Friday, April 22, 2011

It is time to Travel.... The Assignment

The Internet can be a very valuable source to all people, particularly when they need to get information quickly and successfully. Traveling on the Internet can be just as enjoyable for cyber surfers as it is for tourists. Not all people have the resources to travel, so the Internet offers an opportunity that they may not otherwise be given.
·        By completing this WebQuest, you will
o   cooperate  with your peers
o  gain knowledge
o   learn about your selected destination and 
-gain technological skills
o   create electronic products, and
·         -improve your persuasive writing skills
·        and incorporate collected material for an Oral Presentation

Travel Brochure / Oral Presentation
You will complete the following WebQuest on the Internet at the following address: 

Each group member will be given an individual grade as well as a group grade (if working in a group).
Group members will be graded individually based on:
  • the fulfillment of his/her job - Role
  • the quality of material included in the brochure
  • the content, organization, and mechanics of the persuasive writing
  • the creativity executed to complete the work
  • the neatness exhibited in the final product
Grades will be based on:
  • the overall appearance of the final products
  • the collaborative effort exhibited to complete each of the projects
  • the fulfillment of the project criteria 

 Each Individual (or Your Group) will produce:
  • One Digital Presentation -Choose one from the following: (all will be posted in Bb)
    • Power Point Presentation of 10 slides (5 words per slide) (Rubric on Bb)
    • Animoto 
    • Prezi
    • Glogster (
  • One Paper Brochure with Color Pictures (Rubric on Bb)
  • One Wordle Poster (
  • One Oral Presentation of no more than 5 minutes (Rubric on Bb)
  • Each person in your group must speak during the Oral Presentation

8/365: Traveling the world...


Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Passport by seantoyer
Passport, a photo by seantoyer on Flickr.
American Passport


  • So, where to? What is the adventure? 
  • How to get there? 
  • What does it look like? 
  • What to do?
  • What sights to see?
  • What sites to visit?
  • What will the temperature be?
  • What are the people like? What is their language and culture?
  • What to eat and drink?

Thursday, March 17, 2011

NOT A PART OF THE "QUEST" .....Coulda -Woulda -Shoulda...Said ...

You know how it is..
You write something, you hit the send button, and then too late, you realize either you could have said it in a more clear manner; you would have said it more succinctly; or maybe should not have even said it or hit the 'send' button at all!
With Twitter, or Tweeting, part of the allure is that it is rapid-fire... -just get the idea out of your head and onto the canvas -or cyberspace. Get the message out there! For "noobs" (Newbies -for those less in tune with the popular culture vernacular) -posting ANYTHING without thinking carefully and rewriting is very scary. The printed word is necessarily a measure of intelligence -preserved forever -for the world to see. Godforbid there be any grammar, punctuation or -horror of horrors... spelling errors! -And for second or third language students... this anxiety is augmented exponentially.
To the rescue... a low risk and fun activity that incorporates some research -a library activity; and use of the computer for image search.
An accompanying activity could be to make a timeline that students use to locate their figure or Tweet (fake) in history. Hurrah... embedded content in the Composition Classroom.... The premise is to write and post fake tweets for an historical figure. It’s pretty simple, enter a fake twitter handle (be creative), their real name (used to pluck the images from somewhere), the tweet they might have said (use #hashtags! @people! links!), and the date to put on the tweet. Here is a link to my friend Cogdog -real name Alan Levine -and some examples that he has made... He has mad skilz.. -And here is the link to the website to make the 'fake' tweets: Class Tools