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Group-Am.Lit. and Comp.Lit.
Group Grade 8 Tolerance
Group Gr. 1 Interdisciplinary
Group Enlightenment Salon
Group MS Looping 7 to 8
Group MS Reading and Research
Group MS HS Poetry
Milestone I (6-30)
Milestone II (7-23)
Milestone III (8-19)
MIlestone IV (10-15)
Milestone V (1-20;2-11)
Milestone VI (2-28)
1st Class Agenda
Second Class Agenda
3rd Class Agenda
TEMPLATES FOR COURSE
Lesson Plan Assessment
Curriculum Quality Rubric
Web 2.0 RESOURCES
Norms & Prof.Learn.Netw.
Tools to Integrate Technology
Web 2.0 Tools
Wiki--How to Create
Twitter and the Annotated Bib
More Technology Resources
Best Practice Technology Integration
TEACHING TECHNIQUES RESOURCES
High-Leverage Teach. Techn.
Annotating Text Tools
How to Read a Poem G. Org
Best Practice Resources
Great Sites for Teachers
Problem Based Learning Sites
Literacy Circles and Blogs!???
I Don't Teach Novels
Pink on Motivation--Drive
How Students Learn
he Internet makes us shallow?
21st Century Classrooms
and Bloom's Updated
UbD Template Stages I-IV
UbD Transfer Demand
UbD Sites and Resources
Second Class Agenda
July 23rd Class 21st Century Skills Agenda
Essential Question: Can the Internet actually enhance teaching and learning?
I. Collaboration on line: Where I’m from (20 minutes)
II. (30 minutes) Due dates, questions, concerns about Milestones II and III
Milestone II (July 25)
UbD Stage I : Results (drafted)
Annotated bibliography (drafted)
Technology integration plan (drafted)
Collaborative presentation plan (drafted)
Milestone III (August 20)
Annotated bibliography (BE READY TO SHARE SOMETHING ON AUGUST 19--THURSDAY; MANDATORY CLASS)
Technology integration plan (clarified)
UbD Stage I: Results (clarified) The DESTINATION.
UbD Stage II: Assessments (drafted) The DESTINATION AGAIN!
Who are the experts? A new definition, perhaps? THINKBOOKS?
If you are trying to figure out how to get students involved in individual novels, if literature circles don't exactly work, if you want deep and rich responses from all learners, if blogging seems to be a waste of time, and if you'd like to see why this blogger should be published, click the link above.
The experts among us:
RESEARCH on best practices? What should I be looking for? Consider these short articles on Creativity or Books versus the Internet on this site at
**Twenty-First Century Classrooms**
II A. CLARIFICATION OF UbD STAGE II:ASSESSMENT
METACOGNITIVE MOMENT: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, the Mediocre in assessments
Continuum of Assessments
TRANSFER DEMAND RUBRIC—The BIG IDEA about the destination.
G.R.A.S.P.S=QUALITY OF ASSESSMENT ACCORDING TO UbD
FRONT LOADING—Showing the students the test the first day of the unit???
CHECKBRICK (like a rubric)—Brady way of combining quality with weighted tasks
Ancient Brady “Final Exam” in American Literature Grade 10 CP.
Ancient Brady student self-evaluation and goal setting, Grade 10 CP.
Scaffolded 5-Paragraph theme (not that!)
CLARIFICATION OF UbD ENTIRE PROCESS
What is a high quality lesson or unit
METACOGNITIVE MOMENT: Today you will see both an exemplar of high quality and APPLY rubrics to assess the quality of a whole, finished unit/leson.
Discuss the lesson quality rubrics: Stage I, II, III, IV and 21st Century Skills
Use UbD and 21st century rubrics to compare the quality of two lessons. The mask lesson is on line at:
Look at the summaries for each unit. Use a T-Chart to compare and contrast the strengths and weaknesses. How might you improve each?
III. (10 minutes) Break
IV. (1 hour) Work on your individual and group projects. NEED INSPIRATION FROM TECHNOLOGY? SEE BELOW.
V. (1 hour) Lunch
VI: (90 minutes) Work on individual and group projects
VII: Exit Slip: Fill in EXIT SLIP on your group’s wiki page: 1) Concerns, 2) needs, 3) good things.
Then select your group.
Can the Internet actually deepen, strengthen, and "improve student achievement"?
WHAT IS BEST PRACTICE IN USING TECHNOLOGY?
