She referenced a bunch of websites, especially for comic making. I have added all of them to the Tools for the Classroom links on this page, but I haven’t tried to use any of them.
I haven’t had time to do a Lit Circle, but I modified her activity into a Reading Strategies Jigsaw Activity to use with any chapter of a core reading book. I created groups of four students and gave each one a Task. Then Task groups met to review their directions and begin their assignment together. Students finished the assignment as homework if they didn’t finish with their group, and the following day presented their Tasks to their original group.
They then posted their completed assignments on Edmodo, and each student was required to comment on another student’s Task (not someone who did their own task or anyone in their own group) using PQP– Praise (what was good about it), Question (what do you not understand or wonder now), Polish (what would make this assignment stronger). This took about 20 minutes of two separate days.
I now post my agenda for the day on a blog, and on edline I have posted a link to these blogs on every single day. Students at home or at school can see what we’re doing in class and their homework anytime during the day, and there’s no excuse for not knowing what we did if there was an absence. I am very specific with directions (turn this in to ebackpack, Mockingbird Essay folder)– it takes a little bit of time, but the information is there permanently and kids can do it from home. This has saved me with parents who say their kids are confused and don’t know what to do.
I am able to link websites and dropbox documents directly to the blog, so I am no longer putting documents in Ebackpack. If I modify a document, I don’t have to delete it and re-upload it to Ebackpack– the link to dropbox remains the same. All documents can be accessed on the iPad and downloaded to Pages or Notability. I also link to audiobooks I have in dropbox so kids can listen to a specific chapter of a book without giving them access to the entire book.
If my lesson plan changes because we don’t get to something or I need to re-adjust according to student learning needs, I can easily modify the Agenda within a few seconds. I keep the day’s agenda open and ready to edit on my desktop and change and update/publish as needed. When I make a mistake– like linking to a Word document instead of a PDF (happens all the time)– I go to my computer, with a few clicks update the link, have the kids refresh the page, and the new link is there. If I don’t get two a whole activity, I can cut and paste it from yesterday to today with the links intact, or copy it if it’s a two day activity.
I also link to digital tests this way. I can password protect a test and change the password throughout the day, or close and re-open the test as needed.
I am beta-testing my Journalism students on Digital Portfolios. They are currently working on a record and reflection of all that they’ve learned and accomplished this year, and I will have them share their site with each other and me by linking it on Edmodo. They are works in progress.
My digital directions to students: www.mbmsjournalismportfolio.weebly.com
Check out this student’s Writing Autobiography on the home page: http://sophiajournalism.weebly.com/
Check out this student’s Articles Page, with her first draft, final draft, and a reflection about each piece.
One more: www.lizzyjournalism.weebly.com