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AI News Saturday, March 31 New data types, Excel, Global read aloud & more…

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  • Excel is getting smarter
    • new data types, Excel, Excel team, ,
  • And the Winners Are…Global Read Aloud Choices 2018 #GRA18
    • After incredible reading moments, thousands of people voting, countless hours spent thinking, and much discussion had, the moment is finally here….the reveal of the books we will read aloud and connect through. The choices of these books were not done haphazardly. Picking our books for the Global Read Aloud is…
    • Global Read Aloud, incredible reading moments, Read Aloud choice, books, picture book authors
  • A Step-by-Step Plan for Teaching Argumentative Writing
    • The art of persuasion is an essential life skill. It also happens to be required curriculum for many teachers. In this post, I’ll share my method for teaching argumentative writing.
    • students, writing, teaching students, argumentative writing, argumentative essay writing

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Excel is getting smarter

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  • Excel will recognize that these are towns in what is objectively the best state in the U.S. and then allows you to pull additional data from Microsofts Bing knowledge graph to work with (think population and other demographic data).
  • Rob Howard, Microsoft director for Office 365, told me that the team decided to start with these two features because Excel users already tend to work with a lot of this data.
  • The new feature sits in the Excel Data tab, which now includes a new feature for transforming cells into these new data types.
  • The Microsoft Graph is the companys effort to break this data out if its silos and the Excel team is looking for ways to bring it into spreadsheets, too.
  • The new version of Excel with support for these new data types is now available as a preview in Office 365 Insiders in English.

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And the Winners Are…Global Read Aloud Choices 2018 #GRA18

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  • Picking our books for the Global Read Aloud is never easy, in fact, I think it gets harder every year since we try to match the incredible experience from the year before.
  • With an emphasis on perspective, on understanding others, on connecting and change, I feel that all of the books and picture book authorschosen will help us see the world in a new light.
  • All of the books here will lead us to be something more… – – Week 1: My Heart Fills With Happiness by Monique Gray Smith and Julie Flett – – Dont let the format (board book) fool you, this book will elicit meaningful discussion for all ages.
  • Week 3: You Hold Me Up by Monique Gray Smith, illustrated by Danielle Daniel – – Week 4: A Day with Yayah by Nicola I. Campbell and Julie Flett – – Week 5: When We Were Alone by David Alexander Robertson and Julie Flett – – I first fell in…
  • Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed – – Once again the YA category had incredible books to read aloud, all with their own powerful message and yet Samira Ahmeds debut kept coming up in my mind as a book that can be connected with no matter where you…

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A Step-by-Step Plan for Teaching Argumentative Writing

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  • One of the most effective ways to improve student writing is to show them mentor texts, examples of excellent writing within the genre students areabout to attempt themselves.
  • Next, wed have a Philosophical Chairs debate (learn about this in mydiscussion strategies post), which is very similar to This or That, except students use textual evidence to back up their points, and there are a few more rules.
  • Before leaving this step, I would have students transfer their thoughts from the discussion they just had into something that looks like the opening paragraph of a written argument: A statement of their point of view, plus three reasons to support that point of view.
  • Unlike the mentor texts we read on day 1, this sample would be something teacher-created (or an excellent student model from a previous year) to fit the parameters of the assignment.
  • At this point, Im pretty familiar with each students writing and have given them verbal (and sometimes written) feedback throughout the unit; thats why I make the writers workshop phase last so long.

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