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Google Wave in the English classroom

Googlewave is an incredible addition to the repetoire of an English teacher. As an eager recipient of the invitation to wave, I have sought to find ways to incorporate wave into our daily classroom and homework experiences. Teaching in a charter comes with its own delights and dilemmas. The students at our school live within a 45 minute radius of the school. The students already voraciously use social media in their private social lives. Googlewave puts their school work and social lives on a the same platform. They can simultaneously socially network and complete schoolwork. Students can easily ask both each other and the teacher questions of both private and public origins.

To date, my English classes have taken collaborative notes, analyzed texts, published poetry, commented on others work and taken meetings and collaborative group projects. They are inspired by the googlewave platform and eager to stay on top of the wave.
Suzanne Rogers
suzieswimz@googlewave.com
12/8/09

December 14, 2009

I've been learning from my PLN about using Wordle to analyze essays. What a neat idea! I tried it out myself with a This I Believeessay. I simply pasted the essay in Wordle and created a word cloud.
http://thisibelieve.org/essay/5561/
https://wave.googleusercontent.com/wave/thumbnail/Screen%20shot%202009-12-13%20at%209.45.16%20AM_thumb.png?id=p_bq5Kc82&key=AH0qf5y1XvCio5WUD-hXD2GUUTO9ZBqhFA

My AP Lang students will be writing their This I Believe essays this week. They will post their wordle into the class wave for comments by other students. Ideally, the wordle will fairly fully present the main idea of their essay. I've enjoyed using googlewave with my classes. It opens another avenue of communication between students and teachers. They will ask questions on the wave that they wouldn't ask in class or take the time to write an email. I can answer their question and then delete it from the wave if it is not pertinent to the task at hand.

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At 5:34am on December 8, 2009, Shelly Terrell said…
Thank you for adding me to the class wave! You are doing exciting things! Will you be blogging about this experience?
At 10:46am on December 3, 2009, Shelly Terrell said…
Can you add me to your class thread? I would love to see how a class uses Wave!
At 12:58am on November 26, 2009, Thomas Whitby said…
Thanks for continuing our discussion
At 12:57am on November 26, 2009, Thomas Whitby said…
At 12:29am on November 16, 2009, Thomas Whitby said…
Just thought that I would point out that there is a discussion on Tenure in the forum Page of this site. I do not want to belabor the point. I suggest it only if you have an interest.Thanks
Tom
At 12:01am on November 12, 2009, Thomas Whitby said…
Suzanne
The purpose of this site is to share and collaborate. Everything on this site can be used for you and your students.Take what you need and contribute whatv you can.
 
 
 

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