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  • Closing session of #ecil2014 and - #ecil2015

    Information Literacy Weblog
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    At the end of the European Conference on Information Literacy, held in Dubrovnik, Bill Johnston provided a reflection on the whole conference. He started by thanking the organisers for a successful conference. He also commended the speakers for keeping to the subjects forecast by their abstracts!He noted that major issues had been raised by speakers, including societal issues such as inequality. He gave as an example a paper which talked about information literacy initiatives in South African townships. He felt that there was further scope for more focus on information as an economic resource…
  • Would you rather have $50,000 or $25,000? Explaining the impact of full-day kindergarten

    Shanahan on Literacy
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:12 am
                 Lots of interest, all of a sudden, in full-day kindergarten… I’ve had several questions about that scheme during the past few days. I’m not sure why, but it is well worth discussing yet again.             What I’ve been asked has varied, but it always seems to come back to, “Is full-day kindergarten better than half-day kindergarten?” I get why that is being asked, and I’m too polite to sneer openly, but what a silly question.
  • Welcoming We Give Books to the First Book Family

    First Book Blog
    Julia Hornaday
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    We can’t keep it a secret any longer! As of today, We Give Books has a new home at First Book. The online platform, which features nearly 300 digitally-optimized children’s books, enables anyone with access to the Internet to put books in the hands of kids in need, simply by reading online. This generous gift to First Book comes from The Pearson Foundation along with $1.3M in cash to support We Give Books and help First Book deliver new online programs and services to our growing network of 140,000 classrooms and community organizations serving children in need. You can get involved too!
  • Family Time: Tips to help young children love to read

    Search for "children literacy"
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Children are energetic learners, trying to make sense of the world around them. One of the most important activities to help a child stretch his mind, especially in the early years, is reading.
  • Half Term Homework

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    ngomulka306
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:14 am
    The first week back at school after half term will be Story Week. We will be doing all sorts of activities related to Roald Dahl’s wonderful book, The BFG. For homework over half term we would like you to research Roald Dahl. What can you find out about his life and his books? Have fun and present what you learn as creatively as you can.
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    Information Literacy Weblog

  • Closing session of #ecil2014 and - #ecil2015

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    At the end of the European Conference on Information Literacy, held in Dubrovnik, Bill Johnston provided a reflection on the whole conference. He started by thanking the organisers for a successful conference. He also commended the speakers for keeping to the subjects forecast by their abstracts!He noted that major issues had been raised by speakers, including societal issues such as inequality. He gave as an example a paper which talked about information literacy initiatives in South African townships. He felt that there was further scope for more focus on information as an economic resource…
  • Report from #ecil2014 - digital literacy

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:38 am
    Drawing to the close of the European Conference on Information Literacy, held in Dubrovnik. Radovan Vrana talked about Digital literacy as a prerequisite for achieving good academic performance. He did a survey of students at the University of Zagreb (apologies, I did not note the number, I think it was about 120 respondents). He asked what elements participants thought were included in digital literacy (see the slide for the responses): I thought it was interesting that a minority thought that writing text was part of digital literacy. When asked what they thought they needed in terms of…
  • Report from #ecil2014 - Use of Infographics in Education

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    Next at the European Conference on Information Literacy, held in Dubrovnik was Pınar Nuhoglu Kibar talking about A New Approach to Equip Students with Visual Literacy Skills: Use of Infographics in Education. She started by defining infographic ("visualization of data or ideas that tries to convey complex information to an audience in a manner that can be quickly consumed and easily understood") and visual literacy. The two questions addressed by the speaker in her PhD are (in abbreviated form) Could infographics be used in the learning process? and Could infographics be a way of ensuring…
  • Report from #ecil2014 - Academics' Use of Scholarly E-Journals

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:26 am
    I'm in one of the final sessions of the European Conference on Information Literacy, held in Dubrovnik. Alia Arshad presented on her doctoral work, on Academics' Use of Scholarly E-Journals: A Case of University of the Punjab. "Use" included scanning, downloading, accessing types of use. The speaker referred to the wider literature about use of e-resources (although few looked at reasons for non use); there were very few studies undertaken in Pakistan. Research questions included factors influencing use, and barriers to use. The population in this quantitative study includes full-time time…
  • Report from #ecil2014 - Transitions from school to higher education: understanding the needs of undergraduates at London School of Economics

