Category Archives: Digital Literacy

New Episode of Friendly Disruption

If you enjoy podcasts, there’s a new episode of Friendly Disruption now available.  This month’s guest is UDL guru and instructional designer, Kirk Benhke.  We also share a couple of cool Chrome extensions, NoCoffee and Wave.  NoCoffee is used to … Continue reading

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CCSD Featured in IPTV Documentary

Earlier this fall, Iowa Public Television contacted Prairie to ask if we would like to be featured in a documentary on digital learning along with three other Iowa schools.  IPTV just released the final version this week.  There’s great content … Continue reading

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Color Enhancer

On last week’s episode of Friendly Disruption, we talked about the impact of color blindness on learners. I realize that not everyone enjoys podcasts, so I thought this bit of information deserved its own blog post.   I had no idea that … Continue reading

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Read Aloud Practice Made Easy with Read and Write

The Practice Reading Aloud tool in Read and Write is really awesome! This tool makes it easy for kids to share read-aloud practice recordings with teachers and parents.   It integrates with Google Classroom, too.  Please watch the really short (less than … Continue reading

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Free Books!

We’ve been cleaning out and organizing the tech office this week.  During that process, I came across a couple boxes full of books that Kevin Brookhouser gave to us when he visited here a couple of years ago. He was … Continue reading

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Yes! Even More Read&Write Learning

This fall I’ve had the pleasure of working with the CCSD Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) committee.  This small, but mighty team has been working on methods that will make all of our curriculum (eventually) accessible for all kids based on need and … Continue reading

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Build Vocabulary Lists with Read&Write for Google

Here’ another really brief video on how to use the Vocabulary tool built into Read&Write for Google.  This is an awesome tool that fits across many contents and grade levels and is really, really easy to use.  This open-ended tool will … Continue reading

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2017 ITEC Reflection

There were a couple of pretty good keynote speakers at ITEC this year — Buddy Berry did the Monday session.  I’ve written plenty about him already.  The Tuesday keynote speaker was Dean Shareski.  The title of his talk was, “The Relentless … Continue reading

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Changes Coming to Google Calendar

Earlier this week, I received a note from Google letting me know that new features are coming to the Google Calendar.  These changes will show up around the end of November. It looks like with these changes we’ll be able … Continue reading

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Screen Masking in Read and Write

  Here’s another really brief video (less than one minute) about how to use the screen masking tool in Read and Write for Google.  This is a really simple, but powerful feature that would be good for most learners (including … Continue reading

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