I'm always searching for free resources for our teachers as we transition to the Common Core. Newsela is my favorite find of 2013!
Here's their blurb:
Read closely. Think critically. Be worldly.
Newsela takes articles from various news feeds, adapts them with multiple lexile levels, and provides quizzes. Teachers need to register, and can create binders for classes. They provide students with access codes, so students don't need to provide email addresses to participate. The subject areas right now include War and Peace, Money, Kids, Science and Law.
My teachers' biggest concern about the Common Core has been finding informational text. They often assign one article found on the Internet for class reading. The results? Students who are bored by the topic, students who can't comprehend the text, etc. With Newsela, teachers could allow students to choose the articles they want to read. Newsela tracks what the student read and their quiz scores. To me, the quiz is a jumping off point, and teachers can certainly create other, higher level assignments. For the teacher who wants everyone to read the same article, the multiple lexile levels allow differentiation without stigmatizing a student who may read below grade level.
Can you tell I'm excited about this? I can't wait until our teachers return next week so I can share this with them! Newsela may be the first resource I share at my new Tech and Chocolate lunch sessions!
When I tweeted about this yesterday, Newsela messaged me that they'd love librarians' input. So please, take a look around their site, and tweet or email them your feedback. It's a beta site, so now is the time!
Good morning! I wanted to share an article that our tech coordinator forwarded to our staff. This great article talks about 21st century skills needed in the workplace. It would be a great opportunity to share with your stakeholders and highlight how your library program teaches and supports these skills.
I just had a wonderful time collaborating with the 3rd grade teachers at my school using the Audioboo app. I had heard of the app but never tried it, and I attended a wonderful session by Jenny Gorup at this year's state conference that made me determined to use it.
The 3rd grade teachers gave each of their students a mini-pumpkin and asked them to decorate it to look like a book character. Their pumpkins were displayed on top of the lockers in the hallway, and the teachers jumped on board when I suggested we could add a technology piece by having kids create a script describing the book, kids could practice their reading fluency, and then use iPads to take photos of their projects and use Audioboo to record them reading the script. I thought they turned out great and wanted to share.