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November 2014: Literacies for the digital age: Media literacy

November 2014: Literacies for the digital age: Media literacy

This is the third in a series of blog posts highlighting the digital literacies our students will need to succeed. The first post dealt with financial literacy, the second with visual literacy, and this one will provide you with some ideas on how to infuse media literacy into the curriculum. The literacies I feel need

Tim Childers: Teaching With Just One Image

Anyone knows that after a powerhouse speaker like Dr. Lodge McCammon, you need to follow up with an equally potent powerhouse, and that’s exactly what Discovery Education did. Meet Tim Childers, L&N STEM Academy, Assistant Principal of Tennessee’s only Apple School of Distinction,  (and yes he helped make it one),  blogged for TN DEN Leadership

Calendar of Cool: First National Braille Challenge

Today marks the 13th anniversary of the first-ever National Braille Challenge. The National Braille Challenge is a unique academic competition created to encourage blind children to learn Braille, the written alphabet used by the blind. The competition tests students’ skills in various language arts subjects, and is open to students from the U.S. and Canada.

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June 2014: The importance of now

The Importance of Now: How digital learning can help schools implement the Common Core State Standards and other standards-based curriculums (Parts of this post are part of a white paper written for TechSmith and used with permission.) INTRODUCTION Your curriculum has been mapped to the Common Core State Standards or other standards-based curriculum. Now what? How

Fun Fact Friday: Reading Rainbow Kickstarter

Did you know that Levar Burton recently started a Kickstarter (a crowd funding service) to re-launch an all new Reading Rainbow site, and that it raised 1 million dollars in 24 hours? It’s true! Burton, and Reading Rainbow have been covered by Fun Fact Friday before. His tireless efforts to promote reading and literacy have

Joy of Reading

The Joy of Reading is a series of three editable video within Streaming Plus. Each are about 20 minutes long and are a great resource for both teachers and parents. There is a teacher’s guide available which has classroom activities, parents letters, checklist and ways to get parents involved with home reading. This a appropriate for

SOS: Story Elements Soup

Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Story Elements Soup (pdf version)             Background In order to critically think about and analyze literature, it is important for students to understand story elements.  Identification and analysis of

SOS: Figure it Out Together

Welcome to the Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum. Figure it Out Together PDF Version  Background Figurative language helps make writing come alive. Students’ capacity to understand and apply figurative language is a key ingredient in language arts instruction and is particularly

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