Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Does Technology Require Different Literacy Strategies?

 I received the following article via ASCD Smart Brief recently and quickly reviewed it, thinking I would post it on the literacy and technology blog.  However, as I thought about it, I decided to post it here as well.

In the introduction to this article, the author equates the use of the cell phone to higher performance on  assessments.   Unfortunately, the focus is on the cell phone - the use of technology - rather than the difference in instructional strategies.  

From a strategic point of view, the cell phone assignment to read and summarize the main idea of each stanza and then text it to the teacher is a very different process than reading, reciting, and discussing.  The cognitive task of summarizing, requires comprehension of the content and the text structure as well as prioritizing the terms - usually key concepts - used, and then restating the main idea in ones own words.  This is a much higher level of thinking and students have traditionally struggled with this process.  

Technology does play a role.  While we all agree the cell phone provides engagement,  the medium of texting  requires short and limited - reinforcing the idea of summarizing.

However, many teachers are still uncomfortable with technology.  I suggest we look beyond the technology itself and think about the literacy strategies required in these various mediums and how it is slowly changing our idea of literacy.

Take a few minutes and read the following article.  Please post a comment and let us know what you think.

Remember to join us on May 6 from 3:15-4:15 to hear about the literacy  strategies developed through blogging.


Text messaging is used to help students learn poetry
Students in a New York state middle school who used cell phones and text messaging to learn about poetry outperformed their peers who learned through traditional methods. Students used the phones to text the main idea of poetry stanzas. Those who did got 80% of poetry questions correct on state exams, while those who were taught in traditional methods of using reading, reciting and discussing answered 40% of the questions correctly. The Times Herald-Record (Middletown, N.Y.)


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Monday, April 26, 2010

May 6 - Perspectives on Blogging by Hattie Deraps and Jake Bogar

Blogging is one of the most beneficial, but frequently overlooked uses of technology available to educators and students.  Used within a classroom framework focused on higher level thinking skills, blogs prepare students for the 21st century. 
 
This is not the same things as writing.   


               Two high school teachers, one Alt Ed English and one physics/engineering 
               teacher, share their experiences in using blogs with high school students. 
               The pros and cons, challenges and successes of blogging will be shared.  
               Student perspectives will be included. - Participants will be encouraged to                 offer suggestions and ideas.       Presenters: 

  Hattie Deraps,  alternative ed. English teacher


Jake Bogar, physics/engineering teacher










Date:  May 6, 2010 
Time: 3:15-4:15 PM
URL:  http://stateofmaine.na4.acrobat.com/ghi050610/
 
Telephone Number:  1-866-910-4857

Pass code:  985399

Blogging provides students with:
1.  Engagement: (Take a look at this data provided by a high school class at Mt. Blue.) Many students use their computer independently and have access to the internet at home.
 
 


2.  Aunthenticity of Task:  Students want to have an immediate audience and use technology (including their computers) for communicating with their peers.
 
3.  Collaboration: Communicating with their peers means sharing or collaborating when thoughtful comments are posted on blogs.  Teaming -  debriefing, sharing, summarizing - provides another level of collaboration.
 
4. Literacy Strategies are strengthened through the use of laptops


5.  Information Processing: can be taught through laptops.  This is extremely important in the age of information and is critical when we consider that most students dislike and can not read nonfiction on grade level by the time they reach high school.
 
 Following is a summary of comments from students on the pros and cons of laptops (metacognitive reflections).
 
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Announcing: Webinar Series on Literacy and Technology - Archived

I have received several inquiries regarding our previous webinars -

Technology Integration in a First Grade Classroom by Alison Prescott










and

Using Wordle in a Dynamic Way by Lynn Oullette 

     The webinars have been archived and are available on  our Literacy and Technology Pilot blog in the right hand navigation bar.  Simply click on the webinar you want to view and you will be taken to the webinar and automatically admitted. 

