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What it is: Wizz-e is a kids interactive e-book website.  Not all of the e-books are free, but they are SO high quality and definitely worth any investment.  Wizz-e does have some free e-books for you to preview.  Both Puss-in-Boots and the Elves and the Shoemaker are free to play online or download to your computer.  The stories can be read to students who may struggle with reading on their own.  Students can also choose to read the story independently without sound.  At the end of each e-book is a quiz that checks for comprehension.  Wizz-e also has a few games that students can play online including puzzles and hidden picture hide and seek. How to integrate Wizz-e Free e-books into the classroom: The Wizz-e ebooks are a wonderful way to read a story as a class on a projector or interactive whiteboard.  With the large print and pictures, every student in the class can read along and see the illustrations clearly. These ebooks also make for an excellent reading center on classroom computers.  They are especially good for students who may struggle reading indpendently.  Students can listen to the story and follow along or read a page independently and then click to hear the story for understanding.  The e-books bring reading to life and will draw in your struggling readers.  Wizz-e only features two free ebooks but would be a worthwhile investment for your classroom library.  The site features a variety of topics and genres and has some amazing math and science stories that teach key concepts through story.  If you teach 3-8year olds the two free stories are must downloads!  The quiz at the end will ask students question at the book and help them to monitor their own comprehension.  The quiz models the questions that good readers ask as they read. Tips: Because the Wizz-e books can be purchased, there is an option to purchase a gift certificate for the e-books.  This would be excellent to put on your wishlist for parents to donate to your classroom.  The e-books add to your classroom library but have the added bonus of creating a listening center where struggling readers can read along. Leave a comment and tell us how you are using Wizz-e Free e-books in your classroom.

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Bloom’s Taxonomy Paint Palette

Posted by admin | Posted in Anastasis Academy, Blooms Taxonomy, Grade Level, professional development, Teacher Resources | Posted on 18-07-2013

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An article I read this week had me thinking about Bloom’s Taxonomy and what learning really is.  It led to me coming up with a new graphic for Bloom’s Taxonomy, this one a Paint Palette.  I like thinking about Bloom’s in the form of an artist paint palette because each color has equal importance.  For an artist, the greatest beauty comes in the mixing of colors.  Using a multitude of shades and blends on a canvas.  I think the same can be said of learning.  Learning that tells you that you can only use one color is rather uninspired.  But learning that encourages you to use all of the colors can create something really meaningful and beautiful.

At Anastasis, we encourage our students to look at learning through a variety of lenses and outcomes.  Bloom’s Taxonomy helps us do that by showing students that there are different ways to approach learning.  Now our biggest problem is that students will find that they really enjoy one way of showing what they know (iMovie) and proceed to use it for EVERYTHING.  I created the Bloom’s Taxonomy Paint Palette with verbs that help describe the different ways of learning.  I created a painting using the same colors from the palette to give students ideas for different outcomes and evidences of learning.  I’m in the midst of working on an app and website catalog organized by the same colors so that students can be introduced to the many options they have for the different types of learning and producing.  I’ll share that when it is finished!  For now, I’ve included screen shots of the Bloom’s Taxonomy Paint Palette, the Bloom’s Taxonomy Painting and a sample page from the catalog.

Bloom's Taxonomy Paint Palette- Kelly Tenkely iLearn Technology

 

 

Bloom's Taxonomy Painting- Kelly Tenkely iLearn Technology

 

 

Bloom's Taxonomy apps- Kelly Tenkely iLearn Technology

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Kelly, love this idea! Can’t wait for your app and website catalog. May I use the above screenshots to share with my students in the meantime (meaning in September)?

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Alfonso, yes! Please do ;)

Your idea is superb! So simple, yet spot on! Thank you!

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