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7 Steps to Radically Raise Test Scores with Technology-Rich, PROVEN Practices

Workshop by Donna Sawyer

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: What PROVEN principles, practices, and assessments have the BEST chance of prompting an immediate and unprecedented effect on learning results for students performing below basic level? Explore practical applications and walk away with a massive collection of data-driven uses for digital content. Workshop participants receive a CODE to download an interactive handout packed with links to free online resources for every step. Email Info@PODLS.com if you have any questions. Contact Us to learn more about scheduling a workshop for your organization.

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A Flipped Vocabulary Lesson: 3 Easy Steps to Teach Academic Vocabulary for the Common Core

Printable by Donna Sawyer

The most reluctant teachers can use 3 technology-rich, research-based steps to clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and to make academic vocabulary from the Common Core State Standards relevant to the lives of students. Free, high-interest online tools, peer review, and a bit of intrigue spice up the learning outside of class while giving the teacher more time in class for formative assessment and active problem-solving. This one-page quick reference saves time and links teachers to a wealth of free multimedia tools and research-based instructional strategies. (Grades 4-12)

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A PODLS Power Drive: Student Self Assessment

Printable by Donna Sawyer

A one-page student reproducible captures student-led formative assessment in one simple, but powerful visual of a road map. This infographic can help students acquire a clear vision of the learning target, guide student self-monitoring and reflection, show progress over time, and alert teachers to adjust ongoing teaching strategies.

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Happy PODlers

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

See what a few Happy PODlers have said about our professional development seminars, PODLS: Portable On-Demain Learning Strategies, and The PODL Profile Tools: A Portable On-Demand Learning Profile for generating personalized reports of learner preferences and personality traits.

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High-Voltage Vocabulary for Students

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

Students, lose that long list of copied definitions and use this proven approach to OVERPOWER words that trip your circuits. Take each word through these five steps of fun with technology tools. By the time you finish Step 5 you should have the word stored in long-term memory. It is no surprise that the way to score well on the Verbal SAT is to have a large vocabulary, but do you know there is a positive connection between the size of your vocabulary and your future money-making potential? If you don't build your vocabulary, who will?

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Learning Resources for The PODL Profile

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

Access a growing collection of evidence-based strategies, Common Core activities, student reproducibles, trading cards, mini posters, research, and more, for "The PODL Profile."

Literacy and Vocabulary in the Content Area: A Perfect Couple

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

It may be easy to say that every teacher is a teacher of reading, but what about the multitude of upper grade educators who have had little preparation for delivering powerfully integrated literacy skills in the content area? With almost 9 million adolescents struggling to read, educators have no time to waste. Learn one way to QUICKLY incorporate five components critical to the development of reading proficiency: decoding/phonemics, morphology, vocabulary, fluency, and text comprehension. Oh yes, and there's a HUGE collection of matching online tools for each component.

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LITERACY: 10 Free Technology Tools to Increase Fluency with Audio-Assisted Reading

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

Explore 10 free Web sites that can be used for increasing reading fluency with audio-assisted technology tools. There is something for everyone from toddlers to teens, plus a practical list of classroom management tips and ideas. FLUENCY is far more than oral reading; it is the bridge that takes students from decoding words to comprehending them. In fact, reading fluency STRONGLY predicts performance on state tests - across grade levels and states! [Educational Research Newsletter] Research consistently demonstrates that reading along with audio accelerates the reading fluency and comprehension of struggling readers, students with learning disabilities, and English Language Learners. [From Fluency to Comprehension, by Teaching Practices That Work]

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Motivation Key #2: Amazing Online Tools for Global Awareness and Building Community

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

Group brainstorming tools, social voting sites, visual thinking maps, student response systems, movie-makers, cartoon creators, and geo-located interactive timelines with a social twist can turn community building and global awareness into an adventure! Dive into this pool of free online tools to help students "prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on other's ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively." [K-12 College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards, Speaking and Listening: Comprehension and Collaboration] NOTE: This is one of several Digital Learning Tool resource collections designed to support the 6 critical conditions that MUST be present in our teaching and learning environments in order to counter student misbehavior, apathy, and rebellion. Contact Info@PODLS.com to schedule a training seminar for your school.

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Supporting Research

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

The Search for Answers: Under what conditions do we choose to meet a learning goal? What motivates us to put forth the energy to perform academic tasks? How do we learn best? In other words, what POWERS engagement in the deepest of learning activities?

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Teaching Vocabulary for the Common Core: 5 Proven Steps

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

Anyone can use the five research-based steps to clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and to make academic vocabulary from the Common Core State Standards relevant and meaningful to the lives of students. We know that so many factors outside of school have a big impact on student success, but "new research demonstrates that one factor in particular--academic vocabulary--is one of the strongest indicators of how well students will learn subject area content when they come to school." (The Art and Science of Teaching: Six Steps to Better Vocabulary Instruction, by Robert J. Marzano)

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Technology Integration Made Easy: A One-Page Quick Reference

Printable by Donna Sawyer

The integration of technology into traditional classroom instruction presents an array of problems for teachers: lack of time to explore and learn, lack of access, lack of scaffolding and support, and inadequate professional development to name but a few. To make technology integration easier, you can download this one-page, three-step process embedded with hyperlinks to match Common Core learning targets and instructional strategies with powerful and useful technological tools. Methods for formative assessment are included. Get results fast with this power-packed technology integration quick reference.