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Literacy Smarts

Simple classroom strategies for using interactive whiteboards to engage students

by (author) Jennifer Harper & Brenda Stein Dzaldov

foreword by David Booth

Pembroke Publishers Limited
Initial publish date
Sep 2011
Professional Development
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This highly readable book is about keeping the mind open to the amazing possibilities that the digital world affords teachers and their students. Aside from the ability to give immediate feedback and save responses, interactive whiteboards can facilitate using assessment to improve student learning.

Literacy Smarts advocates for student-centred learning, where teachers act as guides on a journey of learning that includes student choice, focused assessment, differentiated curriculum, collaborative work, and higher-level thinking. Based on extensive classroom experience, the book argues that interactive whiteboards can create numerous possibilities for teaching and learning. It describes how interactive whiteboards can lead us into the future of learning — interpreting, managing, exploring, and expanding our students' thinking and enabling authentic learning. It will enable teachers to help students grow as learners as they think, interact, and engage with a wide variety of texts across the content areas.

About the authors

Jennifer Harper is passionate about teaching and learning. She is a teacher at Upper Canada College and has more than 15 years of experience teaching at the Primary, Junior, and Intermediate grade levels in both public and private schools. With a degree in English and Theatre and a Masters in Curriculum, Jennifer is constantly experimenting with a variety of strategies to engage students and help them succeed. Jennifer currently resides in Toronto, Ontario.

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Brenda Stein Dzaldov is a school administrator who has worked for more than 20 years as a classroom teacher, educational consultant, and teacher mentor. A lecturer at OISE–University of Toronto, Brenda is the author of numerous children's books and has published many articles on student literacy learning. Brenda's research interests include children's literature, texts for literacy instruction, multiliteracies, and finding new ways to engage learners using 21st-century pedagogies. Brenda lives in Toronto.


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David Booth was Professor Emeritus at OISE–University of Toronto, where he trained teachers to use innovative ways to promote literacy among children for more than 30 years. A prolific author and popular international speaker, David delighted thousands with his energy, enthusiasm, and commitment. Although David passed away in 2018, his dedication to literacy, and his superb body of work in the field, form a lasting legacy in Canadian education.


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Literacy Smarts: Simple Classroom Strategies for Using Interactive Whiteboards to Engage Students

This practical book explores the opportunities that interactive whiteboards offer for more effective and expansive ways of teaching. It introduces simple activities and tasks that use interactive whiteboard technology to bring a new vitality to classroom lessons. It offers original ways to go beyond simple text and encourages connecting the classroom to the “real” world by valuing a wide range of texts, including digital, graphic, visual, oral, print and multimedia.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Fall, 2012.

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