Thursday, February 23, 2012

Tool #6: Using Web Tools to Promote Discussion in and out of the Classroom

I used TodaysMeet to post a question that students would answer after reading an article on a content-related topic. This program is  ridiculously easy method to quickly get electronic feedback and to create a conversation in the classroom.

I used Poll Everywhere to create an open-ended question about India that students could reflect on and comment about by using their iPhones, iPads, android devices, etc. and post. This is another easy way to elicit student feedback and create a discussion in the classroom.

Tool #5

I went to Wordle and I created a wordle on Hinduism since we are currently studying South Asia and today we focused on Hinduism. I captured the wordle image and here it is:

I also created a three panel comic strip using MakeBelieveComix. I really enjoyed this program and I can see where students would find this a novel, entertaining utility.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Tool #4 - Moving Up to the Clouds

I created a Google Document about Africa which I shared with my colleague, Mary Reed. As she and I collaborate on lessons, projects, tests and other curriculum, I can readily see the utility in this tool. I have also created a two question survey in Google Forms and I am anxious to use this with my students. Click here to see my Google Form Survey.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Tool #3: Finding Online Video and Image Resources

As a world geography teacher, I use a lot of visuals: maps, charts, graphs, political cartoons, etc. I also utilize video clips to compliment and enhance a particular concept I am trying to teach. YouTube and Discovery Education Video Streaming are the two sites I use the most.

Tool #2: Building Community in the Online Environment

I think that postings on blogs can be informative, creative, or sometimes just boastful and self-serving. Since a weblog - i.e., a blog - is a sort of journal that people write for the world to see and comment on, it can take many forms depending on the author: some are interesting, some are a waste of time. Most teacher-made blogs seem to be serious in their purpose and utilitarian in nature. I like the idea of posting my ideas, comments, and insights so that others can give their input.
This is a blog for Paul Krugman, an economist and a writer for the NY Times who I follow and learn from all the time.