Game changers in linking 21st-century learners with Common Core English Language Arts standards and Technology Literacy skills
New York, NY (PRWEB) November 27, 2012
The new Common Core standards adopted in schools across the nation demand a new approach to teaching and learning. More than ever before, students are required not only to examine texts, but also to apply the information they have gathered by creating with it. Sixty new Interactive eBook titles from Rosen Publishing empower students with the opportunity to become savvy producers of information using common Web 2.0 tools.
Rosen’s President, Roger Rosen, calls these Interactive eBooks “game changers” in linking 21st-century learners with Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) standards and Technology Literacy skills. “The learning environment is constantly changing,” says Rosen, “and we wanted to create a tool that addresses traditional educational standards using real world tools and technologies. Our goal isn’t just to just reach ELA proficiency; it’s to surpass those standards while teaching students the research and technology skills that will carry them through their academic and professional futures.”
Series are designed for three different grade levels—K-2, 2-3, and 3-6. Each title includes leveled informational text, audio narration, text highlighting, and rich media hotspots featuring videos, charts, and maps. Optional content creation tools guide students in creating their own blog, writing an email, creating a wiki page, and other age-appropriate projects. Interactive eBooks allow students to create their own content using copyright-friendly media and publish professional-looking projects while collaborating with peers or working independently. Students learn how to write for the purposes defined by Common Core Standards—to express an opinion, to narrate, and to inform or explain.
Lesson plans created by Shannon Miller, nationally-recognized Teacher Librarian and Technology Integrationist and author of the award-winning Van Meter Library Voice blog, explain how to meet clearly identified Common Core and American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Standards. They also include learning targets, small and large group instruction, links to free web 2.0 digital literacy tools, off-line classroom and parent extension activities, and assessment rubrics. Educator resources are accessible directly through each Interactive eBook. “I can’t wait to use these new Interactive eBooks throughout the year to teach so many essential skills to our young people,” says Miller. “They will not only love the wonderful new eBooks, but they will also have a great time with all of the digital activities.”
Founded in 1950, Rosen Publishing has a long history of providing high-quality curriculum-correlated nonfiction for children and young adults. Since the 2007 launch of the award-winning Teen Health & Wellness database, the Rosen Digital division has significantly expanded to produce innovative databases, Apps, eBooks, and Interactive eBooks, proving itself a technology leader in the education arena.