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Keyboarding in today’s classrooms

Ray Bendici
August, 2016

Many districts teach formal keyboarding instruction as early as second grade—a shift that requires new approaches to a skill that was once taught only in high school. Today's software feature gamification, captivating graphics and extensive reporting components.

Schools ride new wave in writing

Jennifer Fink
August, 2016
Teachers and software help students in Pittsburgh Public Schools revise their work based on constructive feedback while they write.

Schools nationwide are under pressure from new state standards to increase students’ writing proficiency. Here's a look at some of the strategies and tools innovative districts have deployed.

New school initiative backs tech-ready librarians

Avi Asher-Schapiro
August, 2016
More relevant library: Students from Vista USD in southern California work on a project in their school makerspace.

Future Ready Librarians expands concepts of literacy—from books to tech to STEM. The initiative also drives the nationwide transformation of libraries, as librarians take the lead in creating makerspaces in their districts.

Big leap for literacy in schools

Alison DeNisco
July, 2016
Writer in the making? A student from Walker Elementary School, part of West Allis-West Milwaukee School District, is in the zone. Teachers in the district confer with each student to set individual literacy goals.

Literacy changes taking hold in schools recognize the subject’s expansion from traditional textbooks to online readings, images and audio. New learning standards ask students to read more closely and write more analytically, meaning teachers must adapt curriculum to get students reading earlier.

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