     If you have any other questions, please call me or e-mail me.  I have been out of the office the past week and am trying to catch up, so please be patient.   -   If you don't hear from me, please contact me again.  My grand daughter had access to my phone and has erased all of my messages:( 

     Thanks for your understanding.  Enjoy:)  Darlene

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Using Wordle in a Dynamic Way by Lynn Oullette


If you could not join us on April 13, 2010, here is a link to Lynn's archived presentation on using Wordles to prioritize and revise.


http://stateofmaine.na4.acrobat.com/p63103356/

Her presentation is step by step.  Anyone can learn to use this in their classrooms.  ASCD has just released an article on using "clouds" in all content areas.

Great job Lynn.  Thanks for sharing your expertise.
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Saturday, April 10, 2010

April 13 - Using Wordle in a Dynamic Way by Lynn Oullette

 On April 13, from 3-4, Lynn Oullette will present a several ways to use wordle in order to further your students' ability to prioritize.  For any of you who have ever had difficulty teaching your students to revise and/or create a definition in a collaborative group format, this is your answer! 
 
This is a excellent presentation and you don't want to miss it!

Tune in at:


Telephone Number:  1-866-910-4857

Pass code:  985399
 

Topic: Using Wordle in a Dynamic Way
                   This webinar will cover how to use Wordle to edit and prioritize when 
                 creating definitions, etc. Small group and individual use of Wordle will be 
                 reviewed.
     Presenter:  Lynn Oullette middle school language arts  teacher, MLTI team leader   
 
Date:  April 13, 2010 
Time: 3:00-4:00 PM

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Technolgy Integration in a First Grade Classroom by Alison Prescott

If you were unable to join us on April 8th to hear Alison's presentation, you can login at the following URL:
 http://stateofmaine.na4.acrobat.com/p39666430/


This is a great presenation.  Kudos to Alison and her kids.  
Thank you for sharing your expertise, Alison.  The teachers and students appreciate your hard work! 

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Sentence Fluency at Jay Middle School! - Poetry!

 What a great day we had on Tuesday:)  During meetings with teachers, I found most chose to use poetry to teach sentence fluency - a logical and powerful instructional tool given the careful crafting authors are required to use in order to create fluency and variety in this genre. 

The school is participating in a contest, Student Poetry Contest 2010,  sponsored by The America Library of Poetry.

We have decided it would be helpful to share student writing.  The kids have a great time with the poetry.  Notice as you read how well the teachers have tapped into the students' prior knowledge and personal experiences.

 


Colleen and Dianne shared formats - each one trying out a form and then debriefing.  They had great fun and so did the students.

                         If I Were in Charge of the World                               

If I Were in Charge of the World
I'ld make everything free,
Do-DO birds would be alive, 
Veggies would be extinct.

If I Were in Charge of the World
There'd be no school on Mondays,
3 hour days, 1 hour recess, 1 hour for math and 1 hour for bym,
Kids would know how to write.

If I Were in Charge of the World
You wouldn't have a mean mom,
You wouldn't have to worry about dying,
You wouldn't have to eat fist,
Or drink expired milk.

If I were in charge of the world
Moms would be nice
and my mom would have a beach house with my dad.

Bus Ride Home                           prepositional phrases
Around the corner,
Up the raod,
Past the houses,
                              By the store, 
                              Around the corner, 
                             Toward the stop sign,
                             Throughout the block,
                             Across the bridge,
                             Into the neighborhood,
                             To my house.

                            Flowers                                                             

Snowflakes fall by the ton
adding to the snowbanks one by one

About to die for winter's pass
nothing but white outside the window glass

Until new spring the colors drought
with warmer day's seedlings sprout

Spring in a bed of snow buds patiently wiat 
for the warmth of spring to open the gates

Golden pedals glimmer
 skinny stems shimmer


                   Fireworks (onomatopoeia)

Oooooo!
Different colors everywhere
Wow!
One shaped like a flower
Bang!
Really loud
Awww!
Where did they go?


                              If hope could be...

If hope could be a color
It would be white,
Like the clouds up in the sky.

If hope could be a taste
It would be sweet,
Like a fresh apple off the tree.

If hope could be a smell
It would be coconuts,
Down on the Hawaiian beach.

If hope could be a sound
It would be soft,
Like the voice of an angel.

If hope could be a feeling
It would be warmth,
Like coco on a winter day.

If hope could be an animal
It would be a sloth, 
Calm through the toughest times.

