Those who read on their own are more academically successful (NEA, 2002-2015). It’s back to school at PBS TeacherLine! PBS TeacherLine is offering several new courses for the next six weeks and throughout the Fall. One of the new courses focuses on Digital Reading. This timely topic will be addressed through current research-based articles and learner-hosted activities. those who read on their own are more academically successful (NEA, 2002-2015.) I’m grateful and excited to teach the course begins Wednesday, August 14 and concludes on September 27, 2016. Please visit PBS TeacherLine to learn more and enroll.
National Education Association (2002-2015). Facts About Children’s Literacy. Retrieved from https://www.nea.org/grants/facts-about-childrens-literacy.html
Special thanks to the dedicated and talented teachers at the Santa Fe Public Schools! Thank you for a warm welcome and great participation during my professional staff development session, “Differentiation Instruction with Technology”
Have a great and productive fall semester!
Here is our Agenda for “Differentiation Instruction with Technology” in the Santa Fe Public Schools
Our Essential Questions are:
1. What is the role of technology as a tool for differentiation?
2. How can we use educational technology to enhance and
differentiate student learning?
Our GOAL Statement is to : Create or plan something you can implement in the first ten days of school.
Let’s begin to engage with content, investigate, play, and discuss with each other~!
Newsela is an online current event repository of over 1,000 current event articles in eight categories:
- War & Peace
The articles feature differentiated interest levels and five different reading levels of students. Most articles include a summative comprehension quiz and lesson plans. The quizzes align to Common Core Standards eight different learning standards:
- What the Text Says
- Central Idea
- People, Events & Ideas
- Word Meaning & Choice
- Text Structure
- Point of View/Purpose
- Arguments & Claims
Newsela pulls its articles from over forty different media sources such as the LA Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, and the Associated Press. Most articles are translated into Spanish. Newsela offers both free and paywall access. Teachers collect article via “Binders.” With cloud storage features and the Newsela iOS app, students can access Newsela from school and home, library, mall, or even the skateboard park!
“The role of the teacher is to create the conditions for invention rather than provide ready-made knowledge.” ~Seymour Papert
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