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Why the Middle Matters: Battle of the Text Bands 2013
anyone who knows what Fountas + Pinnell means must watch this video by rocking
literacy  tlchat  from twitter
december 2013 by katieday
Teach Mentor Texts: TMT Labels
good list of tags to associate with books -- for teaching purposes
tags  childrens_lit  teaching  literacy  vocabulary  from delicious
august 2013 by katieday
US Common Core Standards: English Language
list of exemplar texts K-12 being recommended by the US Common Core Standards
standards  common_core  usa  education  english_class  exemplars  booklists  literacy  from delicious
december 2012 by katieday
Bibliographies - East Library
old webpage re bibliographies for primary school students -- and NoodleTools at our school
information  literacy  primary_school  uwcsea  noodletools  bibliographies  from delicious
november 2012 by katieday
Teach Mentor Texts: This Is Not My Hat
Okay, this isn't a Red Dot book this year, but its predecessor "I Want My Hat" is... Same author -- and related themes.
childrens_lit  #early_reddot  #reddotbooks  mentor_texts  literacy  from delicious
october 2012 by katieday
Middle school boys who are reluctant readers value reading more after using e-readers | SMU Research
Small study finds middle school boys who are reluctant readers value reading more after using e-readers.
literacy  from twitter_favs
march 2012 by katieday
Education in Cambodia - PEPY | Cambodian Education Programs | Community Development in Cambodia
PEPY, "Promoting Education, emPowering Youth", is rooted in a belief that education is the key to sustainable change. Our programs focus on Khmer literacy and broader improvements in the quality of education offered in government schools in rural Cambodia.
cambodia  teaching  literacy  books  global_concerns 
february 2012 by katieday
Children's Literacy and Reading News Roundup: Mid-December Edition
Welcome to the mid-December Children’s Literacy and Reading News Roundup brought to you by Jen Robinson’s Book Page,  The Family Bookshelf, and Rasco from RIF. Over the month of December so far Carol Rasco, Terry Doherty and I have collected content for you about literacy & reading-related events; literacy and reading programs and research; and suggestions for growing bookworms. Despite the upcoming holidays, there is plenty going on right now in the world of books (with extra thanks to Carol, who found MANY of these links).

Literacy & Reading-Related Events
Though not quite book-related, here's an appropriate link for parents for the holiday season. AblePlay.org is a nonprofit that evaluates children's toys and products in five areas as they relate to learning disabilities: physical, cognitive, sensory, and communicative. With so many parents and educators seeking "reliable advice" on the best toys for their children, this could be an invaluable resource.

And speaking of the holiday season, advice columnist Ask Amy is promoting the Family Reading Partnership's Book on Every Bed effort. Here's the column in which she urges all parents to "Take a book. Wrap it. Place it on a child's bed so it's the first thing the child sees on Christmas morning (or whatever holiday you celebrate)." Simple and powerful. This is the second year for this campaign, and I hope it's a huge success. I know that Terry has her books lined up already! (And speaking of the Family Reading Partnership, Melissa Taylor's post about A Book on Every Bed reminded me that it's not too late to order the Family Reading Partnership's 2012 Read to Me calendar. I've got mine all ready to go for January, and I love it.

If you are looking for books to buy to put on that special child's bed, you might consider mining the Cybils nomination lists (as suggested by Sheila Ruth at the Cybils website). Many wonderful titles have been nominated in categories ranging from fiction picture books to graphic novels to young adult fiction. And if you click through from the lists and make a purchase from Amazon, a small portion of your sale goes to the Cybils organization (where it helps fund things like prizes for the winners). Cybils shortlists will be announced on January 1st.

In honor of the 50th anniversary of The Snowy Day, the Jewish Museum in New York is mounting a retrospective of the work of author/illustrator Ezra Jack Keats. The New York Times, in an article by Laurel Graeber, says "Celebrating the book’s 50th anniversary and traveling to three other museums, the show, “The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats,” tells the story of how a white Jew — Keats was born Jacob Ezra Katz — created a black character who helped change the face of children’s books."