Forms to Share:)

If I Were in Charge of the World

If I were in charge of the world
I'ld______________________
_________________________
_________________________

If I were in charge of the world
There'd be________________
_________________________
_________________________

If I were in charge of the world,
You wouldn't_______________ 
You wouldn't_______________ 
You wouldn't_______________ 
Or________________________

If I were in charge of the world.



If Hope Could Be...
If hope could be a color
It would be ____________
As ______________as_______________

If hope could be a taste
It would be ____________
As ______________as_______________

If hope could be a smell
It would be ____________
As ______________as_______________

If hope could be a sound
It would be ____________
As ______________as_______________

If hope could be a feeling
It would be ____________
As ______________as_______________

If hope could be an animal
It would be ____________
As ______________as_______________



Tuesday, April 6, 2010

April 8, 2010 - Featuring Alison Prescott

On April 8, from 3-4, Alison Prescott will present a comprehensive overview of a first grade classroom.  You will be amazed at the higher level thinking and independence these students demonstrate.  This is a excellent presentation and you don't want to miss it!

Tune in at:


Telephone Number:  1-866-910-4857

Pass code:  985399
 

 


 Topic:  Technology Integration in a First Grade Classroom     
                   This webinar will provide an overview of a first grade classroom including the following topics:
   - What the students think of 
     technology.
   - How to get started: podcasts,  
     skyping, teacher tube 
     videos (curriculum based)
    - Learning the toolbar and "lingo" often used
    - Claymation - Science Unit on Plants 
    - I-movies - Social Studies, Science, and Literacy              - Podcasts with photo and music - Literacy
Presenter:  Alison Prescott, first grade teacher 
Date:  April 8, 2010
Time: 3:00-4:00 PM
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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Announcing: Webinar Series on Literacy and Technology

We are delighted to announce a series of 4 webinars, taking place in April and May.  The focus of each session will be the link between literacy (thinking) strategies and the learning opportunities technology can provide to develop these strategies.

Following is a list of the topics, presenters, dates, and times of the webinars.  We sincerely hope you will join us. - Courtesy of Title ll.

Please note Lynn Oulette, Jake Bogar, and Hattie Deraps will all be addressing writing:)

1.  Topic:  Technology Integration in a First Grade Classroom     
                   This webinar will provide an overview of a first grade classroom  
                   including the following topics:
   - What the students think of technology.
   - How to get started: podcasts, skyping, teacher tube 
     videos (curriculum based)
    - Learning the toolbar and "lingo" often used
    - Claymation - Science Unit on Plants 
    - I-movies - Social Studies, Science, and Literacy             
    - Podcasts with photo and music - Literacy
Presenter:  Alison Prescott, first grade teacher 
Date:  April 8, 2010
Time: 3:00-4:00 PM

2.  Topic: Using Wordle in a Dynamic Way
                   This webinar will cover how to use Wordle to edit and prioritize when 
                 creating definitions, etc. Small group and individual use of Wordle will be 
                 reviewed.
     Presenter:  Lynn Oullette middle school language arts  teacher, MLTI team leader   
 
Date:  April 13, 2010 
Time: 3:00-4:00 PM

3.  Topic: Perspectives on Blogging
               Two high school teachers, one Alt Ed English and one physics/engineering 
               teacher, share their experiences in using blogs with high school students. 
               The pros and cons, challenges and successes of blogging will be shared.  
               Student perspectives will be included. - Participants will be encouraged to 
               offer suggestions and ideas.
      Presenters: 

  Hattie Deraps,  alternative ed. English teacher


Jake Bogar, physics/engineering teacher










Date:  May 6, 2010 
Time: 3:15-4:15 PM
URL:  http://stateofmaine.na4.acrobat.com/ghi050610/

4.  Topic: Reading Differentiation in the Content Areas
               This webinar with demonstrate how content area teachers can organize 
               their instruction around curriculum based on the learning results, while 
               differentiating reading levels according to RTI guidelines.
      Presenter: 
Darlene Bassett, literacy specialist and educational consultant  
    Date: May 13, 2010
    Time: 3:00-4:00 PM

 
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