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Multiple Literacies & Web 2.0

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Free Technology for Teachers

Free Technology for Teachers

Free Technology for Teachers is Richard Byrne’s award-winning edublog dedicated to sharing resources and practical ideas for their application, including an arsenal of tools for creating video montage “Book Trailers” that add a new dimension to the classic book report and a wealth of alternatives to YouTube for classrooms that lack access to the catch-all video site.
Mr. Walker's Technology Blog is a great resource covering a wide range of disciplines, technology, teaching tools and resources.

TechLearning Article: Textbooks of the Future

Mark Warner's Teaching Ideas

  • One of the biggest and best Teaching Resource sites on the web.
  • An Edublog about integrating technology into the classroom
  • Selected by Jane Hart of the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies
  • Always full of exceptional education and technology news and resources
  • Angela has some great resources for teachers and students.
    TED-Ed -- Sharing the spark of curiosity.

Poetry Websites and Links

  • Academy of Amercian Poets
    This web site for the Academy of American Poets offers essays on poetry, biographies of more than 450 poets, text of more than 1400 poems, and Real Audio of one hundred poems read by their authors or other poets; and find local poetry resources on the National Poetry Map. The link for Minnesota on the map provides links to local authors as well as Minnesota poetry resources. In the navigation bar, users will also find links to poetry month and poetry exhibits.
  • Internet Poetry Archive
    Site features seven contemporary poets: Seamus Heaney, Yusef Komunyakaa, Phillip Levine, Czeslaw Milosz, Robert Pinsky, Margaret Walker, and Richard Wilbur. However, by including quality audio clips of the authors reading their poems, the Internet Poetry Archive recognizes the importance of not just reading poetry silently but hearing it aloud. Having the chance to see a photo of the poets and to hear them read their own work (sometimes with an introduction) is invaluable. (Booklist, 2003)
  • Library of Congress: The Poetry and Literature Center
    This direct link is to information on the present and past poet laureates of the United States. There are also links to other useful sites.
  • Modern American Poetry
    An online journal and multimedia companion to the Anthology of Modern American Poetry. Click on the "Poets" link to find an alphabetical listing of poets, their poems and biographical information.
  • Open Culture: Poetry
    Links to some of the best educational media on the web, this particular page is for poetry topics
  • PBS: Poetry Everywhere
    A site with animated poetry and short films featuring poets reading their own works. Garrison Keillor serves as series narrator.
  • Poetry 180
    Sponsored by the Library of Congress, this site offers a poem a day for American high schools.
  • Poetry Daily
    Each day a new contemporary poem is presented-"Poems are chosen from the work of a wide variety of poets published or translated in the English language. Our most eminent poets are represented in the selections, but also poets who are less well known. The daily poem is selected for its literary quality and to provide you with a window on a very broad range of poetry offered annually by publishers large and small. Included with each poem is information about the poet and the poem's source."
  • Poetry Foundation
    Use the Poetry Tool to find thousands of poems by subject, author or occasion. There are also features on poets as well as reading guides to poetry.
  • Writer's Almanac
    A daily program of poetry and history hosted by Garrison Keillor.

Social Studies Blogs

  • Psychology
  • A resource for any teacher of high school psychology, whether an AP or intro class
  • US Government Teachers Blog
    Written by high school teachers for those who teach US government and want to find online content as well as technology that you can use in the classroom
  • US History Teachers Blog
    Written by high school teachers for those who teach US history who want to find online content as well as technology that you can use in the classroom
  • World History Teachers Blog
    Written by high school teachers for those who teach world history and want to find online content as well as technology that you can use in the classroom

Librarian Blog Sites - about books!

A Bookshelf Monstrosity
Amanda, a library media specialist, reviews books, on her blog, “A Bookshelf Monstrosity”, a treasure for any aspiring bibliophile. Amanda’s blog features book reviews on a variety of genres across generations, including such popular classics as Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre” and George Orwell’s “1984.”

Mean Old Library Teacher
Hardly the “Mean Old Library Teacher” of this spirited blog’s title, Texas high school librarian Jennifer Turney shares websites worth exploring, offers honest reviews of YA literature, revitalizes burnt-out readers with a 30-book challenge and borrows a bookstore model to reorganize the fiction stacks in line with how kids really look for books.

Cathy Nelson’s Professional Thoughts

With a focus on engaging students through technology, “Cathy Nelson’s Professional Thoughts” distills the experience of a veteran South Carolina library media specialist who tackles issues ranging from strict student ID rules to taking charge of digital footprints, making the most of the ebook revolution and standing up to censorship when book banners take to the soapbox.

The Sassy Librarian
Pennsylvania college library director Courtney Lewis is “The Sassy Librarian” who ponders how to pack up a library when floods threaten, expresses frustration with the trilogy syndrome and offers up book reviews on genre favorites, including steampunk, on this blog with a Bloodlines countdown tool that hints at its blogger’s literary palate.

One Librarian’s Book Reviews
College librarian Melissa offers earnest reviews on genres ranging from magical realism to inspirational tales – complete with ratings to help teachers and parents make smart selections – on “One Librarian’s Book Reviews”; a resolute reader, this blogger hosts the Classic Double Challenge featuring new book versions of literary classics, including plenty of Shakespeare and anything by Jane Austen.