2012 is also the 50th anniversary of Margaret L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time, one of my all-time favorite books. I was pleased to read in Publisher's Weekly (via the Children's Bookshelf newsletter) about Macmillan's year-long plan for celebrating this important milestone.  The multiple 50th anniversary editions that Macmillan is publishing will include "new additional content, including an introduction by Katherine Paterson, an afterword by L’Engle’s granddaughter, Charlotte Voiklis, and previously unpublished photos." There's also going to be a graphic novel version. I wonder what Meg Murray would have thought about that!

And if you happen to be headed to a museum that has dinosaurs, we suggest that you check out this New York Times feature by Pamela Paul that introduces a picture book for older kids on how those dinosaur fossils make their way to museums. (via @PamelaPaulNYT)

Literacy Programs and Research
Terry ran across what we think is a neat collaborative effort to benefit The National Literacy Trust in the UK and the Children's Literacy Initiative in the US. It's a charity anthology of short crime stories, where each of 38 stories is based on a classic song title (Light My Fire, Dock of the Bay, etc.).

As reported in CBCNews, author Margaret Atwood spoke recently about how Twitter and the Internet boost literacy. Here's a snippet: "Thanks to the rise of the internet and of social media, "I would say that reading, as such, has increased. And reading and writing skills have probably increased because what all this texting and so forth replaced was the telephone conversation," she continued." I do hope that all of the online time is helping literacy. An article in The Digital Shift by Debra Lau Whalen reports that "A whopping 95 percent of teens between the ages of 12-17 are now online—and one in five of them say they’ve been bullied in the last year, either in person, online, by text, or by phone, says a new study by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project." At least the literacy benefits might counterbalance some of the social downsides...

On the other hand, The Chronicle of Higher Education shared a nice op-ed piece by William Pannapacker about how many people are "still in love with print books." He says: "Contrary to many futuristic projections—even from bibliophiles who, as a group, enjoy melancholy reveries—the recent technological revolution has only deepened the affection that many scholars have for books and libraries, and highlighted the need for the preservation, study, and cherishing of both." I know I cherish my books in print, even as I download library books onto my iPad for vacations.

Jenny Schwartzberg sent us the link to a neat Washington Post story by Joshua Partlow about a program that uses old folktales (turned into books by a nonprofit publisher)  to help teach Afghan students to read. This story highlights the importance for literacy of having stories available that resonate with the particular audience. The Anne E. Casey Foundation Population Reference Bureau recently reported, in their analysis of 2010 census data, that "Children of mixed race grew at a faster rate than any other group over the past decade; from 1.9 million in 2000 to 2.8 million in 2010 (a 46 percent increase)." Sounds like there's going to be a need for a lot of copies of Sarah Stevenson's The Latte Rebellion in a few years...

Suggestions for Growing Bookworms
Stacey Loscalzo recently decided, given the need for reading tutors, to go back to work in this area. In this short post, Stacey shares a poem that inspired her wish to provide her first student with "A Lot of Slow to Grow". Which pairs quite well, I think, with this post from Read Aloud Dad. RAD asks, how do you want your child to spend time when bored? Watching TV (or worse), or reading books? One key to having your child read whenever they have a passing moment of boredom is to keep lots of books around your home. Let's see if we can provide all of our children with plenty of "slow to grow", and even plenty of boredom (with books handy), in the hope that they'll find time to grow as readers.

I also just read (with thanks to Carol) a piece that Patrick Carman wrote last month for The Digital Shift about transmedia and the way it has changed the very notion of books and reading. Carman's view is that "What many ultra-wired kids needed was a pathway back to books. They needed someone to take two steps toward them before they could take one step in the direction of reading." As a result, he's been experimenting with stories that cross over between books and video, offline and online. I think this ties in well with a November NY Times Education piece that captures and categorizes various links about "the future of reading."

For those families headed out on long trips for the holidays, PBS Kids is offering a video app for the iPad through which you can have free streaming access to more than 2000 PBS Kids television episodes. New videos are added every week. (Of course books are still our top choice for travel, especially for children under 2, but there's certainly an appeal of having some educational video content available, to add variety to the mix.) School Library Journal actually reported, back in November, that iPads are expected to outpace computers in schools by 2016.

