January 2014

Norwalk High School Library

Books to Know About

Google Tool to Know About

SpeakIt!

SpeakIt! is a Google Extension that allows users to highlight online text so that the computer can read that text aloud. This is great for struggling readers or ELL students. At a recent conference, a speaker presented that listening skills are two years ahead of reading skills, so this is a wonderful accommodation for students. It is also great for teachers who want to multi-task; just use SpeakIt! to read an article, post, etc. while simultaneously inputting grades or completing other tasks. Find this Extension at the Chrome Web Store.

Web Tool to Know About

Holt Interactive Graphic Organizers

This website is full of downloadable graphic organizers that are arranged by purpose (e.g. = organizing, drawing conclusions, compare-contrast, evaluating, etc.). Once a user clicks on a graphic organizer, he/she can add text to the document. Once all the information has been included, the graphic organizer can then be printed and/or saved. This resource is a great way to help students brainstorm, organize, or visualize their ideas. Visit http://goo.gl/Fjm3gK to get started!


Other Information to Know About

New Book in Professional Collection

Google Apps Meets Common Core by Michael J. Graham has been added to the professional collection in the high school library. Here is a description:


"Written for both the tech-challenged and tech-savvy teacher, this book shows you how to design robust lessons that help students meet and exceed Common Core requirements to think critically, problem solve, research, collaborate, and create original documents to publish on the web. Michael J. Graham shows how you can easily plan fun, Common Core-aligned lessons with


  • specific, step-by-step instructions and screen shots for a variety of Googe apps
  • complete sample lesson plans and correlations for elementary, middle school, and high school
  • Technology Infused Teaching Tips for maximum integration of Common Core standards into your curriculum
  • Resource links to training videos, websites, and interviews with current Google Apps for Education users
  • Classroom management and online safety tips
  • AUthentic student work examples
  • Preparation for the Next Generation Assessments


In clear and direct language, Google Apps Meets Common Core walks you through the process of transforming your classroom into a 21st century learning lab for college- and career-ready students!"


Stop by the library to check out this great resource!!