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Closely Reading With ThingLink

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Explore and create : BYODex

Tuesday, June 25, 4:45–6:15 pm
Location: Franklin 8-9, Marriott

Leticia Citizen  
Inspire students to interact and closely "read" images. You'll walk away with creative lessons to use in your classroom that combine close-reading tactics and ThingLink.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: If using a tablet, attendees need to download Nearpod, ThingLink, and Google Drive.
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Universal design for learning/differentiated learning
Grade level: 3-5
Subject area: Language arts, Social studies
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.
For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.
Related exhibitors: Nearpod

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

*Participants will learn how to incorporate the platform ThingLink into their classroom environment.
* Participants will experience uploading images and tagging information that demonstrates their thinking and understanding of various historical primary source images.
* Participants will walk away with hyperdoc lessons and ideas on extension activities for primary images used on ThingLink.
* Participants will work with Close Reading strategies to show their thinking about primary source images.


Thinglink makes images come alive by putting notes, interactive links, another image and even YouTube videos on top of them. My presentation will include the demonstration of loading images onto ThingLink and tagging the image with applicable information. (10 mins)

Student examples will be used to showcase voice and choice. (20 mins)

Teachers will have an opportunity to experience the uploading and tagging images using Close Reading icons. (25 mins)

Teachers will collaborate and discuss within their groups ways to implement this skill with their students. (20 mins)

Questions and clarifications (10 mins)

This entire process will occur on Nearpod.

Supporting research

A significant body of research links the close reading of complex text—whether the student is a struggling reader or advanced—to significant gains in reading proficiency and finds close reading to be a key component of college and career readiness. (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, 2011, p. 7) What was evident in 2011 continues to be even truer in 2016. Students taking time to interact and dialogue with a primary source increases the rigor, allowing them to understand and interpret information in a thought-provoking manner. Students who “read closely” and “cite specific textual evidence” (CCSS, R.1) have the ability to develop a lenses to pay attention and collect details, find patterns to grasp the primary sources purpose, and develop new understanding. As stated by Beers and Probst, we want them inside the text, noticing everything, questioning everything, weighing everything they are reading against their lives, the lives of others, and the world around them. (2013) This applies to primary images such as political cartoons, maps, prints, photos, and graphs. Students will utilize their 21st Century Sills intertwined with classroom technology to enhance their learning.

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Leticia Citizen, Hawthorne School

Leticia Citizen has taught 19 years. Currently, she is a K-8 Instructional Technology TOSA. She uses many instructional tools to educate, with a particular interest in technology-enhanced teaching. As a result, she effectively implements many applications available to teachers, helping augment student learning, modernizing traditional classroom methods. Leticia shares how she integrates tech tools with teachers at CUE-affiliate and national conferences, most notably NSTA, ISTE, TCEA, NCFL, NCTE, and FETC. Leticia currently serves as an ambassador for various digital tools including Nearpod, Wonderopolis, PenPal Schools, Newsela, and Flipgrid. She is also a Level 1 Google Certified Educator and MIEExpert.

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