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  • 1. Connecting Pods, Blogs, and Wikis to Literature: Relevant and Responsive Discussion and Writing Sheila Newell
  • 2. St. Francis Episcopal Day School
    • 800 Students
    • Pre-K -- 8th Grade
    • Located in near
    • West Houston/Memorial Area
  • 3. New Media for the Classroom
    • Podcasts
    • Discussion Forums
    • Blogs
    • Wikis
    • Moodle
  • 4. Don’t you wish your students were as concerned about their English assignments as they are about their text messages?
  • 5. Why We Need to Use New Media
        • They’re using it; we need to, too.
        • All students have a voice, even the most reticent ones.
        • Our students must acquire new media literacy to be prepared for the future.
        • Students can access the website from home or school, which can save time.
  • 6. Why We Need to Use New Media
        • New Media provides a way to differentiate instruction.
        • It’s easy to manage and efficient for assessing student understanding .
        • Using the Internet means less paper—and more trees!
        • And, perhaps most importantly, students are engaged to the N th degree because it’s fun!
  • 7. English Homepage
  • 8. Discussion Forums-- The Hobbit
  • 9. Discussion Forums: Riddles
  • 10. Courtney’s Riddle
  • 11. Discussion Forums-Current Reading
  • 12. Taylor’s Blog
  • 13. Hobbit Wiki Homepage
  • 14. Hobbit Wiki: Characters
  • 15. Wiki: George’s Character Journal
  • 16. Wiki: Blending Fiction and Non-Fiction
  • 17. Getting started--If you don’t have Moodle:
    • Some Useful websites:
    • http://www. wikispaces .com/
    • http: //gabcast .com/index. php -- free podcasting using a cell phone
    • http: //edublogs .org/
    • http://www. uwstout . edu/soe/profdev/blogs . shtml
    • http://groups. google .com
    • http: //moodle .org/
  • 18. Getting Started
        • Don’t be intimidated—you don’t have to be a computer expert to do this.
        • Don’t be hesitant to let the kids experiment with the technology—they may be able to show you the way.
        • Think about products and lessons you do the pen and paper way. How can you convert these ideas to new media?
  • 19. Getting Started
        • Lay out ground rules for acceptable use with students first.
        • Have tough consequences for violators—shunning them from the online community works wonders, and having to hand-write responses while everyone else is online is tortuous for troublemakers.
  • 20. Getting Started
        • You might want to start with something easy, like a discussion board.
        • Start out in a group environment like the computer lab, where everyone can experiment together.
        • Get involved with student online discussions and monitor closely, especially in the beginning. Students will love having you respond to them as well.
  • 21. Sheila Newell St. Francis Episcopal Day School 335 Piney Point Rd. Houston, TX 77024 713/458-6409 [email_address] [email_address]
  • 22. Try Us Out
    • Give our website a try (for a limited time only):
        • 1. Go to: http: //sfedshouston .org/
        • 2. Log in on the left-hand side of the website titled ‘ On line Community’:
        • User name: guest01
        • Password: guest01