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18 Ways to Boost Literacy Activities Using Cool Online Tools

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

Check out this FUN variety of free online tools that can serve as icebreakers or as technology-rich reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language activities in the classroom. Students can use these sites to create multimedia-rich, interactive timelines from novels and stories or generate "nonlinguistic representations" for critical vocabulary words. Uncover thinking guides, graphic organizers, photobooks, moviemakers, realistic online journals, comic book creators, and more to put a little ZING in literacy!

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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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Cranial Concoctions: An Outrageously FUN Collection of 100+ Free Online Tools

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

Make vital Common Core connections for every research and digital media standard through the use of group brainstorming tools, visual thinking maps, student response systems, movie-makers, cartoon creators, geo-located interactive timelines, augmented reality platforms, QR code campaigns, photo editors, infographic generators, and more! This fabulous collection of 100 Web tools can help you recode new learning, or change the packaging of information from the one in which it is delivered. It is all about RECODING, not regurgitating facts. This process of recoding helps to consolidate new information into memory.

Harness the power of digital media to apply the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and to engage yourself with 1) multiple means of representation, 2) multiple means of expression, and 3) multiple means of engagement.

Web Tools are organized into four main sections: PLAN AHEAD / BECOME AN EXPERT / CREATE AMAZING PRODUCTS / GET SOCIAL

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Cyberbullying: An Eye-Opening Response to the Intensifying Cyber-Cruelty of Children to One Another

Workshop by Donna Sawyer

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Is the problem of peer aggression improving in our schools? No. Dr. Gordon Neufeld explains, "Traditional attempts by schools to change bullies, or to 'teach them a lesson,' are not only futile but actually make the problem worse... When we lack insight into the underlying dynamics of bullying and perceive it to be nothing more than a behavior issue we miss the root of the problem." Workshop participants will investigate the various "pathologies" of peer aggression in order to understand the root of the problem and design more effective interventions. Contact Us to learn more about scheduling a workshop for your organization.

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Gateways to Evidence on Proven Programs

Printable by Donna Sawyer

Before spending a dime of your school's money, review these free online gateways to study the characteristics of technology uses that research indicates are producing significant results.

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Internet Safety Education Planning for Leadership Teams

Workshop by Donna Sawyer

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Pull together your leadership team and plan a comprehensive Internet Safety Education Curriculum while helping teachers embed technology standards into the Common Core utilizing FREE high-quality online teaching and learning resources. It's not about Erate. It's about child development. Contact Us to learn more about scheduling a workshop for your organization.

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Literacy and Technology: 'Have you Heard?' Trading Cards

Printable by Donna Sawyer

Use "Have You Heard?" trading cards as an icebreaker to expose teachers to a variety of free online tools for using technology and digital media to enhance their reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language activities in the classroom.

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Motivation Key #3: A BONANZA of Tools to Create, Produce, and Publish

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

Make vital Common Core connections for every research and digital media standard with this massive list of tools for students to produce and publish writing, brainstorm and organize ideas, and gather relevant information from multiple sources. ---->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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Motivation Key #4: Boost Critical Thinking with Digital Learning Resources

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

Dip into this list of digital learning resources for concept-based activities, exit slip templates, posters, 5-minute formative assessment strategies, ideas to boost critical thinking, and loads of problem-solving opportunities. ---> 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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Parenting in a 21st Century World: 7 Things Every Child Should Know

Workshop by Donna Sawyer

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Smart phones, web cams, mobile devices, social networking pages, personal web sites, and more, introduce new challenges for adults every day. Traditional online safety tips no longer apply. Learn what works today! Join other caregivers for a day of thought-provoking, engaging multimedia experiences and master simple POWER STEPS to genuinely connect with your kids and develop structures for healthy technology use. Contact Us to learn more about scheduling a workshop for your organization.

Teaching in a 21st Century Classroom: 7 Things Every Student Should Know

Workshop by Donna Sawyer

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Technology changes daily and it is almost impossible to keep up with it, much less know how to guide youngsters who live in the thick of it. Join other educators for a day of thought-provoking, engaging multimedia experiences and learn more about topics like,

  • Seven Sample Scripts Teachers can Modify for Class Discussion
  • Permanent Virtual Ink and a Student's Reputation
  • Tricks, Scams, and Thieves: What Everyone Needs to Know
  • What Your Students Keep Secret About Cyberbullying
  • 10 Ways You're Not As Private As You Think
  • Holding Kids Accountable for Online Behavior
  • Training Kids to Spot a Predator
  • Access to tons of Free, High-Quality Online Games, Tools, and Apps
Contact Us to learn more about scheduling a workshop for your organization.

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Tremendous Technology Integration Ideas

Printable by Donna Sawyer

No time to waste. Get results fast with this quick reference to some of the best technology integration ideas online today.

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Workshop Flyer: Class Action, Responding to School Technology Abuse

Workshop by Donna Sawyer

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: This training offers practical step-by-step guidance to help administrators and educators respond to school technology abuse, provides a collection of free multimedia content for educating students, and places strategic legal decision-making ability at your fingertips. Contact Us to learn more about scheduling a workshop for your organization.