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Support During Reading Strategies with Subtext

I wanted to share some positive experiences I’ve had with the Subtext app for iOS devices – I’ve used it with a 5th grade social studies and have co-led Subtext workshops with Caroline Haebig from Stevenson High School. In short, Subtext is a “social reading” app that allows you to import PDFs, websites and articles… Continue reading Support During Reading Strategies with Subtext

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Illinois Reading Conference!

I’m leading two presentations on Thursday and Friday at the 2014 Illinois Reading Conference in Springfield, IL. My two sessions are: Digital Literacy and the Common Core: Catering to Curiosity Technology and Common Core Fusion: 10 Ways Google Apps Helps to Improve the Writing Process If you happen to be at the conference, drop in… Continue reading Illinois Reading Conference!

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Teach Digital Literacy Skills Right Now!

Digital literacy is super important; yet I fear the term digital literacy is kind of tossed around without a real consensus of the true meaning. Is it computer science related? Social networking etiquette? Internet safety? Online research skills? All of the above? I like to think of digital literacy as a broad net with specific… Continue reading Teach Digital Literacy Skills Right Now!

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7 ways to teach digital literacy skills

Fostering digital literacy skills is one of the most difficult tasks for educators. Evaluating and analyzing online resources for accuracy is something that many adults struggle with – we’ve all been bamboozled before, haven’t we? But digital literacy is more than just determining if something is true or false – it’s intelligently and responsibly navigating… Continue reading 7 ways to teach digital literacy skills

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Simple Daily Lesson Idea: A Google A Day

A Google A Day is a research game hosted by our friends at Google. It gives you a question, for example: “An 11-foot bird lives less than two miles from 30.891383, -102.885032. What’s his name?” You then put your research skills to the test on Google to find the answer. So… For instance, you can enter… Continue reading Simple Daily Lesson Idea: A Google A Day