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Formerly a Reading Writing Center teacher-coordinator, I now teach the AVID elective at Cypress Creek High School. To this position, I bring my experience in the Reading Writing Center where one side of the center was a classroom demonstration space where I offer content-based and sometimes technology-rich literacy lessons to teachers from across campus and the other side of the center was a literacy help center run by and for students. The AVID elective supports AVID students in all of their content classes. I am also a literacy consultant for Dr. Janet Allen's Literacy Leadership Collaborative. I have presented on literacy topics (reading, writing, data driven instruction and more) to teachers and districts nationally for the more than a decade. As a curriculum writer and project leader for Plugged-In to Reading and Plugged-In to Nonfiction, our latest reading kit, Plugged-In to Nonfiction for high school students was recently published by Recorded Books. Lastly, I enjoy writing as well and currently write for Stenhouse Publisher's Newslinks e-newlsetter .

The World (Wide Web) is Wide and Wonderful

Classroom 2.0 is a place for me to explore digital tools and all things Web 2.0. I'm using this blog to learn about new digital tools and digital tools that are merely new to me. Was it Wendel Berry who said, "the world is wide and wonderful and you never know what you need to know." I'm living and blogging that now.

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Posted on November 3, 2008 at 4:42am 0 Comments

My friend Ryan once told me, "it's all about feeds." This was probably 2 years ago and we were talking about Web 2.0 things and the semantic web--ideas which like cloud computing are a stretch for my imagination, even now. I understand more about feeds, but I'm no expert. When I subscribe to a feed, content is delivered to me or more specifically to my reader. My reader, in my case, Google Reader, brings all of my feeds together in one spot:… Continue

Listening In

Posted on July 1, 2008 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

I'm working on a curriculum project, Plugged-In to Nonfiction with my literacy mentor, Janet Allen, this week, so I was not able to go to San Antonio for NECC. However, I have been dipping in as often as possible and I was thrilled to listen in to Chris Lehmann's session this afternoon.

School is real life. Sometimes, if we're really being honest, it doesn't seem like it. When my first… Continue

Tag Galaxy

Posted on June 27, 2008 at 5:21am 0 Comments

cross posted on my personal blog Pink Stone Days

Alan Levine posted a Tag Galaxy picture collage about China on his blog which motivated me to check out the new-to-me web 2.0 app. You type in a tag and Tag Galaxy creates a visual, moving, 3-D galaxy of options for you to browse. Click on a planet in the galaxy (labeled with a category) to view that group of images. I almost didn't get to… Continue

Wordle Cloud

Posted on June 27, 2008 at 5:00am 0 Comments

cross posted on my personal blog Pink Stone Days

Wordle is a online application that makes word clouds. You know me and my word art, so this is just so cool. You can type in your own words and it will arrange them or if you use delicious , you can allow wordle to make a tag cloud out of your bookmarks. For those who've never heard of delicious, it's a social bookmarking tool. You post your… Continue

Learning Live Online

Posted on May 28, 2008 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

I'm still chuckling about last night's Second Life session. Jane Krauss asks audience members to raise their hands and what do I do? Jump up and down. Ah well, I'm new, a newbie as they say and I have a lot to learn in Second Life and in the Web 2.0 world. Everyone begins somewhere, right? I'm glad that I can laugh about it--and share the funny stories with the teacher next door to me at school, Tim.

Today I participated in a… Continue

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At 11:46am on April 25, 2009, Jack said…
Hey Lee Ann,

Our Brainyflix video contest just ended, and I wanted to thank you for helping us get the word out. We got 800 submissions from across the country!

That said, MIT was really happy with the results and will let us run another contest, so we're going for it! But this time, we're gonna have kids create Brainypics flashcards - which are images and sentences paired up with a one of our SAT/ACT words. The contest ends May 22nd, and there'll be iTunes and a cash prize like last time. To boot, we'll double the payout if the kids can hit a certain goal. More details at brainyflix.com/main/contest_rules.

Do you mind passing my message along to students and your colleagues again?

At 6:03pm on January 31, 2009, Jack said…
Hi Lee Ann. I was wondering if your students would be interested in participating in a nationwide SAT Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. If not, perhaps you have some educator contacts you could direct me to. You can view contest details at BrainyFlix.com Please let me know. Thanks!
At 7:28pm on January 5, 2009, Jack said…
Awesome!!! Thank you!
At 6:43pm on November 16, 2008, Mark Cruthers said…
Hi Lee Ann,

With exploration of Web 2.0 tools I recommend you take a look at Wiziq's virtual classroom and authorstream's web based power point viewing platform.
At 7:26pm on July 24, 2008, Gavin McLean said…
hi Lee Ann - nice coffee stains on your page - typical teachers work space huh?! LOL
At 8:06am on May 29, 2008, Jane Krauss said…
I love the picture of your kid in the car mirror!
Thanks for attending the SL session last night- Lovely to have you. Check out last night's EdTechTalk from TeachersTeachingTeachers-- It was a better event!
At 10:19am on April 21, 2008, julie anne hanna said…
dear lee ann...
thanks for the great message...where did your friend, lee corey, teach? i am at sev izmir...my husband is the director for aci/sev....we are in our first year...after 17 years in asia (taipei and kl)..this is a huge change!!! we are loving it...but...as far as technology...we have a long way to go...any advice would be greatly appreciated!!! cheers..julieanne
At 5:01am on February 23, 2008, Jeanie said…
Wow! My poor little county is just too far behind. Tell me how you have learned to do all this cool stuff and how in the world did you get a RWC? That would just be too perfect for our school!
At 5:41am on December 4, 2007, Sheila Ryan said…
Hi Lee Ann,
I have played with it here at work with our group. I don't have anyone at home to try it with. I would be gladf to try it with you. I haven't checked Classroom2.0 since I thought it was blocked by OCPS.
At 7:32am on November 3, 2007, Angela W. said…
Lee Ann- thanks for the comment. That's neat that are in the same county. I teach third grade in the Southeast community. Where are you? I think the reading buddies is a great idea! How would we do it...logistically speaking? I am game if you are. :) Delete Comment


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