Anyway we try to spin it, a textbook is not real world learning. It doesn’t:Get children out of desksTouching real world objectsObserving and analyzing authentic materials Exploring hands-onExperimentingUsing their senses to explore knowledgeTalking to first hand sourcesDisplay knowledge in 3D or in multimediaShow knowledge within its context
Planning Lessons with the 4Cs•Content- How can we make the materialmore accessible to our language learners?What might they already know about the topic?•Communication- What vocabulary willstudents need to use? What grammarstructures will they use?•Cognition- What thinking tasks will they do?Classifying, identifying, etc.•Culture- What cultural considerations can youmake?
RethinkreadingmaterialSchooltechnology.org Elementary students using the iPad in school.Flickingerbrad, Flickr, CC 2.0
CharacterTexts•Students get in pairs•They chose characterthey want to be•They text to each othera conversation theyimagine the 2 characterswould have now•Take screen shots, poston blog & discussTwilight The Graphic Novel Lite
•Pre-reading:Studentssearch formusic, clothing, setting, etc.•While reading:Students mark in bookwhat they found & how itgives them a betterunderstanding•Post reading:Students post which itemsthey can relate to in theirlives. Ex. I like escaping to…. like the main character.Activity: Find it!
Photopeach for Multimedia Quizzes•Create slideshows& quizzes•Upload images &choose music fromlibrary•Embed•Comments show inthe slidepresentation
Glogster.com•While reading:Students postquotes, images, &video of their favoritemoments in the book•Post reading:Students post poetryor reflections
GoogleLitTrips.org•Free downloadable filesthat mark the journeys ofcharacters from famousliterature on the surfaceof Google Earth.•Placemarks with pop-upwindows containingdiscussion starters, links,real world references, &multimedia•Make suggestions•Help create
CharacterTexts•Students get into pairs•They chose characterthey want to be•They text to each othera conversation theyimagine the 2 characterswould have now•Use Google Chat, FBmessenger or any otherfree messaging app
CharacterTexts•Students can upload their pics or choose from a variety ofcharacters & backgrounds•Can narrate with text•Embeddable•Interact with a book using Augmented Reality•Free iPad app with QR Code ScansZooBurst.com