Fluency Tutor for Google looks like it could be useful for helping struggling readers. It works with both Google Drive and Google Classroom. It is interactive between students and teachers.
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There are a lot of ways for students to demonstrate what they know. Some of them require using technology some don’t. This list from “TeachThought” has some good suggestions.
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Dirt Digital Research Tools seems to have a link to just about every type of tool you can imagine to conduct research, gather data and to present or publish. You can search for free and paid applications. You can also search for “Creative Commons” materials. The tools range from simple to complex. You can even choose the kind of data you would like to access.
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Zing offers thousands of free eBooks. You can create your own eBook library, create classes and assign books to specific students. Books are leveled according to reading skill and as well as recommending what would be of interest to different students depending on their grade. When I signed up, I had to use our sau.org domain rather than govwentworth.
There are some interesting tips here. I am sure most of you will want to “start your Lincoln car by voice”.
Unfortunately, “Instaccart” home grocery delivery isn’t available in New Hampshire. Not yet anyway.
Editing “Word”, “Excel”, and “PowerPoint” documents in “Google Docs”, “Sheets”, and “Slides” could come in handy.
Who knew? Check out the tips here: 55 Tips to make this school year yours
This is a very large collection of old movie clips, TV shows, TV ads, and newsreels etc. The clips cover an incredible array of topics. For older folks, there is much nostalgia here. For younger people, this is a chance to view clips they have not had the opportunity to see before. Many if not most of the clips have creative commons attributes and might be useful for school projects.
If you have a smart phone check out Cornell University’s “Merlin Bird ID”. If you see a bird you are not familiar with, answer five questions. Where? When? What size? Color? Was the bird…?
When you have answered the questions, the app searches its database and creates a list of pictures for all of the possible matches. It also provides information on the bird, a location map, and recordings of the bird’s songs and calls. “Merlin Bird ID” is available from the “Google App Store” and from “Google Play”. Try playing the recordings and see how nearby birds react.
I number of years ago, I helped out on a low budget independent film. I remember someone accusing the film makers of being “wannabes”. Don’t we all start out as wannabes? If you are engaged, as Paul McCartney points out, the ambition grows, you learn more and you practice more. I can’t help but think that the job of a teacher is to encourage and nurture the engagement that leads to the ambition to learn. What will engage us is different for everyone of us. Sir Kenneth Robinson passes on some wisdom from Paul McCartney. I found this on Larry Ferlazzo’s “Websites of the Day” site. Larry’s site is a great resource for all educators.
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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning have created a list of 22 Google Chrome Apps that are useful for education. The list is not exhaustive but I have found most of these to be useful.
Here is another article that is interesting look at Argument Writing across Content Areas by Heather Wolpert-Gawron. I am reading Minds Made For Stories by UNH English Professor by Thomas Newkirk. Professor Newkirk challenges the idea that narrative writing and informational writing are different. He maintains that narrative storytelling is, in his own words, the Mother of all Modes” of discourse. Both Wolpert-Gawon’s and Newkirk’s arguments are very compelling and should be considered as the Common Core calls for more emphasis on information reading and writing.