. accompany the poem with illustrations

Students can also go to online book collections or online libraries, snip the photos of book spines and stack using a photo image program or website such as Pic Monkey.


New Library Releases Podcast

Take a listen at this week’s latest releases in books and DVD releases coming out today that you can look for at your local public libraries.  Tremain Jackson tells you what titles to be on the lookout for so you can see about checking them out for yourselves as they’re sure to be popular with patrons.



Common Core Conversation Lesson-A-Thon

In conjuntion with Connected Educator Month, Common Core Conversation is holding a Lesson-A-Thon all month on edmodo. The goal is to collect 31 lessons in 31 days that integrate the Common Core Standards in various content areas and grade levels.
Please click the link below, bookmark it, and return!
Click Here to See other posts from this blog on the Common Core


Breakthroughs in the Science of Learning

Breakthroughs in the Science of Learning

1. More information doesn’t mean more learning

2. The Brain is highly dynamic

3. Emotion influences the ability to learn

4. Mistakes are an essential part of learning A recent study found that students performed better in school and felt more confident when they were told that failure was a normal part of learning, bolstering a growing body of research that suggests much of the same.

5. The brain needs novelty turns out boredom really can kill you

Read more by clicking here  


21st Century Teaching Video

Melinda Kraft’s final video project, A Call to Action, from her class called Emerging Technology in a Collaborative Culture at Full Sail University where she is completing herMaster’s degree in Education Media and Design Technology.

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