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Entries Tagged as 'CyberEnglish'

The value of choice in student engagement

October 7th, 2011 · 2 Comments · CyberEnglish, Improving Education, The Art of Teaching

Preface I was not a teacher when my children were young, and to be honest, I didn’t think about education and learning much. I was just trying to be a good mom. But now, as a 21 year high school English teacher veteran and as a grandmother fascinated by how children learn, I will often […]

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Education Week article focuses on digital English classes

June 16th, 2011 · Comments Off on Education Week article focuses on digital English classes · CyberEnglish, Digital Spaces, Improving Education, Technology and Education

Katie Ash’s article, Language Arts Educators Balance Text-Only Tactics With Multi-Media Skills, includes my views about CyberEnglish. I’m in some outstanding company here. Worth reading for English teachers!

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Why I don’t love Moodle

January 26th, 2011 · 4 Comments · CyberEnglish, Technology and Education, web 2.0 tools

A recent comment I made in Twitter about not loving Moodle prompted this post. My explanation needs more than 140 characters. First, a bit about my Cyber English background: in 2001, freshmen at SFHS began creating their own websites, stored on a school web server. On these creative, individual, wonderful sites, they published their writing, writing […]

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A new look at something old

October 21st, 2010 · Comments Off on A new look at something old · CyberEnglish

This wordle comes from this old post. I liked how it turned out. I created this for a presentation I’m doing Saturday for IATE, Illinois Association of Teachers of English. More on that later.

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No longer in the company of strangers

October 18th, 2010 · 1 Comment · CyberEnglish, Technology and Education

As a techie and an English nerd, I have often felt out of place, even alienated in most social situations. Ordinary people seem to have a fear that I will be correcting their grammar, which is nonsense, at least in the sense that I would tell them to their face. Humor! Seriously, when I’m off […]

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Diigo 5.0 looks great for teachers and students

July 6th, 2010 · Comments Off on Diigo 5.0 looks great for teachers and students · CyberEnglish, Technology and Education, Techo Zone

Gathering, assessing, and sharing information has never been easier. Teachers who teach using online texts can also teach active reading through text annotations. I loved Diigo before, but it’s even better now. Diigo V5: Collect and Highlight, Then Remember! from diigobuzz on Vimeo.

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Don't get blogged down

May 6th, 2010 · 1 Comment · CyberEnglish, Technology and Education

Or in other words, teachers cannot become complacent with their current knowledge of Web technology and tools. We must stay in touch with changes, always viewing them with our curriculum and pedagogy in mind. With this new Semantic Web, or Web 3.0, we must ask what it means to us. If we stay nested in […]

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Procrastination

May 3rd, 2010 · Comments Off on Procrastination · CyberEnglish, School in general

I think sometimes a clever word can make a concept popular. It seems that since the word “procrastination” is a bit fun to say that we attribute an equal sense of fun to the idea itself. In addition, it is human nature to put off until tomorrow (or until some undefined time in the future) […]

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A Time to Reflect

February 7th, 2010 · Comments Off on A Time to Reflect · blogging, CyberEnglish

An annual assignment in CyberEnglish9 is to write a self-reflection. Students are asked about what they liked, didn’t like, learned, etc. in first semester English. These reflections are not published because we want students to be open and honest, which they might not wish to do on their blogs. As a teacher, I like to […]

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Embracing a new paradigm

February 6th, 2010 · 1 Comment · CyberEnglish, Technology and Education, The Art of Teaching

In his post Practical Theory, Ted Nellen describes what happened to him as he moved from a paper and pen classroom to a computer classroom: Everything had changed from a teacher dominated room to a student dominated room. Differentiated instruction became the rule, not the exception. Lessons became projects not daily lessons. Students were much […]

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