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:01 am
    Next from ECIL in Dubrovnik, Maria Bell and Jane Secker talked about Transitions from school to higher education: understanding the needs of undergraduates at London School of Economics. The presentation is already on slideshare here: http://www.slideshare.net/seckerj/2014-bell-secker-final2 They started by giving some basic information about the LSE, noting that they have a relatively small undergraduate population. They had done an audit of undergraduate support using A New Curriculum for Information Literacy as an auditing tool in 2012, made recommendations, developed an LSE Digital and…
 
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    Shanahan on Literacy

  • Would you rather have $50,000 or $25,000? Explaining the impact of full-day kindergarten

    19 Oct 2014 | 2:12 am
                 Lots of interest, all of a sudden, in full-day kindergarten… I’ve had several questions about that scheme during the past few days. I’m not sure why, but it is well worth discussing yet again.             What I’ve been asked has varied, but it always seems to come back to, “Is full-day kindergarten better than half-day kindergarten?” I get why that is being asked, and I’m too polite to sneer openly, but what a silly question.
  • A George By Any Other Name: Guided Reading and the Common Core

    11 Oct 2014 | 5:29 pm
    Once when visiting the Big Easy, a young woman who had clearly been over-served, stopped me and said, “You’re that guy.”I smiled, bemused, unsure what to say. Now her friends had fanned out around me.“You’re that guy. You’re that guy on TV.”My grin grew downright idiotic. At first I tried to explain that I wasn’t “that guy,” but that just seemed to convince them even more that I must be. They insisted.I never figured out who she thought I was, but I copped to it, and thanked her for her support and asked her to keep watching. I’m pretty sure she had me confused with…
  • Final Notes on Washington Post Article on Complex Text Requirements

    5 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Last week I replied to some of the remarks about text complexity that were made on the Valerie Strauss’s Washington Post column. Here are a couple more.Fountas and Pinnell are stating what is their take on what the Common Core standards say. What the standards say and what their supporters are advocating are not necessarily the same thing. I think this statement is fully in agreement with what I have said above.  "But standards do not usually prescribe that students must spend all their time reading texts that are extremely hard for them, with no access to books that will help…
  • Snappy Responses on Challenging Text Debate

    28 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    Last week, Valerie Strauss devoted her Washington Post space to an article challenging idea of teaching with challenging text, including my articles. The posting got lots of response showing fundamental misunderstandings of the issues on this. I am reprinting some of those responses along with my rejoinders to those. I will continue this over the next couple of entries since I think it will help teachers and parents to understand what this issue is about.Basically, many reading experts have claimed that it is necessary or optimum to teach students using texts that are at the students’…
  • Handwriting in the Time of Common Core

    21 Sep 2014 | 2:35 pm
                My father, who had no more than an eighth grade education, wrote in a beautiful Palmer hand. His one-room schoolhouse education did not promise to take him far, but it did allow him to place words on paper in an elegant and readable manner. And, this skill had practical utility beyond its aesthetic beauty, since he worked for many years as a bookkeeper.             But the public value of handwriting has diminished during the ensuing century. In fact, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)…
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    First Book Blog

  • Welcoming We Give Books to the First Book Family

    Julia Hornaday
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    We can’t keep it a secret any longer! As of today, We Give Books has a new home at First Book. The online platform, which features nearly 300 digitally-optimized children’s books, enables anyone with access to the Internet to put books in the hands of kids in need, simply by reading online. This generous gift to First Book comes from The Pearson Foundation along with $1.3M in cash to support We Give Books and help First Book deliver new online programs and services to our growing network of 140,000 classrooms and community organizations serving children in need. You can get involved too!
  • Five First Book Favorites

    Samantha McGinnis
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    Here at First Book, we love books (surprise, surprise) and love sharing great books with friends like you. Starting today, we’ll share a new list of the books each month that our book enthusiasts on staff can’t stop raving about!  You’ll find books full of rich illustrations, diverse characters and compelling tales that span multiple age ranges. And if you serve kids in need, you can access these books through the First Book Marketplace by signing up. PreK-K (Ages 2-5): My Big Barefoot Book of Wonderful Words  written and illustrated by Sophie Fatus The Palabra family has…
  • On Creativity and Culture: Yuyi Morales

    Samantha McGinnis
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, we had the opportunity to talk with the award-winning author and illustrator Yuyi Morales about why she became an author and illustrator, the role of children’s books in understanding and celebrating cultures and her new book, “Viva Frida.” Click here to read this blog in Spanish. What led you to become a children’s book author and illustrator? Photo Credit: Antonio Turok Soon after I immigrated to the USA in 1994, I found myself with my newborn at the doorsteps of the public library. I had never before seen a place with the treasures…
  • First Book and ALAS: Better Serving Latino Youth

