Technology

June 6, 2012

I hear you. I really do. It's hard to know the best way to raise a reader in today's digital world. E-books, i-books, apps, and tweets … Not to mention podcasts and really cranky birds!

What do we know for certain? What we've always known about kids and their reading development. Engaging with children during the experience, talking, laughing, and asking each other questions, is the...

June 1, 2012

We love summer reading. That wonderful feeling that comes with kicking back with a book we've been yearning to read all year. Thick books like Wolf Hall, by Hillary Mantel that transport you back to 16th century England. True stories like The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot. These are just of two books stacked up near my imaginary hammock.

Do the...

June 1, 2012

Greetings friends and colleagues,

I'll bet that some of your web searches focus ideas that will help you figure out how to navigate the digital world and provide great media experiences for the children in your life.

Here are a few of my favorite go-to sites that I can count on for interesting and thoughtful ideas. All of them are free.

Let's begin with...

May 8, 2012

Greetings Friends and Colleagues,

Please allow me to introduce myself as a new blogger on one of my favorite websites, Reading Rockets.

I'm a former elementary school teacher, reading specialist, editor of children's books, faculty member of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and contributor to digital projects for young children. That's a lot of careers, but when you...

May 4, 2012

I'm seriously considering getting my first-ever tablet soon. Not only would I be able to travel without the heft of enough books to keep me going for a week or so, a laptop wouldn't be needed for email and I could even read my favorite newspapers.

As an adult, however, I know how easy it is to be seduced to follow a link that takes me way off whatever topic I started with; what about...

April 26, 2012

I'm lucky enough to be involved with our school's library renovation project. I wrote about our first meeting here. Yesterday we met with the architects and we had a chance to see their first drafts.

We all know that school libraries are important places. A new two-phase...

January 9, 2012

I feel like I barely go through a week without reading about a school or district adopting e-readers for classrooms. Even at home, e-readers are becoming commonplace. Families are spending more time reading books with e-readers, even with their very young children.

Researchers at the Erickson Institute at Temple University seeking to understand the effect of an e-reader on the amount...

December 5, 2011

There seems to be an explosion of infographics these days! If you're not familiar with that term, an infographic is a visual representation of information or data. A lot of information can be displayed visually, both quickly and clearly (at least most times). As someone who has always been drawn to the visual display of information, I love a well done infographic. And I think they have...

July 13, 2011

I recently came across a very long (600+!) list of free children's books online, compiled by Gizmo's Freeware. I'm frequently asked about resources like this, so I decided to take a closer look at a few of the offerings.

Aaron Shephard's World of Stories caught my attention first; I've used his Reader's Theater (RT) resources...

May 11, 2011

I'm puzzled by conversations and blog posts that start with phrases about how little time is left in the school year. Comments like "there's just six weeks left," "just 43 more days," and posts about the slide into summer. Late spring and warmer weather means more sports, more time outside, more yawning from sleepy kids, standardized tests, and more planning for end of the year activities like...

April 20, 2011

My technology prowess is adequate. Passable. Sufficient. I can manage my own use just fine, and (for now!) can answer most of the questions the girls ask about technology. But there's a ton more out there, and one technology has recently caught my eye: QR codes. They seem to be cropping up everywhere! The new coffee shop here in town has one plastered right on the side of it. And the house for...

March 16, 2011

Will we have an earthquake here? Will we have a tsunami here? I know I'm not the only parent or teacher to be asked those questions this week.

The crisis in Japan is so difficult to comprehend, especially for our young ones. Learning more about a situation can provide opportunities to talk through fears and concerns. Here are some resources that you might find useful to share with kids...

March 14, 2011

Ideas worth spreading is the tagline for TED, a website that provides "riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world." If you are not familiar with the TED site, you should go visit it! I've watched some truly amazing talks on there, ones that I think about for days afterward. Here are two new talks I watched recently that have really...

August 2, 2010

I really enjoyed this blog post Kickin it Old School by a teacher reflecting on technology in her classroom. "Give me a library card and a piece of chalk and stand back and watch me work," she writes of her old way of thinking. This teacher's thinking about technology evolved, but she stands...

July 12, 2010

When kids get on the computer, do they spend more time surfing the 'net and less time doing homework and studying? It appears that way, according to this article in Sunday's New York Times. Whether it's a lack of parental supervision to help keep a student focused on studying, or the lure of...

June 22, 2010

Summer months provide teachers an opportunity to reflect on the successes of the past year and to gather ideas for next year. One site to tuck away and pull out next year is Tagxedo, a word cloud creator. The possibilities for language arts lessons are endless!

Tagxedo creates "...

May 13, 2010

In today's media saturated environment, kids are confronted with ads all day long. From cereal boxes to pop up ads on the Internet to book club flyers, it's constant product marketing. Media literacy is a legitimate skill to develop in kids.

Admongo.gov, sponsored by the Bureau of...

April 6, 2010

The iPad is being released this week. There's little chance I'll be getting one anytime soon, so I thought I'd turn to the blogosphere to find out which apps for kids are popular for my plain 'ol iPhone.

The Joan Ganz Cooney Center completed a content analysis of the iTunes App Store's Education Section...

March 30, 2010

Several articles caught my eye this week and made me think. I thought I'd share a few in case you missed them.

The Boys Have Fallen Behind (Kristof, New York Times): Considering...

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