Technology Activities

Thinking Outside the Box Focusing on Figure 19

Session Description

Teaching inference and summarization in new ways is sometimes difficult. Thinking outside the box and moving to digital resources like videos, cartoons, and music can capture the attention of learners. We will move through workstation activities to demonstrate how effective reading activities integrated with technology can impact your students.
Brief Intro to Metacognition

Comprehension Connections: Bridges to Strategic Reading Lessons by Tanny McGregor


Inferring, questioning, determining importance. It's not easy to explain these abstract reading strategies to elementary readers, yet knowing how they work and how to use them is an important first step to connecting with texts. Fortunately Tanny McGregor has developed visual, tangible, everyday lessons that make abstract thinking concrete and that can help every child in your classroom make more effective use of reading comprehension strategies.

Comprehension Connections is a guide to developing children's ability to fully understand texts by making the comprehension process achievable, accessible, and incremental. McGregor's approach sequences stages of learning for each strategy that take students from a fun object lesson to a nuanced and lasting understanding. Her lessons build bridges between the concrete and the abstract by incorporating writing, discussion, song, art, and movement into a web of creative connections that reinforce each strategy on a variety of levels. All the while Comprehension Connections offers an inside look at the dynamic of McGregor's teaching, showing you how her ideas look in action, and including the language she uses and that she encourages her students to use as they build their facility with:

  • schema
  • inferring
  • questioning
  • determining importance
  • visualizing
  • synthesizing.
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how to use keepvid
how to convert a video into mp3 format using by Marianne DR. Soriano
Socrative in the Classroom
Disney's Frozen "Let It Go" Sequence Performed by Idina Menzel

Songs to teach inference and summary

Songs are a great way to interest the students, AND you can develop so many concepts through songs and song lyrics.

Lee Brice – I Don’t Dance

Katy Perry – Firework

Nico Vinz - Am I Wrong

Kenny Chesney - Life on a Rock

OneRepublic – Love Runs Out

Idina Menzel - Let it Go

Websites and Resources

Cartoon creation and making your own comic strips:

Polling and assessment tool:

Program to save YouTube videos to a computer or storage device to acccess when you don't have internet or YouTube available:

Free Educational Videos:

Literary Techniques Video

Convert videos to MP3 audio file:

Pictures and videos to provoke questions and thoughts :