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About Roxanne Russell

Instructional Technology and Design consultant and Teacher with 20+ years of teaching, management and design experience in face-to-face and online classrooms.

April 2018

Pro Tip: Chunking

By | 2018-04-18T15:46:46+00:00 April 3, 2018|Digital Pedagogy, Education, K-12, Read Ahead|

  One of the easiest but most powerful ways teachers are using Read Ahead: breaking reading assignments into sections so students can take in smaller "chunks" as they navigate through the text. It also makes it easier to read on your phone. It's a simple extra step but requires [...]

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March 2018

Top 5 Ways to Ruin a Reading Experience

By | 2018-03-27T10:04:07+00:00 March 25, 2018|Digital Pedagogy, Education, Instructional Design, K-12, Read Ahead|

Top 5 ways to ruin a reading experience 1) Interrogate: Turn every reading assignment into a test. Do you look forward to activities where you are stopped and questioned? a) Yes, I enjoy being questioned, especially when I’m in the middle of something. b) Yes, I like the challenge [...]

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Students Read the 2nd Amendment

By | 2018-03-22T17:10:32+00:00 March 22, 2018|Digital Pedagogy, Inspiration, K-12, Lesson Plan, Online Learning, Read Ahead|

This Read Ahead lesson plan asks students an important question: What 3 words are most important in the 2nd amendment? Then invites students to share and compare the words they chose by demonstrating the words that should jump off the page. A shared reading experience. Next students provide a rationale [...]

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Read Ahead hearts Clever

By | 2018-03-02T18:22:02+00:00 March 1, 2018|Digital Pedagogy, Education, Learning Management System, News, Online Learning, Read Ahead|

Our mission at Read Ahead is to provide easy access to literacy for everyone. At any age. And any reading level. We are grateful to Clever for making it possible for us to now extend our free, evidence-based literacy tool to over 60,000 schools. And to school districts where easy [...]

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October 2017

Read Ahead: Georgia’s Natural Disaster History

By | 2017-11-27T14:21:11+00:00 October 4, 2017|Digital Pedagogy, Education, K-12, Lesson Plan, Read Ahead|

Are your students practicing reading strategies like how to identify supporting details or sequence of events? What if you could simulate the process of focusing on the right cues for these reading strategies while your students were reading? You can. Read Ahead lets you block out screen distractions and zoom [...]

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September 2017

When Kids Can’t Read

By | 2017-11-27T14:21:14+00:00 September 18, 2017|Read Ahead, Uncategorized|

When Kids Can't Read: What Teachers Can Do: A Guide for Teachers 6-12 by Kylene Beers My rating: 4 of 5 stars Dr. Beers lived a common experience of middle school, high school and early college teachers that persists today. We enter a room as content teachers and find out [...]

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February 2017

2017 Horizon Report- Top 5

By | 2017-09-28T16:27:48+00:00 February 20, 2017|Read Ahead, Uncategorized|

The 2017 New Media Consortium Higher Education Horizon report is out and here at Read Ahead, we feel validated. We have retooled literacy intervention and are well-suited for the future imagined in this report.  Here's our top 5 summary of how Read Ahead aligns with the findings of the Horizon [...]

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How does control of navigation through words impact a reader’s experience?

By | 2017-09-28T16:27:48+00:00 February 18, 2017|Read Ahead, Uncategorized|

What We See When We Read by Peter Mendelsund My rating: 5 of 5 stars "At once (at a gulp) we readers: 1) Read a sentence... 2) Read several sentences ahead... 3) Maintain consciousness of the content of sentences we have already read... 4) Imagine events down the line." I'm [...]

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