    Samantha McGinnis
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    Veronica Rivera serves as the Executive Director for the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS), which leads at the national level to ensure every school in America effectively serves the educational needs of all students, with an emphasis on Latino youth. She recently joined us for a Q&A session to discuss ALAS’s new partnership with First Book, how schools can better serve Latino youth, specifically English language learners from low-income families, and why culturally relevant books play an important role. Q:  Why is ALAS’s new partnership with First Book…
  • Great Ways to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

    Samantha McGinnis
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    A celebration of culture, Hispanic Heritage Month is a great time to teach kids about the value of diversity and to encourage Latino and non-Latino youth alike to take pride in the accomplishments of Hispanic trailblazers. Over the past year, First Book has cultivated a world-class collection of books featuring diverse Latino authors, illustrators and characters, thanks to support from our friends at Disney. We’ve also connected with more schools and programs serving Hispanic kids in need. We recently gathered our friends and partners to find out how they are celebrating Hispanic…
 
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  • Family Time: Tips to help young children love to read

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Children are energetic learners, trying to make sense of the world around them. One of the most important activities to help a child stretch his mind, especially in the early years, is reading.
  • United Way demonstrates the - Power of the Purse'

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:11 pm
    Mitzy Little , United Way Resource Development and Marketing Director, had her granddaughter Kristen Hancock and daughter Ashley Hancock with her at the luncheon. Cindy Barker, Power of the Purse Committee Member, holds a book for Will McCauley, who read aloud for the crowd and shared why he loves the Dolly Parton Imagination Library for his family and little sister.
  • SuperReader visits I.T. Montgomery

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:14 pm
    For 14 years, Floyd Stokes has been SuperReader, a persona he adopted to motivate children to read more, and Wednesday he stopped at I.T. Montgomery Elementary School in Mound Bayou, in the midst of a 20 state tour sponsored by Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Penn. Stokes, a native of Mound Bayou, said, "I try to get back here once or twice a year.
  • Hawthorne Teacher Receives Milken Award

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:02 pm
    For educators, some days are better than others. One Sioux Falls teacher got a big surprise Friday morning along with a hefty check, as she received what some call the "Oscar of Teaching."
  • Tougher lessons for seven-year-olds who must be able to count to...

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Tougher lessons for seven-year-olds who must be able to count to 100, retell fairy stories and pen poetry Seven-year-olds must write numbers up to at least 100, retell fairy stories and practice penning poetry under harder teacher assessments. The Department for Education has unveiled proposed new statutory guidance for staff to help them appraise pupils in the three R's - reading, writing and arithmetic- at the end of Key Stage One.
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  • Half Term Homework

    ngomulka306
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:14 am
    The first week back at school after half term will be Story Week. We will be doing all sorts of activities related to Roald Dahl’s wonderful book, The BFG. For homework over half term we would like you to research Roald Dahl. What can you find out about his life and his books? Have fun and present what you learn as creatively as you can.
  • Children's Rights

    Holy Name School
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:55 am
    We are reading Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian. Willie Beech has been evacuated to the countryside. He has come from a very deprived background. We have been shocked by some of the revelations about his home life. We have been talking about some of the rights that children should all have. We worked individually and then we shared our ideas in groups.
  • All About Me Books: Power of Writing Your Story

    ckosnik
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:38 am
    In yesterday’s blog post, Lydia talked about the All About Me book celebration we had with the student teachers in our literacy methods courses. I (Clare) want to add my comments/reflections on the activity. The “assignment” is unusual in that it is ungraded (pass/fail), there is lots of choice, and the finished product is shared with all of the other students. It is not just me, the professor, who reads the assignment – all of the students have an opportunity to learn from their fellow students’ work. The sharing is a wonderful way for them to learn about their fellow students and…
  • Fostering and Creating a Love of Reading in Our Youth

    baasklb
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    I am connected to the nerdy book club blog (http://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/) that has a lot of great blogs posted by authors and teachers.  I am especially in love with Donalyn Miller who has written some amazing books for teachers of middle school level, but are great for all teachers. These professional books hit home what happens or doesn’t happen with middle school students and reading.  How I would have loved to have my girls in one of Donalyn’s classes while they were in middle school.  How choice and conversations are the norm in her classes and how she helped…
  • Joey the Jack-O'-Lantern

    danielalaska
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:27 pm
    This afternoon for a read aloud we read the story Joey the Jack-O’-Lantern.  We discussed the problem and solution of the story.  Since the story is an easy reader and has lots of repetitive text, students were given the opportunity to retell the story during center time.  Students then illustrated the problem and solution of the story by making their own construction paper jack-o’-lanterns.
 
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