#Read4Fun on Twitter

HASHTAG: !

PURPOSE: What started as a conversation about a love for reading has evolved into a movement to connect passionate educators with books and with each other.  is an upbeat, ignited chat designed to inspire educators to Read4Fun!

CONTENT: 
Conversations about books, reading for fun. Challenges are put out to the community related to books, authors, reading, etc. Once a month, a #ReadingHero is featured.

CREATORS/MODERATORS:

CUqcGG2VEAEaZWm.jpgThe creators say, “We are inspired by those that join us each week as we spread the joy of reading and encourage ‘adults’ to find the time to start/continue to each day! We are all passionate about this work.”

RELATED HASHTAGS & HANDLES:  #ShelfieWednesday

SPECIFIC DAYS: Chat times are 1st & 3rd Sundays at 7:00-7:30 pm EDT; the hashtag can be used at other times with posts pertinent to reading for fun.

OTHER INFORMATION: For more information, visit: http://read4funchat.weebly.com.

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WE’RE MOTIVATED BY WISE WORDS #22

A thought for Thursday…

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WE’RE MOTIVATED BY WISE WORDS #21

A thought for Thanksgiving…

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WE’RE MOTIVATED BY WISE WORDS #20

A thought for Thursday…

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WE USE THE SAMR MODEL

WHAT’S SAMR?
SAMR is a model for educators to use when incorporating technology into teaching and learning. Developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura, the SAMR model provides educators with a framework and understanding in order to plan, develop, and infuse digital learning experiences that utilize technology.

HOW DOES IT WORK?
While the model was created in a linear fashion, it’s important to remember that SAMR doesn’t have to be used as a scale or a ladder. It is not necessarily true that technology used as a substitution (S) is inferior to technology used to modify (M), augment (A), or redefine (R) the learning experience. It will depend on the task at hand, the individual students, and the desired learning outcomes to determine the role technology plays in each lesson. 

The SAMR model can simply be used to help teachers see what the technology can do or what it is doing at a given time and implementation. However, when the intention is actually to modify, augment, or redefine the learning experience, the model shows teachers how it is possible to do so through the use of technology.

I like this particular SAMR model, which illustrates the depth of thinking possible when we use technology to transform learning experiences. This image and more info about SAMR was found here: http://learnmaker.co.uk/blog/2015/04/how-the-samr-model-improves-teaching-with-ipad

Here’s another example that I made, using a newspaper as our subject. Take a look at how various applications of technology can change the experience of “reading” the news.

Original: Newspaper is printed on paper and purchased at a newsstand or delivered to the doorstep.

Substitution: Newspaper is now available in electronic format online; can be subscribed to by email or RSS feed.

Augmentation: In addition to being available online, there are now hyperlinks embedded within the news articles which take the reader to further information about the subjects in the news.

Modification: In addition to additional resources hyperlinked in the online news articles, audio clips and videos are embedded to accompany the news stories as well.

Redefinition: Events and news stories can be streamed live online. (No need to wait until the next day to read all about it!)

The more familiar you become with the SAMR model, the easier it becomes to determine which technology applications to use for which lessons and when.

More resources for learning about the SAMR model:

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WE’RE MOTIVATED BY WISE WORDS #19

A thought for Thursday…

Appreciation is a wonderful thing copy

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#Edchat on Twitter

HASHTAG: #Edchat

PURPOSE: To help educators connect and keep track of information shared on Twitter.

EdchatCONTENT: All education-related topics, including: current teaching trends, how to integrate technology, transform teaching, connecting with inspiring educators worldwide, education policy, and education reform.

CREATORS/MODERATORS:

RELATED HASHTAGS: #EdchatEL, #EdchatMA, #EdchatME, #EdchatRI, #EdchatSA

SPECIFIC DAYS: The chat runs on Tuesdays at Noon and 7pm EST (though you may find that new content is often posted with this hashtag on all days and at any time with content related to education).

OTHER INFORMATION:

SOURCES and FURTHER READING:

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