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Idea for Students Analyzing Text in Media

This share comes from a friend who blogs at http://www.thedaringlibrarian.com/,
who's added to an idea shared by another awesome educator who blogs at http://langwitches.org/blog/...

Edublogs Awards

Every year-end Edublogs runs the Edublogs Awards for best education based blogs in various categories. The blogs chosen are nominated by blog readers.
These are this year's nominated Classroom Blogs and Student Blogs.

Students may:
• Create a rubric as a group for judging blogs including:
authentic voice, variety of topics covered, posting frequency, visuals used etc.
• Choose a favorite & do a netbook gallery walk.
• Vote & defend their choice, giving examples (I think because______)

Free Webinar: CCSS Close Reading of Text: Wed, Dec 19, 2-3:15 PM

Register at http://media.all4ed.org/registration-dec-19-2012

if interested and can't make it, register anyway, they'll send link for archive.


Implementing English Language Arts
Common Core State Standards: Close Reading of Text

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. (ET)

Sheila Brown, EdD, Codirector of Aspen Program on Education and Society, Aspen Institute
Lynn Dougherty-Underwood, Director of K–12 Literacy, Hillsborough County Public Schools (FL)
Lee Kappes, Consultant, Aspen Institute
Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education

As technology advances and the American economy becomes increasingly knowledge based, students need higher literacy skills to succeed in college, a career, and life. Forty-six states plus the District of Columbia are in the process of implementing English language arts Common Core State Standards. These rigorous literacy standards require regular practice in closely reading text to build students’ knowledge-based competencies necessary for reading proficiency.

Please join the Alliance for Excellent Education for a webinar on Wednesday, December 19 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. (ET), featuring Sheila Brown and Lee Kappes of the Aspen Institute, authors of a recently released primer, Implementing the Common Core State Standards: A Primer on Close Reading of Text. They will examine the use of close reading as a key instructional approach for building students’ abilities to assess, evaluate, and synthesize information from text. Practitioner-leader Lynn Dougherty-Underwood from Hillsborough County Public Schools (Florida) will discuss what integration of this instructional approach looks like in practice. Bob Wise, president of the Alliance and former governor of West Virginia, will moderate the discussion. Panelists will address questions submitted by webinar viewers from across the country.

Register and submit questions for the webinar at http://media.all4ed.org/registration-dec-19-2012 .

Please direct questions concerning the webinar to alliance@all4ed.org.

NOTE: If you are unable to watch the webinar live, an archived version will be available at http://www.all4ed.org/webinars approximately one or two business days after the event airs.

Photo Editing Tool: Pic Monkey

http://www.picmonkey.com/ Simple to use tool that doesn't require E-mail sign in

Photo Collage Maker: Poster My Wall

Scheduling Tool : Doodle

http://www.doodle.com/ Easy to use and no sign up required

Holocaust Video Testimonials: IWitness

Grading Writing using Google Docs & Rubrics in Google Spreadsheets

For those using Google docs for writing, this is a tutorial on using Google Spreadsheets (like Xcel) for grading with rubrics.

75 CCSS History Lessons from Reading like a Historian