Friday, July 30, 2010

Grow me some answers in the Answer Garden !

What has been happening in the library?... at

Looking for answers? Grow Some

 -a minimal tool for maximum feedback.

Answer Garden is a fun way for students to brainstorm, plan, and work together.

In the primary classroom teachers can type in a phoneme combination and have students submit words that fit the phoneme rule.  
Teachers can ask open-ended thinking questions on their classroom blog or website for students to answers.

In the library an interesting use of  Answer Garden would be during reading as a place for students to reflect on different characters, plots, settings, and themes from different modes of stories. 

Use Answer Garden to conduct a classroom survey.  

In HSIE studies  Answer Garden that gives students a place that they can write descriptions of  a place they are learning about.  

In history, give students a date range, event, or historical figure and let them add words to the Answer Garden that describe.

Student of the Week:
Teachers can create an answer garden to recognize  students in your classroom where each class member can suggest a character quality that they like about that student.

Since I have been away from my school library for a long time I am going to use an answer garden to find out what has been happening in my absence.

I discovered this gem here and have adapted some of the ideas.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Best Web 2.0 Tutorials for teachers

One of the best resources on the web for web2.0 Technologies is the commoncraft show. Lee LeFever's produces "In Plain English". There product is all about explanation.

* Twitter
* Photosharing
* Bookmarking-plain-english
* Social-networking
* Wikis-plain-english
* Blogs
* Googledocs
* Mylocation
* Wetpaint
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