Speaking of the iPad, and other app platforms, Cybils app category organizer Mary Ann Scheuer was interviewed last week on NPR's Here & Now show. Mary Ann did a great job of discussing the benefits of apps to help encourage reading, and she also managed to put in a good word for the Cybils. Excellent work!

If you live near New York, you might try visiting the Queens Library's new Children's Library Discovery Center. According to this ABC News story (you can check out the video), "Interactive components create an environment where children can learn about science, engineering and math. There are, of course, books related to each experience." Sounds pretty cool!

Finally, for some more concrete Growing Bookworms tips, Amy at Delightful Children's Books has just launched a new three-part series on introducing children to books. In the first installment, Amy focuses on introducing books to babies. She includes some general ideas for reading to babies, as well as a lovely list of recommended titles for "discoverers and communicators", age 0 - 13 months. I wish I'd had this post when Baby Bookworm was in this age range.

Thanks for reading, and for caring about children's literacy. We wish you all a joyful holiday season, and a book-filled 2012! Carol will be back at the beginning of January with the next roundup.
Literacy  Newsletter  apps  carol_rasco  children's_literacy  cybils  family_reading_partnership  pbs  rasco_from_rif  reading_tub  terry_doherty  the_snowy_day  from google
december 2011 by katieday
Texting Improving Literacy?
cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by uberculture

Reading through some random tweets leading to a blog post, I found a fantastic video interviewing David Crystal, an expert on the English Language.  Here is a little information on this expert on the English language from Wikipedia:

Crystal studied English at University College London between 1959 and 1962. He was a researcher under Randolph Quirk between 1962 and 1963, working on the Survey of English Usage. Since then he has lectured at Bangor University and the University of Reading. He is currently an honorary professor of linguistics at Bangor. His many academic interests include English language learning and teaching, clinical linguistics,forensic linguistics, language death, “ludic linguistics” (Crystal’s neologism for the study of language play),[1] English style, Shakespeare,indexing, and lexicography. He is the Patron of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL) and honorary vice-president of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP). He has also served as an important editor for Cambridge University Press…His book Txtng: The Gr8 Db8 (published in 2008) focused on text language and its impact on society.

Obviously, the guy has some knowledge in the area of language and literacy.

As I watched and wrote notes on his talk in this video, there were some amazing, yet seemingly common sense ideas that he shared.  Here are some of the quotes that I jotted down:

Texting and it’s impact on reading and writing

“It turns out that the best texters, are the best spellers.”

“The more you text, the better your literacy scores.”

“The earlier you get your mobile phone, the better your literacy scores.”

“What is texting?  Texting is writing and reading.”

“The more practice you get in writing and reading, the better writer and reader you will be.”

One of the additional things he discussed in this talk was that we often say, “These kids do not read,” but he quickly dismisses this as a fallacy.  In fact, Crystal goes further to say that kids that text read more than what we did as children because they have more access to writing.  Simply put, they do not read and write the same things that we did.  Looking at my own situation, I have actually read more “books” in the last little while than I ever have, as I carry around a huge book collection all the time on my iPhone and/or iPad.  The ease of access makes it a lot easier for me to read whether it is blogs, books, or yes, text messages and tweets.

David also addressed the idea that the acronyms and slang that we use in our text messaging, shows up in students’ exams, to which he stated:

“(When asked) Do you see these ‘textisms” in your exams, the answer universally is no…the kids don’t do it.”

He noted that there were obviously the occasional occurrences of this happening, but it is an anomaly.  With clear guidelines of where we are writing, our purpose and audience, it should be easy for our students to be able to make the distinction about what writing should look like.  When we ignore the fact that our students text and use digital technologies, I can understand where they would become confused.

Tweeting and our changing culture

Crystal admittedly has not looked deeply into Twitter, but has started to explore it since, as he described it, it is the “SMS system of the Internet”:

“Twitter changed it’s prompt from “What are you doing?” to “What’s happening?” People are now looking more outwards instead of inwards.”

“If you want to find out about an event, you are most likely to find out on Twitter before any other medium.”

I distinctly remember reading that Osama bin Laden was assassinated before the announcement was made by Barack Obama.  Leaks of the information came so quickly and although it was chalked up to be rumour, it obviously was confirmed after.  More people are turning to the Twitter search function to find out about events in real time from people who are willing to share.  It is rare now that any reporter would not have a Twitter account so they can be the first to share the story, which is much easier from a phone in 140 characters, as opposed to a long article written even on a website.