Does the use of the technology support a fundamental literacy that the school believes in?
This can range from a holistic literacy like writing to content specific objectives for a particular course.
For example, digital storytelling first and foremost seeks to improve the ability of students to write.
Does the use of technology add value to the lesson? Does the technology extend the lesson to a place that could not be achieved unless the technology was included?
For example, using the process of digital storytelling also helps students learn visual literacy skills, project management skills, network skills, and how to use media in an ethical way. If the products are shared, then the student can potentially write for a world-wide audience, and that's a much different experience than writing for a teacher.
How will I structure the lesson so that the technology fulfills the first two criteria?
For example, the time-tested methodology of preparing a narrative, developing a script, storyboarding, locating imagery and other media, and then building and sharing the story is a truly effective methodology or framework for effective digital storytelling. What pedagogical process will I use to structure the lesson?
How do I know what I did works?
How will I assess the outcomes, both from a student perspective (did they learn what they were supposed to learn?) and from a lesson design perspective (did the technology perform as anticipated, did the pedagogical process work as intended, and did I meet Criteria 1 and 2?). How will I use assessment data to improve what I do?
BELOW are a variety of unique web sites that are worth knowing about:
Here are some ideas:
Voice thread: Voices over slides. This is a voice thread about Ellis Island with students taking different roles.
fIf you can type, you can animate.
Use symbols to build an argument.
Online post it page.
focuses on the text
focuses on collaboration (Sticky notes on line and 106 ways to use it.)
online bookshelves that you and your students can build and to discuss novels
A quick summary of some major literary works:
Easy to set up blog through Google Docs at
Two examples of book talks using Animoto from the EC Ning:
Where I’m From: A Poetry Collaboration on Line. A video based on Where I'm From
Nothing Gold Can Stay: Wallwisher and Poetry Analysis example
Voice thread is easy and quite different. Click on the arrow to see a sample.
Wallwisher – 105 Classroom Ideas
June 26th, 2010
So how do we use Wallwisher with students?
1. Look at my
2. Look at the 105 ideas below.
For more info on how to set up your own Wallwisher, look at this post from
The 105 Ideas
Getting students interested
Use what’s on the Wallwisher.com Home Page to introduce vocabulary.
Create an activity for students to discuss the possible advantages of Wallwisher.
Get them to “test” Wallwisher without teacher help and then write a critique of it and its ease of use.
Students use the language in the black, green, purple and blue boxes on the Wallwisher home page to create a review or advertising spiel on the website.
Students discuss the concepts in those boxes in relation to their own learning or digital life.
Discussion over the pros and cons of online stickies versus real stickies (the ones you hold with your hands and stick to things). This could lead to a writing activity.
As a real notice board (all on different walls)
Orientation for students new to a course.
Put up the class and school rules.
Make a class profile – one sticky for each student with a pic and personal info.
Use a wall as a class or school calendar with stickies for different events. These can be revisited once they’ve past and updated to make a class journal.
Teacher creates different walls for feedback on a lesson, course, idea, project, coursebook, evaluations of his/her teaching style… Leaving the wall up for a semester means students can add to it at will.
Teacher can give feedback on the students – praise great behavior of highlight that which is not so great.
Instant voting – Teacher can get instantaneous and anonymous feedback by asking students to post their opinion on a topic / class decision…
Polls – Wallwisher is a great way of polling opinions.
Teacher feedback – if the students have their own walls, the teacher can post feedback on each student’s wall.
Evaluations and Reviews
Website evaluation – students leave stickies on their fave sites – learning or otherwise.
Book reviews – create a special wall for books.
Movie reviews – students put in trailers.
Restaurant / club / entertainment guide to the local town / city …
School life – A separate wall for the following
Open day wall.
The school football team – news and results.
Use a wall to get ideas or to listen to everyone – great for allowing quieter, more shy students to voice their thoughts and opinions.
Put the class seating arrangement on it. This is a great way to change the seating quickly – students simply look at where / how you’ve moved them
Lesson aims – post them on the wall of that day / lesson.
Assigning different groups different tasks – each group looks at the sticky that relates to them.
Important information – the teacher can announce important information via Wallwisher. It works well if the teacher relays the information in front of the students, sticky by sticky – should keep students’ attention.
