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Fall/Winter 2009-2010

Happy New Year TILE-SIG Members!

I hope that everyone enjoyed the holidays and that you are geared up for the new year! We’ve got lots of new things to share in this newsletter. First, we have an exciting new columnist for our TILE-SIG newsletter – Dr. Denise Stuart from The University of Akron has offered to share her expertise in literacy and technology integration by writing a regular column titled Using Cool Tools: Voices from the Field. You can find her inaugural column on Using Wordle in Your Literacy Curriculum beginning on page 2 of this issue – I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

And speaking of Cool Tools…to ring in the new decade, you are invited to take the 2010 TILE-SIG Challenge: Using Cool Tools to Enhance Literacy Learning (see page 7 of this issue). Choose from a wide array of new digital tools we have compiled for you at http://tilesig.wikispaces.com/Cool+Tools and use at least one of these online tools with your students to create a finished product. Let us know when you have finished and your successes will be featured on the TILE-SIG wiki as well in a future issue of our SIG newsletter. Together, we can build a strong community of networked educators eagerly preparing our students for learning on the Internet.

For those of you that were unable to attend a professional conference this year, we have also compiled a list of presenter handouts (see page 6) from several national conferences that have been archived for your viewing free of charge. And finally, please remember to pay your $10 registration dues (see page 9 for a registration form) as soon as possible, and let us know if you have nominations for the 2010 TILE-SIG Computers in Reading Research Award or if would like to become more active in the SIG (see page 8 for more details). Until next time…stay warm! ☺ Julie Coiro, Chair, TILE-SIG

Fall/Winter 2010 Table of Contents (As of 2010, we ask that you please pay your registration dues to view this issue of the newsletter. Visit our membership page to learn how. Issues from 2007-2009 are available for free below.)
  • Using Cool Tools: Voices from the Field -- Using Wordle In Your Literacy Curriculum by Denise H. Stuart
  • 2010 TILE-SIG Challenge
  • Upcoming Technology in Education Conferences and Free Presenter Handout Archive
  • Digital Resources to Keep You In The Loop -- Free Resources and Winter 2010 Classroom Blog Watch by Julie Coiro
  • Call for SIG Volunteers
  • TILE-SIG Membership Update -- Elizabeth Dobler


Spring/Summer 2009

Dear TILE-SIG Members,

I am pleased to share with you the Spring/Summer 2009 issue of the TILE-SIG newsletter. Enclosed you will find a summary of the presentations given during this year’s Pre-Conference Technology Institute at IRA’s Annual 2009 Conference in Minneapolis, MN. If you were unable to attend the conference, you can find out what was covered and get access to contact information as well as some of the presenter’s handouts and related resources. You will also find an informative article by Dr. Renee Hobbs, who clarifies issues of copyright and fair use for educators (see p. 4-6), learn about upcoming conferences you might wish to attend (see p. 3), and receive a list of free online resources to explore this summer (see p. 7) as you settle in for a little rest and relaxation.

In this issue, you can also review highlights from the presentation given during our regular TILE-SIG Session by Dr. Betsy Baker, our 2008 Reading Research Award winner and learn a little more about our new 2009 Award winner, Dr. Richard Beach, who will present at next year’s conference.

And finally, please note that we have reached our membership goal by increasing membership to 165 registered members and we will now reinstate the $10 annual membership fee so that we can continue to meet your needs as a member of our group. Please find details about how to pay your dues on pages 9-10.

Have a wonderful summer! ☺ Julie Coiro Chair, TILE-SIG

Spring/Summer 2009 Table of Contents: (As of 2010, we ask that you please pay your registration dues to view this issue of the newsletter)
  • Highlights from IRA's 2009 Annual Conference
  • 2009 IRA TILE-SIG Research Award Winner
  • Digital Resources to Keep You In The Loop -- Free Resources and Summer 2009 Classroom Blog Watch by Julie Coiro
  • The Doctrine of Fair Use Supports -- Featured article by Renee Hobbs
  • Upcoming Technology in Education Conferences
  • TILE-SIG Membership Update -- Elizabeth Dobler


Fall 2008

Greetings TILE-SIG Members!

