The iPad: Your secret weapon for helping struggling readers

Are you looking for a secret weapon to help your struggling readers catch up with their peers and learn to love reading? According to this article from the Sydney Morning Herald, you may be overlooking a powerful tool that can help students accelerate their reading development, improve comprehension, and get excited about books. That’s right, it’s the iPad. Here’s why it works:

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Professional development that’s fit for the summer

Your students are out of school and off having fun while you’re busy scheduling professional development opportunities into your calendar. Don’t let your summer PD get in the way of your fun — make it an integral part with this list of three great ideas.

No dragging your feet to these events. These professional development opportunities will leave you feeling renewed and inspired (while still leaving you time to relax).

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Preparing students to compete in a global economy

Just a decade ago, if you asked someone which country in the world had the greatest number of proficient English speakers, they would have said the United States—and they would have been correct. If you asked that question today, the response would usually be the same; however, few people would be overly shocked to learn that India actually holds that position now. In a country of 1.2 billion people, one third of the population of India is proficient in conversational English, with around 100 million speaking well enough to communicate professionally.

The world is a much smaller place than it used to be just a few short decades ago. Advances in technology have made it possible to communicate and, more importantly, collaborate with people around the world. The economic, social, technological, and organizational effects of this flattening of the world, as Thomas Friedman called it, are countless and universally significant. Its effects on education and the future of America’s students are no less important. Read more »

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