Monday, February 25, 2013

Non-Fiction Reading Response Choice Boards

A choice board is a graphic organizer that allows students to choose how they will gain knowledge on a particular topic.  I have created numerous choice boards for spelling, and am now broadening my horizons to reading, specifically non-fiction.  

The sky is the limit in terms of how to use this choice board.  If it were me...I would have students glue the choice board into their Interactive Notebooks and cut out and glue the templates they chose into their notebooks as well.  You could have them make a tic-tac-toe or choose a certain number.  The CHOICE is up to you!

Good luck!  I would LOVE to hear feedback from you in the comments section in regard to how these worked in your class or how I could modify them to better suit your needs.  






Sunday, February 17, 2013

Getting the Scoop with Scoop.it!

Scoop.it is a content curation platform that allows users to create a visual collection of topics that interest them. Is Scoop.it similar to Pinterest? They both have bookmarklets that you install on your browser bar, but Scoop.it allows you to focus more on one topic instead of bouncing from party ideas to lesson plans to home organization. Also, you can share your compilation via Twitter and Facebook.

In the classroom, Scoop.it would probably work best for older students. However, upper elementary students working in collaborative groups could probably master the tool better than some digital immigrant adults.

The disadvantage to Scoop.it for ME is that I wasn't able to embed my latest scoop into Blogger. They only allow this feature with Wordpress.

Here is a link to a compilation I created in regard to Google Chromebooks for education. I am CURIOUS to know why schools choose iPads vs. Chromebooks vs. other tablets or laptops. I need to purchase a Chromebook and compare it to the iPad from a student perspective.  

Scoop.it for Google Chromebooks.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Characteristics of Effective Vocabulary Instruction

This infographic is an excellent visual tool to remind us of what effective vocabulary instruction looks like in our classrooms.  Kimberly at Learning Unlimited also provides a list of 20 digital tools that can be integrated into the classroom to support word learning.  As an educational technology enthusiast, I am over the moon with her list of resources and will definitely add them to my teacher tool kit when I return to the classroom.  

Wallwisher is an online bulletin board that allows users to create sticky notes with words, images, videos, and links.  Teachers can embed this into their  classroom blogs to create a collaborative space for their students to interact with vocabulary words.  I can also see this used for homework instead of the busy work that often gets assigned to students.  

I can't wait to try this and will post a demo on my blog soon.... Here is the link to her article:

http://www.learningunlimitedllc.com/2013/02/20-digital-tools-for-vocabulary/