Literacy Leaders

From here, you can enjoy featured literacy websites each month and access archives from previous months. These websites have been selected because of their excellent quality and usefulness to classroom teachers striving to integrate best practices in both literacy and technology into their curriculum.

For the month of June, 2002, the winners are...

School or Classroom Website: Edleston Primary School in the United Kingdom provides many inspiring Online Projects that feature Flash animations collaboratively created by students in grades K-8, original student art in place of standard web page clipart, and exciting links between curricular reading and writing objectives and technology tools.

Literacy Website: The Learning Strategies Database for Reading Comprehension from Muskingum College reviews metacognitive behaviors of good and poor readers, provides a rationale for a learning strategies approach to comprehension and then provides explicit descriptions of many strategies to facilitate student meaning making.

Literacy Research: For those trying to access current research findings from NICHD and other national reports dealing with phonemic awareness and the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, the - Reading Disabilities website provides important summaries and links to these types of documents. Although most studies cited here seem to support the phonics perspective over a more balanced approach, the resources are well organized and easily accessible for those looking to keep up with current issues in reading research. You can also access a listserv and bulletin board within this site to discuss and exchange responses to this research.

Writing: Merlyn's Pen honors America's Teens who have contributed original fiction, essays and poems that can be read for literary enrichment, instruction, discussion and pleasure. The magazine is published once a year (for subscription) but for free, teachers can access the online companion teacher's guide with discussion starters, students can read sample writings by other teens or they can submit work for acceptance in the magazine.

Literacy and Technology Integration: Tools 2000 for Elementary Teachers engaged teachers from Okaloosa School District in Florida in creating technology integrated thematic unit plans for Grades K-2 and Grades 3-5 after participating in this five-day technology training model. These lessons are good examples of different ways that a variety of electronic tools can be integrated into the curriculum.

Professional Development:
Knowledge Loom has been created as a global workspace for educators sharing knowledge about effective teaching practices. Many pertinent curricular topics are featured in this website's special collections spotlights including early literacy, adolescent literacy and technology integration. Access the online guidebook to help lead collaborative professional development activities, participate in panel discussions with topic experts, share or read other's success stories and much more.

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This page was last updated March, 2005.


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