Moving Forward

Crystal shares some thoughts on how we can help manage this shift in our world and “manage” the way we look at reading and writing:

“Most of us are still in a mindset where we see the book as central and the electronic technology is marginal.  For young people, it is the other way around…We are not going to change that, but we can manage it….put the book into the electronic technology.

“Every style of language has its purpose, but we have to see what the purpose is…Take an essay and turn it into a text message or vice versa, take a text message and turn it into the essay.”

Crystal addressed the real concern that our attention span has lessened, and with the advent of short snippets of information, making it harder to pay attention to anything at length. Admittedly, the thought of even watching his talk at 30 minutes in length seemed a little daunting even to me, but with all of the information now available, haven’t our standards risen in what we are watching/consuming?  Think about television…we had two channels when I grew up in Humboldt, Saskatchewan,  and we would sit through shows that I would not give a second look at now.  Today with 100′s of channels, the options are much greater, yet I usually find myself going to the Internet anyway where I can have more personalized options of what I choose to watch, read, and even create.

Concluding Thoughts

Admittedly I have been frustrated by conversations with many regarding the idea that texting is eroding our literacy skills.  I have always been a firm believer that the more we can have our students read and write, no matter how that happens, their skills will improve, as long as we are willing to guide them.  Now, having an expert confirm these thoughts is more than exciting.  I am hoping you will share the video below with others to start some conversation on not only how we can use this medium in our schools, but how we can connect the use of technology into our more traditional forms of literacy. They definitely can serve one another.
Education  Featured  Teaching_+_Learning  Technology  David_Crystal  literacy  social-media  texting  twitter  from google
august 2011 by katieday
GlobalReadAloud - wiki
Titles are chosen for a one-month global read-aloud.... e.g., Flat Stanley and Tuck Everlasting this year
read_aloud  global  primary_school  collaborative  reading  literacy 
august 2011 by katieday
OIHS Little Brother Reading Guide - home
Cory Doctorow: "Ninth graders at Oakland International High School read my novel Little Brother and produced a fantastic school reading kit with chapter summaries, student discussions, student-made comic strips, and further topics for classroom discussion. It's a tremendous piece of work, and I'm grateful to the young people in Sailaja Suresh's class."
literature_guides  wikis  science_fiction  teaching  middle_school  literacy 
may 2011 by katieday
Tips for Growing Bookworms: #4 Make Sure Your Children Have Books of their Own
This post was originally published at Booklights on December 7, 2009.

Tips for Growing Bookworms: #4 Make Sure Your Children Have Books of their Own

This is Part 4 of a continuing series on encouraging young readers. These ideas were originally captured in a post that I did on my blog in 2007, 10 Tips for Growing Bookworms. Here at Booklights I'll be expanding upon and updating each idea, and adding links for more information. Today's tip also includes links to a variety of book suggestions for the holiday season. [Note, although originally produced for the holiday season, obviously lists of gift book ideas are relevant year-round.]

Tip #4: Make sure that your children (and nieces and nephews and grandchildren) have books of their own. Sure, it's great to visit libraries (we'll talk more about that in the next tip) and explore a wide range of books. But it's also important that kids have at least a few books of their own. Books that they can re-read as often as they like. Books that they don't have to return by a certain date. Books that they can save and cherish and (eventually) look back on as priceless childhood mementos. I know that the books from my childhood that I still have on my shelves will always remain among my most treasured possessions. [Update: see also a must-read recent piece from The Book Whisperer on this topic.]

There's a special bond that comes with re-reading a book many times. Especially as a child becomes older, and is reading on his own. The experiences of reading a beloved book build upon one another. Each reading becomes a celebration of the book, and a reminder of the past readings. To have that bond, I think that you need to own the book. Sure, you can check the same book out of the library every year. But it's not the same as having the book on the shelf next to your bed, and being able to pick it up when you can't sleep, or aren't feeling well, or just need the comfort of familiarity. The shelf doesn't need to be large, but it needs to be filled with books that are loved.

