The Formal Assessment of Literacy Skills

  There are several key reasons that need to be involved with formally assessing student literacy: First, we can gain key diagnostic information about the current skills that our students have. We also can glean key information about the previous knowledge and experiences of our students through meaningful diagnostic assessments. Second, it provides opportunities forContinue reading “The Formal Assessment of Literacy Skills”

Art in Literature

The Forest of Technology is a program/website devoted to connecting and sharing cross-curricular endeavours as they relate to the Forest of Reading. Possibilities for integrating the arts into high quality and recent literature are infinite. Integration with Drama via Greenscreen, and Visual arts, and other digital technologies to document and share learning are all possibilitiesContinue reading “Art in Literature”

SAMR, Collaborative Inquiry & Tech enabled Learning

Earlier this year I began a collaborative teacher inquiry that would set up a technological framework for supporting literacy in the lives of our students, and increasing knowledge. My framework fit very nicely with Ruben Puentedura’s SAMR model. The following is an example of one way I am incorporating the SAMR into literacy. Different EntryContinue reading “SAMR, Collaborative Inquiry & Tech enabled Learning”

It is not about the technology. It is about what we do with it.

This year I have been greatly inspired from a Teacher-Librarian at another school, who has been an expert at garnering support for reading amazing Canadian Literature!  More specifically – The Forest of Reading from the Ontario Library Association.  What I love most about what she does, is that she has built a strong global sense of communityContinue reading “It is not about the technology. It is about what we do with it.”

Publishing Student Work: Who owns the copyright?

Who owns the copyright of student work? Should teachers be allowed to publish student work without permission or informed consent? In elementary school, we teach information literacy skills and teach students to properly cite the images and works of others. Creative Commons and the Education Fair Use act allows students to use and cite theContinue reading “Publishing Student Work: Who owns the copyright?”

8 Ingredients for increasing Literacy and 21st Century Skills

Students who access and use libraries and their contents – both librarians and books – outperform those students who rarely or never use libraries.  I am inspired from this quote from the article:  It’s About Access. This is particularly because it outlines 2 very powerful words:  Access and Use. Access and use of effective and appropriateContinue reading “8 Ingredients for increasing Literacy and 21st Century Skills”