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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Teacher Uses Web 2.0 Tools to Manage AP English Assignments

Andrew Marcinek, a high-school teacher is using Google, wikispaces, blogs and other tools to help track the progress of his Advanced Placement English students as they read a novel (1 Dead in Attic by Chris Rose), answer questions and keep a journal over the summer. In his blog post, Marcinek writes that he had his students create blogs on the Wikispace, and he was able to post assignments onto the wiki using Google Calendar. Students respond to the assignments on their blogs. Edutopia.org/Andrew Marcinek's blog (7/26) 

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  • Google Voice 
  • Google Calendar 
  • Blogger 
  • Wikispaces Process

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Interactive lecture: How to Engage Students and Deepen Comprehension

Harvey F. Silver and Matthew J. Perini, joint authors of best-selling books on education, have recently developed a new Strategic Teacher PLC Guide focused on the Interactive Lecture. Their latest professional-development tool teaches educators how to improve their students' abilities to think actively about the content of a lecture and lock the critical information in their memories. It explores how teachers can plan and evaluate lessons, as well as review and utilize the student work that results.