There's also a sense of pride that comes with ownership of possessions. And attaching that pride to books elevates the importance of literacy. When you spend your hard-earned money to buy books for your children, you're putting your money where your mouth is. You aren't just saying that books are important. You're demonstrating that you value books and literacy. I think that's important. And books are a bargain, compared with video games, going out to eat, going out to a movie, etc.

So, if you're doing any holiday shopping for the children in your life this season [or buying birthday gifts, or getting ready for summer vacations], I urge you to consider buying at least a few books. Great books are truly a gift that can last a lifetime. I know that it can be difficult to know what books to buy. Fortunately, quite a few bloggers have taken the initiative to offer targeted suggestions. Liz Burns from A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy has a post in which she's keeping track of other people's gift-giving ideas (mostly books). You'll find lots of links there.

Here are links to a few of my favorite sources for book ideas this year:

Booklights' own MotherReader shares 105 Ways to Give a Book, with suggestions for pairing books with other things. For example: "Give a book with a gift card to rent the movie. Include a box of microwave popcorn." Surely everyone can find something that sparks their imagination out of Pam's huge list of ideas. Pam also shares her favorites of the year from several "best of" lists.
Right here at Booklights, Ann shares her selected gifts for a year of reading for preschoolers.
Abby (the) Librarian is running a series called the Twelve Days of Giving. Each day she offers a new themed book list or a specific book recommendation. For example, on Friday she offered an assortment of book suggestions for young musicians. She also has lists for drama fans, books for boys, and books for Twilight fans. Stay tuned for more offerings.
Sarah Mulhern from The Reading Zone presents a Tween Book Buying Guide for the Holidays. She has targeted lists of books for sports fans, adventure seekers, romantics, dystopia fans, mythology buffs, and more. All of these books are focused on 10-13 year olds.
Charlotte from Charlotte's Library offers a gift-giving guide on spooky books from 2009 for middle grade fiction fans.
At Chasing Ray, Colleen Mondor has input from several authors, who have each suggested books for girls age 12 and up. This is part of Colleen's What A Girl Wants series.
Trevor Cairney from Literacy, families and learning suggests chapter books for 6-12 year old girls, from real life to adventure to fantasy to history.
At Chicken Spaghetti, our own Susan Thomsen is keeping track of "best of" lists for 2009. Lots of pre-vetted, excellent books there.
And, of course, one of my favorite sources for book ideas is the nominated titles for the Cybils Awards, a set of book awards given by children's book bloggers. Even better, the short lists from last year's Cybils process offer lists of five to seven books each in a variety of age ranges and genres. If you look in the upper right-hand corner of the Cybils blog, you can find downloadable versions of part short lists (many of the books now available in paperback!). Also, at Semicolon, Sherry has book and gift suggestions drawn from the Cybils middle grade fiction nominee list. And (updated to add), Sherry just put up a huge list of links to posts dedicated to giving books for the holidays. There is something for everyone!
[And one new suggestion: do check out Aaron Mead's post at Children's Books and Reviews on finding the best children's books through reviews, lists, and blogs.]

I hope that you'll find these lists a useful resource. But really, however you choose the books, and whenever you buy them, the important thing is that you make sure that your children have at least a few books of their own, to keep. You'll give them books to re-read and fall in love with, and you'll show, in a tangible way, that you think that books are important. And that's worth doing, both at the holidays and year-round.

