Thursday, November 1, 2012


Literacy Implementation Guidance for 

ELA Common Core State Standards

     The International Reading Association has issued a concise, detailed statement regarding guidelines for implementing the Common Core State Standards. 
      This statement zeroes in on specific language in the Standards, including new meanings of key terms, major shifts in instructional focus, and critical points on which the Standards are simply silent. In each instance, the committee has given bulleted recommendations that address the identified challenge by offering practical strategies for moving forward. -IRA

     If you haven't had a chance to read this short document, it is well worth your time for the clarification and understanding it provides.   You can download it at the IRA site. 

Digital Literacy: Reading, Writing, 

Speaking and 

Listening with Podcasts

     Ever consider creating podcasts with your students? What is a podcast? 

     The word podcast is a play on the word broadcast combined with the word iPod.You do not have to have an iPod to listen to a podcast.  Anyone can create a podcast on any topic with new, original content and share their creativity with the world. (from

   ReadWriteThink has a guide for grades 3-12 teachers on creating podcasts with students.  Podcasts can be used across grade levels and content areas. This tool provides the nuts and bolts of creating a podcast, including links to video tutorials with thorough instructions and free software. Peruse the "Extras" section to access resources with free audio and images to use with your podcasts.

    I enjoy working with digital literacy and technology in the classroom.  If you consider doing podcasts with your students and need help, please contact me!  

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