language arts

Illinois district selects new K5 ELA curriculum

Champaign Community Unit School District #4 chooses Reading Wonders after rigorous two-year research effort

Lingle Online

Made for English-language learners, Lingle can analyze any online news article to help incorporate current events into a lesson. It automatically classifies how difficult a news article is, and identifies grammar patterns, and vocabulary usage. Lingle builds glossaries and creates language exercises for each student. Teachers can use Lingle to build complete lesson plans using real news articles.

Rosetta Stone

This program uses interactive technology to immerse users in a new language. Using sounds, images, and text, Rosetta Stone systematically builds words into sentences and sentences into conversations. Learners learn how to speak, read, write, and listen in their new language. Rosetta Stone courses take about 40-50 hours to complete.

SAS products improve English language arts test scores in resource-strapped classrooms

With only 24 percent of U.S. eighth-graders writing as well as they should, many educators are looking to online curricula for help. Gayle Mathis, a seventh-grade English teacher at Hickman County Middle School in Tennessee, uses SAS Curriculum Pathways Writing Navigator, which is provided at no cost to educators and students.

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North Carolina school board lifts 'Invisible Man' book ban

A North Carolina school board lifted on Wednesday its ban of Ralph Ellison's classic novel "Invisible Man" from school libraries after being ridiculed by residents and undercut by a giveaway of the book at a local bookstore.

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Will technology mark the end to cursive writing?

The Common Core State Standards do not require students to learn cursive. Only 11 of the 50 states have amended their education requirements to mandate cursive be included in the curriculum. As a result, states and districts nationwide are grappling with whether to teach the skill at all.

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Teaching spelling and grammar is still vital in a tech-driven classroom

In a recent article for The Telegraph, Sugata Mitra, professor of educational technology at Newcastle University, claimed that in today's technologically-advanced world there was no place for teaching grammar or spelling as technology would correct it for us. However, students can't rely on auto correct and spell checker. Advances in technology are no excuse to stop striving for high standards of literacy.

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The impact of digital tools on student writing and how writing is taught

A survey of teachers who instruct American middle and high school students finds that digital technologies are impacting student writing in myriad ways and there are significant advantages from tech-based learning.

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How Title I schools in two districts improved their writing skills

Both Houston ISD and South Carolina's Richland 1 School District raised their students' writing scores by training teachers in professional development for the instruction of writing.

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