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Literacy Across the Curriculum

My School--Clayton Ridge Community School District has a lazer focus for our Professional Development of increasing reading scores.  We have an early out every Wednesday at 2:20 and we work in our Professional Learning Communities on how to increase reading proficiency until 4:00.

My Professional Learning Community is Teacher Driven Professional Learning!~~Awesome!  Teachers decide what we need to learn and invite experts…


Added by Sharon Keehner on April 25, 2013 at 8:56am — 1 Comment

My New Year's Wish

My New Year's wish is for our country to provide all of our kids with the financial concepts and tools they deserve to make wise and informed financial choices.

The average household income for the bottom 90% of American families is $29,840. Knowing this, it's not hard to understand why 85% of parents want a stand-alone course in personal finance to be a…


Added by Brian Page on January 1, 2013 at 9:33pm — No Comments

The Value of Mistakes: Should It Matter How Long A Student Takes To Learn?


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James Joyce affirms that geniuses not only accept mistakes as part of the learning process, but willingly seek them out as doors to self-discovery.   In education, our perception of mistakes is important.  It challenges conceptions of what defines success and failure.

The greatest mistake I ever made in my education was failing a physics…


Added by Tess Pajaron on November 7, 2012 at 9:36am — No Comments

Content knowledge and digital literacy Almeida_Júnior_-_Moç…


Added by Benjamin Darr on April 17, 2012 at 2:52pm — No Comments

Twitter, teaching and what is learned

Twitter is a funny animal. Many school districts block its use due to the serious risks that it poses. However, if your district is willing to give it a try, Twitter is really worth using. There are important skills students can learn from using Twitter in…


Added by Benjamin Darr on April 10, 2012 at 4:14pm — No Comments

Language Arts and the Internet

There are specific differences between traditional language arts and the reading/ writing that is done for the internet. Since the amount and variety of online materials is exploding, it's important to understand some of those differences.…


Added by Benjamin Darr on April 3, 2012 at 4:13pm — No Comments

Digital reading and 'riting in education

Reading and writing used to be much simpler. We would get some sort of sharp stick (a pen or pencil) and scratch at paper until the marks we made could be interpreted by someone else. Well, our writing has evolved somewhat and along with it, so has our reading. Nowhere is this change more evident than in the home of reading, 'riting and 'rithmetic... academia.

Lets start by looking at our writing tools. Lets start off with PDF's. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, PDF's are…


Added by Benjamin Darr on February 10, 2012 at 9:58pm — No Comments

Critical thinking and internet research

Critical thinking has always been tied to the search for answers. In the past, this search involved speaking to respected leaders and reading authoritative books. Now of course, we type in a few key words into our favorite search engine and hope to find the answers. For students, this is often a haphazard affair. It is important, however that they understand how to critically search for good information. I developed a search guide for students to address this issue after I was inspired by…


Added by Benjamin Darr on January 29, 2012 at 11:04pm — No Comments

Summer is a great time to learn about VSC!


Teachers - spend a little time this summer familiarizing yourself with  VocabularySpellingCity and learn how it can make teaching spelling and vocabulary simple for you and fun for your students! Simply go to…


Added by john edelson on June 7, 2011 at 10:51am — No Comments

Digital Citizenship and Character Education

I thought readers might be interested in my article about digital citizenship and character education, in the February, 2011 issue of Educational Leadership. It echoes a number of points from my book, Digital Community, Digital Citizen.

You can read “Character Education for the Digital Age- Should We Teach Our Kids to Have Two Lives or One?” in Ed Leadership at:


In addition I maintain…


Added by Jason Ohler on February 25, 2011 at 5:22pm — No Comments

Inanimate Alice a Learning Journey

I recently taught a digital literacy unit over a term and recorded our learning journey on a wiki. The story is is about Alice, a young girl growing up in the first half of the 21st century, and her imaginary friend, Brad.

I hope you will stop by an view our hard… Continue

Added by Shaun Wood on October 1, 2010 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Gender Gap

I have been doing some reading on the gender gap between boys and girls in literacy and the continuing trend that boys demonstrate a lack of motivation and are less engaged when it comes to reading and writing. In my grade 3 class, 3/4 of the students are boys. I am reflecting on my own teaching practice as I continue researching the topic and the various suggestions. I'd like to hear from anyone who has thoughts on the issue or has come across a good research article.

Added by sonia barski on August 26, 2010 at 2:04am — No Comments

Discovery Education's Web 2.0 for 2010 Portal

Discovery has launched a brand new Web 2.0 portal full of teacher tools featuring: Internet Safety, Media Literacy, Web 2.0 Tools, Tech Tips, and more.

Added by Kurt Schollin on February 24, 2010 at 12:08pm — No Comments

Literacy and Education 15 January 2010, FON University, Skopje “Crossing the Bridges of Literacy” MaRA conference

Literacy and Education

15 January 2010, FON University, Skopje

“Crossing the Bridges of Literacy” MaRA conference


Friday January 15, 11.30am at FON in Skopje

The 21st century skills, development of teaching instruction, adult education, student achievement, critical thinking, media literacy, reading, writing, are just a few examples of the literacy concepts that are having a massive impact on the way we teach and learn nowadays. But where are the… Continue

Added by Anica Petkoska on January 9, 2010 at 12:44pm — No Comments

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