Re:Partner for Project ?
- Hi, Jane, Nina, Sasha, Ronaldo and Alicia,
Thanks a lot for your responses, we could all give our students the
chance to get together in a common, worldwide project which we could
build up around common topics on, say, "Cultural Differences",
or "Traditional Customs in your Country: Celebrations and Festivals",
for example, which would enrich their knowledge and at the same time,
allow them to communicate meaningfully in engaging situations.
Vance has opened up a moodle at
and I believe it could be a good starting point for a joint project
with students who can already communicate safely in English. At the
same time, we, teachers, could profit from the experience by learning
and experimenting with RSS, and help each other get to know about
Aggregation and Syndication, "a real important technology that
information specialists and educators would be well advised to
harness sooner rather than later..."
First of all we need to show our students the importance of "going
online", reaching an audience, using English in authentic situations
with other students of the language, etc. And helping them start
their own blogs. We will all then be ready to start sharing each
other's blog by opening an account in Bloglines and start subscribing
to those blogs our students find most interesting.
My class blog is at http://caeb2007.podomatic.com/, but you can
choose Podomatic or any other blog host you like (BTW,if you want to
visit mine and leave a comment, my students and I will appreciate
Vance suggests several good sources for info on RSS, the one I find
very easy to follow is http://www.weblogg-ed.com/wp-
We could also get together at the wiki for queries or suggestions, at
http://writingmatrix.wikispaces.com/, where you'll find more details
on the project.
I'd love to hear your comments,
- Hi, Rita! I'm Doris from Venezuela. My students are finishing their
trimester in two weeks. Their final project is to showcase their work
during the semester in a blog. I'd be great if students from the world
could drop by and leave a message. We are also starting a new trimester
in three weeks. I'm planning to have my students open their blogs from
the begining so we could participate in this project with you guys! Hope
we can learn, share and have lots of F.U.N together.
Right now I have 13 groups... they are basic and low intermediate
students from Universidad Dr. Rafael Belloso Chacin
<http://www.urbe.edu/> in Maracaibo. I think next trimester I'll have
the same number of groups.
Here you can visit our class blog "Doris3m Efl Center
Looking forward to working together! A warm hug and keep on shining!
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Maybe we can collaborate in the fall semester. I am not sure yet
which class I will be teaching, but it may be the same (fairly)
advanced semi-intensive class (students already enrolled in some
credit classes at UMD). I have not had much luck getting them to buy
into the blog thing this semester, but maybe if there were a
colaborative element the next group might be better. Let's talk!
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>other parts of the world. Our session is beginning to wind down--we
> Rita (or anyone else),
> My students would love to have some comments from students in
finish in mid-May, but the schedule is pretty tight from now until the
end. My students are college age (18 and up). In my low-intermediate
group the blogging project has revolved around a TV journal where the
students choose a TV show and write summaries, reactions, etc to the
show. This project has worked very well--you will find links to the
individual students' blogs in the right sidebar (there are two groups
for Winter 2007, one in Longueuil and the other at ENA, the
aeronautical campus); I put their first names and the TV show they chose:
> http://www.englishcedblog.blogspot.com/(a Canadian weekly) as a springboard for discussions. Students have
> With my advanced students, we have been using Maclean's magazine
had formal assignments to turn it, but I have encouraged them to use
the blog to share some of their reflections. I always include a link
to the specific articles in my post, so it's possible for outsiders to
read the article they are responding to. Again there are two groups
for Winter 2007 from the two campuses:
> http://www.englishcefblog.blogspot.com/project with students around the world for next fall if anyone is
> Rita, or anyone else, I'd love to plan a truly collaborative
> Ask a question on any topic and get answers from real people. Go to
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