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Happy New Year 2017

Sunday, 01 January 2017 by

Greetings to each of you as we embark on a fresh new calendar year. For most educators a new year is actually in August when the school year starts. But January is always a great time to reflect upon the year so far, where we have been, and of course where we are going. January through about March is a traditionally long stretch for many of us as we dig in to meet state requirements and help our students be successful as they finish out their year. Many of us pray for snow days just to get a little break in between.

At US Digital Literacy, we are keeping a watch on changes from the No Child Left Behind Legislation to the Every Student Succeeds Act. “With this bill, we reaffirm that fundamentally American ideal—that every child, regardless of …

We Give Books

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 by

We Give Books

We Give Books is a wonderfully developed site that offers online books for children, parents, and teachers! From its inception on April 20, 2010, We Give Books has made it possible for individuals who love reading to share books with others, simply by reading a great children’s book themselves.

In the process, We Give Books had the great fortune to work with some of the world’s best literacy organizations, non-profits that include, for example, Room to Read, Jumpstart for Young Children, United Through Reading, and the Harlem Children’s Zone.

Teachers can join for free and have books at their fingertips for read alouds to their students. The bookshelf can be filtered by age range, genre and author. In addition to fiction, We Give Books offers a nice selection of non fiction reads for your students.

American …

SightWords.com

Saturday, 07 February 2015 by

SightWords.com

Sightwords.com is a comprehensive sequence of teaching activities, techniques, and materials for one of the building blocks of early child literacy. This collection of resources is designed to help teachers, parents, and caregivers teach a child how to read. Sight Words combines the latest literacy research with decades of teaching experience to bring you the best methods of instruction to make teaching easier, more effective, and more fun.

Sight words build speed and fluency when reading. Accuracy, speed, and fluency in reading increase reading comprehension. The sight words are a collection of words that a child should learn to recognize without sounding out the letters. The sight words are both common, frequently-used words and foundational words that a child can use to build a vocabulary. Combining sight words with phonics instruction increases a child’s speed and fluency in reading.…

Zeal

Saturday, 07 February 2015 by

Zeal

Zeal is developing the world’s first social learning system, enabling teachers to teach their highest and lowest achieving students automatically. Zeal believes that instead of students having to go to a physical place to learn, they will be able to learn anything, anywhere, at any time from each other.

Great Assessments

With 10,000 Common Core assessment items, Zeal gives you the power to understand how your class is doing every day.  With 30-60 minutes per day of Zeal, you will have a clear picture of how each student is doing.  End of year assessments are not useful to you to figure out what students need, getting that information every day changes what is possible in your classroom.

Powerful Analytics

Zeal’s tools for analyzing your students’ efforts, achievement, and progress are second to none.  Zeal’s planning dashboard can show you

Three Ring

Friday, 26 December 2014 by

Three Ring

Need a site to easily create a digital portfolio for your students? Three Ring is the answer!

Tree Ring unlocks the power of your mobile phone or iPad. Three Ring allows you to build a community around your students. You can connect students, parents, other teachers, even administrators around student artifacts. Three Ring builds security and permissions in it’s program so you can create a means of communication around your student’s work and artifacts. You can even share exemplar products to help communicate the rigor and relevance of your assignments to all stakeholders.

Now it’s easy for teachers and students to document evidence from the classroom. Capture anything, regardless of format, in just seconds.

  • Take a picture of any paper, drawing, or board work.
  • Record presentations or discussions with audio or video.
  • Students can upload their own work

Tween Tribune is a great web site with news articles age appropriate for children, tweens, and teenagers. With Common Core advocating for more nonfiction texts for our students this site offers daily reports. Whether Common Core sustains, nonfiction texts will always be important for  Categories of news include: animals, art, book reviews, education, entertainment, fashion, food & health, inspiration, national news, science, sports, and technology. With such a wide variety of topics, teachers may use this site to help pinpoint individual student interest which will help motivate students to read. Promoting reading through text complexity and informational text helps students become involved in a more rigorous content which promotes greater success in career and college.

Tween Tribune offers high-interest articles, leveled text for grades K-12, self-scoring quizzes, lesson plans, critical thinking questions all at no cost!

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