With the release of the “Common Core” standards, the phrase “Close Reading” became a buzz overnight. In many classrooms, the idea of “Close Reading” resulted in kids failing at tortuous lesson, and teachers drowning in pre-planning with very little student results. In this session, presenter Kevin Baird discussed highest impact strategies for implementing College & Career Ready standards by looking again at the concept of Precision and Precision Reading.
Shannon McClintock Miller, District Teacher Librarian and Technology Integrationist, showed how she integrates video into her library and school using digital tools, creative projects, and global connections. She shared how her students are creating and sharing eBookTalks, as well as using augmented reality and QR codes to make interactive activities and displays of their book covers and book reviews.
You don’t have to do it on your own! In this session, presenter Kevin Baird, Chairman of the Board at the nonprofit Center for College and Career Readiness, provided educators with specific strategies to engage students in selecting their own stretch texts from electronic titles, as well as pragmatic tools and priority steps to evaluating your own resources and lessons.
The Common Core State Standards place a special emphasis on reading informational text. Teachers often say how excited students are to learn about the world around them. Whether it’s the latest news from Mars or information about a typhoon that struck last week, kids want to know all about it. How can we harness that enthusiasm for nonfiction to help students become great readers?
College & Career Readiness is defined at a new level – student performance at a level of synthesis and extended thinking. Kevin Baird shared concrete examples of student work and grading rubrics to support educators in evaluating learning synthesis.
Ask any parent about their children’s media use, and most will tell you they’re interested in media that help their kids learn. But what are parents’ experiences with their children’s use of educational media?
One of the critical Common Core skills is to summarize the main ideas contained in a text. Writing a crisp summary depends upon distinguishing key ideas from details. This webinar provided strategies for helping students improve their abilities to write and understand the components of summaries.
Students need to be learning 2,000 – 3,000 words a year to keep up with expected levels of vocabulary growth. Teaching 10 words a week is only going to add up to 300-400 per school year. The major way to grow vocabulary is to teach students a process for figuring out what words mean as they confront unfamiliar words in text.
In this webinar, presenter Carl Harvey discussed the purpose of eBooks in education. He used interactive polls to integrate audience opinion into the session, and discussed the benefits of using eBooks. He also explored the differences between fiction and non-fiction, and how they can be used in the classroom.
In this month’s Emerging Tech webinar on edWeb.net, presenter Michelle Luhtala explored instructional strategies to help teachers teach the Common Core, embed the standards in their own instructional programs,. She also discussed effective strategies to help parents better understand how to help their children meet the standards.
One of the most interesting forms of speaking and writing is argumentation. At the heart of a convincing argument is presenting high quality, relevant support for a claim. Students who need help in learning to speak and write an argument can gain insights by analyzing an argument written by someone else to determine why it is, or is not, effective. The first step is zeroing in on what claim the piece is advancing.
The overall benefits of cloud based data and mobile management as well as touch and other usability features of these technologies are relevant for teaching reading and literacy as well as writing tools. In this webinar, Katharina Boser discussed a variety of different educational apps and software technologies to aid reading comprehension for a range of students with autism, including many for the iPad and iPod.
In the first session in the 3 part series from PBS on edWeb.net, presenters Carolyn Jacobs and Cynthia Warner discussed interactive ways to integrate multiple methods and tools into your reading lesson. They shared ways you can use video clips, activies, and note taking to enhance understanding of informational text. They also showed video clips to illustrate ways the tools can be used.
In this webinar, presenters Suzanne Zimbler and Jaime Joyce, Assistant Managing Editors, TIME For Kids discussed the three standards that fall under analyzing craft and structure, as well as how to read like a writer. They shared tools that can be used to teach students in grades 2-8 close reading techniques such as context clues and inference.