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Our Class on Delmarva Life - January 24, 2012 our class was featured on the show Delmarva Life on their Tech Talk segment.

Internet Sites for Teachers and Students: (Some of my favorites)

Technology Integration - Huge site of resources on how to integrate technology into the classroom
Internet 4 Classrooms - Huge site with tutorials, lessons, interactive activities for grades K-12 and for any subject
Internet 4 Classrooms - Links for K-12 Teachers (skill building, classroom organization, differentiated instruction, integrating technology and more!)
Global Classrooms - Created by Patti Weeg it has tons of things for teachers and students
Interactive Quizzes - The site has interactive quizzes for grades 3-5, & 8 in Reading & Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, & Technology
Interactive Websites - tons of websites and links for all content areas
Interactive Games - many different games for Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies
Interactive Quizzes - Reading, Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies quizzes for grades 3-8
Online Basic Skill Games - Huge directory of Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science, and Interactive Websites
Visual Learning - This site has ready made graphic organizers and technology resources to use in your daily instruction
Teacher Resources - huge site with many different resources for teachers
K12Station - Library of K-12 Educational links
Fact Monster- games and quizzes
K-3 SMART board sites- list of tons of activities for different subject areas

Technology Research and References:

Infusing Technology into Reading Instruction.ppt
This is my Professional Development presentation I made for the Regional Professional Development Schools Conference (RPDS) that addresses reasons to infuse technology, defines new literacies, and describes how to use Turingpoint in reading instruction

Technology References.doc - My references I used for research papers & other projects on how to infuse technology into your classroom
Teaching with the Internet - complete book that links to many great websites - written by Donald J. Leu & Deborah D. Leu
Connecting Curriculum with and Technology - National Educational Standards for Students - complete book with pdf files and links
New Literacies on the Internet - lessons, ideas, projects, research and tons of links on how to infuse new literacies in reading
Language Arts and Reading Research - huge website of research and resources to help improve reading and language arts.
Technology and Classroom Practices: An International Study - By Robert B. Kozma (research article)

Articles for Educators:
Searching for an answer: The critical role of new literacies while reading on the internet by Laurie A. Henry
Infusing Literacy and Technology - article from International Reading Association (2001) entitled, Integrating literacy and technology into the curriculum
Edutopia - Website that has articles and videos that show best practices of how to infuse technology into your classroom

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Below are some reading skills and strategies that teachers can use with their students so they can use technology more proficiently when they are searching the internet.
search.gif 6 strategies for searching the internet: Eagleton & Guinee (2002) search.gif
*Activating a student's prior knowledge will make their search more successful and meaningful
1. Be specific - try to narrow your focus
4. Be distinct - don't repeat your focus
2. Be exact - use only words/phrases you want to find
5. Be succinct - try to eliminate unnecessary words
3. Be direct - only search one focus at a time
6. Be concise - carefully & thoughtfully select keywords
  • Locating information in your search is extremely important. All your other decisions and functions rely on the search process.
  • Know what type of search engine you are using. Some search engines use text matching while others are organized by categories.
  • Ways they search: text matching and frequency of a word appearing on a page and also search how the pages are linked together.
  • The more a word appears and the more pages it is linked to then the higher ranked that website becomes.
  • A lot of the times the sites that are ranked higher are the results of fees that are paid to the search engine to rank their site high (Sponsors).

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1. Analyze data - reading to find the most relevant information about your focus
4. Context clues - understanding key terms and meanings in the text
2. Skim and Scan - browsing the text for main ideas and key words/phrases
5. Text Structure - understanding text features and unfamiliar text structures of online texts is important for comprehension
3. Making inferences - deciding if this information suits your focus
6. Read Critically and Synthesize Information - being able to evaluate the information for its authenticity and relevancy

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