May 4, 2016
Below are four great websites to enhance literacy teaching and learning. They provide a wide variety of educational materials and resources designed specifically to help learners and struggling students take their reading and writing to the next level. Apart from Readwritethink, a platform we have reviewed multiple times in the past, the three remaining websites (we discovered through Graphite) are included here for the first time. Check them out and share with us your feedback. Enjoy
1- Actively Learn
Actively Learn is a reading platform that helps ‘software helps teachers use great texts to promote deep learning and helps students explore texts to actively construct knowledge.’ This is how it works:
- 'Choose from a diverse catalog of thousands of texts or upload an internet article, google doc, or PDF.
- Use our pre-created instruction or add your own by embedding questions, notes, and multimedia exactly where it can most help your students.
- When students read, they think more, write more, and collaborate with their peers, which enhances what they learn and makes reading more meaningful.
- Use details like vocabulary look ups, time spent, and notes taken to provide feedback that gets immediate attention.'
This is definitely a wonderful website for teachers. It offers a plethora of educational materials and resources to use in your classroom with your students. These include things such as interactive, printable, lesson plans and many more. You can also check this section to access Readwritethink’s interacitive tools we have reviewed in the past.
3- Adolescent Literacy
‘AdLit.org is a national multimedia project offering information and resources to the parents and educators of struggling adolescent readers and writers. AdLit.org is an educational initiative of WETA, the flagship public television and radio station in the nation's capital, and is funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York and by the Ann B. and Thomas L. Friedman Family Foundation.’
‘ThinkCERCA is an online platform designed to empower teachers to personalize literacy instruction across disciplines. ThinkCERCA helps whole school teams differentiate for engaging learning in classrooms of diverse learners. The CERCA Framework provides a common language for students, teachers, parents, and administrators to drive sustainable growth in student achievement.’