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EdmodoCon is an online global event where educators from around the world connect with each other to share how they are using Edmodo and other digital tools to personalize learning. EdmodoCon will help you collaborate with other teachers, discover valuable new resources, and harness the power of edtech in your classroom. Continue reading

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Edmodo is a social learning network and secure microblogging platform where teachers and students can interact and collaborate online. It has an interface similar to Facebook, however it is much more secure since it is a closed network. Both teachers and students can share notes, links, files and resources with each other. In addition to this, teachers have the ability to post alerts, assignments, grades, reminders, conduct a poll and share events. Students have the ability to participate in online discussions on the message board, submit homework, view grades, and communicate with their teacher. Also, transmission is fast, and it saves paper (Jeff O’Hara – See more here). To hear more stories about using Edmodo in classrooms from all over the world, please register for EdmodoCon 2013 today. It is never too late to participate and share tweets using #edmodocon. Sessions are running now. Enjoy your time! If you can’t attend this conference, all the sessions are recorded and will be uploaded to the website soon.

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DigiTools: Week 5 … When Ends Change, …. New Beginnings Start

One of the most wonderful experiences that I have gained during these precious weeks is to make use of these tools in our curriculum. It takes time to devise a lesson plan that adapts one or two ideas or tools. However, I feel very so successful to achieve this aim. The current plan will adapt another lesson plan created by Haley Fishburn Moore. I liked its idea very much. How would the story have changed if Romeo had received the letter? It can develop my students’ creativity, critical thinking skills and how to look at things from different perspectives. This treasure includes not just a great idea, but a variety of amazing tools that help students to analyze and understand novels and plays. Among these tools are Story Map, Drama Map, Timeline, Plot Diagram, Venn Diagram, Comic Creator, and Stapleless Book. In addition to the printout materials, e.g., Plot Tree Worksheet, Ideas for “Happily Ever After” Presentations, Group Assessment, and Grading Rubric.
I will use the same idea, but with the use of other tools that we used during Week 5, e.g., Bighugelabs, and epubbud. In English textbooks for Egyptian secondary schools, there are a lot of narratives included. I will choose one of them and try to adapt Haley’s lesson plan.
Title
The Pearl – A Story of Greed
Materials Needed:
  1. Computers 
  2. Internet access
  3. The Pearl: A Story of Greed  (Copied by Me using epubbud)
  4. Plot Tree Worksheet  
  5. Grading Rubric
  6. Group Assessment
  7. Blank sheets & pencils
Digital Tools:
 
  1. Story Map
  2. Bighugelabs 
  3. epubbud
Class Level:
  • 12th Grade (Between 18 – 19 years old) advanced students.
Time Frame:
  • Two 50-minute classes
Lesson Objectives:
 
By the end of this lesson, students will:
  • read a story to get the main idea and the moral lesson behind it.
  • analyze a story ( … characters, setting, conflict, and resolution) using Story Map Tool.
  •  determine a turning point of a story.
  •  write a new happy end.  
  •  use Bighugelabs to create a cover to the new story.
  •  use epubbud to create the story using the new end.
  • share e-stories in their edmodo group. 
Steps:

  1. Divide the class into groups of three.
  2. Ask them to read the story (The Pearl: A Story of Greed) in their textbooks or read it online as I typed it using epubbud. The aim of the first reading is to get the main idea and the moral lesson behind it.
  3. Tell the students that they are going to read the story again to analyze its elements, e.g, characters, setting, plot, conflict, and resolution using Story Map Tool.
  4. Once they finish the analysis, ask them to print their products and present to their colleagues.
  5.  Using Plot Tree Worksheet, ask the students to determine a turning point of a story (e.g., Kino agrees to throw the Pearl away ….. ) and think of another happy end.
  6.  Ask them to work into groups and write their first draft using a blank sheet putting in mind the Grading Rubric criteria.
  7. After finishing their first draft, tell them to use Bighugelabs to create a cover to the new story and save it on their computer.
  8. Then, ask them to start creating their stories with the new ends using epubbud
  9. Once they finish their stories, ask the groups to share their e-stories in their edmodo class and give feedback to each other.
  10. Ask the students to complete the Group Assessment to check what they have done and how other group’s members work and cooperate while working together.
  11. Using edmodo, create a Poll so students can vote for the most wonderful e-story. Then, create badges for the Top 5 Winning groups.
I’m sure that my students will create amazing e-stories with happy ends. Of course, there are other tools involved in the lesson plan created by Haley Fishburn Moore. However, I don’t want to overwhelm my students with such variety. I think that two or three are enough in a lesson. This will help students focus more on the content not only the form. 

