"The number one thing all the students I have polled through the years want the most when it comes to reading. No matter how I phrase the question, this answer in all of its versions is always at the top. Sometimes pleading, sometimes demanding, sometimes just stated as a matter of fact; please let us choose the books we want to read...."
"Discover artworks, collections and stories from all around the world in a new way. Explore cultural treasures in extraordinary detail and easily share with your friends."
"Mathematics is an essential part of our culture, just like Mozart and Shakespeare – it enables science and innovation, and describes profound truths about our universe.
Yet, the real power of mathematics is not what you lean, but how you learn: logical thinking, problem solving, reasoning and proof. It is often said that "mathematics is not a spectators sport" – you have to actively do mathematics to really understand what it is about."
"Mark Ray is changing the conversation from "shh..." to "How can I help your with technology?" Mark has helped to overhaul libraries in Vancouver Public Schools in Washington state.""Mark Ray is Chief Digital Officer for Vancouver (Washington) Public Schools. Named a National School Boards Association "20 to Watch" in 2015, he has helped develop and lead 1:1 device programs, professional development, digital learning and redefining teacher librarian practices. For 20 years, we was a teacher librarian and instructional technology facilitator and was the 2012 Washington State Teacher of the Year."
Text or audio? This article explores some of the issues...
"In a 2012 New Yorker essay, author and journalist John Colapinto added to the debate, noting that the oral tradition may have developed along with human language. Humanity's long history of storytelling -- which predates written language by tens of thousands of years -- supports the argument that our brains originally adapted to absorb long, complex fictions not by eye, but by ear, he said. [...] University of Virginia psychology professor Dan Willingham said research that breaks down how people learn to process written language suggests that once people master reading, their comprehension is the same, whether they are absorbing printed or narrated texts. "
"learnXdesign was founded by a consortium of science centers led by the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) to create and share resources to support design based learning in out of school settings. learnXdesign offers design based learning resources for the broader informal learning community, particularly the after-school community, and creates strategies for sustaining these programs that may be applicable to multiple settings, ranging from libraries to youth clubs."
Monica Burns is a fifth grade teacher in a 1:1 iPad classroom. In this column, she shares some ideas for using Book Creator in science. She is a "Book Creator Ambassador" and travels to schools to lead workshops on technology integration across the content areas.
Visit her website at classtechtips.com for creative education technology tips and technology lesson plans aligned to the Common Core Standards.
"Sure, your kids love Harry Potter and Twilight -- but what else will keep young bookworms reading? Whether you're on the hunt for classic kids' books or best sellers, our "best books" lists are full of stories that are bound to spark kids' imagination and keep the pages turning."
Little Kids (5-7)
Big Kids (8-9)
"MediaSmarts is pleased to announce the final installment of Use, Understand & Create: A Digital Literacy Framework for Canadian Schools. Since launching the K-8 component of the framework in 2015, we have now completed the final section for grades 9-12. Teachers across the country can use this cross-curricular resource, in both official languages, to give students the skills they need for the digital age. The framework is directly informed by extensive, Canadian research.
"The framework includes over 50 lessons and interactive games, organized by grade level from Kindergarten to Grade 12, that are aligned with seven aspects of digital literacy:
Finding and Verifying
Ethics and Empathy
Privacy and Security
Making and Remixing
"The seventh aspect, Making and Remixing, is new to the grade 9-12 component, and encourages students across Canada to move from being media consumers to media producers, by creating and remixing their own work.
What This Means for Students
"In recent years, graphic novels have expanded beyond superhero storylines, and offer many teaching opportunities for educators who want to take advantage of their broad appeal and themes. Read[the article], and watch the videos, to find out how to add some bam! to your classroom."
Here's a great promotional idea from Amanda Arneill using Canva:
"I was fiddling around with some "warning signs" for books and then I was inspired to come up with a whole bunch that we could use to make a window display or put up around areas of our libraries. I have attached the four that I made for my small display and I would love it if you could send me the warnings that you would want to put up to entice teen readers to "stay away" from the books. I will put all of these into a warning sign series and send them out to everyone for you to use if you would like." (see gdrive link above for some more samples)
Lily Jones: "The last days of the school year are ticking by. As more and more milestones get crossed off your list, you may be left wondering how to wrap up the school year. Last year I wrote about how teachers can reflect on their "shining moments" at the end of the school year. This year I've asked several teachers to share their favorite end-of-year activities in hopes that you'll find one that feels just right to use in your classroom."
Link to titles
Here is a list of some of the books Richmond has been using to support diverse learners. While the list was originally compiled for ELL learners (thank you Diane T), they are also a great fit for FI classrooms. The wordless nature of these books means that teachers can engage students at a range of language levels, from K up to 12.
Use old books that are about to be discarded to bring some "Spring" to your library displays, or even add them to a book-themed gift basket for the bibliophile you know.
A selection of titles, many of which have been reviewed in Canada's History magazine.
"Among the Culture and Society titles, you'll find books on art and literature, the histories of particular peoples, and the challenges faced by Native peoples and cultures across the continent. Biographies tell of well-known historical figures such as Big Bear and Louis Riel, but also the stories of key personalities such as Frank Calder and the unique lives of people such as Marie Rose Delorme Smith. Other books examine how First Peoples have been impacted by and, sometimes, have in turn helped to shape political decisions, legal processes, and the education system."
"Resources for learning about coding and how to teach it are plentiful, including a number that can be found the Internet. For a sampling of recently published books that teach the basics for K–Grade 12, see the recommended list of titles below. Some of the titles introduce the fundamentals of computational thinking that students will need to possess in order to code efficiently, while others teach a specific programming language."
(Read article for more info)
The Infotopia/Kidtopia May 2016 newsletter is now online as a PDF. This month's articles include creative story writing programs for students; vocabulary practice for the SAT or ACT, as well as your own vocabulary words; links to May events; free certificate and award maker programs; and arithmetic skill practice for grades K-4.
Great ideas to spruce up your space.