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SpringBoard CollegeBoard

Started by Courtney Kaul Oct 22, 2015. 0 Replies

Are there any SpringBoard teachers out there that use alternate reading passages for historical heroes?Continue

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Collaborative Blogging (group)

Started by David Wu. Last reply by Mary Grace Flowers Jul 21, 2014. 5 Replies

Blogs are a good way for students to share their thoughts and get some writing practice. Would anyone be interested in discussing collaborative blogging in the classroom where a small group or team…Continue

Tags: english, group, collaboration, blog, microblog

Lullabies for Little Criminals?

Started by Edward Wilson Nov 10, 2011. 0 Replies

Hi! I'm a Secondary school english teacher in Montreal Canada and I'm using Heather O'Neil's award winning book Lullabies for Little Criminals for the first time in my class. Has anyone out there…Continue

Tags: Literature, English, School, High

The Monkey's Paw

Started by R Lagana. Last reply by R Lagana Sep 8, 2011. 2 Replies

Good morning,      I'm a teacher in Connecticut looking to connect with high school teachers interested in possibly using a story I've published as a companion work to “The Monkey’s Paw”. I’d like to…Continue

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Comment by Mary Grace Flowers on July 21, 2014 at 11:16am

I am a technology teacher and would love to explore how kids can create their own books.  Wondering if anyone can share a good site where the kids can write and illustrate all at once.  Just found through this group and I can see how that would be great but I need that additional illustration piece that goes along with the writing.  I know that I could use Googledocs to upload the pics and then they could write but was just looking for something that had templates for them to use.

Comment by Daniel Baker on October 4, 2011 at 12:36am

Some cool reading intervention ideas.

IEP4U.COM has over 4000  Goals and Objectives (IEP-ITP) each with changeable benchmarks. The Idea Statements are spread out over seven subjects (Domains) an... Teachers, parents and students can now access objectives directly from this Web Site. Input key words, phrases, or test names in the search engine to find just the correct objectives for your students needs. Copy and paste any information you want, then modify the objectives (examples) to exactly describe the needs of your students. The kid section will give your students personal input to write their own objectives (with your help) and to play some interesting games as well.

This information is is designed to help you with the daunting task of writing proper IEP's  The data within this web site was written to correlate with the unique characteristics of various formal assessments. Since assessment is essential for the development of the IEP, specific questions were evaluated and idea statements written based upon those questions. Searching the data for idea statements by assessment will enable teachers to plan lessons or web quests based upon how the student scored on the assessment.

Students can pick their own IEP using Pictures!


Comment by Kai-Michael Walther on February 10, 2011 at 6:19am

Hello Miriam,


I have been using Google Docs for the past two years and use it for peer editing. The way students do this is 'Share' the document with the one or two students who are to peer edit. The 'Share' setting needs to be 'Can Edit'. Once this is done, the students who are editors then read the essay. When they come across something that should be changed, they highlight the text, go to the 'Insert' tab and click on 'Comment'. This gives the editing student a text bubble to the side of the page where they can post their comments.

Comment by Abbey Dick on December 13, 2010 at 12:50pm

Google Apps is awesome!  I had 27 AP students updating a PowerPoint document all at the same time.  It's an excellent resource.

Comment by Michelle Blakely on September 27, 2010 at 3:09pm
Does anyone have resources to share on how to teach students to WRITE graphic novels?
Comment by Barbara O'Berry on September 25, 2010 at 7:22am
Our teachers are using google apps to have their students both peer edit and turn in their final drafts to the teacher. One teacher divides her students into small groups and they share their documents with each other and the teacher. During a class period the students not only add suggestions to their group's docs as well as verbally discuss concerns, but the teacher is able to monitor the editing and add comments as well. We have found that students are more actively engaged in the process and more readily make revisions in their own papers.
Comment by Melissa Minkin on September 24, 2010 at 11:37pm
My school also uses google apps. Last year my students built very basic websites and posted some of their powerpoint book reviews. I've also used email for book discussions - but it was not manageable. I'm still looking for an alternative for that. One of my favorite things about google apps is that it comes with a lot of storage space. So instead of kids using flash drives (expensive for my kids, too easy to lose), they can post their working documents (even if they're not google docs themselves) in their storage space and pull it down from a different location.
Comment by Mariam Raza on June 7, 2010 at 9:16pm
Yes, very true. Google docs is more private than wikis & ning. I like that your students have a school account through Google. They understand that anything that do with that account, whether collaborative writing though google docs or sending email it's a school address :)

On that note, how do you do peer editing using Google docs? I wanted my students to write and do peer editing before they turned their written work into me, but my class is very small -- 6 two years ago, and 5 last year -- my largest class was 10 students! So I want them to have their work edited by more than just their classmates -- since there may be only 1 advanced student, 1 remedial student, and the rest are in between. I don't know how such a small class could benefit each other's compositions. Is there a way to collaborate with students outside of school through google docs or any other application/website?
Comment by Michelle Blakely on June 6, 2010 at 3:37pm
Hi Miriam,

I'm fortunate in the sense that my whole district shifted to Google Apps, so all of my students have an address that includes the school name. I agree that it can be a little more tricky with students without this. I've heard of elementary school teachers grades 4-5 opening one account for a whole class to share and then creating folders for different students' work. Students would have the understanding that it is a class email account and all work should be class-related. In this manner, the whole class's work would be password protected with one class email log-in and password. I tend to like Google docs because it is more private than a class wiki/ning. What do other people think?
Best, Michelle
Comment by Mariam Raza on June 6, 2010 at 2:59pm
Thank you Michelle! I've looked into jing. I was planning on using it to create some tutorials on web 2.0 applications I found beneficial for the classroom. I haven't used it yet -- but I'm planning to. Google docs --
hmm...I'm not too crazy about using them for the classroom because the require a google account. I thought a more private, closed application would be appropriate for collaborative writing. What do you think...since you have experience using Google docs...?

PS: I added you on twitter so I can check out your resources! Thank you!

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