Comprehension 2.0

Comprehension is the reason for reading. If readers can read the words but do not understand what they are reading, they are not really reading.
As they read, good readers are both purposeful and active.
Good readers are purposeful. Good readers have a purpose for reading. They may read to find out how to use a food processor, read a guidebook to gather information about national parks, read a textbook to satisfy the requirements of a course, read a magazine for entertainment, or read a classic novel to experience the pleasures of great literature.
Good readers are active. Good readers think actively as they read. To make sense of what they read, good readers engage in a complicated process. Using their experiences and knowledge of the world, their knowledge of vocabulary and language structure, and their knowledge of reading strategies (or plans), good readers make sense of the text and know how to get the most out of it. They know when they have problems with understanding and how to resolve these problems as they occur.
Research over 30 years has shown that instruction in comprehension can help students understand what they read, remember what they read, and communicate with others about what they read.

Objective: to help educators better understand and develop effective strategies and methods for teaching comprehension in the Web 2.0 environment.

  1. What about a Blog or a Wiki? Edublogs, Wikispaces Blogs for Thinking
  2. Forget your class notes? Check out this Wikispace Scribe
  3. Graphic Organizers online at Create a Graph, Webspiration Gliffy and Mindomo
  4. Create a website with Glogster for educators or with flash animations at Wix
  5. Use a Literature Circle to increase discussion, collaboration and understanding of reading materials. Go to Kerpoof Studio to demonstrate knowledge.
  6. Students and adults can write and publish for free at Tikatok or LuLu
  7. Add animoto to your classroom's digital storytelling kit. Check it out, New Plants
  8. Show what you know with One True Media Check this out! Electric Circuits
  9. Kick comprehension up a notch with MyStudiyo as you create quizzes with video, photos and documents in an online format.
  10. If you use flicker then you can create great classroom books to share both online and off with bookr
  11. Another great feature with flicker is picnik a user friendly photo editing program loaded with creativity.
  12. Show off your creativity at ToonDoo as you create books and cartoons
  13. Use Mixbook for educators and add scrapbooking to your digital storytelling toolkit. Check out this project...
  14. Create simple presentations without PowerPoint at Presentit

16. Improve your comprehension and writing skills with these free online writing templates at Writing Fun
17. Use Wordle to understand main idea or underlying themes. Check out this voice thread...

18. Work on sequencing skills and tell your story at OurStory Check this out...
19. Create a Widget for your next author study at PictureTrail Check this out
20. Post your next book report online at Readers are Leaders
21. Blabberize an author or a character in a book.

22. Read a book create a Scrapblog Check it out...
23. Create your own myths and legends online at Myths and Legends