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In 1965, UNESCO declared September 8 International Literacy Day (ILD) as part of an effort to raise awareness of worldwide literacy needs. UNESCO estimates that even today, 774 million adults — two-thirds of whom are women — still cannot read or write. Furthermore, there are roughly 123 million children who lack these same skills, and who are often denied any access to education.[…] Continue Reading »

Student literacy is among the top priorities of all schools and districts, and becomes a particular focus for many educators each September during National Literacy Month. Some 30% of respondents to a recent poll of SmartBrief on EdTech readers reported that special literacy events or projects are underway or are being integrated into the curriculum this month in their school or district.[…] Continue Reading »

It used to be that choosing an appropriate text for a reader or a group of readers meant visiting your classroom, school or community library, depending on your setup and access. It meant scouring the shelves and pulling something that seemed engaging and readable for your target audience. It was an art. This process has changed, and it’s important that we engage in meaningful conversations around it.[…] Continue Reading »

On the first day of kindergarten, we used Skype to connect with one of my student’s parents, explored our iPads and began learning how to take videos and photos. We shared what we were discovering during our first day together via Twitter. We explored our class blog, added a new book to our Shelfari and discovered a map of the world.[…] Continue Reading »

September is National Literacy Month. This is a great opportunity for all school stakeholders to share their best practices that help promote a passion for reading and writing. During my time as a teacher and administrator, I have been exposed to some very innovative literacy initiatives that make learning engaging and relevant. In this blog post I will highlight eight instances in which educators have gone outside of the box and promoted the importance of literacy.[…] Continue Reading »