April 30, 2007

Annotated Bibliography of Peer Tutoring Resources

Prepared by Catherine DeLazzero on May 1, 2005
Peer Tutor Training

Bishop, Wendy, ed. (2000). The Subject is Reading: Essays by Teachers and Students . Portsmouth , NH . Boynton/Cook Publishers.
This text is used in tutor training courses on reading and writing. The editor juxtaposes essays written by students and teachers to provide alternate perspectives on the processes of reading and teaching reading. The editor intends to broaden students’ approaches to reading through the use of interactive strategies and the development of theoretical approaches. Sixteen interactive classroom activities are included in the text.

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Filed under: Academic Learning Centers,Admin/Management,Coaching,College,Community,High School,Home Schooling,K-8,Leadership,Pedagogy,Productivity,Small Private Practices,Training/Education,Tutoring Practices

April 28, 2007

Technotes – Audio – Voice Thread

One of my criticisms of blogs is that they are so heavily text based.  I mean….there’s so much to read!   If only I could get an audio version…….and now, I can!  

Here’s a website by Voicethread.com that offers "Group Audio Blogging."  Now that’s cool.

Voicethread is enabling users to create "VoiceThreads" much the same way a blogger would create a post or a page on a social networking site.  A VoiceThread gives the distinct benefit of recorded group conversation which can be added to blogs, social networking websites and personal websites or hosted free of charge.  More information on Group Audio Blogging is available at http://www.voicethread.com

by Nalini

Filed under: Academic Learning Centers,Coaching,College,Community,High School,Home Schooling,K-8,Productivity,Small Private Practices

April 27, 2007

Technotes- Online Quiz – Quizlet

Student-created site helps learners master vocabulary.

Created by a high school student in the San Francisco Bay Area, Quizlet is a free, web-based tool designed to help students learn and practice vocabulary. Users enter the vocabulary terms and definitions they’re trying to learn, and the site creates flashcards and other study tools, including collaboration tools so students can share, edit, and discuss word sets. After entering their vocabulary words, students are presented with three study methods: the flashcard method; a configurable test page that includes written, matching, multiple-choice, and true-false questions; and a specialized "learn" mode that tracks the user’s knowledge of individual words and retests the user only on unlearned words. The site also features a live chat box for discussing vocabulary usage with other students, the ability to import information from other web sites and documents, and the ability to combine word sets. Although the most obvious application of Quizlet is for English terms and their definitions, students also are using the site to learn foreign-language translations, history dates, and scientific terms, its creator says.


Journal Reference: eSchool News Online: retrieved 4/26/07 http://www.eschoolnews.com

Filed under: Academic Learning Centers,Assessment,College,Community,High School,K-8,Pedagogy,Technology,TechNotes,Training/Education

April 25, 2007

Approaches to Grant Writing

By Bruce Steele, North Dakota State University

Writing a grant proposal is challenging and sometimes intimidating.  Some individuals may actually prefer giving public speeches to putting a grant proposal together.  The challenge is to convince complete strangers that the project you represent will put their money to good use.  The intimidation often comes from a fear of the unknown, like success or rejection.  The objective of this article is to discuss grant proposal basics.  Following is how to approach grant writing.

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Filed under: Academic Learning Centers,Admin/Management,College,Community,Funding,High School,K-8,Leadership,Tutoring Practices

April 22, 2007

Tips for Mastering E-mail Overload

A great productivity enhancer? Ha! E-mail can be a tremendous waste of time unless you know how to tame the savage beast, says Stever Robbins.

by Stever Robbins

Being at or near the the top of your organization, everyone wants a piece of you. So they send you e-mail. It makes you feel important. Don’t you love it? Really? Then, please take some of mine! Over 100 real e-mails come in each day. At three minutes apiece, it will take five hours just to read and respond. Let’s not even think about the messages that take six minutes of work to deal with. Shudder. I’m buried in e-mail and chances are, you’re not far behind. For whatever reason, everyone feels compelled to keep you "in the loop."

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Filed under: Academic Learning Centers,Admin/Management,College,Community,High School,K-8

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