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Sunday, June 15 2014
3:00 PM (Greenwich Standard Time)
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Turn your virtual learning spaces into active student communities. Join Shelly Terrell as she shares 15+ ideas to get your students actively learning, creating, publishing, reflecting, writing, reading, curating, and researching with blogs, Edmodo, Facebook groups, Moodle, Google Communities, and other virtual learning environments (VLEs). These activities are based on sound pedagogy and promote digital literacy and citizenship.DISCUSSION QUESTION: Explore one of the Shelly's 15+ ideas by going to one of the sites and trying it out. Did you like it? Would you use it with your students? Why or why not?(NOTE: For this class to count towards earning a course certificate, please answer the discussion question in the comments below and engage in dialog with your colleagues.)
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Well, I've just seen the recording of the session: it's fantastic and full of ideas and great tools to use! I'm already using Edmodo with three of my classrooms and we share posts, videos, songs, links to web sites dealing with cultural issues and students send me their homework tasks and then we check and mark them using the class IWB. I think … See moreit's useful and fun, too! I also use the school Moodle platform to share material and assign quizzes, and now I'm trying to use Pearltree and Symbaloo. I also want to folllow some of the suggestions and creative ideas Ms Terrell gave us here! Thanks
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I explored and used blogs and wikis for several years with middle school students and teacher traiinees. IMHO, blogs adapt very well to younger ages. They can see each new post right at the top and easily leave a comment. You can take a look at this award-winning "blended learning" blog, of which my students and I are very proud.https://web.archive.org/web/20111103013014/http://call05-06.us.splinder.com/… See moreThough I find wikis more suited to PD workshops, because we can organize them very intuitively and include a ToC for easier navigation, I did use them for "remedial work" with 6th grade classes (2nd year of EFL).http://6thgrade-07.pbworks.com/Finally, here's an example of a wiki for a "PD workshop" that I gave in Yakutsk, Siberia.http://yakutskmar10.pbworks.com/I've explored many different tools for many years. These are two tools that are easy to work with and that I highly recommend.
2 days 22 hours 56 minutes ago
Ezzat Sabry Salah Mohammed
Wonderful ideas Worth of trying.
17 days 22 hours 23 minutes ago
J Leila Wright
I like using some of these ideas and tech tools with my own children. They are great for when they are bored. Both of my children LOVE creating digital content and it doesn't necessarily feel like "learning" to them. I really love encouraging my 14 year old and 10 year old to use many of these same tools (14 yr. old loves the comics). … See moreI also teach English online so, I keep a list of tools I would love to use with my adult learners too.Great Class Shelly!!!!!
19 days 1 hours 5 minutes ago
DISCUSSION QUESTION: Explore one of the Shelly's 15+ ideas by going to one of the sites and trying it out. Did you like it? Would you use it with your students? Why or why not?I tried www.comicshed.com which I admire much. Definitely, it will be part of the learning tools I will use WITH my students. I have used it to learn French in 1974 to… See more my advantage, Aventure de TinTin". It is very motivating. Now I can create stories with my students using this tool, FREE. It is great. Thanks
20 days 9 hours 25 minutes ago
I tried the comics, too, and loved them. To tell the truth, new technology scares me a little, but I will do my best to learn how to use it.
19 days 18 hours 15 minutes ago
Rufo Jr Nale Dublin
I'd love that 3,2,1 Introduction. This is a new way for me to start with my online classes in the future. I am already using Pearltress features for my materials and will certainly use this for my students.
21 days 18 hours 25 minutes ago
The 3-2-1 Introduction is ice-breaking activity, which is worth embeding in VC teaching.
20 days 10 hours 17 minutes ago
Yes I agree. This is an activity that can be used across age groups and environments.
19 days 52 minutes ago
You're right, Manar. Creativity and flexibility.
25 days 7 hours 4 minutes ago
Thank you so much Shelley for the so many ideas and suggested apps. I tried out comic life with my full time students and found it so easy to use and create and it can be used in so many ways in teaching. As a teacher educator I found it a really wonderful resource. I am also going to try out glogster in my next class.
25 days 8 hours 33 minutes ago
I used COMICS to learn French, "The Adventure of Tin-Tin" It enhanced my learning. Learning to create it myself and using for my students is great achievement . Thanks Shelley.
20 days 10 hours 11 minutes ago
I agree with you Leticia Car. Since our ultimate aim as teachers is to engage our students, we need to adapt our teaching techniques not just to their needs but also to their interests.
27 days 12 hours 41 minutes ago
Amazing! So many cool resourses and ideas!
28 days 53 minutes ago
I've been teaching, training, and creating content in English language teaching for the past fifteen years. In WizIQ, I design and run free and open courses for teachers and students around the world. Please check out the songs and videos I make as Fluency MC and follow and connect with me here in WizIQ. It's all about how far we REACH when we TEACH!In my experience, the best way to build a base of knowledge in a foreign language is to follow the 3Rs: Relax, Repeat, Remember. When activities are engaging and provide multiple exposures to target language, we're more likely to remember language with accuracy and use it with fluency. We can then build upon this base to achieve our communicative goals.I've spent the past several years networking and collaborating with amazing online teachers around the globe. I'm excited to showcase their talents in the virtual classrooms of WizIQ. I hope you'll join us!