It is a pleasure to share with you the Fall 2008 issue of our newsletter, which offers another round of interesting articles and resources about technology and literacy in school classrooms. In this issue, Janice Friesen, who regularly keeps us updated with upcoming conference news, shares a number of exciting ways to actively participate in conferences from the comfort of your own home! And you won’t want to miss learning more about The Voice of Literacy, a new podcast series by Betsy Baker, that helps teachers and parents connect research with daily practices at school and home.

The best news for the fall is that we successfully doubled our membership in the spring membership drive, and, as a result, we earned a longer timeslot at IRA’s 2009 Annual Conference. This means we have more time to hear from our presenters and to also network with others in a series of roundtable discussions. Our next goal is to seek ways to actively involve more of you in leading and coordinating SIG initiatives. So many of you have an incredible wealth of knowledge and experience about technology use in classrooms, and others of you may be wanting to get more involved in learning more. Please consider attending our new TILE-SIG breakfast (see p. 9), nominating someone for the SIG Reading Research Award (see p. 9), or exploring the new opportunities outlined on page 10 to help our SIG continue growing.

Have a wonderful holiday season! ☺ Julie Coiro, Chair, TILE-SIG

Fall 2008 Table of Contents:

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  • The Voice of Literacy is Now Broadcasting! Available online at: http://voiceofliteracy.org
  • Boosting Your Digital Networking Power at Conferences by Janice Friesen
  • Upcoming Technology in Education Conferences
  • 2008 Survey Results from IRAs TILE-SIG: What new features would you like to see on the IRA website?
  • Digital Resources to Keep You In The Loop -- Free Resources and Fall 2008 Classroom Blog Watch by Julie Coiro
  • TILE-SIG Book Review -- A New Literacies Sampler (Lankshear & Knobel, 2007) by Lotta Larson
  • TILE-SIG Session News at the 2009 Annual Conference: Interested in a TILE-SIG Networking Breakfast?
  • Seeking nominations for 2009 TILE-SIG Computers in Reading Research Award Winner
  • TILE-SIG Membership Update: Seeking volunteers for SIG Activities and Initiatives



Summer 2008

Greetings TILE-SIG Members!
I hope you are taking time to relax and enjoy the long summer days. In this issue of our newsletter, you will find a summary of the presentations given during this year’s Pre-conference Technology Institute at IRA’s Annual 2008 Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. If you were unable to attend the conference, you can find out what was covered and get access to contact information as well as some of the presenter’s handouts and related resources. You will also find a list of online resources carefully selected to encourage your exploration while thinking about how you might use a few featured technology ideas to start your school year off with a bang!

In this issue, you can also review highlights from the presentation given during our regular TILE-SIG Session by Dr. Bridget Dalton, our 2007 Reading Research Award winner and learn a little more about our new 2008 Award winner, Dr. Betsy Baker, who will present at next year’s conference.

And finally, I am thrilled to announce that we have reached our membership goal by almost doubling our membership in just 3 months from 75 to 145 members! Thank you to everyone who turned in his or her registration forms – continue to spread the word as we grow together! Enjoy the rest of summer and consider contributing your own ideas to our next newsletter!
-- Julie Coiro, Chair, TILE-SIG 2008-2009

Summer 2008 Table of Contents:

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  • IRA Preconference Technology Institute 2008
  • 2007 and 2008 IRA TILE-SIG Research Award Winner
  • 2008 IRA Session Highlights -- featuring presenters/authors Carolyn Gwinn and Denise Johnson
  • Digital Resources to Keep You In The Loop -- Free Resources and Summer 2008 Classroom Blog Watch by Julie Coiro
  • A Fresh Look at Educational Research: The Formative Experiment by Dana Grisham
  • TILE-SIG Membership Update -- Elizabeth Dobler




