Crocodoc is a file sharing website where you can annotate and edit PDF files, Word documents, images, etc. Using Crocodoc allows students to annotate and collaborate while engaging in literacy and writing.
TLC 2013 presentation on using Crocodoc Personal and PaperPort Notes to engage students in critical reading and close reading strategies.
This video provides background on close reading and expectations involved with the Common Core State Standards.
Teachers may want to consider how close reading will improve student reading ability and how they can implement technology to increase literacy skills.
This is a link to a pdf article on students with reading disabilities and strategies to help them improve. We are going to practice critical/close reading strategies with this difficult text to experience the process our students would go through in class.
This blog post provides a top ten list for annotation apps for iPad. I use PaperPort Notes in my classroom.
A new group of English IV students have begun work on service learning this semester. With that, new service organizations are being featured, new proposals have been written, and now, new blogs are being created by students. Last semester, students focused primarily on mentoring children and recycling. This semester, many students are focusing on conservation and protection of natural resources, but mentoring is still a popular topic. The great things is that students are focusing on service they care about and find interesting.
Here are the links to a new crop of English IV service learning blogs. Check them out and give these students some feedback.