[Technology 1182] Re: Thinkfinity.org

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Thu Jul 26 17:30:25 EDT 2007



Hi,

I integrated the Marco Polo and Thinkfinity site into my Teaching Adults to Read and Read Better professional development offered to adult and family literacy practitioners in Missouri (through LIFT, the state's literacy resource center). The workshops were aimed at teaching beginning readers the five essential constructs of learning to read (NRP). I found the Thinkfinity Calendar to be the adult version of a common school practice "morning message". For example, today, July 26 is Carl Jung's birthday. Click the day on the calendar.? The summary of his life and relevance is written too high for beginning readers, but starts conversation about psychiatry, counseling, and mental health. Click again and we're off to lesson plans. There's an interesting memory game that flashes one word at a time (MSNBC). Then it explains what happens in the mind. This is short but dense and beyond a 9th grade reading ability. The lesson plan gets into false memories - and has a simple word association activity. "Do you think the word "sweet" triggers the same memory for everyone?" It was far more interesting than flash cards. Word recognition, vocabulary and science content all connected with an opening routine of "do you know what day it is?".

The guide is a useful teaching resource when printed and has many things to do when the Internet is not an option.

Jeri Levesque, Ed.D.
Evaluator, LIFT-Missouri








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From: Bill Mechlenburg <wmmech1 at msn.com>
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Sent: Tue, 24 Jul 2007 4:11 pm
Subject: [Technology 1175] Re: Thinkfinity.org










I teach reading and computer skills to adults. I use the Marco Polo segment
to find lesson plans and use the on-line courses for professional
development. I recently took the training on how to use graphic organizers
to teach reading and math skills. It was useful information and easily
incorporated into instruction.

By the way, I am Marge Mechlenburg.

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From: technology-bounces at nifl.gov [mailto:technology-bounces at nifl.gov] On
Behalf Of David J. Rosen
Sent: Saturday, July 21, 2007 11:00 AM
To: The Technology and Literacy Discussion List
Subject: [Technology 1174] Thinkfinity.org

Hi Bill,

Could you tell us specifically how you use thinkfinity.org -- what
kid and levels of students you teach, what thinkfinity resources are
particularly suitable for them, and how you use the resources.

Others who have used thinkfinity.org -- please chime in, too.

Thanks.

David J. Rosen
djrosen at comcast.net

On Jul 17, 2007, at 5:20 PM, Bill Mechlenburg wrote:


> Hello.this has does not have anything to do with text messaging,

> but have you ever worked with thinkfinity.org. It is a great

> resource for distance learning.the Marco Polo site has merged with

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