Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology and other Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague

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Literacy-Rich Environments

literacy-rich environment infographic

Source: Learning Unlimited LLC.com

 

Literacy-rich environments, as endorsed by the International Reading Association, have a significant impact on what goes on in the classroom and set the stage for interactions with a wide variety of genres. In the past several years, I’ve supported many teachers and administrators as they work toward creating literacy-rich classrooms across schools and districts that allow for increased interaction with print and literacy learning for students…

Elements of a literacy-rich environment include, but are not limited to:

  • classroom libraries that include a variety of genres and text types,
  • content posters,
  • anchor charts – teacher-made and co-created with students,
  • word walls,
  • labels,
  • literacy workstations,
  • writing centers,
  • computers,
  • display of student work,
  • displays of books & information,
  • bulletin boards, and
  • plenty of opportunity to read, write, listen, and speak.

Read more at this link: http://www.learningunlimitedllc.com/2013/01/literacy-rich-environments-support-the-common-core-infographic/

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Power Up Lesson Plans, PBS Learning Media

Springtime offers the perfect backdrop for promoting physical activity and engaging students in immersive learning experiences. Use this power-packed mix of resources from PBS LearningMedia to help your students understand the importance of movement in their daily lives.

The Truth About Exercise: What is Your NEAT? Grades 6-13 | Video | The Human Body This obesity expert proposes that the best way to improve health is to increase your “NEAT” level. Ask your students to investigate his theory.

Titanium Chairs & Cheetah Legs Grades 6-12 | Video | Technology in Sport Introduce your students to the specialized wheelchairs, prosthetics, and other high-tech “tools of the trade” that allow Paralympic athletes to compete in various high-impact sports.

Power Your Body with Exercise Grades 5-8 | Blended Lesson | Impact of Exercise Invite your students to examine the changes that occur in the body in response to physical activity using this new blended lesson from WGBH.

Mixie’s Boogie Buffet Grades 1-4 | Interactive | Health What better way to kick off a lesson on exercise than to get your students up on their feet? Use this interactive game to break the ice.

Increasing Physical Activity in Schools Grades 13+ | Blended Lesson | Professional Development Higher levels of physical activity support learning, on-task behavior, and the development of lifelong wellness. Learn how to increase the activity level at your school using this self-paced lesson.

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PBS LearningMedia is the go-to destination for instant access to tens of thousands of classroom-ready, digital resources including videos, games, audio clips, photos, lesson plans, and more! You can search, save, and share with ease. Best of all, PBS LearningMedia is free for educators.”

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Happy Memorial Day

memorial day

My dad is a World War 2 veteran and on this day we pause as a family to remember those who have died in the service of our country, those who have served and come home, those who continue to serve and the families of all of these.

I hope you are able to do the same.

Perhaps, tomorrow, you might ask your students to write about the qualities that make ordinary men and women heroic.

Common core standard 3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective techniques, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

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Weekend Ed. Quote~May 25~Edwin H. Land

transfer of concepts

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Bloom’s Pedagogy Wheel

Blooms pedagogy wheel

This graphic matches educational and popular apps with the Bloom’s Taxonomy Verbs.

Great exercise to replicated with high school students to demonstrate integration of disparate elements/finding connections.

Read full article at this link

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The Big Library Read Author Chat with Michael Malone

the big library readTonight, Sourcebooks and http://www.overdrive.com/will  host a Facebook chat with Michael Malone

Tonight, Thursday, May 23 at 8pm ET.

The New York Times bestselling author will answer posted questions from readers during the chat.

This is also a good time to archive Malone’s chat to use for informational reading lessons. There is also a letter from author Michael Malone that is a great source example for students.
Read More at this link: OverDrive and Sourcebooks to Launch Ambitious Ebook Data Experiment

The Big Library Read is an international program promoting reading among millions of patrons from more than 7,500 participating libraries. Readers are being asked to read Michael Malone’s Four Corners of the Sky. Ebooks count too and several libraries are offering the ebook without charge to their library patrons.

