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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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“Do you surf in gym class?” – A classroom’s Mystery Skype experience with Hawaii

A class of our 5th graders just participated in a Mystery Skype session with a classroom from Hawaii – thanks to Joanne Jacobs and her students for Skyping with us from the 50th state! It was really cool to sit back and watch the kids in action. What’s a Mystery Skype, you might be wondering?… Continue reading “Do you surf in gym class?” – A classroom’s Mystery Skype experience with Hawaii

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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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Connect with authors, guest speakers and classrooms – for free!

Looking to “open the portal” in your classroom and connect with the outside world? It’s easier than you think – I emailed a teacher from Puerto Rico yesterday through Skype Education, and this morning her students connected via Skype with 6th grade Spanish students from my school. At the snap of a finger – it… Continue reading Connect with authors, guest speakers and classrooms – for free!