As a child I hated reading logs. It was a nuisance to interrupt the "flow" of reading by writing down answers to prescribed questions. Did my teachers even know if I finished reading these books? Ever couple of weeks we submitted another index card with basic information including title, author, main characters, setting, conflict, resolution, climax, theme, plot, and opinion of the book. Back then we didn't have the internet to copy from, but we did have our friends who could give us the Cliff Notes versions of books. A few favorite books and authors stand out in my mind, but the index cards couldn't capture my true feelings about what I had read (or didn't read).
Erin's idea was simple, user friendly, and a timesaver...all ingredients for an epic hack! This immediately got my mind going. What about a Wakelet newsletter template that LIBRARIANS could use? So here it is...
Save time and money by using Wakelet to create a library newsletter each month! With Immersive Reader technology by Microsoft, your newsletters will automatically be read aloud and even translated. Embed the newsletters on your website, and share them through email, social media, or Remind. Remember...this is just a template to get you started. Have fun and be creative by adding your own images, videos, links, tweets, PDF files, and Google Docs.
1. Log in to Wakelet.
2. Make a copy of the newsletter at
https://wakelet.com/@lieberrian. Scroll down until you see my logo.
3. Edit it by deleting, adding, and modifying information. 4. Then share it with your students, their families, and your colleagues.
5. Each month you can copy, create, and title a new newsletter.
LIVE VERSION OF THE NEWSLETTER TEMPLATE
IMMERSIVE READER DEMONSTRATION
What is Immersive Reader?
Immersive Reader is a free tool by Microsoft EDU that helps users to read, track, and even translate. It's a game changer for special education students and English language learners. With its universal design, users can opt in to use Immersive Reader without feeling stigmatized
Immersive Reader Wakelet Demonstration
Put your teachers in the driver's seat. Create a Breakout EDU (physical or digital), create Wakelet collections of apps, web tools, articles, or teaching strategies for them to discover. When they document their learning with Flipgrid they can earn their next clue. Try this at your next faculty meeting or conference day. Check out the "Epic Breakout EDU Appsmash Challenge" that Melissa Bazner and I created for ISTE 2019:
Dear New Teachers,
If you aren't going to create a website, PLEASE use Wakelet to create a digital portfolio for your resume. Potential employers should be able to "Google" you & see a positive digital footprint. Make it easy for them & curate your awesomeness.
Check out mine at https://wakelet.com/@lieberrian
Kristina A. Holzweiss
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