As future teachers, you should know . . .


The creators of this video, Karl Fisch and Scott McLeod are excellent bloggers to follow in your Google Reader
You can also see what Karl Fisch is bookmarking Delicious or what he's bookmarking on Diigo

As future English teachers, you should consider joining these communities . . .

The English Companion Ning
The English Companion Diigo Group

Technology is changing the way we read and write . . .

Scan This Book! by Kevin Kelly

The Machine is Us/ing Us by Michael Wesch



Here are some tools that can be helpful at various stages of the writing process.

Based on the writing process and Six Traits Writing

Prewriting

Generating Ideas - mind mapping tools

Bubbl.us
MAPMYself (Mapul)

Exploratree
MindMeister

ReadWriteThink Webbing Tool
ReadWriteThink Story Map

Narrowing down a topic

Google Wonder Wheel



Drafting

Capturing Ideas - drawing and voice recording tools

Odosketch
Vocaroo

Sketchcast

Sequencing - Comic Strip Creators

ReadWriteThink Comic Creator
Bitstrips for schools

Bitstrips for Schools from Bitstrips on Vimeo.


Pixton: Click-N-Drag Comics


Collaborative Writing

TypeWith.me


Wikis (see Wikispaces for Educators and PBworks in Education )



Google Docs



Revision

Word Choice - Specificity

TagGalaxy

Google Image Search: Options and Similar Images



Word Choice - Variety

Visual Thesaurus

Wordle



Editing

Grammar

Grammar Girl
Brain Pop: English

Vocabulary

Free Rice
AidToChildren

Publishing

Blogs



GlogsterEDU


(Here's a Glog I created to Celebrate National Poetry Month)

Prezi - their EduEnjoy license is free


VoiceThread - See examples in the Digital Library


Additional Resources


Many of these tools demonstrate the power of visual literacy in relation to oral and print literacies.
Texting is a language that uses visual, auditory, AND textual cues to communicate.
Here's a TED Talk that demonstrates this well.


The additional Google features I showed you were Google Translate and the "similar" results button or "related:term" search.

The educator social networks I recommended are Classroom 2.0 and English Companion Ning.
They also have social bookmarking groups on Diigo - Classroom 2.0 & English Companion.

For online reading groups, I recommend GoodReads and LibraryThing.

Someone asked for advice on blogging with students.
Two good options are Blogger and Edublogs.
For examples of other educators using blogs, see Links to School Bloggers and The Edublog Awards.

During our time together, I briefly described the NetGenEd Project my 21cGL students and I participated in last spring, and I mentioned "augmented reality."
As promised, here's an explanation of augmented reality from Common Craft and a TED Talk demo. Below you will also find videos about augmented reality created by two of my students.


Note: If you like Common Craft, you might also like these other visual explanation companies.



Flat Classroom Project by Alix Rowe

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Augmented Reality Collaboration by Zane T. Rushing

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