Shmoop tech talk for high school english and history teachers


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Shmoop gave a talk at Stanford School of Education's summer workshop for high school English and social studies teachers. Shmoop gave a brief overview of a number of interesting Web 2.0 services for teachers, including Twitter, Diigo, eduBlogs, Ning, and (of course) Shmoop.

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  • 1. Facebook overtook MySpace last month at approx 70 million US visitors) 2. 22%, according to a recent study (compared to >90% who have social network profiles) 3. Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) restricts information website operators can collect from children, how those operators may use personal information, and grants parents rights and access to their children’s online information and activities. (13 – website operators are allowed to take much more liberty with the privacy and information of children ages 13-18) 4. How many teachers are currently listed on Twellow, a large directory of Twitter users? 3 guesses – the closest wins. (19,008)
  • We only have time to spend on a few of these today, but we’ll post this presentation online For those of you who are already very familiar with any of these resources, we invite you to speak up during this session – share your experience – what works, what doesn’t, how should a teacher get started with these tools
  • Shmoop tech talk for high school english and history teachers

    1. 1. <ul><li>Lunchtime Tech Talk with Shmoop </li></ul><ul><li>More Info at: </li></ul><ul><li>On Twitter: @helloshmoop </li></ul>© 2009, Shmoop University, Inc.
    2. 2. Digital Textbooks: A White Knight? <ul><li>California schools see distant digital future for textbooks (Jun 5, 2009) </li></ul><ul><li>CA spent $419m on instructional materials last year </li></ul><ul><li>Sacramento District spends $2m/subject on textbooks and replaces them every 7 years </li></ul><ul><li>State average = $100 per student per year spent on textbooks </li></ul>“ It's nonsensical - and expensive - to look to traditional hard-bound books when information today is so readily available in electronic form. Especially now, when we must… up dollars so that schools can do more with fewer resources.” © 2009, Shmoop University, Inc.
    3. 3. Are We Ready for the Future? “ For the state to give us [free digital textbooks], it would be like giving us a gallon of gas and no car to put it in,&quot; said River Delta's Chief Educational Services Officer Robert Hubbel. Infrastructure Home Access Teacher Training Parent Resistance © 2009, Shmoop University, Inc.
    4. 4. <ul><li>Will we still have print textbooks in 10 years? </li></ul><ul><li>What are your hopes for digital resources? </li></ul><ul><li>Your concerns? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the positive elements of print textbooks that we should preserve? </li></ul>© 2009, Shmoop University, Inc.
    5. 5. Free Stuff! Kecia Waddell English Language Arts Stevenson HS, Utica, MI <ul><li>© 2009, Shmoop University, Inc. </li></ul>
    6. 6. What is the largest social network in the US? What % of young adults (18-24) use Twitter? How many teachers are listed on Twellow? What ages of children does COPPA protect? <ul><li>© 2009, Shmoop University, Inc. </li></ul>
    7. 7. <ul><li>We <3 Digital Resources </li></ul>© 2009, Shmoop University, Inc.
    8. 8. So Many Cool Toys, So Little Time <ul><li>Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Diigo </li></ul><ul><li>Ning and Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>A Long List of Our Favorite Content Sites </li></ul><ul><li>(And Shmoop, of course!) </li></ul>© 2009, Shmoop University, Inc.
    9. 9. <ul><li>Learning network (currently the best use) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Twellow – find other teachers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter4teachers – apps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use hashtags to form groups, or to join topical discussions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>In the classroom (caveat: most teens are not on Twitter) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Post homework reminders & links to resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask students to post links to news or online resources Hashtag for your classes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Diigo is better suited for this type of sharing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>140 character limit </li></ul></ul>The Twitter Experiment – UT Dallas © 2009, Shmoop University, Inc.
    10. 10. <ul><li>Social bookmarking and annotation </li></ul><ul><li>Learning network </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Join groups based on subject matter (ESL teachers, To Kill a Mockingbird ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a group for your department </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make your bookmarks or groups public or private </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Instruction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teacher account – create groups for your classes and accounts for your students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create bookmark lists for lessons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have students contribute bookmarks and lists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students can comment on your bookmarks or each other’s bookmarks </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Embed the feed (“Linkroll”) from your Diigo account on your classroom website or blog </li></ul>© 2009, Shmoop University, Inc.
    11. 11. <ul><li>Blog: simple publishing w/ comments </li></ul><ul><li>Ning: build your own online community, with add-ons like </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Members list, email list </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Calendar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Photo gallery </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bookmarks page </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussion board </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Learning network </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Terrific Ning communities for all types of teachers (English, Humanities, Writing, ESL, Professional organizations, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Instruction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Classroom page with links, photos, video. Students can comment on each post </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Edublogs allows you to set up and manage blogs for your students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Privacy concerns for your students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Where would you draw the line – photo? surname? Classroom location? </li></ul></ul></ul>© 2009, Shmoop University, Inc.
