Archive for July 2007

Random Stuff I Feel Like Sharing…

July 11, 2007

So, I am getting ready to watch one of my new favorite TV shows, Traveler, and I thought I would take a few minutes to share some random (but cool) things I have come across in the last couple of weeks.

So here goes…

First of all, I have finally decided to drop Netvibes and give Google Reader a try as my aggregator. I am enjoying it so far. I can’t say there was a big reason for the change – just that I changed to a Gmail account and decided to move everything over there.

One of my fellow teachers sent me this article from Edutopia the other day and I liked it, so I thought I would pass it along to you. Another one of my colleagues sent me this link to an amazing list of Web2.0 resources ranging from calendars to resources for collaborative note taking and studying… it is worth looking at.

And finally, I thought I would highlight a couple of outstanding videos I came across on Ted Talks recently. They are pretty impressive… give them a watch.

Shelfari

July 11, 2007

I looked at Shelfari awhile back, but didn’t do anything with it and forgot about it until my husband showed it to me again last week.  I also noticed that my English department head has it listed as a resource in our Blackboard course, so I thought I would revisit it.  So, I have been building my bookshelf and thinking about how I might be able to use Shelfari with my students this school year.

Here are my initial thoughts:

  • In general, I think it would be great for teachers to create a site and share it with their students simply so students can see what their teachers read and teachers can set a good example by modeling reading.
  • I can set up a group for my students so they can rate and discuss the books we read in class (and the books they read outside of class). They can also recommend books to each other and hopefully help foster the love of reading.
  • Teachers, administrators, teams, etc. can use the site when we participate in book discussions.
  • Students and teachers can use it as a type of reading journal to keep track of the books they read and what they liked/disliked about each one.

I am not sure the site is anything I will use for a “grade.”  I am thinking I might just share it with my students and encourage them to use it.  I know not all of my students will enjoy the site, but there are always students each year who love to read, so this site will be fun for them and it might help make reading a little more interactive and enjoyable for students who don’t always enjoy reading.

If you use Shelfari, you are welcome to add me as a friend (astevens) so we can share thoughts on the books we read.  I would also love to hear any thoughts you have on applications for Shelfari in the classroom.

Have a great day!