Spring 2008

Greetings TILE-SIG Members!
I am thrilled to share with you the TILE-SIG’s 2nd issue of our electronic newsletter! Enclosed are three new articles chock full of tips and ideas for integrating literacy and technology in your classroom instruction. You will also find a link to our new TILE-SIG Wikispace and highlights of both the Technology and Literacy Preconference Session scheduled for Sunday, May 4 and our regular TILE-SIG session held on May 7 at this year’s annual IRA conference in Atlanta, Georgia!

If you have not yet joined our SIG, we highly encourage you to do so before April 30 so we can increase our enrollment and earn a longer time-slot at the 2009 Annual Convention in Minneapolis. We currently have 75 members and are 25 members away from this year’s membership goal. The registration fee has been waived if you register before April 30, 2008 so be sure to check out the requirements listed on page 9 and encourage your colleagues to join as well! Together, we can work to develop a collaborative group of literacy professionals striving to effectively prepare our students for life in the 21st Century. We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta, and have a wonderful end to your school year!
-- Julie Coiro, Chair, TILE-SIG 2007-2008

Spring 2008 Table of Contents:

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  • Online Tools for Literacy and Learning -- Digital Listening Centers by Scott Ritter
  • Conference Reviews -- by Janice Freisen
  • Stories From The Field -- Digital Storytelling for K-2 Students by Deborah Kozdras and James Welch
  • Digital Resources to Keep You In The Loop -- Free Resources and Spring 2008 Classroom Blog Watch by Julie Coiro
  • More Online Tools for Literacy and Learning -- Extending literature responses by encouraging the exploration of Google Earth's three-dimensional annotated maps of the world by Jill Castek
  • TILE-SIG Membership FAQs -- Elizabeth Dobler



Fall 2007

Greetings to All TILE-SIG Members!
I’d like to first, extend a warm welcome to any of you who have recently joined our Technology in Literacy Education Special Interest Group and second, I’d like to take a moment to welcome back any older members who have been around long enough to remember the “first edition” of our TILE-SIG newsletter, edited for several years by TILE-SIG’s previous chair, Dr. Denise Johnson from the College of William & Mary. After a long hiatus, we are very pleased to share with you our first issue of the TILE-SIG’s Electronic Newsletter for the Fall 2007. In addition to the electronic newsletter, we are putting the finishing touches on a TILE-SIG Wiki and Blog space to provide more opportunities for you to freely exchange good ideas and questions about how we might effectively integrate technology into our literacy and content area classrooms.
In the meantime, we hope you enjoy the enclosed featured articles from classroom teachers and literacy researchers around the country. If you have additional ideas about how the TILE-SIG can meet your needs, I encourage you to share your thoughts by sending me, or our secretary, Elizabeth Dobler, a short email. All of your comments and suggestions are welcome. And, of course, we would very much enjoy hearing from anyone who is interested in contributing to future issues of our newsletter with your own experiences out in the field! I look forward to learning from and with each of you. -- Julie Coiro, Chair, TILE-SIG 2007-08

Fall 2007 Table of Contents:

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  • Online Tools for Literacy and Learning -- Wikispaces: Tools for Teaching by Diana Mosher-Kinsey
  • Conference Reviews -- by Janice Freisen
  • Stories From The Field -- Lights! Camera! Literacy! A Digital Video Summer Camp Experience by Deborah Kozdras and James Welch
  • Digital Resources to Keep You In The Loop -- Free Resources and Fall 2007 Classroom Blog Watch by Julie Coiro
  • TILE-SIG Book Review -- Reading the Web: Strategies for Internet Inquiry (Eagleton & Dobler, 2007) by Jill Castek
  • TILE-SIG Membership FAQs -- Elizabeth Dobler