I'm pleased to be able to share access to Shannon Miller's Keynote address at AKLA 2013- Be The Change You Want To See In The World and it's a gold mine of information. Shannon is the Energizer Bunny of school librarians but full of tips and tricks for starting out slow and gradually adding to your repertoire of digital tools. In her afternoon session, Empower Your Students to Create Connect and Collaborate With Each Other, she took the time to walk folks through setting up Tweet Deck to make Twitter a manageable tool. That little tip alone was huge for us Twitter challenged folk. She also shared her 2012-13 K-12 Digital Citizenship, Technology, Library Science Curriculum and said anyone was welcome to utilize it, just give her credit. She also said she keeps improving it so check back often. I hope you'll all take a moment to check out what Shannon has to share.
400 Words is a new product to check out that teaches vocabulary through a variety of online presentations, games and exercises. It is a fee based service but I think merits investigation. Take a look at the free games and try one like Who Has Seen The Wind which is based on a poem by Christina Rosetti. The company offers pricing for classroom use or for parents on their page and we can investigate school wide or district wide pricing. I would certainly share this with parents who are willing to invest in improving their child's vocabulary. And I would appreciate your feedback as I investigate pricing beyond the classroom level.
UPDATE: it looks like this site may use YouTube videos which could be a problem in the school setting. I'm looking into it and I'd still suggest you tell parents about the site.