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December 21, 2011 Posted by | LITERARY ELEMENTS, TEACHING 2.0, VOCABULARY | Leave a comment


Visit Mike Farley’s blog for serious online video games and simulations.

September 4, 2011 Posted by | TEACHING 2.0 | | Leave a comment


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August 11, 2011 Posted by | TEACHING 2.0, TECH TOOLS | Leave a comment


This is an excellent blog post by Lisa Huff at her Just Read page. Voicethread is a powerful tool that I recently shared with my English department as well as Etherpad as a collaborative writing tool.
Check out the post here:
Just Read

May 8, 2011 Posted by | LITERATURE, TEACHING 2.0, TECH TOOLS | Leave a comment


E-porfolios are a natural extension, or at least a companion, to project-based learning. I embarked on this journey for several reasons that took gradual shape as more technology became available to classroom teachers. As an English teacher, one of my concerns was the fact that so few of our students were reading assigned novels. I decided to jump in with two feet and give over the choices almost entirely to students with some parameters.  teach short works, model literary analysis, and directly instruct writing skills two days of each week, while the remaining three are dedicated to project work. I have a blog that I use to give the students guidelines for how to choose and analyze novels, short stories, poetry, drama and films. I also have a sample e-portfolio so students can see exactly how a blog can be used to present their projects.

We use for students are new to blogging and students who are more savvy can choose the platform they like.  To analyze works students use Wordle, Animoto, Glogster, Prezi, Voicethread, podcasting, text messaging, iMovie, as well as text based formats such as annotating poems, Freitag model for plot development and narrative literary outlines.

You can follow theses links to our class blogs:

The 10th grade Honors class portfolios:

The 12th grade Honors portfolio:

January 16, 2011 Posted by | TEACHING 2.0, TECH TOOLS | , | Leave a comment


Click here to view From The Educator’s PLN

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