How we roll around here…

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This little snippet (click the image to enlarge and clarify) shows how we edit and score papers for webinar and online Independent Study students using iAnnotate on the iPad. We do the same for local co-op students, only those assignments are done on paper with fabulous pens from JetPens.com.

This paper, from a Level 2 webinar class, was a 1-paragraph summary from an outside source about Emperor Justinian. You can see that the lesson included work with bibliographies and parenthetical references. The student included the bibliography entry below the paragraph, not shown in this picture. The student color-coded the required techniques from earlier lessons, which we made sure were used correctly. The editing codes refer to a grammar guide that explains the details behind every edit so the student can revise the paper correctly. The red box that falls off the right side of the page (with the 3) takes the student to a comment that gives suggestions for fixing that confusing sentence. The yellow shape at the bottom is part of a “thumbs up” stamp with a positive comment typed near it. We send such a draft back to the student who revises and submits one more time for a final score on the paper. When it comes to taking the mystery and misery out of learning to write, this is how we roll here at Writing Foundations!

Bibliographies Gone Wild! Free Download!

The weblings and I created a new version of a bibliography game tonight. We’re on week 8 of the webinar classes and in the middle of writing summaries from a single source.


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Crossbow Reading Rulers Review

When it comes to textbooks, keeping your place while reading and staying focused and alert can be a challenge for students of all ages. Whether a student struggles with significant visual or reading issues or not, eye strain when consuming information in any subject is a common problem.

Crossbow Education specializes in tools that address reading issues for anyone, and especially for those who struggle with dyslexia or other special needs. As part of the Old SchoolHouse Review Crew, I received a set of 10 colored Eye Level Reading Rulers that NerdGirl and I took for a month-long test drive.

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Zane Education Review

Zane Education: the motherlode of educational videos.

I had the opportunity to review a Gold Membership subscription with the Schoolhouse Review Crew this summer. Zane is so full of amenities, it’s hard to decide where to start this review!

My daughters (13 and 16) and I hopped around the Zane playground for a few weeks to get to know the site. I quickly realized that Zane is not a playground; it is a homeschooler’s/teacher’s TOOL CHEST of resources.

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Never Stop Learning Giveaway!

 

Welcome to the Never Stop Learning Blog Hop hosted by Some Call It Natural and Mama Chocolate!

There are over 30 blogs in this hop and they all have at least $25 worth of educational materials up for grabs!  After you enter the giveaway here, go to the bottom of the post, and go to all the blogs to enter their giveaways too!

 Win a Writing Basics Email Course for your student!

Learning to write well can be one of the most unpleasant and difficult subjects for some students. Contrary to popular opinion, good writing skills don’t always just come through reading and writing a lot. The truth is reading, writing, spelling, grammar, and punctuation are all located in different parts of the brain. It’s not always easy to get all those neurons to work together!

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Knowledge Quest TimeMaps Review

When it comes to studying history, maps are usually an afterthought to the curriculum. The greatest trouble is finding accurate maps that match the time period and events you are studying. It is a struggle to find maps that show who went where and when, and what did that actually look like geographically? The good news is that Knowledge Quest TimeMaps are an answer to such history and geography needs.

TimeMaps are downloadable Flash-driven software programs. There are seven time periods to choose from – or you can download the whole collection for a substantial savings.

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5 Rules for Effective Communication with Online Teachers

When I teach writing classes online, all my interaction with students is conducted through the wonders of a chat screen and email. Student who are new to cyberschool situations may not realize that there are certain details to be aware of when communicating online.

Here are 5 rules for effective communication with online teachers:

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9 Tips for Successful Webinar Participation

Online classes via a live webinar setting are becoming more and more popular throughout the world. Students of all ages, from elementary to adult, are participating in all kinds of classes from math, writing, history, to literature and more.

Here is a list of 9 tips for a successful academic online class experience:

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