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Your Heinemann Link Round-Up for the Week of July 19–25


Welcome to this week's link round-up. How are you? We're back from ILA and ready to share some hot links.

Each week we find around five interesting reads for you to take into the weekend. These links are interviews with educators, posts from our authors' and friends' blogs, and any interesting, newsworthy item from the past seven days. Check back each week for a new round of finds!

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ILA is accepting submissions for its 2016 conference in Boston. Click here to sign up, sign in, and propose!

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We liveblogged from ILA on Saturday and Sunday. Check out Saturday's updates here and Sunday's updates here.

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Katie Muhtaris, coauthor of the forthcoming Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K-5 Classroom, wrote about the top tools for students in her classroom.

We are huge advocates for choosing the right tools and using them well with our students.  You don’t need pages and pages of apps and websites to use with kids.  You really only need a few good core ones that you can use all the time across the day.  Of course everyone always wants to know what our top tools are.

Click here to read "The Top 8" at Innovate, Ignite, Inspire.

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Heinemann Fellow Jess Lifshitz wrote in defense of fun reading:

And then I started teaching fifth grade. And this is when I began to forget what I knew. This is when I began to only choose books to read aloud that were serious and led to what I considered to be “deep thinking.” This is when I stopped looking for books that made me laugh and that would make my students laugh. This is when my classroom library began to feel so unbalanced with shelves full of bins of realistic fiction books while my graphic novel bins sat empty. This is when I began to think that books that made you cry had more worth and more value than books that made you laugh. This is when I began to think that preparing my students for junior high was more important than preparing my students for a life full of reading.

Click through to read "In Defense of Reading That Is Fun."

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Put your estimation skills and number sense to work with this challenge from NPR.

“We're running an experiment. We're going to use the results in a podcast in a few weeks. The rules are simple: Guess how much this cow weighs.”

For more resources on using estimation challenges to promote numeracy and problem solving in your classroom, check out Andrew Stadel’s Estimation 180 website.

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That's it! Be sure to check back next week for another round of links. If you have a link or a blog, be sure to mention them in the comments below. Cheers to your weekend!

*Photo by Iswanto Arif

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Topics: Digital Learning, Education, Education Policy, Heinemann, Heinemann Fellows, Link Round-Up, NPR, Amplify, Boston, Digital Teaching, ILA, Jessica Lifshitz, Katie Muhtaris

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