Showing posts from August, 2014

Excerpts from the Epilogue to my new Book: Reading Workshop 2.0

You can’t teach what you don’t know, so anyone who doesn’t know how to enjoy reading literature, thinking about it, and entering into dialogues about it shouldn’t try to teach those pleasures to others.                                                                                      Perry Nodelman Teachers can’t just read about web-based and digital resources, they have to begin exploring these resources for themselves. Teachers also need to begin thinking about how these resources might be used in their reading workshops. To help teachers move forward into the digital age, they need to be given time to explore a wide range of digital resources, time to talk with other teachers about how they have been using these resources in their classrooms, time to play around with them, provide time for their students to play around with them, and visualize new ways to use these resources in the reading workshop. I will be the first one to admit there are factors th

PBD: It's a Book

In this lovely, irreverent story about a gorilla and a jackass, the divide between the digital generation and book lovers is explored in great humor. In typical Lane Smith fashion, readers are offered a look at things from a slightly different point of view. One of my favorite books to use during professional development workshops on Reading Workshop 2.0.

PBD: Varmints

This dark picturebook from Helen Ward and Marc Craste is an allegory for urban plight and the challenges of environment protection. The award winning illustrations are subtlety rendered in dark hues and set the mood for the narrative. This book mends me of Marsden and Tan's book The Rabbits. Excellent!

PBD: Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan

Shaun Tan's new book Rules of Summer reminds me of every summer vacation with the other boys in my neighborhood. The book is a bout two brothers, but since I never had a brother my memories were drawn to the rules my friends and I made up every summer about crazy things. This delightfully illustrated book (all of Shaun's are) takes the reader back to summertime and shares with them the exploits of sibling rivalry and brotherly love.

Commenting on Texts in a Digital World

Here is an excerpt from my upcoming book: Reading Workshop 2.0: Teaching Reading in the Digital Age about commenting on texts (coding and marking up) with digital apps. Commenting Using Apps on Mobile Devices             In addition to online, computer, and browser based programs, there are numerous apps available for mobile devices like smartphones and tablets that allow readers to highlight, comment on, and aggregate a variety of digital texts, including books, PDFs, images, and webpages. In general, these apps allow readers to import a text, highlight specific sections, type or handwrite notes in the margins, aggregate these highlights and notes, and share highlights and notes with other readers online.             For the past few years, I have been trying out a variety of note-taking apps and have found , Notes Plus , and Penultimate to be the easiest apps for importing texts (mainly PDFs) and adding highlights and comments. Depending on whether you are on an Andro