15 Best Ideas for KRA

15 Best Ideas for Teaching New Literacies and Common Core State Standards Donald J. Leu Neag Endowed Chair in Literacy and Technology Neag School of Education University of Connecticut donald.leu@uconn.edu

Defines how we read online when we conduct informal and formal research to learn and develop new knowledge. Identify the problem/question Locate Evaluate Castek, 2008; Coiro & Dobler, 2007; Synthesize Henry, 2007; Leu, Castek, Hartman, Communicate Coiro, Henry, Kulikowich, & Lyver, 2005; Leu, O’Byrne, Zawilinski, McVerry, & Everett-Cacopardo, 2009; Leu, Kinzer, Coiro, Castek, & Henry, 2013

What Can I Do In My Classroom to Prepare Students for CCSS With Digital Technologies? 3

1. Understand that it is the teacher, not the technology, that makes a difference in classrooms.

2. Use Starfall.com and teacher-tested apps for early reading development

3. Use Read Write Think at All Levels

4. Use Internet Workshop as An Instructional Model

5. Use ePals, or another free, student safe email package

6. Teach the reading comprehension skills of locating information Search problem of the day http://www.google.com/insidesearch/searcheducation/lessons.html

7. Teach Critical Evaluation Spoof Site Homework

8. Reverse Wikipedia

9. Try online projects with other classrooms. 12

10. Require References That Include an Explanation of Why The Source Was Reliable Patricia Polacco. This is the author’s own site so, if she is telling the truth, it must be reliable. 13

11. Explore the Use of VoiceThread (voicethread.com)

12. Try Out Ideas from Internet Reciprocal Teaching
Phase I: Teacher-led Instruction in Basic Online Skills Phase II: Problem-based Learning of New Literacies Skills Phase III: Internet Inquiry
Internet Reciprocal Teaching (IRT)
A Three-Phase Model To Teach Online Reading Comprehension in 1-1 Classrooms: Internet Reciprocal Teaching
IRT: Phase I Teacher-led Basic Skills Teacher-led demonstrations of basic Internet use skills and cooperative learning strategies Explicit modeling by teacher Largely whole class instruction Mini-lessons as transition to Phase II
IRT: Phase II Collaborative modeling of online reading strategies Students presented with information problems to solve. Work in small groups to solve those problems. Exchange strategies as they do so. Debrief at the end of the lesson. Initially: Locate and Critical evaluation Later: Synthesis and Communicate.
A Phase II Task
IRT: Phase III Inquiry Initially, within the class. Then, with others around the world.   Internet Morning Message of the Day International Online Collaborations

13. Use Wordle To Bring Print Alive

14. Use a Blog in Your Classroom HOT blogging: A framework for blogging to promote higher order thinking Lisa Zawilinski The Reading Teacher, 62 (8), 650-661 http://holyfamilycatholicschool.com/survey/Article_Wikis_ and_Blogs_Zawilinski_2009_HOTBlogging%20to %20promote%20higherorderthinking.pdf 23

15. Remember: Keep a patient heart and help others on their journeys. Keep a patient heart and help others on their journeys.

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