A monthly-ish rundown of what Mrs. Hudson’s been reading and learning about lately on the web. Follow the links to articles, graphics, educational tools, and other fun stuff.
- What Should I Read Next? Book recommendations from readers like you – Enter a book you like and the site will analyse our huge database of real readers’ favorite books to provide book recommendations and suggestions for what to read next.
- Books For Keeps: Give the Gift of Reading to a Child in Need – Books for Keeps started as an effort to help one little girl who loved to read but didn’t own a single book. It’s grown into a grassroots movement to end “summer slide”.
- Fiction or Nonfiction? Considering the Common Core’s Emphasis on Informational Text | – NYTimes.com – Does the emphasis on reading “informational text” in the new Common Core State Standards set up a “fiction versus nonfiction smackdown” in English classes? If so, is that good or bad?
- Kicking A Digital Addiction: What Happens When Students Must Unplug | Edutopia – For 48 hours, students could use a phone for making calls, but they could not text or use any other functions of a smartphone. They could not use a computer except to do assigned homework. They could not watch movies or TV or listen to the radio or recorded music.
- Cube Creator – Create 6-sided biography cubes, mystery cubes, story cubes, or your own custom cube. Fun way to share information or plan out a project! Includes graphic organizer (pdf) and lets you print and save a pdf of your cube when you’re finished. Tags: reading ELA_writing digital storytelling edtech tools content creation digital graphic organizers interactive uppergrades school social studies technology web2.0
- MediaShift . 4 Tips to Make a Laptops-in-School Program Succeed | PBS – Successful Digital Conversion is achievable as long as there is a desire among the administration, educators, parents, and community to work together. Here are a few things that you should consider if you’re planning your own Digital Conversion.
- Your Brain on Books: 10 Things That Happen to Our Minds When We Read | OEDb – In reading, we can actually physically change our brain structure, become more empathetic, and even trick our brains into thinking we’ve experienced what we’ve only read in novels.
- The 25 Best Pinterest Boards in Educational Technology | Fluency21 – Committed Sardine Blog – Pinterest is rapidly becoming a favorite tool of educators all over the nation, and many have amassed some pretty great collections of edtech-related pins that teachers and students alike can use to explore new ways to learn, share, teach, and grow. Tags: edtech
- 7 Steps To Flipped Professional Development – Give teachers information beforehand so that PD time is used for hands-on practice and collaboration.
- How important is preschool? If you are researching early education philosophies, not very. – Slate Magazine – Melinda Wenner Moyer: “If you’re providing your child with a stimulating environment at home—and if you’ve read this far, you probably are—don’t stress about preschool.”
- Why Not Ask Teachers How They Would Improve Our Schools? | NationofChange – Kenneth Bernstein: “What I – and many other teachers – would like to see happen is that the voices of teachers would become more audible, to demonstrate the difference that it makes when teachers voice is included.”
- Welcome to the Book Tasting! « Tree Frog Blog! – Book talks are a great way to drum up enthusiasm for reading, but they’re hard on the vocal cords and, in the end, a very teacher-led way to share information. What I loved about the book tasting was that the students weren’t listening to me persuade them to read ten different books–they were exploring for themselves and making choices based on their own observations and experience with the books. Tags: 4th grade 5th books choosing a book education independent reading library lessons research resources school
- Visit these links for more Tree Frog News « Tree Frog Blog! – Includes links to grade-level websites, class blogs, art, PE, and more! Tags: 1st grade 2nd 3rd 4th 5th around the school art blogging class blogs kid links technology