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Gormley, Kathleen; McDermott, Peter – Language and Literacy Spectrum, 2013
The structure of lessons where teachers integrated the digital literacies is examined here. Twelve graduate teachers participating in an after-school practica were observed over a six-week period. This manuscript identifies the structure of their lessons and describes the kinds of digital literacies children learned when completing them. Teachers…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Computer Literacy, Media Literacy, Electronic Publishing
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Bradbury, Leslie; Frye, Beth; Gross, Lisa – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2013
This project describes a fourth-grade unit that integrated science and language arts using the book "The Capture" as a focal point. During the unit, students engaged in science activities and language arts lessons that focused on owls. Students conducted investigations that helped them develop a deeper understanding of the adaptations of…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Elementary School Science, Childrens Literature, Wildlife
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de Almeida, Ana Nunes; Alves, Nuno de Almeida; Delicado, Ana; Carvalho, Tiago – Childhood: A Global Journal of Child Research, 2012
This article discusses the heterogeneity in children's appropriation and use of the internet that make up contemporary digital divides. Based on a survey of Portuguese children in mandatory education (8- to 17-year-olds), it relies on multivariate statistical procedures to build a topological mapping of internet use patterns. Variations in digital…
Descriptors: Internet, Children, Surveys, Foreign Countries
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Atkinson, Terry S.; Swaggerty, Elizabeth A. – Language Arts, 2011
NCTE's Framework for 21st Century Literacies (2008) prompted collaboration between a university professor and classroom teacher resulting in a professional inquiry project utilizing a Web 2.0 tool, Scrapblog, with fourth-grade students. This article describes implementation of this project, including both challenges and positive outcomes. The…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Student Empowerment, Cooperation, Rewards
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Erickson, Susan; Howard, Sue – Science and Children, 2011
Participating in the Disney Planet Challenge (DPC) program allowed this author's 22 fourth-grade students an opportunity to be involved in a real-world problem: how to protect a threatened species and become its advocate. Using many different technology tools, the students informed their community about a threatened species--the Blanding's…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Wildlife, Elementary School Students, Technology
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Cooper, Sandi; Thomas, Julie; Motley, Tammy – Science and Children, 2011
Recently, a group of fourth graders joined "Pintail Partners"--a year-long collaborative research effort of scientists, students, classroom teachers, preservice teachers, museum educators, and university professors. Students and teachers followed satellite tracking data (marking the pintail duck's spring migration) and interacted with scientists…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Weather, Science Activities, Museums
Quigley, Donna – Online Submission, 2011
Thai school age students as young as eight years old are increasingly being immersed in the Internet world, and as a result, they are accelerating their learning and communication skills in English even without noticing. For educators, the ICT (information communication technology) revolution that has occurred in the last few decades needs to be…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Electronic Learning, Information Technology, Educational Technology
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Whitcomb, Rachel; Berger, Linda M.; Schmidt, Catherine – General Music Today, 2011
In this article, the authors share their recent experiences with a fourth grade general music classroom in China as members of the "People-to-People Ambassador Program". They provide a description of the types of musical activities they observed at Aiju Primary School in Shanghai in December 2009 by sharing the content of one specific…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Music Education, Music, Asian Culture
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Frye, Elizabeth M.; Trathen, Woodrow; Koppenhaver, David A. – Social Studies, 2010
Social studies educators are responsible for successfully teaching students the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to be effective citizens. The National Council for the Social Studies urges educators to design technology-enhanced experiences that address social studies content and prepare students for effective citizenship. In this paper, we…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Electronic Publishing, Citizenship Education, Internet
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Morgan, Emily; Ansberry, Karen; Phillips-Birdsong, Colleen – Science and Children, 2010
Weather is a topic in science that is applicable to our lives on an everyday basis. The weather often determines what we wear, where we go, and what we do. This month's column focuses on clouds and the part they play in determining our weather. In the K-3 lesson, students learn about different cloud types and sculpt each type out of shaving cream.…
Descriptors: Lesson Plans, National Standards, Scientific Concepts, Elementary Education