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Matt Johnston

Teaching with Technology in the Middle: Glogging into the School Year with Mixed Media ... - 0 views

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    Middle school tech integration
Matt Johnston

6-Traits Resources: Writing Process / 6-Traits / Web 2.0 - 0 views

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    6 traits poster.
Matt Johnston

Teaching with Technology in the Middle: Diigo for Digital Writing Reflection - 0 views

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    "Assessment of how students meet these goals is done by the students themselves, as for each piece they publish they write a reflection where they identify and explain aspects of their piece that show the following:

    -evidence of themselves as thinkers
    -evidence of using revision to improve their writing
    -evidence of how they worked through challenges

    I love using this method as a way to assess my students' writing, which I was introduced to last summer at the UNC Charlotte Writing Project. It focuses students attention on their own process, encourages them to try new ideas and approaches, respects their diversity, and guides students in being better able to talk about their own thinking and learning.

    Up until today, I've been having my students complete this reflective/metacognitive assignment by responding to these directions on their own sheet of paper, which they then would turn in to me.

    But this morning while I was preparing my class for the day, it occurred to me that Diigo's web highlighter and sticky note tools would allow students to carry out that same assignment without paper. In addition, it would also take students less time to complete, let others read the reflections they wrote, and make it easier for me to access and assess their work. "
Matt Johnston

Google For Educators - 0 views

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    Revision is a critical piece of the writing process-and of your classroom curriculum. Now, Google Docs has partnered with Weekly Reader's Writing for Teens magazine to help you teach it in a meaningful and practical way.

    The sharing features of Google Docs enable you and your students to decide exactly who can access and edit documents. You'll find that Google Docs helps promote group work and peer editing skills, and that it helps to fulfill the stated goal of The National Council of Teachers of English, which espouses writing as a process and encourages multiple revisions and peer editing.

    On this page, you will find several reproducible PDF articles from Writing magazine filled with student-friendly tips and techniques for revision. You'll also find a teacher's guide that provides you with ideas for how to use these materials with Google Docs to create innovative lesson plans about revision for your classroom.
Matt Johnston

Homepage - ReadWriteThink - 0 views

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    A big supply of resources for the language teacher...English that is!
Matt Johnston

Langwitches Blog » Blogging -Connecting Your Class to The World - 0 views

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    "Gone are the days, when you had to learn HTML code, know how to upload via FTP (File Transfer Protocol) and create images in Photoshop in order to design a website.

    Nowadays, you can use a blog (platform) as an easy tool to create and update a website. Choose from thousands of template themes available online (for free) to have a well designed and good looking presence on the web.

    A blog platform makes it easy to update your classroom website by simply uploading one post after another."
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    Gone are the days, when you had to learn HTML code, know how to upload via FTP (File Transfer Protocol) and create images in Photoshop in order to design a website.

    Nowadays, you can use a blog (platform) as an easy tool to create and update a website. Choose from thousands of template themes available online (for free) to have a well designed and good looking presence on the web.

    A blog platform makes it easy to update your classroom website by simply uploading one post after another.
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