The book chosen for the collective reading experience is Four Corners of the Sky by Michael Malone. Four Corners of the Sky is a novel of love, secrets and the mysterious bonds of families for 26-year old Annie who attempts to reconnect with the con-artist father who abandoned her to his sister nearly twenty years ago, along with a single-engine airplane:

Four Corners of the Sky is master storyteller Michael Malone’s novel of love, secrets, and the mysterious bonds of families.  Malone brings characters to life as only he can, exploring the questions that defy easy answers:  Is love a choice or a calling?  Why do the ties of family bind so tightly?  And is forgiveness a gift to others…or a gift we give ourselves?” (from OverDrive’s website)

The Big Library Read expires on June 1, so be sure to check out a copy today!

#BigLibraryRead

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The Big Library Read

What a great idea! A world-wide community Book Club! See if your library is participating in the Big Library Read.
Over 7500 libraries, across 10 countries, are taking part in this first ever global book club.

The Big Library Read is an international program promoting reading among millions of patrons from more than 7,500 participating libraries. Readers are being asked to read Michael Malone’s Four Corners of the Sky. Ebooks count too and several libraries are offering the ebook without charge to their library patrons.

The book chosen for the collective reading experience is Four Corners of the Sky by Michael Malone. Four Corners of the Sky is a novel of love, secrets and the mysterious bonds of families for 26-year old Annie who attempts to reconnect with the con-artist father who abandoned her to his sister nearly twenty years ago, along with a single-engine airplane:

The Four Corners of the Sky is master storyteller Michael Malone’s novel of love, secrets, and the mysterious bonds of families.  Malone brings characters to life as only he can, exploring the questions that defy easy answers:  Is love a choice or a calling?  Why do the ties of family bind so tightly?  And is forgiveness a gift to others…or a gift we give ourselves?” (from OverDrive’s website)

The Big Library Read expires on June 1, so be sure to check out a copy today!

During the campaign, discussion questions will be posted on social media. There will be a worldwide conversation using the hash tag #BigLibraryRead.

the big library readCheck it out and then…check it out!!
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Weekend Ed. Quote~May 18~Anne Lamott

What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world…
 ~Anne Lamott

cloud halo

 

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Yahoo! in Talks to Acquire Tumblr

Yahoo! in Talks to Acquire Tumblr: Deal Could Reach As High As $1 Billion (Adweek) Is Marissa Mayer about to make a game-changing acquisition? It appears so. Yahoo! is in serious talks with Tumblr to acquire the social blogging site, according to multiple sources familiar with the talks. While its revenue is modest, Tumblr has positioned itself as one of the few players in the digital ad world that is well-suited for brand advertising. And Tumblr is also the domain of the young, cool and creative crowd — not currently a Yahoo! sweet spot. AllThingsD Earlier this week, Yahoo! CFO Ken Goldman spoke at JPMorgan’s Global Technology conference and underscored the need for the aging Silicon Valley Internet giant to attract more users from the coveted 18-to-24-years-old age bracket. Along with more marketing, he explicitly said Yahoo! needed to be “cool again.” The Verge Since taking control of Yahoo!, Mayer has pursued a string of acquisitions, including Summly, Astrid, Jybe and others. In addition to the failed Dailymotion acquisition, the company has also been rumored to be looking at Hulu, although Mayer has previously said that the company is shopping for smaller targets valued in the $100 million range.

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PBS digital media launching ebook line

reading with ipadPBS’s digital media initiative MediaShift is launching a line of ebooks. The launch is part of a larger experiment with PBS, which is also planning to publish its own ebooks this year.

Mark Glaser, the executive editor of MediaShift, says he’s planning on releasing 10 to 20 ebooks this year, depending on how well the first titles sell. “This is a test for us and PBS,” he said, “so we will learn as we go and adjust prices, length, subject matter and more.”

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