Literacy Leader Archives
For the month of April, 2002, the winners are...
or Classroom Website:
Webfolio is a collection of collaborative student Internet projects
compiled from her experiences as an instructional technology integration
teacher at Comsowogue School District in New York. The projects cover
a range of grade levels and include topics ranging from Bicycle Heroes
to Cinderella Around the World. All are exceptional examples of how
children using technology can help build the evergrowing database of
new information being constructed collaboratively between students and
classrooms thousands of miles apart from each other.
Reading A-Z.com is an online
gift for teachers needing access to leveled texts and lessons for use
in guided reading groups. Although you can subscribe to their online
resources for even more materials that are updated monthly, they provide
links to many, many free decodable books, read-aloud books, lesson plans,
worksheets, and flashcards, all divided by reading level, for you to
download, print and try out with your students. Don't miss this site!
Framework of the Cognitive Foundations of Learning to Read is an
impressive summary of reading comprehension abilities as built upon
the equally important competencies of language comprehension and decoding.
Their framework is drawn from many years of reading research
that helps teachers to understand the important
components of good literacy instruction. This website also provides
a collection of resources
from which to use research and assessment information to inform their
Merit Software's Paragraph
Punch , Essay Punch , Business
Letter Punch and
English Grammar Connection are four sets of free,interactive
online lessons that walk older students through the process of writing
for various purposes. Each website provides occasionally changing writing
prompts that engage learners in authentic writing opportunities with
scaffolded support. You can also link to Merit Software's product page
to learn more about programs to purchase.
and Technology Integration:
Xcursion Central is
a service of Riverdeep Interactive Learning that provides an exciting
new online authoring tool and extensive lesson database that enables
teachers to design their own web-based field trips. Somewhat similar
to the concept of webquests, but providing access to a different type
of interface with supportive learning tools for students, Xcursions
contain "stated learning goals, student comprehension tools, and
well-sourced educational Web pages". The database
of Xcursions designed by other teachers has many examples of
literature-related learning opportunities as well as many other
content area topics.
Staff Development.org created
by Jamie McKenzie is a well organized web site about adult learning
and how teachers learn new technologies. McKenzie, editor of the popular
From Now On Educational Technology Journal, has written over 20 articles
on this website that can help provide the framework for your own professional
development in this area and his list of links
promises to highlight the best twelve online resources for technology
and literacy integration.
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