Dwight Library Resources Update

Hello Everyone,

Below are some books and online resources you may find useful. If you have questions about any of these resources or are looking for a different resource to support your work in the classroom, please let me know!

Newsela- Current Events differentiated by reading level

Newsela offers articles on current events from leading newspapers and research institutes. Each article is available at a range of reading levels, allowing students of differing abilities to read articles on the same topic. Teachers and students can create accounts to assign and complete readings electronically, take quizzes, and track results.

Make Google Docs Work for You

Tired of trying to keep track of dozens of google docs that students have shared with you?

"Doctopus is a Google Spreadsheet script developed by Andrew Stillman that can help teachers manage the flow of shared work in in their Google Drive accounts. The basic concept behind the script is to enable teachers to quickly share documents with all of the students on a roster, monitor usage of shared documents, and give students feedback within that roster spreadsheet." (Richard Byrne, Free Technology for Teachers)

What's a Libguide and what can it do for you?

Libguides are collections of recommended resources. They are great tools for helping your students know where to look when working on projects and assignments. Dwight's libguides can be found at libguides.dwight.edu. Check out this libguide for Grade 10's Museum of Controversy project for an example of how libguides can be used for individual classes or projects. Let me know if you'd like me to put together a libguide for your class!

Connect and Share

Looking for a way to add global perspectives to your classroom? Quadblogging matches you with three other classrooms from around the world. Each class has a "focus week" where students from the three other schools read and respond to the blogs from the focus class.

Blendspace is a "platform where teachers and students can collect, annotate and share digital resources" (www.edsurge.com). Click here for an example of a lesson I did with an 11th grade history class. There are lots of possibilities for both teachers and students.

Inklewriter "provides the format for writing interactive branched stories. While students focus on writing, Inklewriter handles the the story paths. Use Inklewriter to explore decision making and consequences in Health, Social Studies, Science, and English classes" (AASL Best Websites for Teaching and Learning 2013).

Teaching with Film and Video

Teach with Movies has lesson plans based on films and shorts for English, Math, History, Science, Health, and Visual and Performing Arts.

TedEd shares lessons created around youtube videos.

Looking for more ed tech or online tools?

Graphite, a service of Common Sense Media, helps teachers discover and use digital content. You can search for apps, games, websites, and more by grade level and subject. Each resource is rated by teachers for usefulness and includes reviews and "field notes".

Edudemic " The site features a regular flow of tools, tips, resources, visuals, and guest posts from dozens of authors around the world" (About Edudemic). Check out their Teacher's Guides highlighting different technologies.