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1 DRAZE, DIANNA (TEXT); CRAWFORD, DEAN (ILLUSTRATIONS). Alphabet Soup: Language Arts Enrichment Activities.
Prufrock Press, Waco: 2006 159363045X / 9781593630454 s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Use these quick, ready-to-use activities to add an element of interest to your language arts program. Whether they are used to supplement the regular curriculum or to provide activities for home learning, these exercises will build students' abilities to use words with flexibility and originality. This long-time favorite is the perfect supplement for language arts or literature classrooms. It's packed with games and activities that draw young and inventive minds into word analysis, vocabulary building, and literary awareness. Stimulating reproducible worksheets include practice in: idioms, onomatopoeia, slang, metaphors, spoonerism, analogies, hyperbole, similes, rebus, hinky pinky, relationships, and word squares. The purpose of this book is to create an awareness of words that goes beyond the mere phonetic analysis of words usually associated with reading and spelling instruction. As a result of doing the activities in this book, students should see words as vehicles for creating illusions, ways of expressing feelings, and means of communicating ideas. Improve writing, build thinking skills, and add an element of fun with this book. Serve a tantalizing dish of language experiences spiced with portions of thinking—serve an Alphabet Soup. Grades 4-6 
Price: 9.45 USD
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2 MILLER, MICHELLE D. Minds Online: Teaching Effectively With Technology.
Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts and London England: 2014. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
From wired campuses to smart classrooms to massive open online courses (MOOCs), digital technology is now firmly embedded in higher education. But the dizzying pace of innovation, combined with a dearth of evidence on the effectiveness of new tools and programs, challenges educators to articulate how technology can best fit into the learning experience. Minds Online is a concise, nontechnical guide for academic leaders and instructors who seek to advance learning in this changing environment, through a sound scientific understanding of how the human brain assimilates knowledge. Drawing on the latest findings from neuroscience and cognitive psychology, Michelle Miller explores how attention, memory, and higher thought processes such as critical thinking and analytical reasoning can be enhanced through technology-aided approaches. The techniques she describes promote retention of course material through frequent low-stakes testing and practice, and help prevent counterproductive cramming by encouraging better spacing of study. Online activities also help students become more adept with cognitive aids, such as analogies, that allow them to apply learning across situations and disciplines. Miller guides instructors through the process of creating a syllabus for a cognitively optimized, fully online course. She presents innovative ideas for how to use multimedia effectively, how to take advantage of learners' existing knowledge, and how to motivate students to do their best work and complete the course. For a generation born into the Internet age, educational technology designed with the brain in mind offers a natural pathway to the pleasures and rewards of deep learning. Michelle D. Miller is Co-Director of the First Year Learning Initiative and Professor of Psychology at Northern Arizona University. "Minds Online is important and relevant for teachers, instructional designers, and the general public. The book is written in a friendly, conversational style, and Miller brings together a broad knowledge of the field, grounded in her experiences as an instructor and cognitive scientist."—Richard E. Mayer, University of California, Santa Barbara "As an expert in the cognitive science of learning and an award-winning educator, Miller is well-poised to bridge the gap between science and practice. Minds Online translates principles and findings from cognitive science into concrete, actionable tips and recommendations for educators trying to incorporate technology into their teaching. This is a terrific book."—Sean Kang, Dartmouth College 
Price: 26.55 USD
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