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MA SSR - O'Byrne

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Handouts for presentation, Massachusetts Dept. of Ed. Secondary School Reading Program.

W. Ian O'Byrne, University of Connecticut
Handouts for presentation, Massachusetts Dept. of Ed. Secondary School Reading Program.

W. Ian O'Byrne, University of Connecticut

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Secondary School Reading Grant ProgramNetwork MeetingMarch 11, 2009Oh, The Places You’ll go:Where Literacy, New Literacies and History/Social StudiesIntersectW. Ian O’ByrneUniversity of Connecticutwiobyrne@gmail.com
Studies show that our students are more plugged in than ever before, andthese trends only seem to be growing with the steady influx of technologicaltools. But, when our students enter our classrooms, we expect them tounplug, disconnect, and teach them using antiquated pedagogies. To safely and successfully incorporate new literacies infused lessons into yourclassroom and online spaces, consider the following strategies:1.Begin with a lesson, or unit that already have taught successfully inyour classroom.2.Spend time thinking about the general skill level of your students, andalso the level of comfort you have in working with technology. Findtools, skills and activities you would like to embed into your lessons.3.Embed the activities or tools into your lesson in an authentic manner.Do not add ICTs into your lessons solely to have them there. Forexample, have students build prior knowledge on a subject throughInternet searches and Internet scavenger hunts. This way you can workon basic Internet searching skills while introducing a new unit.4.Engage students by having them study maps or conduct virtual fieldtrips using programs such as Google Earth. Extend learning in lessonsthrough usage of online video and blogging sites. Create excitement inclass field trips by geo-tagging photos you take on your trips. Build asense of global citizenship in your students by having them email otherstudents using programs such as ePals.5.Embed the skills, strategies and tools in your lesson all whileincorporating the same learning strategies you would normallyhighlight. Use new literacies skills into your lessons to enrich theactivities, scaffolding and enrichment that happens daily in yourclassroom.
Online ResourcesGoogle Earth
(earth.google.com) The virtual globe, map and geographicinformation program. Search for “google earth teachers” for theeducators page published by/for teachers…and for tons of lessonideas.
(picasa.google.com) Great…free…program that organizes, edits,uploads andshares your photos. Easiest way to geotag your photos. Search for thisvideo on YouTube to see how: S6GGDWMlGiY
Virtual Field Trips
(tiny.cc/fieldtrip) There are hundreds of online tutorialsavailable to guide you in creating virtual field trips for your students. You can also take your students on a Google Lit Trip(www.googlelittrips.org) for the ultimate in interdisciplinary lessons.
(www.epals.com) ePALS connects 4.5 million students and teachers in191countries for teacher-designed cross-cultural and interactive projects.Classrooms use monitored email, language translation, discussionboards, maps and more to work and learn together.
Calls themselves the “pre-eminentnews andpublic affairs content provider to teens”. Their Livewire section allowsyou to pull clips from their highly entertaining news broadcasts.
(edublogs.org) “The largest education community on the Internet"whereyou can sign up for a free blog. A great place for teachers to blog withtheir class, or other classes around the world. An ideal site foreducators who want to blog with support.
(www.ning.com) Research shows that our students are inundated byonlinesocial networks. Ning allows teachers to create customized socialnetworks that are safe and secure for teachers and students. Create anonline environment where students can learn about the curriculum,and how to safely interact online.
(www.youtube.com) The king of video sharing sites.More users, and more videos than anywhere else.
(www.teachertube.com) Modeled after YouTube, butstrictly for sharing educational videos.
Go Animate
(goanimate.com) Easy to use, free online animation tool. Allowyourstudents to express what they’ve learned in a different way than you

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