    12. 12. A Teacher’s Jim Crow Assignment Using Shmoop and Her eduBlog © 2009, Shmoop University, Inc.
    13. 13. Some of Our Favorite Content Websites & Resources © 2009, Shmoop University, Inc.
    14. 14. Humanities Content & Resources <ul><li> (Poems, essays, poet biographies, resources for teens) </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> - Fantastic info about Victorians, including writers </li></ul><ul><li>Modern American Poetry - great site with poetry info & criticism. </li></ul><ul><li>Project Gutenberg - free e-books, but also lots of free audiobooks </li></ul><ul><li>Edgar Allan Poe Society </li></ul><ul><li>The Paris Review - fantastic interviews with writers and poets. </li></ul><ul><li> – rich source for public domain photos, artwork, images, and primary sources </li></ul><ul><li> - people, places, and events in Medieval England through the Restoration. Also includes bios of many literary figures as well as their writings </li></ul>© 2009, Shmoop University, Inc.
    15. 15. History Content & Resources <ul><li>Historical Thinking Matters (frameworks and examples of how to analyze primary sources) </li></ul><ul><li>Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (historical documents, lesson plans) </li></ul><ul><li>War of 1812 </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Ellis Island - free search for ancestors' records </li></ul><ul><li>Digital History </li></ul><ul><li>King Online Encyclopedia </li></ul><ul><li>Super Bowl Ads </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Without Sanctuary (incredibly powerful and disturbing archive of photos and postcards(!) of lynchings in the Jim Crow era): </li></ul><ul><li>National History Education Clearinghouse </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>© 2009, Shmoop University, Inc.
    16. 16. <ul><li>Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day (for Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL)   </li></ul><ul><li>Free Technology for Teachers http ://   </li></ul><ul><li>The English Companion Ning (Professional community for English Teachers)   </li></ul><ul><li>10 Teachers to follow on Twitter </li></ul>Development Resources for Teachers (Blogs, Communities, Directories) <ul><li>Twellow (Twitter Directory of teachers)   </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter for Teachers </li></ul><ul><li>The EduBlogger (Sue Waters, community manager for EduBlogs) </li></ul>© 2009, Shmoop University, Inc.
    17. 17. Tools & Digital Textbooks <ul><li>Writing Matters - online writing tool and lessons – geared toward MS, could be appropriate for older ELL students </li></ul><ul><li>ZohoChallenge - create an online exam that is automatically scored, or allow students to create quizzes for each other </li></ul><ul><li>Zotero - a free add-on for the Firefox browser. Helps students annotate and bookmark any webpage and automatically generates citations/bibliographies. Best for more advanced students. </li></ul><ul><li>CK12 - free, customizable digital textbooks </li></ul><ul><li>Hippocampus - free, multimedia digital textbooks and homework help. Multimedia modules are mapped to units or chapters of popular print textbooks </li></ul><ul><li>Scribd – millions of free digital documents. Embed documents onto your blog or website. Have students publish work to the site. </li></ul><ul><li>SlideShare – millions of free powerpoint presentations. Embed powerpoint on your blog or website. Download and edit others’ presentations. Have students publish work to the site. </li></ul>© 2009, Shmoop University, Inc.
    18. 18. <ul><li>Shmoop will make you a better lover* </li></ul><ul><li>* (of literature, history, life) </li></ul>© 2009, Shmoop University, Inc.
    19. 19. <ul><li>Fun, deep, plain-spoken, highly academic </li></ul><ul><li>Today: </li></ul><ul><li>150+ Literature novels, plays, short stories </li></ul><ul><li>50+ US History topics </li></ul><ul><li>50+ Poems </li></ul>What is Shmoop Shmoop’s Mission: To make learning fun and relevant for students in the digital age © 2009, Shmoop University, Inc.
    20. 20. Shmoop: Personal Tools <ul><li>Organize thoughts and take notes with Stickies & Folders </li></ul><ul><li>Expand vocabulary of $5 words with built-in Dictionary </li></ul><ul><li>Develop and communicate arguments in Opinions </li></ul>© 2009, Shmoop University, Inc.
    21. 21. Multiple Literacies, Primary Sources <ul><li>Shmoop helps students & teachers find and contextualize quality resources on the Web </li></ul><ul><li>Carefully screened by Shmoop’s team of experts </li></ul><ul><li>Primary sources </li></ul><ul><li>Websites </li></ul><ul><li>Video </li></ul><ul><li>Audio </li></ul><ul><li>Photos </li></ul><ul><li>Books </li></ul><ul><li>Movies </li></ul><ul><li>TV shows </li></ul>© 2009, Shmoop University, Inc.
    22. 22. How to Cite Shmoop <ul><li>Shmoop automatically generates citations for students in MLA, APA, or Chicago formats </li></ul><ul><li>Shmoop teaches students about the perils of plagiarism and encourages original thought </li></ul>© 2009, Shmoop University, Inc.
    23. 23. Shmoop Writing Lab (BETA!) <ul><li>Interactive writing guide that helps students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Articulate opinions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organize thoughts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support arguments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Construct a cohesive essay with transitions, parallel structure, introduction, conclusion, etc. </li></ul></ul>© 2009, Shmoop University, Inc.
    24. 24. Developing a Point of View © 2009, Shmoop University, Inc.
    25. 25. Building and Supporting Arguments © 2009, Shmoop University, Inc.
    26. 26. Organization and Essay Mechanics © 2009, Shmoop University, Inc.
    27. 27. <ul><li>More Info at: </li></ul><ul><li>On Twitter: @helloshmoop </li></ul>© 2009, Shmoop University, Inc.