Mrs. ReaderPants
“Mrs. ReaderPants” delves into the world of Middle School and Young Adult fiction, serving up honest reviews, including in-depth narratives and a one to five ratings (on such topics as appropriateness for the age and engrossing), for librarians deciding what books to recommend to their students. The Book Trailers add a fun, multi-media dimension to “Mrs. ReaderPants” who also shares her thoughts in articles geared toward librarians and teen readers.

The King’s High School Library Blog
QR codes invade the book shelves, student library helpers with very specific reading tastes are celebrated and photos capture Random Acts of Reading plus a visit from the Governor-General in “The King’s High School Library Blog” based in New Zealand and chronicled by librarian Bridget Schaumann.

Hidden Peanuts
Named among the Library Journal’s latest Movers & Shakers, emerging technologies librarian at UNC Chapel Hill Chad Haefele argues for sustainability rather than vendor dependence as library services go high tech, rates the latest eReaders and tablets and reveals how to formulate search queries that get the right results on his blog “Hidden Peanuts”.

The task of fostering digital literacy, the trend toward tightened online access to local news and the need to archive web content or risk a digital dark age inspire reflection by Penn State librarian Ellysa Stern Cahoy on “E-Tech”, a blog focused on technology’s place in evolving libraries.

A Media Specialist’s Guide to the Internet
New Jersey Educational Media Specialist Julie Greller is the “cybrarian” behind “A Media Specialist’s Guide to the Internet”, a rich resource for new teachers as well as librarians and media specialists who are bound to find treasures in an A to Z guide to Web 2.0, tips and tools for creating infographics, information categorized by grade level and freebies ranging from data storage to graphics geared for teachers.

Art & Music Blogs

The Fischbowl (Karl Fisch)

Karl Fisch has been a teacher for twenty-three years. He has taught middle and high school math and is currently Director of Technology at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado, USA. He invites you to join the conversation at The Fischbowl.

Moving at the Speed of Creativity

Moving at the Speed of Creativity is Wesley Fryer's blog. (That's me!) I use this site to digitally document my own journey of learning and collaborate with other educators and lifelong learners around the globe. I focus primarily on issues related to engaged learning, web 2.0 technologies, digital storytelling, educational leadership, literacy, blended learning, creativity, appropriate uses of educational technologies, digital citizenship, and educational transformation.


All Things Assessment

Blog: All Things Assessment

Articles, links to relevant sites and examples of revised lesson plans with rubrics.

English/Reading Blogs

  • Barker Blog
    "Putting the 'racy' back in literacy since 2008"
  • Jim Burke: The English Teacher's Companion
    About: "I teach English at Burlingame High School and write books about what my kids and colleagues teach me about learning and life."
  • Jim Burke: English Companion Ning
    "Where English go to help each other"
  • Getting Boys to Read
  • NCTE Media Blog
    "Started as the NCTE Assembly of Media Arts blog: the Assembly has transitioned to: The Media And Digital Literacies Collaborative. This blog is primarily aimed at those who teach English/Language Arts but who are also interested in the role of the media/technology in curriculum instruction."
  • NCTE: Secondary Blog
    Filled with teaching ideas and technology tools

Math Blogs

  • Continuous Everywhere but Differentiable Nowhere
    A blog from "a high school math teacher in Brooklyn, New York. I enjoy getting students excited about math by being math’s loudest and most passionate cheerleader."
  • dy/dan
    "Dan Meyer is a former high-school math teacher and a current doctoral student at Stanford University. He says that his primary interests are curriculum design and teacher education. Notable recent posts include Great Application Problems – A Rubric, The Kannapolis Sessions, and The Wolverine Wrangler."
  • The Exponential Curve
    "The purpose of this blog is to help generate and share ideas for teaching high school math concepts to students whose skills are below grade level." (Not currently updated, though lots of good resources, including worksheets for Alg. I and II, plus numeracy)
  • Garth's CS Education Blog
    A computer science and programming teacher at a private school writes about teaching fun and important concepts and preparing students for computer science careers.
  • In need of a Base Case: comments about coding, research and life
    This blog discusses the need for change in computer science education, computer science project ideas, and the value of learning computer science.
  • Mathematics Education Research Blog
    "A researcher's journey towards increased understanding of his field"--has links to every math ed article that is published
  • Math Teacher Mambo
    Blog from a high school math teacher, includes downloadable work sheets.
  • The Number Warrior
    A high school teacher who teaches Algebra I, College Algebra, and Pre-Calculus. Check out "Annotated Blogroll" for suggestions of other blogs to read as well.
  • Sweeney Math
    Written by a high school math teacher, who teaches Algebra and Calculus, the blog site includes "a collection of lessons that I like from my class, or that I've found through the magic of the internets."
  • Teaching Statistics
    "Here you’ll find a lot of the same kind of discussion found on other math blogs, but the focus is on statistics and teaching statistics. There are also tips and ideas, as well as links to a lot of other useful blogs."

Non-fiction Matters (Marc Aronson)

Awash in the distractions of popular culture, and encouraged by a previous school focus on personal response to focus on their own interior emotions, the students who were not introduced to evidence, argument, and debate at home were all the more unprepared for life after school. So providing a structure in school for all students to look at evidence, analyze argument, and see themselves as detectives, scientists, crusading historians is a good idea.


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