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  1. Balanced Literacy & Technology Sheila Watson-Library/Media Facilitator Angie Arnold-Technology Coordinator Pekin Public School District 108

  2. Advantages of Using Appropriate Technology in Literacy Instruction Backed by Research • Positive results of using software with text-to-speech capabilities in phonemic awareness and phonics instruction • Use of word processors produces better writing, more editing and revising • Multimedia resources such as electronic books enhance comprehension and improve retention with visual, audio and hypertext elements • Provides more resources for the teacher, especially for those students who need additional practice • Provides immediate feedback • Higher motivation for writing and editing if published on the web • Many software programs track students’ progress over time

  3. Reading Literacy Components • Phonemic Awareness/Phonics: connection between letters and sounds, recognize words and decode new written words • Fluency: reading text with speed, accuracy and expression • Vocabulary: increase the number of words for which children know the meanings and different meanings • Comprehension: understanding what is read

  4. Phonemic Awareness & Phonics • Starfall • Literactive(smwatson/huvutume) • Internet4Classrooms • Enchanted Learning • Online Alphabet games • Sadlier-Oxford • Essential Skills software • 10th Planet Literacy software

  5. Vocabulary • Enchanted Learning-Little Explorers • Internet4Classrooms • Visual Dictionary & Internet Picture Dictionary • Fun with Words • Word Central • Essential Skills software • My 1st Incredible Amazing Dictionary (DK software))

  6. Fluency & Comprehension • Starfall • Literactive • Mighty Book • Tumble Book Library • Readquarium • Book Adventure • Book Flix • Read Please

  7. Writing • Word Processing keyboarding, revising, tools such as spellchecker and thesaurus • Online Writing/Publishing: examples • Stop & Go Stories • Giggle Poetry • Kid Pub • Goodnight Stories • Kids Space • Wacky Web Tales See also: E-pals, collaborative projects, blogs, wikis, etc. • Desktop Publishing: StoryBook Weaver, Timeliner, Kidspiration, Microsoft Publisher • Scholastic • Read-Write-Think (Thinkfinity)

  8. Information Literacy A.K.A. ISTE-NETS Big 6-Super 3 21st Century Skills

  9. Information Literacy Activities

  10. Information Literacy Resources

  11. E-ZinesReading for Information • Time for Kids • National Geographic Kids • Sports Illustrated Kids

  12. Desktop Publishing • Learning Company … Storybook Weaver • Inspiration … Kidspiration • Microsoft Publisher … • Tom Snyder … Timeliner (run CD)

  13. Storybook Weaver

  14. Kidspiration

  15. Timeliner • Can be used for units of time (standard) • Can be used for distance, size, etc. (custom) • Can format, add graphics (also from the Internet) • Can add notes to each event • Can add web links to events • Can be a multi-media slide show