Sunday, June 28, 2015

Literacy Special Interest Issue #4

#4 - Annual Conference Issue - June 2015
The Journal of ISTE's
LITERACY Professional Learning Network
#4 - Annual Conference Issue

Table of Contents
1) Up Front
By Mark Gura –
Page 4

2) Read Something. Be Inspired. Act – Page 5

By Erin Olson

3) The Digital Media Project Head Fake – Page 9
By Mike Guldal

4) 100 Word Challenge: Improving Writing Through Online Feedback – Page13
By Julia Skinner

 Show Film Classics to Engage and Enlighten Students in Text Faithfulness and Historical Accuracy
By Dr. Rose Reissman -
Page 17

6) Digitally literate youth:  Supporting literacy development in 1:1 environments – Page 21
By Michael L. Manderino, PhD. and Paula M. Di Domenico, EdD.

7) Improving Word Study - Moving Beyond Paper and Pencil to Transformative Educational Technology - Page 32
By Lynnea West and Tiffany Nielsen-Winkelman


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The LITERACY Professional Learning Network of ISTE
presents its annual Listen and Learn Panel session for the
2015 ISTE Conference in Philadelphia

Literacy Resources and Practices with Special Promise
Tuesday, June 30, 4:00–5:00 pm
PCC 120A

This year the PLN is pleased to highlight the following
Resources and Representatives:

Buncee / Claire Cucchi
Create, Present and Share Engaging Multimedia : Simply drag and drop multimedia onto your canvas

Shawn Young
Make Learning and Adventure: Transform your classroom into an immersive game, played with your students throughout the semester or year.
ThinkCERCA/ Eileen Murphy
Courageous Thinking: Build students’ close reading, writing, and critical thinking skills across subjects.

WONDEROPOLOS/ Brittany Howell
Explore the world of wonders

Session Description: What’s new, exciting and inspiring in literacy instruction? Members of the ISTE Literacy PLN and invited guests will discuss technology-based resources and practices with high potential to improve and transform learning and teaching. Leave this session with ideas, insights and resources ready to impact your classroom and practice.

The PLN reached out to its membership for suggestions based on direct experience for resources and practices to include in this session. The leadership committee selected the very most significant of these for inclusion and a spirited presentation and discussion of these. Particular attention has been paid to easy to use, impactful, and free or low cost options, as well as practices that make the most of them.

*Watch this page for podcast interviews with the developers of these resources and the PLN members who recommended them… coming soon!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Join the ISTE Literacy PLN's Summer Book Study!

This will be a great opportunity for summer reading fun, as we enrich our understanding of  the dynamics of teaching. And if you haven't participated in a Twitter Chat format event before, here's a great opportunity for that!

More info? Go to:

Monday, May 18, 2015

Great Presentation on Literacies, Their State and Their Impact - from Keynoter, Buffy Hamilton

CU Boulder Symposium Keynote: Literacies for Every Season of Their Lives April 2015 from Buffy Hamilton (Slide player may take a few seconds to load)

Wow! What a great Slideshare Keynote from teacher-librarian, Buffy Hamilton! I am just one of many librarians and teachers in her PLN who have been following, learning, and practicing in our libraries from all her innovative posts on technology, literacy, books and reading.   Buffy Hamilton has been blogging for over twelve years and is the voice of The Unquiet Librarian.  I have been avidly following Buffy since she was a high school librarian and teacher at Creekview High School in Canton, Georgia.  Buffy spent time as the Learning Strategist for the Cleveland Public Library in Cleveland, Ohio.  Now, she continues moving and shaking at Norcross High in the Gwinnett County Public School District where she models and blogs to the world of educators, students, parents, and librarians her passion for literacy and learning in all of its forms. There is so much to be excited about in this SlideShare, Literacies for Every Season of their Lives.  Buffy and an English teacher collaborate to enhance student learning and literacy step by step through a presearch and (re)search process, refining inquiry through questions, information source evaluation, writing, and collaborative work (individual, small group or large group.) This Slideshare encompasses great ideas, documents, and photos illustrating the curiosity of her students, how they scaffold their information literacy skills, and their reflection on their skills and learning--how they become their own information filters.  

Buffy Hamilton’s work is important for all of us. She uses many models of inquiry and learning in education (Stripling, Kuhlthau, Pappas and Teppe, UBD, etc.).  Buffy’s teaching and learning translates into collaborative knowledge building for her students. Her collaboration and work is easily tailored for K-12--hence the title, Literacies for Every Season of their Lives.  Hamilton’s methods of teaching and learning in the classroom and library empower students for learning, college readiness, and life. Students are excited and rewarded through the many literacies explored in their projects! Take the time to revel in this timely post and Buffy’s Links of Interest under the SlideShare post.

BJ Neary

Retired Teacher Librarian

ISTE Literacy Network

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Recent ISTE Webinar - Twitter in the K 12 Classroom: A Collaborative Tool for Learning

ISTE's Literacy PLN's Michele Haiken, Ed. D.,  a member of the group's Leadership Committee, recently gave a webinar for ISTE on the use of Twitter in the classroom. Below are some of the slides that appeared in the webinar. To obtain a full recording of the session (free for ISTE members) go to:

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Number 3 - Spring 2015
The Journal of ISTE's
LITERACY Professional Learning Network
Click on Cover (above) to Open


  1. Up Front
    By Mark Gura -
    Page 4 
  2. Storytelling, Discussion, & Analysis: Twitter As a Classroom Tool for Middle School Students
    By Michele L. Haiken, Ed.D. – Page 5
  3. Video First: Presenting Content as Video before Presenting It as Text = Literacy Learning Results
    By Dr. Rose Reissman – Page 13
  4. Literacy in 3d  
    By Robert Quinn – Page 20
  5. Technology Transforms a Literacy Coach’s Debriefing Session
    By Susan Sabella! – Page 24
  6. A New, Dynamic Literacy Framework to Accelerate Literacy Learning
    By Lynnea West –
    Page 32
  7. Persuasive Writing, Technology, and Animal Rescue
    By Amanda Xavier –
    Page 37
  8. Turning Up the HEAT on Literacy:  Making Connections with the CCSS and ISTE Standards
    by Evelyn Wassel, Ed.D. – Page 43
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