This post was originally published at Booklights on December 7, 2009. Since Booklights has ended, I am republishing selected posts here, at Jen Robinson's Book Page, with permission from PBS Parents. Booklights was funded by the PBS Kids Raising Readers initiative. All rights reserved.
Booklights  Literacy  Newsletter  book_ownership  children's_books  growing_bookworms  parenting  raising_readers  from google
may 2011 by katieday
Gates and Pearson Foundations to Offer Online Courses - NYTimes.com
"The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the world’s largest philanthropy, and the foundation associated with Pearson, the giant textbook and school technology company, announced a partnership on Wednesday to create online reading and math courses aligned with the new academic standards that some 40 states have adopted in recent months.
curriculum  online_courses  usa  primary_school  secondary_school  literacy  mathematics 
april 2011 by katieday
Science ~ Assessment Resources ~ Project 2061 ~ AAAS
"Welcome to the AAAS Project 2061 Science Assessment Website
The assessment items on this website are the result of more than a decade of research and development by Project 2061, a long-term science education reform initiative of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Here you will find free access to more than 600 items. The items:
Are appropriate for middle and early high school students.
Test student understanding in the earth, life, physical sciences, and the nature of science.
Test for common misconceptions as well as correct ideas.
This website also includes:
Data on how well U.S. students are doing in science and where they are having difficulties, broken out by gender, English language learner status, and whether the students are in middle school or high school.
“My Item Bank,” a feature that allows you to select, save, and print items and answer keys.
Intended primarily for teachers, these assessment items and resources will also be useful to education researchers, test developers, and anyone who is interested in the performance of middle and high school students in science."
science  literacy  teacher_resources  assessment 
april 2011 by katieday
New site tracks science misconceptions in middle/high school students
The American Association for the Advancement of Science's Project 2061 (an imitative to improve science, math and technology literacy) -- "A new Web site is taking aim at this challenge, providing educators with quick lists of scientific statements broken down by subject matter, highlighting concepts that tend to be misunderstood by students....

The site (which is accessible after free registration) also provides teachers with some 600 multiple choice questions for tests that could help pinpoint conceptual sticking points. Multiple-choice tests have drawn criticism for being too reductive, and DeBoer acknowledges that "too often test questions are not linked explicitly to the ideas and skills that the students are expected to learn."

So to figure out just what kids know—or think they know—researchers involved in the seven-year-long project tested more than 150,000 students in some 1,000 classrooms and conducted interviews with many of them to try to figure out how well the questions were getting at the underlying understandings."
science  literacy  teacher_resources  assessment 
april 2011 by katieday
Guidelines and Student Handouts for Implementing Read-Aloud Strategies in Your Class | Scholastic.com
"Here is a collection of guidelines, checklists, and assessment tools to start think-aloud strategies with your students from Jeff Wilhelm's book Improving Comprehension With Think-Aloud Strategies, "
literacy  teacher_resources  reading  thinking  strategy 
march 2011 by katieday
Readers’ Theater | Literacy Connections
includes information on how-to do reader's theatre with students, recommended books of scripts, and online websites where you can find readers' theatre scripts
reading  readers_theatre  teacher_resources  literacy 
march 2011 by katieday
KidLitosphere Central - Home
"KidLitosphere Central strives to provide a passage to the wonderful variety of resources available from the society of bloggers in children’s and young adult literature."
website  childrens_lit  recommended  blog  literacy 
march 2011 by katieday
Literacy Coaching: Lenses on Literacy
"I love my job! Everyday I get to live out my passion for teaching and learning in a place that is dynamic and exciting to work. I am a wife, mother of four, literacy coach, author, teacher, presenter, and literacy consultant"
blog  recommended  childrens_lit  literacy  coaching 
march 2011 by katieday
BLOG: The Miss Rumphius Effect
"The blog of a teacher educator discussing poetry, children's literature and issues related to teaching children and their future teachers."
blog  recommended  childrens_lit  literacy  teaching  poetry 
march 2011 by katieday
BLOG: Raising Readers and Writers
"This site is a place for sharing my thoughts and new learning about using good children's literature in the teaching of reading and writing. " Julie Johnson
blog  recommended  childrens_lit  literacy  teaching 
march 2011 by katieday
BLOG: A Year of Reading
"Franki is the author of Beyond Leveled Books (Stenhouse), Still Learning to Read (Stenhouse), and Day-to-Day Assessment in the Reading Workshop (Scholastic). She is also a regular contributor to Choice Literacy.

Mary Lee is the author of Reconsidering Read-Aloud (Stenhouse).

