Upcoming Events

Professional Development Inservice

Jill Castek and Julie Coiro are excited about the work we are doing to integrate technology into instruction.  They have designed the October and November inservice programs around the five goals of our Technology Integration Framework (see the link on the left to view the Technology Integration Framework. It covers:

            Online research and reading comprehension

            Communication and Collaboration

            Problem Solving and Creative Innovation

            Digital Citizenship

            Strategic and Efficient Use of Technology

On October 6, 2014 Jill Castek will talk about Exploring and Unpacking Benchmark’s Technology Integration Framework Part 1.  She will address the first 2 goals and the importance of the guidelines.

On November 3, 2014 Julie Coiro will talk about Exploring and Unpacking Benchmark’s Technology Integration Framework Part 2.  She will address the final 3 goals.

These will be interactive sessions designed to get you thinking about implementation with your students.  


October 4, 2010 Presentation by Dr. Julie Coiro, University of Rhode Island

Engaging Readers and Learners with Online Literacy Experiences

This presentation will involve sharing a research-based rationale and several examples of how teachers at the elementary and middle school level are using the Internet to foster these four aspects of reading engagement:
  • Wondering: Learning why and how to ask questions in ways that enhance students' learning from texts
  • Anticipating: Tools and techniques to foster previewing, predicting, and activating background knowledge to frontload students learning experiences
  • Exploring: Exploring informational texts with digital scaffolds to foster content-area learning
  • Mattering: Providing authentic opportunities to compose and publish ideas

Selected Readings: There are two readings available to get you thinking about how and why to foster online literacy experiences in your classroom. The first reading (Coiro, 2003) is common across all teachers and the second reading (see below) would be selected according to your grade level and/or areas of interest. 
  • All teachers should read:
  • For teachers in Grades K-5:
    • Castek, J., Bevans-Mangelson, J., & Goldstone, B. (2006). The Reading Teacher, 59, 714-728. This article introduces a number of specific online resources to enrich your curriculum and motivate young learners. (See attachment under the Attachments heading at the end of this page)
  • For teachers in Grades 6-8: 
    • Coiro, J. (in press). Talking about reading as thinking: Modeling the hidden complexities of online reading comprehension. To appear in the 2011 issue of Theory Into Practice: Themed issue on reading comprehension and strategy instruction. (See attachment under the Attachments heading at the end of this page)
    • To view the companion website for this article, visit http://sites.google.com/site/tiponlinethinkaloudlessons/ 
For more information about Julie or to explore other topics she has written about, visit her website at:
http://uri.academia.edu/JulieCoiro. If you have any questions, you can email Julie directly at jcoiro@mail.uri.edu. If you wish, you can also add your thoughts/ideas to the comments section below. 

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MATTERING - authentic opportunities to compose & publish answers to their questions
This page was last updated September 15, 2010
Julie Coiro,
Sep 19, 2010, 2:12 PM
Julie Coiro,
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