Urban Language Arts Classroom

a compendium of "new literacy" & education-related technology news

“Here’s hoping that, a decade from now, we will look back at August 1, 2011 as a milestone for Colorado’s students; the day Colorado turned the corner on educational investment. August 1 is, of course, Colorado Day, celebrating the 135th anniversary of statehood. But this year, it’s also a day with the potential for new beginnings.”

“The National Council on Teacher Quality, an advocacy group, is to issue a study on Thursday reporting that most student-teaching programs are seriously flawed. The group has already angered the nation’s schools for teachers with its plans to give them letter grades that would appear in U.S. News and World Report.”

““It gave me chills,” says Hume, who works with third, fourth, and fifth graders who are struggling to read fluently. It wasn’t just that she was overcome with that feeling of “wow, cool,” she says, but also that she could imagine how the ebook program—called Tumblebooks—might help students at her new school, Pershing Elementary.”


Facebook? According to Dunbar, most of us have, on average, about 3-5 intimate friends whom we speak to at least weekly, and about 10-15 more friends whose deaths would greatly distress us.

Going online to avoid violence

Fed up with the violence her daughter faced and the Philadelphia School District’s inability to stop it, Wanda Walker said, she pulled her daughter from the district. Now, Naveda is a ninth grader at Agora Cyber Charter, an online school.

(Source: articles.philly.com)

“By forbidding the use of social media sites in 52% of our nation’s classrooms, schools are suppressing a learning revolution that is characterized by several truths: 1) facility with social media tools is critical to learning and working in the 21st century; 2) 75% of online adolescents are already social networking outside of school; 3) many students hack through Internet filters during class; and 4) exploration of social media sites is part of the adolescent identity.”

“Social sites like Facebook or LinkedIn or sites with an active community of like-minded people (like Lifehacker) can also help you build a better reading list. A Mensa networking group on LinkedIn, for example, compiled this list of books members would recommend to anyone. And over 250 Lifehacker readers helped with the curating of this list of life-changing books.”

Education Week: 'One Size Fits One' at Hawaii Tech Academy

Skyping the cultural divide - City & Region - The Buffalo News

“Technology is helping teachers to expand beyond linear, text-based learning and to engage students who learn best in other ways. Its role in schools has evolved from a contained “computer class” into a versatile learning tool that could change how we demonstrate concepts, assign projects and assess progress.”