Tech for TeachersEDU 299

Tech for TeachersEDU 299

Tech for Teachers EDU 299 Lesson 12-Technology and Reading Reading & Writing Websites Browse the following websites that will help you with reading and writing instruction. Storyline Online Developed by The Screen Actors Guild Foundation, Storyline Online features accomplished actors and actresses reading some of their favorite childrens books. Each story comes with a free Activity Guide and can be viewed on YouTube or SchoolTube. Rainbow Fish, Wilfrid Gordon Macdonald Partridge, and To Be a Drum are just a few of the books available. Read to Me

Similar to Storyline Online, Read to Me features popular childrens books being read by famous performers. There are activity guides with hands-on ideas, discussion questions, and lesson plans that can easily be adapted to the Common Core State Standards. Entirely free, the site is colorful and engaging. We Give Books A Pearson Foundation Initiative, We Give Books offers students a unique opportunity to read for social good.

Each book that is read results in a book that is donated to a charity for children. While the books are not read aloud, they allow students to practice Read to Self with a good fit book during center time. There are books for children in preschool through fourth grade. Starfall While some areas of Starfall are part of their premium service, they have many early reader stories available for free. Students can follow along as the story is read

to them and can, in some instances, help create their own story. The website is highly engaging and a favorite of young readers. Tumblebooks TumbleBooks is a pay-for-use site that traditionally sells licenses to libraries and schools. Many public libraries, such as the Tell City, IN Public Library, offer free access to their TumbleBooks account. Students can follow along as the text is read them to

help improve comprehension and fluency. Choose from picture books to chapter books. Portland Public Library also has free access to TumbleBookCloud which gives access to Middle and High School level books. If your school decides to purchase a school license, there is also access to the Common Core Portal that includes lessons and quizzes to accompany the books. International Childrens Digital Library Discover books from around the world at the

International Childrens Digital Library. The free site does not read the books aloud, but students can read them independently during Read to Self or free time. This is a great site for extension activities when learning about different regions of the world and can be used effectively into the middle school grades. ABCya! Children can listen to short stories read aloud to them as they follow along with the highlighted text. ABCya!

has a variety of educational games in addition to the featured stories. Free resources and materials are available for grades K through 5. Storynory Storynory features a collection of original, fairytale, and classic childrens audio stories. Students can follow along with the story as it is read to them, as the text is also included on the site. There are also some great features available that give you the option of

downloading the audio to your computer, listening to catch phrase explanations, translating text into different languages (especially helpful for your ELL students!), and more. Oxford Owl After registering for a free account, you have access to over 250 childrens audio books that can be used in the classroom. The book text is not part of the presentation, so students will not be able to follow along

as it is read to them. Book Wizard Use Book Wizard to level your classroom library, find resources for the books you teach, and create reading lists with the click of a button. You can also plug a title into the BookAlike feature to find books with an easier, similar, or more difficult reading level. 6+1 Writing Traits The creators of the 6+1 traits of writing offer a terrific overview of the model on their site, with research to support the program, lesson plans, writing prompts, and rubrics. You can also find writing samples to practice scoring and see how other teachers scored the same piece. Visuwords: Online Graphical Dictionary

Visuwords online graphical dictionary Look up words to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts. Produce diagrams reminiscent of a neural net. Learn how words associate. Writing Websites Corkboard provides an easy to use platform for students to brainstorm, collaborate, and share ideas. Students can use Corkboard to brainstorm ideas for writing, research, and collaborating on group projects. Ask students to add their thoughts to any conversation on history, literature, science, phonics, or vocabulary corkboard. Students could practice spelling by typing out their spelling words along with a sentence or synonyms on sticky notes.

Students can share a board to discuss a book they are reading together, predictions for a class science experiment, and to share what they are learning in any subject or lecture. You could create a new corkboard each week where you post homework, resources, to-do items, etc. for your students. Students can add sticky notes to the board about what they are learning throughout the week. These Corkboards can be added to a so that there is a record of the whole year. Teaching Tips for Padlet(formerly known as Wallwisher) Using Wallwisher in the Classroom Interesting Ways to Use Wallwisher in the classroom Linoit Tips and Tricks Uses of Liniot in the Classroom Writing Websites Penzu-online Journal Penzu is the modern answer to class journals, giving students a simple method of recording their thoughts without the hassle of carrying around a paper version. The fact that users can mark certain entries as private (like an updated version of folding paper over an entry) increases the appeal. This would be a great cost-free solution for English and Language Arts

teachers who want to encourage student writing in an easy and technologically advanced way. Penzu in the Classroom Answer Garden A great way to brainstorm answers to open ended questions. Folding Story A group storytelling game Writing Websites

Boom Writer Boom Writer is a service designed to encourage kids to do their best writing and share it with each other to create a small book. Example of a Boom Writer Book Amazon Storybuilder Storybuilder is a free service for planning screen plays and other stories. Cube Creator Cube Creators provide templates designed to break the writing process into six distinct parts. There are templates for writing biographies,

mysteries, short stories, and a blank template that you can customize. Students enter the required information into the online template. When the template is completed, it can be printed with lines for cutting and folding to create an actual cube. Writing Prompt Resources Imagination Prompt Generator The Story Starter The Daily Writing Prompt Generator Word Tamer Story Map

