An African proverb says, “The best time to plant a tree is yesterday, the next best time is today”, that’s a good reminder that now might be a good time to reflect on which first semester activities worked , which ones didn’t, and how can we “tweak” those that didn’t. First semester began with some new ideas learned at the summer Social Media Workshop put on by LARC (Language Acquisition and Resource Center) at San Diego State University. Ideas were presented, explained, and modeled. My first step was to decide which “tools” would work best for my situation. I may have over planned on this one. The plan was to use the following sites for class projects: Storybird, Google Maps, Wallwisher, CAST, Tumblr, Today’s Meet, You Tube, and Vocaroo. The following is quick summary of where we are today:
What worked? Why did it work? What were the problem areas?
You will notice that some of the websites listed in the beginning are not listed in the summary, that’s because those still need some “tweaking”. Your ideas, comments, or questions for me or anyone in the group are appreciated. Hope everyone has a great second semester!
I love the proverb that you mention at the beginning of your post. Such a great roundup of tools to try too. I didn't know of Vocaroo, but now I'm going to look into it.
When you use so many different tools (all at different sites), do you have any trouble with the different logins and multiple places to go? I'm always curious about how the process works for other teachers.
Thanks, that was a tweet from someone on my twitter page. If the question is about my log in to all of the places the answer is no, I have a system that works for me. As for the students, Google Maps is the only site where students need their own log in. For Vocaroo, and Wallwisher they only need the website. For Storybird a password was generated so that individual students could use my account. At the beginning of each unit students are given a calendar for all of the classwork, homework, tests, and quizzes. At the top of the calendar all the websites are listed as well as the email to send work to Tumblr. Also, I don't use every website for every class level. This semester I may switch some sites so that different levels use different sites and hopefully all of the "bugs" from first semester have been worked out. In March I will be presenting this entire project at the California Language Teacher's Association Conference in Orange County. When the Prezi or PowerPoint is ready I'll post it here in Docentes.