Posted on November 20, 2013 by Rhondda
Creative Book Builder – All about apps in YOUR classroom! Creative book builder is also available as an Android app (Google Play Store). Not all the features in iOS version are available on Android version but more features are being developed.
SAMR Model Explained for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning “Post about how the SAMR model can be applied as a blueprint scaffolding your technology integration into education in the classroom. It offers a framework through which you can assess and evaluate the technology you use in your classroom. This framework is made up of 4 levels: Substitution, Augmentation, Modification and Redefinition”
Free Technology for Teachers: Video – How to Create Tours With Google Earth Tour Builder Another great post from Richard Byrne. “Tour Builder makes it easier than ever to create Google Earth tours in your browser. ” Tour Builder could prove to be a great tool for students to use to create geo-located book reviews, to tell stories from their own lives, or to develop geo-located research projects. One of the US History projects that I’ve done with Google Earth is to have students create a series of placemarks about battles of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.”
Curiyo This is a browser extension, available for Firefox and Chrome. It makes it easy to find definitions, videos, pictures, and related reference materials for any word you select in your browser. When you’re reading an article online and come across a word that you don’t recognize (or a word that you’re just curious about) long-click on it and a pop-up box containing definitions, pictures, videos, and more will appear.
Reading makes tough life more manageable | The News Desk One person’s example of why reading is important. There a few great quotes here.
7 Effective Ways To Engage On Twitter Infographic The Teacher’s Guide To Twitter | e-Learning Infographics
Speed Reader Lite for Android
Speed Reading Trainer – Android Apps on Google Play Speed Reading Trainer offers a diagnostic tool for to check progress and comes with reading materials to practice with so you can improve your comprehension levels while speeding up your reading.
Speed Reading app for Windows in the Windows Store Speed Reading is available for all Windows 8 devices (desktop, tablet, or smartphone) for free. It offers exercises to improve your word speed. The app also keeps track of your progress with improving your speed as you go along.
Speed Reader – Android Apps on Google Play This app supports most file formats including .txt, .pdf, .html and others. You can learn to speed read all sorts of things news, your documents or manuals, etc. It encourages you to view the center of the screen without saying the words in your head.
Free online speed reading software | Spreeder.com “Spreeder is a free service” It is designed to allow you to copy and paste any text into your browser. Keyboard commands allow you to speed up and slow down the pace as it presents one word at a time. A popular method of speed reading that help the brain minimize distractions. Continue reading
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Posted on November 15, 2013 by Rhondda
I have seen many lists of popular books but below is a new infographic explaining a few different things on their infographic.
And just because I like the sketch (and it is Friday) a short video – Mr Bean in the library
This is a visualisation of data on the most popular books every written. It includes number of editions, number of translations and units sold. Sourced from http://www.lovereading.co.uk/
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Posted on November 12, 2013 by Rhondda
Posted on October 24, 2013 by Rhondda
A surprising novel as I did not expect another book that related to the Alex rider series but this is a welcome addition. I have only just finished and I have boys eagerly awaiting it.
I love the proliferation of good series for young adults, specially for boys. Many of our boys are not really adventurous (or great readers) and when they find a book they like, they would rather re-read it than take a chance on a new book that they might not like. Series make it much easier for me. If I can help them find a series they like they (and I) are very relieved. A few books they feel they have a connection to. After they have read a series, we go to the “if you liked…., you might like……” approach.
My idea is to get them into the habit of reading and reading books that they enjoy. It is slow but with little steps we aim to increase their positive reading experiences.
Russian Roulette by Anthony Horowitz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I was surprised to find this book. I enjoyed the Alex Rider series and thought like many others that it was finished which was the cause of much sadness for many of my students.
In a way it is a prequel to the Alex Rider series. It was fascinating to discover how the Alex Rider’s biggest enemy, the Scorpia assassin Yassen Gregorovich, came to be the man we encountered in the Stormbreaker. It was fascinating to see this character as a boy. We learn how brutally Yassen’s (born Yasha) family and childhood was ripped away. We see how he is forced into one difficult situation after another. He has to make many decisions that eventually lead him to be that character in the Alex Rider series. It is interesting to compare Alex and Yasha as boys. The characters are very similar but their circumstances drive them in completely opposite directions. It does however make the reader see Yassen in a different light and we fell some empathy this contract killer. In Russian Roulette the connection between Yassen and the Rider family is explained and why Yassen does not kill Alex when he had the chance at the end of Stormbreaker.
This was a good book and a must-read for all the Alex Rider fans.
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