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The Digital Stories in this project were created by the graduate students in my New York Institute of Technology online course, Language Arts and Technology.  These students are working toward their M.S. degree in Instructional Technology.  This work will remain online for my students' portfolios and as a educational community resource.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

The project is now open to the members of the global community.  If you would like to contribute your story please contact me.

Susan Silverman
Adjunct Professor
New York Institute of Technology

Assignment Title
Developing Instructional Materials: Reading Comprehension Strategies

Creatively use technology to support different learning styles.
Use technology to teach reading in the content areas.
Produce and use effective visual products including multimedia formats.
Use technology to teach Reading Comprehension strategies.


Reciprocal Teaching: A Reading Strategy

Reciprocal Teaching

Reading Strategies: Reciprocal Teaching

Reciprocal Teaching: A Reading Comprehension Package

The resource you will find most helpful for this assignment is on the CAST web site.
Tips for Authors and Illustrators

The Assignment:
Create a digital story for students in any grade level with the CAST UDL Book Builder or Voice Thread. If you are using CAST, be sure to include at least two prompts on each page. If you are using Voice Thread you need to include at least two reading comprehension strategy prompts on each page. The story can be in written in any genre. It must be a minimum of 5 pages. To submit your CAST book, publish your story in CAST and submit the zip file in the Assignments area of Blackboard. Sample Story. If you are using Voice Thread, submit the URL in the Assignments area. Sample Story. If you prefer to use PowerPoint, you presentation must be uploaded to SlideShare with audio. In order to do this in SlideShare you must use their SlideCast feature. You need to include at least two comprehension strategies per page.

Any images used in your story must be free of copyright restrictions.  Just because the image comes from Google or Yahoo images and you cited your source does not mean you can use it.  If you have any doubt, contact the web site owner and request permission.  You are encouraged to create your own photographs or use a site like Pics 4 Learning.