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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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6 Keys to Unlock Student Motivation

Workshop by Donna Sawyer

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: If ever there has been a silver bullet for breathing life into your delivery of your curriculum, it can be found in these SIX CRITICAL CONDITIONS. Why? These conditions zero in on some of the biggest problems teachers and students face every day: lack of motivation, apathy, and a student's inability to persist with complex tasks. What are the six conditions and how can we apply them to increase achievement in the classroom? Join us to explore the six elements and to access an online gold mine of technology-rich strategies that can quickly improve a teacher's capacity to reach unmotivated and disengaged students. Spend a HALF-DAY (demo & discussion) or a WHOLE DAY (demo, discussion, & hands-on technology) mastering six powerhouse strategies and walk away with a wealth of free online resources to make it happen in your classroom. Email Info@PODLS.com. 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)

A POP Quiz for Educators on Responding to School Technology Abuse

Printable by Donna Sawyer

Test your ability to investigate and respond to cases of school technology abuse with a 16-question POP Quiz! How well can you spot violations of school law or school policy? When should you discipline for cyber-misconduct? Crack open this PODL today!

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Class Action: A Rapid Response Kit for Investigating School Technology Abuse

Printable by Donna Sawyer

"Class Action: A Rapid Response Kit for Investigating School Technology Abuse" is packed with practical strategies and ready-made resources for quickly responding to cases of school technology abuse. Some of the resources include: Suggested Steps for Responding to Violations of School Law or School Policy, A Template for Preparing Your Custom Action Plan, A List of Quick Links to the Law, One-page Quick References for Investigating Sexting, Search and Seizure, Student Cyber-Speech, and Accessing Electronic Communications During Investigations, A Policy Scavenger Hunt to Expose Teachers to Your Policies, A List of Free High-Quality eSafety Sites, and MORE.

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Class Action: Workshop Participant Resource Guide

Printable by Donna Sawyer

This participant resource guide, called "Class Action: A Rapid Response Kit for Investigating School Technology Abuse," is packed with practical strategies and ready-made resources for quickly responding to cases of school technology abuse. Some of the resources include: Suggested Steps for Responding to Violations of School Law or School Policy, A Template for Preparing Your Custom Action Plan, A List of Quick Links to the Law, One-page Quick References for Investigating Sexting, Search and Seizure, Student Cyber-Speech, and Accessing Electronic Communications During Investigations, A Policy Scavenger Hunt to Expose Teachers to Your Policies, A List of Free High-Quality eSafety Sites, and MORE.

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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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Information and Technology Skills Color MiniPosters: Databases

Printable by Kay Wheeler and Donna Sawyer

A Blast from the Past: Kaleidoscope's popular color mini-posters are back! Quick and easy activities, vocabulary lists, diagrams, word searches, fill-in-the-blanks, matching, and more, address a variety of technology topics. Coming Soon: NEW Mini-posters Aligned with North Carolina's Information and Technology Essential Standards

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Information and Technology Skills Color MiniPosters: Multimedia

Printable by Kay Wheeler and Donna Sawyer

A Blast from the Past: Kaleidoscope's popular color mini-posters are back! Quick and easy activities, vocabulary lists, diagrams, word searches, fill-in-the-blanks, matching, and more, address a variety of technology topics. Coming Soon: NEW Mini-posters Aligned with North Carolina's Information and Technology Essential Standards

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Information and Technology Skills Color MiniPosters: Word Processing

Printable by Kay Wheeler and Donna Sawyer

A Blast from the Past: Kaleidoscope's popular color mini-posters are back! Quick and easy activities, vocabulary lists, diagrams, word searches, fill-in-the-blanks, matching, and more, address a variety of technology topics. Coming Soon: NEW Mini-posters Aligned with North Carolina's Information and Technology Essential Standards

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Information and Technology Skills Color MiniPosters: Societal Issues

Printable by Kay Wheeler and Donna Sawyer

A Blast from the Past: Kaleidoscope's popular color mini-posters are back! Quick and easy activities, vocabulary lists, diagrams, word searches, fill-in-the-blanks, matching, and more, address a variety of technology topics.

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Information and Technology Skills Color MiniPosters: Spreadsheets

Printable by Kay Wheeler and Donna Sawyer

A Blast from the Past: Kaleidoscope's popular color mini-posters are back! Quick and easy activities, vocabulary lists, diagrams, word searches, fill-in-the-blanks, matching, and more, address a variety of technology topics. Coming Soon: NEW Mini-posters Aligned with North Carolina's Information and Technology Essential Standards

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Internet Safety Education in Three Simple Steps

Printable by Donna Sawyer

Plan for Internet Safety Education in three simple power steps using free high-quality online resources. See page two of your download for a one-page quick reference. The results are amazing!

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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.

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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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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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.

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Tips, Tools, and GUERRILLA Warfare [Internet Safety]

Printable by Donna Sawyer

Attention, all Parents and Teachers: This quick reference contains 9 SERIOUS internet safety messages EVERY student needs to hear, ages 8-18. Embedded links to online resources supplement each message with practical information, videos, tools, and games.

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Trade-Trade-Chat Cards for NC WiseOwl

Printable by Donna Sawyer

Get North Carolina educators up and moving with an icebreaker that guarantees 100% participation and reinforces important background information about NC WiseOwl. NC students can use the resources in WiseOwl for gathering, evaluating, and using information for research, project learning, solving problems and making informed decisions.

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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.

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Your Brain and Sleep

Printable by Donna Sawyer

With new technologies, scientists can now measure the impact of only one lost hour of sleep. It's time to get the facts on sleep deprivation, because you are losing a lot more than sleep. Crack open this PODL and learn what happens to your brain when it doesn't get enough sleep.

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Youth & Technology: 7 Conversations Every Child Needs to Have With An Adult They Respect

Printable by Donna Sawyer

This 27-page guide, with 7 five-minute "scripts" for conversations to have with kids, can literally alter the course of your child's behavior online - for the better. Absolutely no computer experience is necessary for using a script. Draw upon your unique parenting style and personality to adapt the information to fit the needs of the child. These conversations can take place in the car, while washing dishes, or at bedtime. Each "script" comes bundled with quick links to matching video clips, interactive simulations, and additional information for adults like, "The Top 15 Scams Used by Thieves,"10 Ways You're Not As Private As You Think," and "Editor's Choice Parental Control Tools." While this resource is a tremendous timesaver, it accomplishes something far more important by sending the message to kids, "You may know more than I do about technology, but I know more about life and the consequences of your actions. I am responsible for you and that is the most important job I will ever have." This eBook promotes open communication and generates deep, meaningful discussion about the serious UNSPOKEN issues faced by kids 24/7 in a digital world. When we fail to recognize and understand widely accepted online behaviors among youth, we lack credibility--and that is one of the biggest mistakes we can make. You can avoid making that mistake with one simple download of "7 Conversations Every Child Needs to Have."