Thursday, November 12, 2015

Virtual Reality and The Global Read Aloud

WOW! New York Times Virtual Reality-  Shared  "The Displaced" with Monique's 5th grade  "Global Read Aloud" students. They are reading the book Fish- about refugees Awesome- get the app!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Dav Pilkey Reading Gives You Superpowers Event

"Reading gives you superpowers & that makes all of you in this room the real superheroes."--Dav Pilkey at SCS October 8, 2015. Thanks Flying Pig Bookstore! and Scholastic for the event and the capes!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Digital Writing For Classrooms: WriteAbout - WOW


The School-IT listserve (Steve Webster-SB) posted a question about student blogging - "What are you using for blogging these days? "This was my "hopeful' response- because it is new -I can't say I've used it for years, months or days- but I'm "all in" - I think they've thought of everything.

Write About - - a new social writing platform created by educators

Watch Cofounder Brad Wilson talk about how to shift away from talking about technology itself and instead, to talk about writing -an Ignite Talk at the Michigan Reading Assoc.
John Spencer  another cofounder see minute 5:30 on his TEDx Tallk
  • Kids can join groups within the WriteAbout community- they can post and submit to a group so that kids with the same interests can read and comment - connecting readers and writers with similar interests.
  • Students can record audio messages - teachers can leave in-text comments, private comments and audio messages.
  • There are 1000s? of visual & audio writing "ideas" - "Write About was built to be a part of the writing process in classrooms, helping students find an audience and teachers give personalized feedback. Social publishing and writing pedagogy are part of the same conversation, and these resources and lessons will help your class make the transition to digital writing!" **See ideas->ideas by genre
  • Everything is safe; all can be moderated by the teacher. No student email accounts
  • Outsiders can comment safely without being members (all guest comments are moderated by the teacher). Post to the world - a group-  or only the class- you decide
  • There are options for schools or districts who are looking for a writing and publishing platform - classroom options are not expensive
AND - IF you are participating in The Global Read Aloud - FREE Classroom PLUS membership for the year - built-in GROUPS & audience already there.    short video about Write About

They know the rules: Students under the age of 13? Please ensure you have attained appropriate parental consent to use an online learning tool and for students to publish work online.
*You need permission for ANY site where under 13's are publishing

OK - if you made it this far - Wow! This was originally meant as a quick response to a listserve question from Steve Webster in S Burlington - "What are you using for blogging these days?"
Maybe it was because I was looking for the same thing- an authentic writing experience for students- I guess I am going "All In" - nothing to lose- lots of great resources created by educators who inspired me. - FYI - I am a believer in in all things GAFE - I don't think I have ever been a fan of "pay for" platforms- but it is just too hard to create something as big as this and make it free -I THINK this is something worth trying. If you have any thoughts or decide to dive in - I would love to hear about it.

Monday, May 18, 2015

The World's Best Literature Guide

How does the Chart Board work?
  • Each wedge of the red ring represents a chapter.
  • Each row of colored boxes extending from a wedge represents a part of the chapter. The closer to the red ring, the closer to the beginning of the chapter.
  • The colors in each row indicate which themes are “active” in that part of the chapter.
The Chart Board is interactive.
  • Themes: Hover over or tap any of the themes in the Theme Key to show only that theme. Click a theme in the Themes Key to lock it.
  • Summary: Hover over or tap any row of colored boxes to read the summary associated with that row. Click the row to lock the summary.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

March Madness Books-KETBall Tournament 2015

SCS Middle School Students

March Madness is here, but why should basketball fans have all the fun? At your library, you can help us name a SCS Library Middle School Book Champion for 2015. Through a series of votes, we are narrowing our list of the 32 at SCS to one grand champion.


Read the directions below - fill out a bracket- before 3/25 when voting starts!! Watch your email to vote online!! or use the iPad voting center in the library.
Questions? Confused? ASK us at the library.
32 well-read titles (including some classic longshots) have trained up to earn their spot in this year's tournament. Some of last year's competitors have returned, some have lost their spot to shiny young upstarts and/or older and steadier favorite reads. Can Katniss hold onto her championship title, or will she fall to Max’s Wild Things? So many "series" books and so little time...
Starting as soon as the brackets go on display on today, the books will face off in 16 matches with East and West divisions of some kid’s favorites and popular Literature. Come by the library to fill out a bracket today. Vote for your favorite books online starting Wednesday after you all turn in your brackets. Prizes will be awarded to students with a winning bracket AND all voters have a chance to win.
Round 1 votes for the Thunderous 32 will be counted next Wednesday afternoon. Vote now on lots of books you have known and loved, known and despised, or need to know!
Let the passionate wuthering of your tell-tale literary hearts begin!


Friday, March 6, 2015

inklewriter - create interactive stories

inkle is looking to bring interactive stories to the classroom, and give teachers free and simple get-stuck-right-in software to use with their students. From within a web-browser, the inklewriter will let students make and play interactive stories with no programming required.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

What Do Teenager's Think of Social Media and Why They Don't Use Facebook.

This is relevant

"I read technology articles quite often and see plenty of authors attempt to dissect or describe the teenage audience, especially in regards to social media. However, I have yet to see a teenager contribute their voice....."