Even if you did not attend the ReadWriteThink-sponsored presentations about using digital “games” and incorporating interactive tools throughout the school day at the IRA Annual Convention http://www.reading.org/convention.aspx in Chicago, you are invited to view these presentations online.
The International Reading Association partners with the National Council of Teachers of English and Verizon Thinkfinity to produce ReadWriteThink.org, a website devoted to providing literacy instruction and interactive resources for grades K–12. ReadWriteThink presents teachers with effective lesson plans and strategies, a professional community, and engaging online interactive student tools.
On ReadWriteThink.org’s “Site Demonstrations” section, teachers and administrators can view four new videos from the 2012 IRA Annual Convention in Chicago, as well as four recordings of sessions at the 2011 IRA Annual Convention in Orlando. The videos include footage of the presenter speaking as well as the slideshow they used. Most of these presentations are 10 to 15 minutes long, suitable for viewing for personal professional development or during a meeting of literacy professionals.
These new convention presentation videos are now available:
- Incorporating Tools Across the Curriculum
Lisa Fink shares examples of ways to use ReadWriteThink activities, lessons, podcasts, and more throughout a school day.
- Using Digital "Games" in the Elementary Classroom, Part 1: Research and a Technology Facilitator's Tips
Katrina Allen shares research she's found about the use of digital games in the classroom and also shows how she uses online interactive tools with older elementary students.
- Using Digital "Games" in the Elementary Classroom, Part 2: A Classroom Teacher's Tips
Karen Pelekis shows how she uses online interactive tools in her kindergarten classroom.
- Using Digital "Games" in the Elementary Classroom, Part 3: An Interventionist's Tips
Emily Manning shows the online interactive tools she uses in her invention sessions.
The following 2011 presentation videos are also available:
- Globetrotting by Blogs: No Passports Required
Laurie Henry and Lisa Zawilinski show you how to use blogs to develop higher order thinking and to connect your students with other students around the world.
- STEM Poetry, Part 1: Poetry and Science
Emily Manning highlights ways to connect science concepts and poetry in the classroom.
- STEM Poetry, Part 2: Poetry and Math
Jennifer Altieri shares how students can connect math and poetry in the classroom.
- STEM Poetry, Part 3: Poetry and Engineering
Deborah Kozdras and James Welsh focus on the integration of technology and engineering to enhance literacy learning in K–12 classrooms.
ReadWriteThink.org also offers short video demonstrations, ReadWriteThink ReViews, that focus on various features of the site and a ready-made PowerPoint for presenters to use as they discuss the benefits of ReadWriteThink.
For more information about ReadWriteThink’s lesson plans, online interactives, and more, visit ReadWriteThink.org.