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  • 1. Blogs, Micro-Blogs & Websites in the WL Classroomand other “back-channel” and assessment fun Catherine Ritz November 2011
  • 2. First, let’s assess…•• If you have a smartphone, please go to: – and join my room (8323)• Students can also complete assessments from a computer.
  • 3. Questions & Instant Feedback•• Create a “Screen” where students can text comments, questions, answers, or type them online – practice• Can create a Screen with Twitter feeds for current events – #langchat & #flteach Screen
  • 4. Why Twitter for Professional Development?• Connections: create your own Personal Learning Network• Collaboration: share resources and ideas with likeminded teachers• Live chats• Research: search for resources you need• Impress your students! – Use new sites and resources even they haven’t heard of!• “Twitter in 60 Seconds” (video)• Follow me: @ritzforeignlang
  • 5. Twitter Resources• LiveBinder: “An Educator’s Guide to Twitter” –• TagDef: – Look up a definition for any hashtag – My favorite: #ff (FollowFriday!)
  • 6. Twitter with Students• My rule: one tweet per day!• Need to set Twitter to “Protect my Tweets”• Parent concerns• @ritzyfrancais• Use to log in to multiple accounts (requires download to your computer)
  • 7. More “backchannel” resources• – Chat room, can do from Smart phone or computer – practice room• – Chat room, can set password – practice room
  • 8. Blogs & Wikis• Love the “embed code”!• Email embed code as homework, you insert on Blog/Wiki• Student inserts embed code on a Blog/Wiki
  • 9. Blogs• Blogger – French Class Blog – Spanish Class Blog• Wordpress – French/Spanish Class Sample• Why Blog? – Audience – Promotion
  • 10. Wikis• Wikispaces – Spanish Class Sample – French Class Sample• PB Wiki – Spanish Class Sample• Why Wiki? – Collaboration – Projects
  • 11. Class Websites• Can use a blog or wiki as your class site• Google Sites – My class page• – free online grading site, homework posting, etc.
  • 12. Practice• Pick as many resources as you have time to practice with.• Be ready to share feedback with the rest of the group.
  • 13. Additional Resources• – Check “Resources: Tech Sites” – Check out my professional blog: