Teachers typically listen to young children read aloud individually to assess their early literacy skills, but a new onlinereading assessment by NWEA aims to modernize this process by having students read text aloud from a computer screen or tablet and speak into a microphone to record their voices. The new MAP Reading Fluency assessment, part of NWEA’s Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), focuses on the “learning to read” process and uses voice recognition technology to collect data on an entire class of students in about 20 minutes. The adaptive assessment also measures comprehension by asking students questions about what they are reading. Teachers can review the data on a dashboard and play back a student’s recording as many times as they want in order to better identify where the child may need help.
Are you curious how you might integrate computer science in your upper elementary classroom, or are you looking for a unique way to have your students share their favorite books? With technology playing an increasingly important role in every profession, a foundational understanding of computer science is becoming an essential component of student learning. To authentically integrate computer science and literacy, I’m going to teach you how to support your students in using block-based coding to program book trailers.
The National African American Read-In is the nation’s first and oldest event dedicated to diversity in literature. The initiative was established in 1990 by the National Council of Teachers of English to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month, and since that time, it has reached more than 6 million participants around the world.
The Sejong Writing Competition, presented by the Sejong Cultural Society in collaboration with the Korea Institute, Harvard University, and the Literature Translation Institute of Korea, introduces students to Korean culture through literature and poetry. The competition is open to all residents of the United States and Canada regardless of ethnic background.