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This presentation is for the East Carolina University Fall 2012 Clinical Teachers Conference and shares 9 digital tools for grades K-8 students and/or teachers.

This presentation is for the East Carolina University Fall 2012 Clinical Teachers Conference and shares 9 digital tools for grades K-8 students and/or teachers.

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  • Swaggerty: Our jobs as educators is to prepare our students for a future that we can not clearly describe (no matter how hard we might try as the film Back to the Future tried to do). As teachers of reading and writing, we should be teaching our students to (a) Access, evaluate, and use different forms of text; Exercise critical thinking about text; Exhibit fluency with tech tools. (b) CREATE: Use various forms of media when presenting ideas; Display originality; Employ problem solving skills. (c) COLLABORATE: Work successfully as a team to analyze and create text; Demonstrate cross-cultural awareness; Communicate complex ideas effectively.
    In this presentation, we will share free, safe digital tools for teachers and students in K-8 that will allow you and your students to reach a wider audience with online publishing, activate students’ higher level thinking, collaboration, creativity, and problem solving skills. If you take notes and try something from this presentation in your classroom, you might even get noticed by colleagues and administrators ….
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  • Swaggerty: Story bird is a digital tool for writing stories. Sometimes students have trouble thinking of story ideas and the images can be inspiration. Or students can come to storybird with a draft already in the works. When creating the project, start with themes or images and drag and drop them. Once an image is selected, they tend to add more details. Rather than I see a dog. They’ll write I see a laughing blue dog running down the street. Because it is Internet based, they can log in and create stories at home. You can also collaborate. When students have all created stories, you can have a celebration day and show them on the big screen. Teachers can create a class account and assignments within it. I’ve found that when students have an authentic audience (quite possibly a world wide audience, there is more motivation and engagement in the project. I would also recommend doing a whole class model first – read aloud a familiar story and retell it via storybird.
  • Swaggerty: Use websites like One Million Pictures and National Geographic Photo of the Day to snag interesting images for writing image dependent questions, for lessons on making inferences and for teaching kids to make observations.
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    • 1. Hot Tech Tools for Reading Teachers Clinical Teachers Conference, East Carolina University, October 25, 2012 Terry Atkinson, Tanya Cannon, Johna Faulconer, Elizabeth Swaggerty, Anne Ticknor Reading Education Faculty
    • 2. Image
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    • 4. Need Help?
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    • 7. Matching books to readers…
    • 8. Scholastic Book Wizard
    • 9. 3
    • 10. History Pin
    • 11. 4
    • 12. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we're building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world's most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other. - 10 most popular TED talks
    • 13. TEDEd Lessons Worth Sharing
    • 14. tch?v=JQDgE_eJGTM
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    • 18. Create a Book! Draw a Picture! Browse other books!
    • 19. Choose a genre or topic, or create your own idea! Let’s choose Family!
    • 20. I want to write about my best friend. Use the story frame to begin writing.
    • 21. Draw a Picture!
    • 22. Begin with a fresh page then add pictures, stickers, words, to create your own illustration! Some illustrations may be more creative than others….
    • 23. Want to order your book as a hardbound copy? Go ahead!
    • 24. Browse other books!
    • 25. Just select the book you want to read, download it, and begin enjoying by swiping each page!
    • 26. 7
    • 27. Common Core Standards Apps
    • 28. 8
    • 29. Story Bird Create and share stories
    • 30. 9
    • 31. National Geographic Photo of the Day One Million Pictures http://www.1millionpictures .com/p-i-c-t-u-r-e-s.html Intriguing Images for writing image dependent questions, inferences, and observations
    • 32. Terry Atkinson Tanya Cannon Johna Faulconer Elizabeth Swaggerty Anne Ticknor Department of LiteracyStudies, English Education, and History Education East Carolina University Thank you! Image URL: