I am good at asking questions. I’m sure a lot of you are, too. And for most of my teaching career, I’ve actually defined my job as asking questions of my students: questions lead to connections, to critical thinking, to closer examination of one’s own ideas. Over the last year or so, though, I’ve come […]
Preparing for a Professional Development session this month, I’ve been compiling ways I’ve used Google+ Community discussions in my high school English classes. Below are my top seven uses. If you have additional suggestions, I would love to hear them and pass them along, as well.
Synchrony. We’ve all seen it as educators. Oftentimes, it is the “Aha!” moment when a particular concept clicks with a student. Increasingly, though, I find that moment occurring in my classroom when students are able to make connections among texts – and between various types of media. Perhaps that’s the result of our students’ increasingly […]
In my class this year, we’ve tried a variety of online discussion and collaboration: Google Docs, Today’s Meet and Collaborize. With this initial foray into a true social media tool using a classroom Google+ Community, I was pleased to see that students’ comments seemed more immediate and more personal than in a purely academic or […]