Wallwisher is good for lower level students to focus on writing a short sentence of two with greater accuracy (due to the character count). The teacher could ask them to write about anything – their weekend, hopes, likes…
Stickies for sentences (introduction, topic sentence, arguments, conclusion, etc.) Breaking the writing up like this makes it seem less like writing. The teacher can move the different parts around or add bits so all the stickies in a row make a better paragraph.
Simplified process writing – the teacher comments on the short sentences students write.
Images – students write about images the teacher posts on the wall.
Memos – Students use stickies for what they are.
Wish lists – Students write their wishes for class, life, hobbies… Other students can comment on these.
Note-taking – students write down information they need for a trip, project etc. in note form.
Essay plans – students write down their essay ideas on stickies. The teacher can choose the best plans to use as models of good practice.
Poetry – students write short poems. Good for haiku.
Dictation – the teacher posts audio in stickies for students to write down as a dictation.
Collaborative story writing – students take it in turns to add the next sticky to the story.
Students plan a story via stickies.
The teacher posts a video that students use to tell the story – short cartoons are good for this.
Stickies are a good way of moving the students’ writing around and inserting new parts to the story.
In snippets – fun way to introduce a paragraph. Breaking the paragraph up into stickies means you can add online images or voiceovers to make it more interesting or easier to understand.
Signs practice – Exams like KET, PET and IELTS have students match signs and notices – Wallwisher is ideal for this.
Paragraph reconstruction – students put the sentences of a paragraph back in the correct order.
Create a wall based on a vocabulary theme (food, environment, sports…). The teacher could fill the stickies with online images, videos, sounds, etc or the students could make their own to share with each other.
Matching – students match vocab items with definitions, pictures.
Students post unknown vocabulary on the wall from a class reading.
Library walls of idioms, phrasal verbs, synonyms…
Word Choice: post several “bland” words and have students list synonyms that would be more interesting or descriptive.
Students could create a wall they use as a semester journal – They could section off different parts of it for learning, activities, weekends, hobbies, friends etc. They could open their wall to their friends to comment on.
The teacher could create a semester wall and log the class adventures for a record for students to look at after they graduate. They could contribute along the way.
One sticky for each question. The quizzes can be based on images
Watch a video (a link in a sticky) and answer the questions in other stickies.
Questions on pictures and images.
Record quiz questions and stick the mp3 in a sticky.
Use fotobabble.com to ask questions about a picture. See the truly excellent blog post from
Students make projects and fill their wall with links to video, pictures, music, websites, blogs, etc.
Matching activities – pictures to vocab / vocab to meaning / text or paragraph reconstruction…
As moveable magnets
Students move stickies around in ranking, ordering, matching, timeline… activities.
Use images to get students to practicing different tenses and structures.
Get students to post what they know about different verb tenses or grammar points.
Sentence starters – Put the starter in the title of the Wall; students have to finish them by posting stickies.
Make a wall for each grammar point introduced in class – include websites with examples of the grammar, student-created examples, screenshots of concordances, YouTube videos explaining the grammar. Students will have a good revision source when exams come.
Teacher uses stickies as word magnets for students to move into the correct order.
Grammar correction – Teacher posts student errors as stickies; students have to post corrections. This can be revisited over several days in students’ own time. It’s also good for teamwork – how many students on the same team posted the corrected versions?.
Present perfect for life experiences – Teacher creates a “passport” using stickies of all the countries he/she has visited. Used to practice present perfect (she has been to…) and past simple (she went to X in 19XX). Also used for any other life experience.
Comparatives and superlatives – Students post examples of these based on images, text, audio or video in stickies.
Post debates – put different arguments on different stickers for students to look at and respond to orally.
Strange pictures – post strange images in stickies for students to talk about.
Role plays – post different roles on different stickies – these become cues for the role plays.
Agony aunts and uncles – Post stickies that ask for advice. Students discuss the advice to give.
Talk for 60 seconds about… The teacher (or students) post images or videos in stickies for students to talk about for a minute.
Creating stories – put different, unrelated images in different stickies. Students have to create a story relating them. They cold also write the story down.
Can be used to elicit things students might not want to express in front of the class – they can post anonymously.
Brainstorming writing topics – Add a comment to each later.
Brainstorm ideas for what to do in tomorrow’s class / that ten minutes last thing on a Friday / as the next project…
“Five things each please” – Wallwisher means all students can have time to contribute five things each (or whatever number the teacher decides) to a brainstorming session. This could take a day or two and means quieter students contribute equally.
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