Robin Talkowski’s Blog: Reading & Technology

A STAR of the Discovery Educator Network with a focus on reading instruction and technology

Robin Talkowski’s Blog: Reading & Technology

Entries from December 31st, 2009

Time to Reflect

December 31st, 2009 · No Comments · Professional Learning Community, reading and technology

To me New Year’s Eve has always been a time for reflection rather than celebration.  My journey to more fully integrate technology into my teaching began three or four years ago when I became a Discovery Education Star.  Since then I have learned so much!  My students and colleagues have benefitted right along with me.  […]

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Brain Research Supports Concept of Picture Notes

December 28th, 2009 · No Comments · reading and the brain

John Medina wrote Brain Rules, an informative and reader friendly book about neuroscience.  In his December 10th posting to Face Book, he emphasizes how visual images are remembered more easily.  Since last week’s post on my blog focused on Picture Notes and how technology can be used by students to create Picture Notes, I thought […]

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Picture Notes: Reading Comprehension Memory Strategy

December 22nd, 2009 · No Comments · reading and technology

  Picture notes are a great way to visually represent knowledge. Students need to choose an image or images to represent the essential elements of what they have read and learned about. They provide instructional opportunities for teaching about symbols and symbolic meaning. These visual representations aid recall. Technology provides many alternatives to drawing picture […]

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Book Talks … 21st Century Version

December 18th, 2009 · No Comments · reading and technology

Each year our school librarian and 6th grade Reading and English teachers motivate students to read by sponsoring a “Battle of the Books.”  This year traditional book talks will be preceded by book “trailers” … created with the help of Animoto by the talented library staff.

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Summarizing, the “Compactor” for the Mind

December 13th, 2009 · No Comments · reading and technology

Summarizing what you have read allows your mind to pause for a moment to sift through all the information that has been added and compact the important points into a reasonable amount.  Your working memory can only hold a certain amount, so this strategy is key to reading comprehension.  The image I use to help […]

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The Mind, Learning, Novelty, and Web 2.0

December 6th, 2009 · No Comments · reading and technology

Get a Voki now! In a recent workshop I attended at the Brain and Learning Conference in Cambridge, Judy Willis, a neurologist and middle school teacher, reiterated that one of the first tasks of educators is to get the students’ attention.  One way through the reticular activating system that controls the sleep/arousal response is with the use of […]

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