Category Archive: technology

A Different Kind of Pen Pal

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I was so honored to chair “Integrating Blogs, Podcasting, and Digital Videos into Fourth and Fifth Grade Language Arts Classes” at NCTE this year.  I learned a tremendous amount about the right way… Continue reading

Professional Talk: Shared Writing 2.0

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I recently received a review copy of Teaching the New Writing: Technology, Change, and Assessment in the 21st-Century Classroom, which is edited by Anne Herrington, Kevin Hodgson, and Charles Moran.  The text is… Continue reading

Communicating Online with Families

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I received an e-mail earlier this week asking: Can you steer me in the right direction for starting a blog for my students and parents? Where do I start? Hence, I decided to… Continue reading

My Life as a Reader.

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The first unit of study is coming to a close.  The summative assessment is two part.  First, students are to create a multimedia presentation (text + image + audio) of their past, present,… Continue reading

Tech Tools You Should Know About Too

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I met with one of my colleagues after school yesterday to talk-tech with her. We did some URL swapping as well. Here are some of the amazing sites she informed me about, which… Continue reading

Standard English vs. Texting.

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In my most November 2008 issue of The Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, I came across an article by Gloria E. Jacobs, “We Learn What We Do:  Developing a Repertoire of Writing… Continue reading

A Couple “Techy” Rubrics

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Earlier this week, I posted about the process of determining how to attach grades to chats and discussion forums.  Before break, my students divided into two groups and determined the areas which should… Continue reading

Swarming Thoughts

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Since I returned from San Antonio late Monday night, I’ve had two days with my students as I embrace my shifted paradigm of using technology.  I really didn’t realize that I needed to shift… Continue reading

Netvibes

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Every now and then I try out a new technology and really like it. This morning that new technology is NETVIBES. In an instant it allowed me to create a personalized page with… Continue reading

Start Photocopying Student Work Before Its Published!

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Sometimes I think we forget to preserve our students’ writing work as they’re going through the writing process. Too often, I’ve forgotten to photocopy a great timeline or a first draft in which… Continue reading

Virtual Author Visit

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video visit_2, originally uploaded by happygirl_77. Yesterday was Ball State University’s first virtual author visit of the school year. Sue Price and Betsy Likens(middle school language arts teachers) joined their classes in order to… Continue reading

This is the only kind of jogging you’re going to see me do!

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Kevin, Creator of Day in a Sentence, used a new technology, Jog the Web, to showcase everyone’s posts this week. I was fascinated with the ease at which I was able to navigate… Continue reading

Day in a Sentence as an Interrogative

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Kevin changed-up the “Day in a Sentence” Charge this week. He proposed reflected on your day/week as a question. So, here I am, trying to think about my week in terms of a… Continue reading

Tech Tools: Scribd

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The Reading Zone started using Scribd as a way to share documents she created with her blog readers. Even though I’m partial to Box.net for file sharing with my colleagues, I thought I’d… Continue reading

Preserve Your Students’ Year in Writing & in Pictures

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A few days ago I received two e-mails from one of my former fifth graders that I hadn’t seen since the final day of school in June 2007. He’s now in seventh grade… Continue reading

Stay up-to-date with TWT posts

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Bloglines is an all-in-one blog and news feed search, online subscription manager and news reader. We joined Bloglines so you may subscribe to our feed (unless of course you prefer Google Reader!). Click… Continue reading

Stixy: My new favorite tech toy

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My Stixyboard for Wednesday 9-3-08 Originally uploaded by teachergal I discovered Stixy this past weekend, which is essentially an online bulletin board. The users of Stixy suggest using it in the following ways:… Continue reading

Sharing Photos with Students & Families

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I built a website on Shutterfly to share pictures and news with my students’ families. This might be overkill seeing as I also built a classroom blog. I was going to use Picasa… Continue reading

Trading My Favorite Classroom Spaces

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Trading Our Favorite Spaces: 1 of 2 Originally uploaded by teachergal Mary Lee & Franki are hosting something of a blog carnival over at A Year of Reading. It’s called Trading (Our Favorite)… Continue reading

del.icio.us is now delicious

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Delicious, the social bookmarking website, recently went through a major overhaul, making it even more user-friendly. In case you’re unfamiliar with it, you can learn more by clicking here. I’ve been using Delicious… Continue reading