Both have been teachers for more than 20 years."
blog  recommended  childrens_lit  literacy  teaching 
march 2011 by katieday
BLOG: Teach with Picture Books
"Keith Schoch is a veteran professional educator. He shares his thoughts and expertise with colleagues through three blogs: Teaching that Sticks, Teach with Picture Books, and How to Teach a Novel"
blog  literacy  childrens_lit  recommended  teaching 
march 2011 by katieday
What Teacher Education Can Learn From Blackface Minstrelsy — EDUCATIONAL RESEARCHER
by Tim Lensmire - a professor of literacy (esp. teaching writing to students) who focuses on radical democracy.... ABSTRACT:
"Research on the racial identities of White future teachers has assumed and circulated an overly simplified, and ultimately unhelpful, conception of White racial identity. An alternative is needed, which the authors develop with reference to scholarship that explores White people’s participation in blackface minstrelsy. They argue that at the core of White racial selves is a profound ambivalence that must be accounted for if future research is to better illuminate what the racial identities of White future teachers mean for their development as educators."
literacy  education  article  race 
february 2011 by katieday
Options for Recording Stories on the iPad: Story Patch with Story Robe, Sonic Pics, & Story Kit
Today was yet another snow day for Oklahoma students in Edmond Public Schools. This provided a great opportunity for some "home school learning." After reading about the $5 iPad application Story Patch yesterday, I purchased the program this morning and enlisted the help of my seven year old daughter to explore it as well as other options for taking separate story pages and using other iPad apps to add voice narration. In this post, I'll recap what Rachel and I did together and what we learned today.

Story Patch allows students (or users of any age) to create PDF stories including text and graphics/photos in three basic ways:

Answer a series of questions, have the app create the text of a story for you, and then as the user add appropriate graphics from the provided graphics library.
Create an original story with text you enter onto different pages, and add images from the provided graphics library.
Create a story using original text as well as original images you either create as artwork within the application or add from the iPad's photo library. (Other art programs like Brushes can be used to create and save images in advance, or photos can be added.)

Throughout our morning and afternoon of iPad story app experiments, Rachel published her work utilizing email. The following diagram (created with the free version of Skitch) shows this two step process: She emailed her final product from the iPad to post@oursite.posterous.com, and Posterous not only posted the content to our free site on its domain but also cross-posted it to our family learning blog, "Learning Signs," which is powered with WordPress. (also free.)

Rachel's first story, "Going to the Zoo" (direct PDF link) followed method #1 above. She answered some questions posed by Story Patch and had the program create the text of a ten page story. She created her second story, "The New Puppy," (direct PDF link) followed method #2. She created the text herself, but used the provided image library for all the story's graphics except for 1 zoo photo she imported from my Flickr photos.

Story Patch was easy to use and navigate. Rachel did need some help figuring out how to edit her page order and add images, but after a two minute introduction she was fully self-sufficient on the app creating her story. After she finished, I helped her share both stories via email to our family learning blog utilizing Posterous. If you have an iPad or other iOS device and are NOT yet utilizing Posterous to share media, you really should check it out. Every iPad app I've used which supports sharing supports emailing content. Posterous is a wonderful, free website tool which does a great job facilitating the sharing of rich media. See the official Posterous blog post from July 2010, "Autopost. Now Simpler than Ever. (Videos)" for more about configuring cross-posting to WordPress as well as other sites/services. Posterous is 100% free and 100% awesome.

After helping Rachel create these PDF story versions, I wanted to find a way for her to add voice narration of her reading each page using the iPad. Since Story Patch does not support audio recording currently, we needed to:

Convert the PDF file of her Story Patch story into separate JPG images.
Import the separate story images onto the iPad.
Use another iPad app to add audio narration and then share out the final video or webpage that app created.

To convert her Story Patch PDF into separate JPG images, I turned to Zamzar. Zamzar is a free, web-based conversion utility. I downloaded her PDF story to my laptop from our family learning blog, where it had been cross-posted, and then (without paying or creating an account on ZamZar) I uploaded the file and requested it be converted to JPG format and emailed to me. After a few minutes I received an email message with a link, and was able to download a zip file from the Zamzar website including all seven story images.

The next challenge was transferring these images to the iPad's photo library so they could be utilized with other applications. For this I turned to the $3 Photo Transfer app which I'd already purchased recently. It creates a local server on the iPad to which users can connect from the same wifi network with any web browser and upload or download images. This was slick and worked fast, all eight images uploaded in less than 15 seconds.

Now that Rachel's story images were saved on the iPad, it was time to experiment with three different applications for audio recording story narration. In my November 2010 post, "Mobile Digital Storytelling with StoryKit, Storyrobe, and SonicPics," I shared a five minute screencast overview of these three programs. Today, it was great to see and hear what a seven year old thinks of using these three programs to narrate the same story.

