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Literacy in a Digital World: International Literacy Day 2017

Each year, International Literacy Day is celebrated across the world on September 8th. The theme for this year is “Literacy in a digital world”. The goal is to look at what kind of literacy skills people need to navigate “increasingly digitally-mediated societies”. International Literacy Day is a UNESCO global event.

In preparation for International Literacy Day, NCTE recommends the following resources to help you integrate technology in instruction in ways that are meaningful and authentic.

Kristen Turner and Troy Hicks, in Connected Reading: Teaching Adolescent Readers in a Digital World, offer practical tips by highlighting classroom practices that engage students in reading and thinking with both print and digital texts, thus encouraging reading instruction that reaches all students. Also read “No Longer a Luxury: Digital Literacy Can’t Wait” from English Journal.

In Adolescents and Digital Literacies: Learning Alongside Our Students, author Sara Kajder examines ways in which teachers and students co-construct new literacies through Web 2.0 technology-infused instructional practices. See more in the sample chapter.

View the #nctechat archive “Beyond the Screen: Multimedia in the Classroom“, guest hosted by the Studies in Literacies and Multimedia Assembly of NCTE.

Lesson Plans for Developing Digital Literacies presents a set of lessons designed to help you integrate a variety of digital applications into the courses and units you’re already teaching. Read the sample chapter, “What’s on the Other Side, When You Finally Cross the Digital Divide?

Check out these resources on Digital Learning from ReadWriteThink.org.

We encourage you to visit the UNESCO website to learn more about the organization’s theme for 2017, “Literacy in a Digital World“. How will you celebrate the day?

ReadWriteThink.org Rewind: July

rewindWith the arrival of August, let’s take a look at what resources folks used the most on ReadWriteThink.org in July.

Our student interactive tools and mobile apps have continued to be hot! But folks have also found and been using other types of content.

With the start of the Olympics, users have been visiting the calendar entry on the start of the games.

While students have been out of school on break, adults looked for ways to help the learning continue. One way was using the Tip and How To on helping a child write a story. With the focus on summer reading, folks learned how to help a child write about a book that was read.

Teachers have been busy learning and exploring this summer too! Our Strategy Guides have been very popular! Visitors to ReadWriteThink.org have dug deeper in to:

How did you use ReadWriteThink.org in July? What are your plans for August?

ReadWriteThink.org Rewind: June

With the arrival of July, let’s take a look at what resources folks used the most on ReadWriteThink.org in June.

Our student interactive tools and mobile apps have been hot this summer! Here’s how people have been using them:

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How did you use ReadWriteThink.org in June? What are your plans for July?

ReadWriteThink.org Rewind: May

rewindSince another month has come to an end, I thought I would take a look at what resources folks used the most on ReadWriteThink.org in May.

Timelines were hot this month! A huge percentage of users used the online tool or the mobile app. The Timeline tool allows students to create a graphical representation of an event or process by displaying items sequentially along a line, organized by time of day, date, or event and labeled with short or long descriptive text.

This summer, invite children into creating family timelines. Children can interview family members and make an illustrated timeline of the most important family events and memories.

Folks used the Printing Press in the last month as well. The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers.

During the break from school, have children and teens continue writing. We know that children enjoy sharing their thoughts, ideas and opinions in talking with others. Encourage them to write these down and more to share in a neighborhood newspaper!

It’s no surprise that the Cube Creator was popular last month – it’s so versatile! The interactive Cube Creator offers four options:

  • Bio Cube: This option allows students to develop an outline of a person whose biography or autobiography they have just read; it can also be used before students write their own autobiography.
  • Mystery Cube: Use this option to help your students sort out the clues in their favorite mysteries or develop outlines for their own stories.
  • Story Cube: In this cube option, students can summarize the key elements in a story, including character, setting, conflict, resolution, and theme.
  • Create-Your-Own Cube: This version allows teachers and students to generate their own questions or topics. The saved file can then be shared with students to enter in their responses.

Using the Story Cube, invite children to invent a story starring superheroes who have summer super powers.

Another highly visited tool was the Letter Generator. The Letter Generator is a useful tool for students to learn the parts of a business or friendly letter and then compose and print letters for both styles of correspondence.

The summer is a great time to write letters to friends and familyInvite young adults to write letters to classmates, postcards from travels, and e-mails to family and friends.

Folks found the Resume Generator in May. This tool guides teens through the creation of a resume that can be saved and edited. Written and audio tips provide extra support.

It would great for students to use as they apply for summer jobs! This activity will help teens create a professional resume that effectively presents their skills and talents to future employers.

How did you use ReadWriteThink.org in May? What are your plans for June?

Digital Learning Day

DLDayDate2Digital Learning Day 2016 is February 17. This event is coordinated by the Alliance for Excellent Education, an NCLE Stakeholder. The purpose of this day is to showcase examples of effective technology use in classrooms across the nation. NCTE is proud to be considered a National Core Partner of Digital Learning Day.

In preparation for Digital Learning Day, NCTE recommends the following titles, guidelines/position statements, On Demand Web seminars, and National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE) resources to help you integrate technology in instruction in ways that are meaningful and authentic.

Kristen Turner and Troy Hicks, in Connected Reading: Teaching Adolescent Readers in a Digital World, offer practical tips by highlighting classroom practices that engage students in reading and thinking with both print and digital texts, thus encouraging reading instruction that reaches all students. Also read “No Longer a Luxury: Digital Literacy Can’t Wait” from English Journal.

On Digital Learning Day 2013, the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) issued an updated version of the NCTE Framework for 21st Century Curriculum and Assessment, including its definition of 21st century literacies. This document not only celebrates the affordances of digital tools and the contributions they make to literacy learning, it suggests that what it means to be literate has shifted—again. Read more in “Responding to Shifting Literacies“.

This collection contains video clips illustrating 21st Century learners and a demonstration of the evolving meaning of literacy.

In Adolescents and Digital Literacies: Learning Alongside Our Students, author Sara Kajder examines ways in which teachers and students co-construct new literacies through Web 2.0 technology-infused instructional practices. See more in the sample chapter.

View the #nctechat archive “Beyond the Screen: Multimedia in the Classroom“, guest hosted by the Studies in Literacies and Multimedia Assembly of NCTE.

Lesson Plans for Developing Digital Literacies presents a set of lessons designed to help you integrate a variety of digital applications into the courses and units you’re already teaching. Read the sample chapter, “What’s on the Other Side, When You Finally Cross the Digital Divide?

Check out these resources on Digital Learning from ReadWriteThink.org.

How will you be celebrating Digital Learning Day?