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Vocabulary Plus Technology An After-Reading Approach to Develop Deep Word Learning

By Thomas DeVere Wolsey, Linda Smetana, and Dana L. Grisham


Students who can use a term conversantly in academic environments know how to use it precisely in their writing and in their interactions with others; they can be said to deeply know, not just the word term in alphabetic or spoken forms, but the connections to ideas the term embodies. When students are intrigued by words and ideas, they want to dig more intensely. Traditionally, word learning tasks in schools do not mirror the way that words are learned beyond school walls. Vocabulary self-collection strategy plus (VSS+) is an instructional routine using multimodal and online tools to promote engaged word learning in an authentic way. Generative technologies, such as those employed in VSS+, use the affordances of technology to combine reading and writing skills with genuine inquiry for learning content within learning communities.

2 Green School and Garden Articles

Wolsey, T. D. (2014). The school walls teach: Student involvement in the green school. In TC Chan, E.G. Mense, K.E. Lane, & M.D. Richardson (eds),  Marketing the green school: Form, function, and the future (pp. 175-186). Hershey, PA.: Information Science Reference/IGI Publishers. doi: 10.4018/978-1-4666-6312-1.ch012

Wolsey, T.D. & Lapp, D. (2014). School gardens: Situating students within a global context. Journal of Education, 194(3), pp. 53-60.

Read Across America Day

Read Across America Day

March 2, 1904, was Theodor Seuss Geisel’s birthday. You probably recognize that middle name—he is Dr. Seuss. That’s reason enough to celebrate the man whose imaginative stories, rhymes and all, are known and loved all over the world. Arguably, few authors have had such an impact on the reading habits of so many children as Geisel. In conjunction with Dr. Seuss’s birthday, the National Education Association, the publisher of Seuss’s work, and others sponsor Read Across America Day every year in March. Read more at 

About Those Pictures: Teaching Students to Give Credit for the Images They Use

As students become creators of content and makers of apps, websites, and more, all those images brought to the schoolhouse door via the Internet hold tremendous appeal. Need a graphic for your wiki page? Just download it and insert it on your page. Found a cool photo using an image search engine and think it would look great in a PowerPoint or Glog presentation? Just embed it, and voila!

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