Story Kit (free, from the International Childrens' Digital Library) was Rachel's favorite app to use for audio narration. As she described in our twelve minute post-project debrief/podcast, it was easier for her to separately record each page's narration. On multiple occasions she deleted her initial attempts and tried again until she was satisfied with the result. This was the third app we tried, but definitely her favorite. Although designed pixel-size wise for the iPhone and iPod Touch, Story Kit works great on an iPad as well in "doubled image" size.

You can link to the ICDL's hosted version of Rachel's story to view and listen to it, or use the iframe embedded version I've included below. Click the icon of the speaker to play each audio clip. Rachel sized and positioned each image on each page of her story as desired, and also placed the audio buttons after recording her narrations.

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The first program we used, and our least favorite for this story narration from Story Patch, was Story Robe. The main problem with Story Robe was it cropped the top and bottom off Rachel's story images, which made the text at the top impossible to read. Story Robe creates a MP4 video file when you export your final project, and hosts it for free on their server. Link directly to Rachel's StoryRobe version of "The New Puppy" or link to it from our family learning blog.

The second program we used, and my favorite overall, was the $3 app Sonic Pics. It did not crop Rachel's Story Patch story photos, and its interface is both faster and easier to use than StoryRobe IMHO. Link directly to "The New Puppy" in the M4V format Sonic Pics creates, hosted by Amazon S3 courtesy of Posterous. That link is also cross-posted to our family learning blog.

Here's our full debrief of today's iPad story creation and story narration learning experiences. Rachel recorded and published (by herself with my verbal assistance) this podcast using the free Cinch app.

Overall, we were both really pleased at how easy and flexible Story Patch is for creating and sharing stories with text and images. Hopefully in the future it will support direct export of story images to the iPad's photo roll (eliminating the steps we had to take today with ZamZar and the Photo Transfer app) and also possibly support built-in audio narration. It's a great app and well worth the $5 investment. That's a small price to pay for the creative storytelling and sharing apps like this can empower!

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Linda Hoyt - Interactive Read-Alouds
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The Island Foundation - Bintan
"The Island Foundation was founded by Nikoi Island in 2009. The Island Foundation was formally incorporated in Indonesia as a Yayasan (the local equivalent of a foundation) with the name Harapan Anak Pulau, which in English means, “Hope of the Island Children”. The reference to children does not mean that children are our only focus but rather that the long term benefit of the Foundation’s work will be for future generations as it is recognized that many of our goals will only be achieved over time.

The Foundation is run and managed by local Indonesians with the principal objective of helping the community to help themselves. "
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"Here are a few essential elements that help make the teaching in small groups effective for these students:1)  Use short text;  2) Keep meaning-making at the forefront; 3) Plan in ways that help you tailor the lesson to the specific needs of the group; 4) Allow talk time as you encourage students to negotiate the meaning of the text beyond the literal level and actually teach talking behaviors to maximize comprehension"
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wikiaoao / Tamara Wyachai-James - wiki
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Free eBook and Lesson Plans: From the Creative Minds of 21st Century Librarians
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I’m very proud to have been one of the contributors to the Syracuse University Center for Digital Literacy e-book project, From the Creative Minds of 21st Century Librarians. Check out this free e-book that is available to everyone!  Here is a brief overview of the text:

From the Creative Minds of 21st Century Librarians is CDL’s first e-book project made possible in part through an IMLS grant awarded to CDL in 2008 to update the AASL standards in the S.O.S. for Information Literacy database. This 275-page free downloadable resource contains dozens of lesson plans that implement AASL’s Standards for the 21st-Century Learner in the context of the curriculum. Contributing authors include more than 30 teacher-librarians. The book, edited by Marilyn P. Arnone, Ruth V. Small, and Barbara K. Stripling, was more than a year in the making and features a foreword by Barbara Stripling and graphic design by Marguerite Chadwick-Juner. If you are looking for creative ideas that target the standards to implement in your school library, this book will help you jumpstart the process. Download the publication and please pass on this link to your colleagues in the school library field.

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