Tarrant Institute e-newsletter
Thursday, November 10, 2011
In this issue:
* Spotlight on: Tweetedtimes.com
* Visit New Zealand in 2012 with UVM's Education Department
* Writing Contest for Grades 4-12
Tweet of the Week:
Students offer ideas for educational apps http://sbne.ws/r/9nFH
Spotlight on: Tweetedtimes.com
lets twitter followers publish online newspapers on any topic they
choose. Check out
South Burlington librarian and technology integrationist
TweetedTimes for Monday, 11/7/11:
Tweetedtimes in TeacherCast LiveBinder
VT YA author Kate Messner on twitter in the middle level classroom
Using twitter to engage shy students - a case study
Writing Contest for Grades 4-12
The Vermont Department of Libraries and the Vermont Center for the Book
invite young readers in grades 4 – 12 to participate in Letters About
Literature (LAL), a national reading and writing program of the Center
for the Book in the Library of Congress.
To enter, readers write a personal letter to an author, living or dead,
of any genre—fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, contemporary or
classic—explaining how that author's work changed the student's way of
thinking about the world or themselves.
There are three competition levels:
Level I for children in grades 4 through 6;
Level II for grades 7 and 8,
Level III, grades 9 - 12.
State winners, announced in March each year, receive a $50 gift
certificate to Target as well as a prize from the local sponsoring
organizations. National winners, announced in late April, receive
additional prizes and earn for their school or community library LAL
Reading Promotion Grants valued at thousands of dollars.
LAL focuses on reader response and reflective writing. The program
provides free teaching materials, including lesson plans, writing
samples, assessment checklists, and teacher tips--all downloadable
through the program’s website at
Submissions must be postmarked by January 6, 2012. For information about entering the contest, visit http://www.lettersaboutliterature.org. You can also email questions to the Vermont Center for the Book at firstname.lastname@example.org or to the Department of Libraries at email@example.com
Visit New Zealand in 2012 with UVM's Education Department:
A Letter from Tarrant Institute Director Penny Bishop:
"Dear Teachers and Principals,
Annually at UVM we offer a travel-study course designed to examine
student-centered and technology-rich education in New Zealand middle
schools. Educators in our Tarrant Institute partner schools have
participated in the past and found it to be a very powerful experience.
For this reason, TIIE is again offering a subsidy to our partner
schools for those who may be interested in joining the course. We are
attaching here a brochure that outlines the program, which will take
place February 25th- March 10th (this overlaps February break for many
schools). The TIIE subsidy covers the program fee for up to two
educators per partner school.
For more information about this opportunity, please download a pdf of the program's brochure from
http://www.uvm.edu/tiie/NZ_2012.pdf or get in touch with Penny Bishop, TIIE Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All of us at TIIE"
11/16: Really Cool Tool Duel
4pm, ISTE webinar
11/17: LNV open training session
11/17: Tech Tips: Bookmapping with Google Earth
Free @ UVM
11/19: e-communities in the Digital Age
Lyndon State College
© Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education 2011
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