StoryToolz Scholastic Story Starters Things to Think About (App) One Word Word Mover What is Digital Storytelling? Digital Storytelling is the practice of using computer-based tools to tell stories. As with traditional storytelling, most digital stories focus on a specific topic and

contain a particular point of view. Digital Storytelling Tools There are many digital storytelling tools. There is a complete list on the class website. Browse through each one. 1. Power Point/Keynote 2. Movie Maker/iMovie 3. Animoto 5. Comic Life 6. Story Bird 7. Voice Thread

8. Glogster 9. Kerpoof 10. Google Search Story Creator 11. PicLit 12. GoAnimate! 13. 14. 15. 16.

Zimmer Twins Photobabble My Story Maker DoInk (App) How to Integrate Digital Storytelling Digital Storytelling can be integrated in any number of ways: Create a virtual tour of a country or historical place. Create a public service announcement on an important local or

world issue. Simulate an interview of a historical character. Simulate a debate on an historical topic, such as the Bill of Rights. Create a presentation based on images of local artifacts and architecture. Finding Rich Media Resources Rich media is the key to a good digital story. The resources below will help students find what they need in terms of content. Wikimedia Commons - a wiki database of Creative Commons or Public Domain

images. Flickr - a photo and video sharing site where most works are licensed under Creative Commons. The Advanced Search allows students to search only for Creative Commons licensed media. FlickrStorm - another way to search through Flickr that provides even more results. There is an option to search for only images that have been licensed for reuse. Jamendo - a music sharing site of all legal to use songs. Google Advanced Image Search - setting the usage rights shows images that are labeled with a Creative Commons license Library of Congress - an online catalog of thousands of prints and photos currently archived at the LOC. Most of the resources can be published without having to seek

permission, and they provide terrific digital artifacts for historical stories. National Archives - billions of images, videos, and digital documents can be found and integrated into projects. Assignment Make a digital story using one of the above tools to tell a story of your choice. Ideas include: 1. Story of a Bad Day 2. Story of your family 3. Retelling of a favorite story (Three Bears, Three Pigs,

etc.) 4. Story of a friend 5. Story of a famous person. Send me a link via email. Subject title: Digital Storytelling Taking a Look at Whos Behind The National Council of

Teachers of English The International Reading Association Verizon Thinkfinity ReadWriteThink ( is a nonprofit Web site maintained by the International Reading Association (IRA) and the National Council of Teachers and English (NCTE), with support from the Verizon Foundation through the Thinkfinity Consortium. Thinkfinity ( is a free,

comprehensive digital learning platform, built upon the strength of content partners, who produce a wealth of discipline-specific, standards-based educational resources. How is Different from Other Lesson Plan Sites? Each resource on the ReadWriteThink site is based on the NCTE-IRA Standards for the English Language Arts. Lesson plans are aligned to State Standards. Each lesson plan includes a Theory to Practice section which cites an NCTE or IRA publication and is peer-reviewed by qualified educators in the field.

Resources in the lesson plan are complete, and linked ex. assessments, online texts, Web links, handouts, etc. The most popular resources on the site are student interactive tools. A Look at Key Features Keyword and filter search Teacher resources by grade E-mail and

share capabilities Lists of the most popular resources RSS feeds Podcasts and videos integrated throughout

Commenting A Look at Some Classroom Resources Lessons at-a-glance overview; tabbed content; commenting ability

Assignment-Part 1 Do a lesson search of a topic in your field of study, math, science, social studies, history, etc. And read through a couple of lessons to see what is available. A Look at Some Classroom Resources Student Interactive Tools tools that help accomplish a variety of goalsfrom

organizing thoughts to learning about language Student Interactives Theses are some of the best resources from Read, Write, Think. Here are a few: Acrostic Poems Animal Inquiry Cube Creator Circle Plot Diagram Comic Creator Compare and Contrast Map

Heros Journey All Student Interactives Mobile Apps These Apps can be used on an iPad/iPhone or an Android system: Timeline Trading Cards Venn Diagram Acrostic Poems Word Movers

A Look at Some Classroom Resources Calendar important events in literary history, authors' birthdays, and a variety of holidays, all with related activities and resources A Look at Out-of-School Resources

Parent & Afterschool Resources Activities & Projects Games & Tools Tips & How-To's Printouts Podcast Series A Look at Out-of-School Resources Activities & Projects engaging, step-by-step activities to help kids and

teens with their reading & writing skills A Look at Out-of-School Resources Podcasts In each episode of Chatting About Books, kids, parents, and teachers chat about the best in children's

literature for ages 4 through 11. Text Messages is a monthly podcast providing families, educators, outof-school practitioners, and tutors reading recommendations they can pass along to teen readers.

A Look at Content for Educators Professional Development featured resources from IRA and NCTE, including publications, meetings, events, and online PD A Look at Content for Educators Strategy Guides identify, define, and

provide examples of effective literacy teaching/learning strategies All About You! Community Stories showcase the faces for the site and the many ways that RWT has influenced and directly

benefited its users Assignment Pick one of the Student Interactives or Mobile Apps to create a product of your choice. Then send a link to the product or the document via email or the assignment form on the website.

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