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February 28, 2013
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Accomplished Teacher Special Report:
Teaching with technology (Part II)
Technology is hot in education, like other facets of modern life. In Part II of our "Teaching with technology" special report, we look at the use of technology in English language arts and professional development.

In case you missed it, Part I of this report, which was published Tuesday, looked at high-tech approaches to teaching about science, technology, engineering and math and how mobile devices and the Internet are used in some classrooms.

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In "Can We Skip Lunch and Keep Writing?" NBCT Julie Ramsay helps teachers in grades 3-8 weave technology into writing standards, from simple word processing and publishing tools to digital storytelling, distance learning, interactive editing, and revamped rubrics. Click here now to read Chapter 1 online!
  English Language Arts 
  • How to keep digital work organized
    Teacher-librarian Joyce Valenza in this blog post highlights a Web-based program called Edcanvas, which helps teachers and students organize work by dragging and dropping resources from a computer or the Internet -- such as videos, links or files -- into "tile" templates in the program. The program also allows teachers to create a classroom file in which multiple students can create projects. School Library Journal/Never Ending Search blog (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pairing up students can help struggling readers
    Having a strong reader read aloud with a student who struggles with decoding can help the latter reader access higher-level materials, literacy coach Marisa Kaplan writes in this blog post. "Raising our expectations is a good thing, and being in tune to what students need can help us pinpoint exactly where our expectations should be," writes Kaplan, who offers additional tips and online resources to help teachers give struggling readers access to works required by the Common Core State Standards. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Tablet version of Anne Frank's diary is interactive
    Students studying "The Diary of Anne Frank" can do more than read her story these days with the release of a mobile application that offers interactive links and documentary film clips about the famous Holocaust victim. The app, available from Penguin Books and developer Beyond the Story for iPad and Nook, also includes audio clips from the woman who helped the Frank family during World War II. Shalom Life (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Make Me a Story demonstrates the power of digital storytelling as a tool for teaching writing and engaging students. It takes teachers step-by-step through all the elements of a project, from research through putting the story together on the computer. Includes a CD with 27 student examples. Read Chapter 1: Stories That Matter.
  Professional Development 
  • Education students train with more technology
    Aspiring teachers are taking a more self-directed approach to their training, in part, because they are more comfortable with technology and more likely to use digital devices in their professional pursuits and personal lives, according to the annual Speak Up report. The findings of the survey by Blackboard and the nonprofit Project Tomorrow include that of 1,350 education students polled, 74% of aspiring teachers use discussion boards, chat sites and social networking -- compared with 50% of in-service teachers, Mike Bock writes in this blog post. Education Week/Digital Education blog (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • How professional development should change
    School districts can improve professional development if they have a clear vision and model professional learning, writes Tom Murray, director of technology and cybereducation for the Quakertown Community School District in Bucks County, Pa. Murray offers eight tips in this blog post, among them, that leaders also should focus on outcomes rather than time spent in training and think of professional development as a year-round activity, not just as a one-day event. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Website provides easier access to education funding
    With education funding especially tight, the website GetEdFunding allows users to search an online database of available grants and awards, writes Andy Lausch, vice president of higher education for CDW-G, which sponsors the site. Currently, the free site offers access to 750 funding opportunities, Lausch writes. The grants and awards are searchable by content area, 21st-century themes and other categories, he notes. EdTech magazine (Winter 2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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When Writing with Technology Matters shows how to take advantage of students' affinity for technology to change and improve the writing process. Includes detailed descriptions of elementary and middle school literacy projects that teachers can follow step-by-step or use as a guide when planning their own technology-based projects. Click here for details and to pre-order!
  
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