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.”
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 someadvantages 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
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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.
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.