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Title: Integrating Technology Tools into the Literacy Curriculum


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Integrating Technology Tools into the Literacy
Curriculum Day School Professional Developmen
t Day on Differentiated Instruction June 25, 2
007 Dr. Judith Zorfass Partnerships for Excelle
nce in Jewish Education Education Development Cen
ter, Inc.
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Goals of the Session
  • Identify entry points for integrating software
    tools into the curriculum
  • Learn about and discuss selected software tools
  • Think ahead to implementation

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Agenda
  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Three Entry Points to Consider
  • Free, Web-based Tools
  • Resources
  • Selected Examples
  • Published Software Tools
  • Resources
  • Selected Examples
  • Toward Implementation

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Three Entry Points
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Students Abilities and Needs
Curriculum Instructional Goals
Software Tools
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Entry Points for Technology Use
  • Curriculum and Instructional Goals
  • What are the curriculum goals for that grade and
    content area?
  • What are the instructional strategies will you
    use?
  • Students Abilities and Needs
  • What are the students abilities and needs?
  • What are the implications for goals and
    strategies?
  • Software Tools
  • What are the features of the tools?
  • How do these features align with the goals,
    strategies, and students abilities and needs?
  • Where and when can students access the technology
    tools?

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Free, Web-based Tools
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Resource 1
  • Read, Write, Think
  • http//www.readwritethink.org/student_mat/index.as
    p
  • Created by NCTE, IRA, and Marco Polo provides
    many activities and lessons.

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Example 1
  • Bio-Cube
  • http//readwritethink.org/materials/bio_cube/

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Example 2
  • Acrostic Poems
  • http//www.readwritethink.org/materials/acrostic/

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Example 3
  • Character Trading Cards
  • http//readwritethink.org/materials/trading_cards/

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Example 4
  • Comic Creator
  • http//www.readwritethink.org/materials/comic/inde
    x.html

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Resource 2
  • Literacy Matters
  • http//www.literacymatters.org
  • Focuses on literacy development in grades 4-12,
    provides links to articles, tools, and other
    resources.

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Example 1
  • RhymeZone
  • http//www.rhymezone.com/
  • Tool to locate rhymes, synonyms, and definitions.

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Example 2
  • Voycabulary
  • http//www.voycabulary.com/
  • Makes the words on any webpage into links, so
    you can look them up with just a click, in a
    dictionary of your choice.

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Example 3
  • Aesops Fables Online Collection
  • http//www.aesopfables.com/
  • Provides access to many fables, and the moral
    many of which are read aloud.

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Example 4
  • 2learn.ca
  • http//www.2learn.ca/webauthoringtool/kidscreateyo
    urpage.html
  • Provides students with tools for developing a
    webpage.

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Example 5
  • Student Activity for Teaching Text Structure
  • http//www.literacymatters.org/teachers/activity.h
    tm
  • Three different tutorials to teach text
    structure (compare and contrast cause and
    effect).

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Check-in
  • Which software tools did you check off? Why?
  • Who will you share this with?
  • What might you do as a next step?

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Selected Published Software Tools
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Resource
  • CITEd Center for Implementing Technology in
    Education (http//www.CITEd.org)
  • http//www.nationaltechcenter.org/matrix/default.a
    sp
  • A matrix listing software programs and providing
    information about characteristics.
  • Building Skills and Comprehension
  • Converting Text to Speech
  • Providing Text in Alternate Formats
  • Providing Electronic Resources
  • Organizing Ideas
  • Integrating Literacy Supports

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Example 1
  • Inspiration/Kidspiration
  • http//www.inspiration.com/freetrial/index.cfm
  • Allows students and teachers to make graphic
    webs to link ideas can add graphics can create
    an online.
  • Also see http//www.inspiration.com/resources/in
    dex.cfm?fuseactioninspired_sites.kids_reading

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Features of Inspiration I. Can move text around
II. Use of graphics III. Change fonts and
text features a. Create an outline b. Link i
deas
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Example 2
  • Read OutLoud
  • http//www.donjohnston.com
  • Can have text read aloud, highlight text, drag
    text over to answer reading comprehension
    questions, and take notes.

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Example 3
  • DraftBuilder
  • http//www.donjohnston.com
  • Students can create outlines, see a concept map,
    take notes, and prepare a draft.

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Example 4
  • Write OutLoud and CoWriter
  • http//www.donjohnston.com
  • Talking word processor and word-prediction
    software.

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Example 5
  • SOLO
  • http//www.donjohnston.com
  • Combines ReadOutLoud, DraftBuilder,
    WriteOutLoud, and Co-Writer.

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Example 6
  • Visual Thesaurus
  • http//www.visualthesaurus.com
  • Builds word knowledge by allowing the student to
    look up a word directly from a piece of
    electronic text. The tool provides a visual array
    of word meanings in web format.

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Clicking on exercise will make it the new
center, revealing its definitions and word
relationships.

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Actions include Pronounce Word, Search Internet
(for content), Search for Images (internet
images), Expand Selection (revealing more words
and relationships), Make Center (the same as a
single click).
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For example, Search for Images will pull up
Google Images of the word in question.

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Check-in
  • Which software tools did you check off? Why?
  • Who will you share this with?
  • What might you do as a next step?

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Toward Implementation
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Factors to Consider
  • Staffing
  • Budget
  • Access to Resources
  • Professional Development
  • Home-School Connection

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Planning
  • What tools are you interested in pursuing?
  • Why?
  • For whom?
  • What will it take?
  • For you?
  • For staff?
  • For students?
  • For parents?
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