This is the last task of Digital Tools with Purpose in the Classroom e-course, but it is the first step towards my new journey. I feel that I have a big bag full of tools, experiences and more chances to innovate and create. I think that you will hear about another revolution in Egypt in the coming weeks …. but in Azhar’s Classes. I will try to pick up what is suitable for my students’ levels and learning styles. Last year, I amazed my students using wikis. This year will be more productive, interesting and various. Really, I can’t find words to thank all people responsible for such amazing chances to learn. You changed my life to a great extent. Now, I’m crazy a bout everything new in the field of teaching English as a foreign language. I can’t stop …. all the time I search for a new beginning …..!

 

Dear Teachers around the world, 

If you are interested in this e-course, here are our session online spaces:

 

  • Edmodo: main environment, message board for announcements and discussions.
    Group Code: 9m0oq6
  • Our Wiki: syllabus, weekly tasks, weekly discussion threads and tutorials.
  • Our Diigo Group: online social bookmarking space where we keep all the resources being shared by the group.
  • scoop.it visual content aggregation.
  • Recording of EVO Wrap-Up.

Last, but not Least

BIG THANK YOU FOR DIGITOOLS COMMUNITY

 
Dear My Moderators and Colleagues

Thank you for every moment you spent with me
Thank you for every experience you shared with me
Thank you for every tool you teach me
Thank you for every beginning you start with me
See you @ EVO 2013


DigiTools: Week 1 Reflection & Action Plan

I’m so happy this week because I tried a variety of tools. The most important step to me as  teacher is “HOW” not “WHAT”. Actually, this is the last task of this fabulous week. Here is what was required from us to do after experimenting and exploring some tools:

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This week you’ve come across:
Edmodo, Animoto, About.me, Flavors.me, and Prezi

  1. Think of how you could use one of these tools with your students.
  2. Add your ideas to your own digital portfolio (Consider language goals, digital tool to be used, time frame, steps).
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What a surprise for my students!

I’m sure that they will be very happy with all these tools. We will start the next term with a revolution in our classroom. All these tools are fantastic and can break boredom and demotivation inside our traditional classrooms. However, it takes a lot of time and effort to make use of them in a beneficial way. I think that integrating technology doesn’t mean the overwhelming use of it in all areas of the syllabus. If we do this, we will turn away from the true meaning of integrating technology. That’s why I took a day to accomplish this sub-task.

My Action Plan:

Grade Level: 11th

Language Objectives:

By the end of this lesson, students will:

  1. learn about the parts of autobiography.
  2. write autobiographies.

Materials Needed:

  1. Computers
  2. Internet Access
  3. Projector
  4. “How to write an autobiography” sheet
  5. or a graphic organizer of an autobiography.

Digital Tools to be used:

  1. Animoto
  2. About.me
  3. Edmodo

Time Frame: 50 min.

Steps:

Pre-Task (15 min):

  1. This lesson will be carried out after training my students on how to use About.me and Edmodo.
  2. I tell my students that they are going to write their autobiographies.
  3. I ask them to look at the sheet of (How to Write an autobiography) and discuss with them the parts of autobiography. 
  4. I tell them that they are going to create their autobiographies using about.me.
  5. I present the Animoto that I have prepared with the help of about.me blog’s pictures http://blog.about.me/. It includes some models of About.me pages.

Here is my Animoto

During Task (25 min):
  1. I ask each student to start creating his/her about.me page.
  2. They can use their own photos or pictures from www.google.com that suit them.
  3. Once they finish creating their about.me pages, I ask each pair to see each other about.me pages and give feedback.
  4. I ask them to share their autobiographies in our Edmodo class.
Post-Task (10 min):
  1. Students go to our Edmodo class to visit their peers’ about.me pages and leave comments to them.
  2.  I ask students to visit the Poll that I created to vote for the most wonderful about.me pages.
  3. I will use our Edmodo website to create badges for the winners (Top 5 Winners).
As you see, I can’t use just one tool. I mixed three of them in the same lesson. This will match my students’ learning styles and intelligences. This doesn’t mean that I overwhelm my students with a lot of tools without a goal in mind. Don’t forget to use the tool in a beneficial way!
This is my lesson plan. I hope you like it.
Waiting for your comments and suggestions!