Digital Learning Day 2013: A digital toolbox for teachers

This is the first year that we join Digital Learning Day and we are excited to bring you a collection of free video tutorials and chapters to add to your digital toolbox. Enjoy and share with your colleagues!

Storytelling for This Generation

In her book “Can We Skip Lunch and Keep Writing” teacher and author Julie D. Ramsay shows teachers how to weave technology throughout the curriculum and get students so fired up about writing that they don’t want to stop when the class period ends. Teachers can learn how to select appropriate digital tools, guide and involve students in the learning process, and differentiate instruction to meet individual needs.

In this free chapter, Julie walks us through how her students created digital stories — from brainstorming ideas, to writing the first draft, to publishing the final video file. Read the chapter and then watch two of the results below.

Research: The Fourth R

In Engaging the Eye Generation, library media specialist and National Board Certified Teacher Johanna Riddle shows that literacy in the 21st Century means more than just reading and writing. Today’s students must learn how to interpret and communicate information through a variety of digital and print-based media formats, using imagery, online applications, audio, video, and traditional texts.

In Chapter 4 of her book she introduces us to a group of fifth graders whose research on of Johannes Vermeer’s paintings takes them to 17th-Century Holland and to creating historical characters in images and text.

Read the free chapter here.

How Do Writers Tell (Digital) Stories?

In this free chapter, author Lisa Miller gives you the basics of digital storytelling: its elements, how to find digital images, and questions of about copyright issues. Lisa’s book Make Me a Story, discusses different types of digital stories and shows how to assess digital assignments and motivate reluctant writers.

Do you want to Tweet?

Have you been thinking about joining Twitter and seeing what the fuss is about? In this helpful podcast authors Katie Keier and Kassia Omohundro Wedekind take the mystery out of Tweeting and share how Twitter helped them build their professional learning community.

Using Diigo
Here is one tool that you will find useful no matter what you browse for on the Web. Diigo lets you take notes and highlight on any website. Here is a quick tutorial by Lee Ann Spillane, author of the new Read & Watch Book Reading Amplified.

Using the sound recorder on your computer
In his new Read & Watch book Digitially Speaking, Erik Palmer shows teachers how to turn almost any lesson in any classroom into an opportunity for students to practice creating and performing speech with the assistance of technology. And sometimes that technology is very simple — like turning on the sound recorder on your computer. In this tutorial taken from Digitally Speaking, Erik gives some quick advice on using this simple tool.



How to select an online dictionary

There are a lot of online tools for teaching vocabulary, especially when it comes to online dictionaries. This tutorial from Word Travelers by Lee Ann Tysseling shows you how to pick which dictionary is the best for your students.


Using VoiceThread

Lee Ann Spillane’s new Read & Watch book Reading Amplified is chock full of ideas for digital tools that will help students become more engaged readers. One of the tools Lee Ann uses to amp up shared reading in her classroom is VoiceThread. Here she gives an easy-to-follow tutorial of this popular online tool.

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