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