Tuesday, February 19, 2013

 How do we interact with digital text?

     I've often wondered how to interact with digital text in a way that might be similar to holding traditional text in hand with my pen and sticky notes.    I've discovered Diigo. Diigo allows highlighting, annotation, and bookmarking of webpages. Readers can use it solo, belong to a group, such that the highlights and annotations they add to a webpage are instantly visible to other group-members who view that webpage.

The version of Diigo for educators allows:

  • For class use, you can create student accounts for an entire class with just a few clicks (and student email addresses are optional for account creation).

  • Students of the same class are automatically set up as a Diigo group so they can start using all the benefits that a Diigo group provides, such as group bookmarks and annotations, and group forums.

  • Privacy settings of student accounts are more restricted.

  • Ads presented to student account users are limited.

  • To learn more about how Diigo is being used in classrooms and to get some lesson ideas, please check out:
             Using Diigo in classroom >>
             Diigo in Education video >>

    Resources for CCSS

         You may have a few resources on CCSS for educators, but how much do parents know about these standards that are changing our curriculum and instruction?   The National PTA provides parent guides on the ELA and Math CCSS. These include what students should be learning in ELA and Math now, how parents can support this learning at home, and how to build relationships with teachers.   These are free to download.

     Professional Development

         The WISD offers both Reading Apprenticeship and Washtenaw Writing Collaborative training in April.  See the WISD registration site and the AI Team Weebly site for all information. 

         Webinars are gaining popularity, and many are free! Check out the following sources for a list of upcoming and archived webinars for educators:
    • PBS Teachers- topics include literature, social studies and technology.
    • Education Week- topics include CCSS, technology, instruction, parental involvement.