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“Follow Your Thinking Tracks” is a great strategy for students to record their thinking while reading. Not only does it help students monitor their understanding of text, but it provides a post-reading opportunity for students to share and reflect on their “road map” of recorded thoughts – essentially, their thinking tracks! This strategy is perfect for literacy across the content-areas and can be modified for ALL grade-levels.
Read more of this post at my blog Reading.Writing.Thinking.Sharing!
This reminds me of a reading strategy that I used called "talking to the text" that I loved and found highly effective. I have been moving away from hard-copy reading and into the digital world, and my question is, have you found any great strategies for transferring this into a digital format?
Great question! I think students could still use journals or graphic organizers to record their tools as they're reading digital texts, but if you're looking for a digital way to "talk to text," you can always use a Web 2.0 mind-mapping/note-taking tool to jot down thoughts.
Some easy to use ones are:
If you have access to iPads, there are many FREE mind-mapping tools if you search in the Apple store. Many of the student maps can be saved right on the iPad.
A few I use are:
Check out my other Web 2.0 tools on my blog... you may find others that could work for you! I have a whole list of mind-mapping tools to explore.
Let me know if you have any other questions!
Thanks for the feedback
I personally love bubblus. I think it is magic.
I really appreciate the other options. I think that finding something that allows the students to mark up a digital copy of a text. I think that this is clearly the wave of the future, and we, programmers and teachers together, should come up with alternatives.