Oui, Oui, Oui, C’est presque fini…

For the final project I worked with French teacher Hannah Kingsley and my tech coordinator friend in Florida, Breyn Fish.  Hannah plans to teach this unit in the Spring and I will help integrate the technology.  My friend Breyn will share out this unit with the Foreign Language teachers at her school.  I speak French so I am excited that I get to integrate technology into a French class.  Here is my favorite french clip on YouTube.  Thank you Hannah for showing me this. Hannah’s original plan was to have student make travel brochures of french speaking regions.  I suggested that we have the students do travel websites to make it more techy.  There are tons of resources on the web for students to use to make their own “free” websites.  Some of my favorite tools are Weebly and Google sites.  But seriously, there are tons of tools out there.  Click here for some more.  I like students to try out different tools when doing the same project; not only does this allow for project diversity, students can help you find the best tools out there. In our unit, students work collaboratively in groups to create a website that has information and images that are cited properly.  We pose the question “Why should you cite your sources when using pictures from the Internet?”  Attributing the creator is a big 21st century issue that involves both the law and morality.  Like I’ve said before it’s just not cool to steal other people’s work and pass it off as your own. The unit also has students working collaboratively to gather resources that are posted to a Diigo group.  For more information on Diigo check out my last post, the Diigo Ate my Baby.   Breyn suggested that the kids also save photo resources this way, so student can attribute them properly when creating the website. At the end of this unit, students will reflect upon their work in their E-Portfolio.  We would ask them to write what worked well and what we should improve in the lesson.  From their reflections and our experience, we can further tweak the unit. As I end this final post for the year, I want to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my readers and Dana, our wonderful instructor.  Becoming a mom, doing COETAIL to get my masters, going back to work, and recently becoming and APD training has been a challenge, but I’ve learned a lot and got to work with so many wonderful teachers at my school that are doing COETAIL too.  See you in the New Year.  Sri Lanka here I come!!!!!

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The Diigo Ate my Baby

Don’t worry, my baby’s okay.  I’m just sitting in a meeting right now and Kevin, our tech director is doing a presentation on Diigo.  His first slide was the Diigo ate my Baby, and I thought it was hillarious.   Since I already know and use Diigo, why not share it on here.  It’s an amazing tool that helps you save, annotate, organize, share links on the web.

Hyperlinks make the Internet the amazing tool that it is.  The Intenet wouldn’t exisit without links,; hyperlinks make it the World Wide Web.  Diigo is a great tool to keep all these links organized so you can find them in the future.

Amazing Diigo Features

  • Highlight websites and it saves what you highlight
  • Take notes with Sticky Notes, these too are saves when you access the page again
  • Bookmark and save the pages you go to, add tags to keep them all organized

“Each bookmark you save will give you the direct URL, any tags you have added, when the bookmark was added, how many other Diigo users have bookmarked that page, the notes and highlights you made, and a link to the cached image.” -Tyler Manolovitz

  • Search your bookmarks or others public bookmarks.  This is a wonderful way to find new resources for the classroom
  • Collaborate with others by using the sharing and groups features.

Check out this great resource by Tyler Manolovitz that tells more about all these features.

Using Diigo in the Classroom

Students and teachers can use Diigo as a resource, but why not use it in lessons.  Using it as part of a lesson gets the students using all the different collaborating features and really teaches them how to use this wonderful tool.  Here are a couple links to cool lessons based around this tool.

I know there is a movie about a dingo who ate a baby, but I was curious to see where this originated.  Click here to learn about the real story of the “The Dingo who Ate the Baby.”  Poor baby and parents.

Bad Dingo
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