Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Why a Special Edition on Ereading?

Reposted from Listserv (Feb. 2014)

If you’ve ever tried to work with a boy who is a reluctant reader, then you know it can be a challenge. Here are some personal observations that the team has made while working with reluctant readers:
  • They generally like to read non-fiction stuff about dangerous, weird or gross things.
  • E-reading can spark reluctant readers, “tricking” them into reading. It has been our experience that boys can have a strong preference for reading online, in e-formats, with some kind of electronic device.

Keeping these two observations in mind, the Team has created a new Special Edition: Danger Read On! We are hoping the title, content and format of this special edition will entice some of our reluctant readers--what boy isn't going to love finding out about Dangerous Disasters, Disgusting Things, Germs and Monsters?

We’ve taken the time to collect and curate engaging digital content, so that you can focus on working with readers. It’s our hope that this resource will be put to good and frequent use with boys (and even some of those girls!).   Just for fun, we’ve included some teacher resources on Transliteracy, Boys and Reading, Graphic Novels and high-interest Book lists.

As we’ve mentioned, this kind of Special Edition is a first for us. We hope you enjoy it and we’d really love to have your feedback. So, tell your students to beware! Danger, Read on!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Who Are You on Twitter?

A blog post about Twitter? Really?

Yes, really.

When Twitter first appeared on the social media scene (way back in 2006), there may have been some confusion as to how people could harness the power of 140 characters...what could a person do with it? Since then, we’ve seen the influence of Twitter into many other social media tools and realms. For instance, the establishment of Twitter poetry as a genre and the use of hashtags on Instagram, Facebook and the like.  

In particular, it’s been powerful to see the education community come together on Twitter. We’re not sure, but we wonder if education isn’t the profession that has latched onto Twitter with the most gusto. The top education hashtags remain #edtech, #education, #lrnchat and #teachers.

About a year ago, we first offered Twitter Basics as a webinar topic and boy, did we get a response! So much so that we have offered it a couple of times since. What has been fascinating to us is the discussion of how people are defining themselves on social media. It’s also been fun to watch the internet chat describe social media users as lurkers, ranters, retweeters, informers and peacocks. How Twitter has affected the boundary between personal and professional online profiles?

Join us for the the third round of Twitter Basics and Twitter in the Classroom.  Each time we have presented these webinars, the conversations have been a little different...and a little more interesting. Let’s add your voice to the discussion. Who are you on Twitter?

Twitter Basics and Professional Learning Profile on April 15th from 3:45 - 4:30 pm.

Twitter in the Classroom on April 29th from 3:45 - 4:30 pm.

Gotta run now and tell a little birdie about this blog post...