So, we have discussed active learning, literature circles, collaborative learning, and sharing.

And we have created a vehicle for sharing our instructions and collecting our students’ artifacts: our blogs. But we need to bring it all together. How can we have our students actively learning, collaborating and using online tools that call their attention?

Please access this document to add your ideas about how we can bring it all together. Remember that reflection is a very important part of this process. With reflection built into your lesson plans, you can help students build better study habits, critical thinking, and self-efficacy. When we turn around to see where we have been, where we are, and where we are going, many things fall into place.

Google Docs is a great way to bring it all together. It is an authentic learning opportunity at its best. Please find either a Powerpoint tutorial or a video tutorial about using Google Docs. Share what you learn in the Google Doc with a table in it.

Another non-threatening tool is to work with your students is to make great mind maps online. You can save them as a picture and add them to your picture collection. If you google, you can find tutorials in Spanish and English.

Things to do:
Before anything else, sign up for a Gmail account.
1. Discover Google Docs, Google Presentations and all it can do for you.
2. Discover, and create a mind map. Post it on your blog in a new post. Use it to brainstorm some ideas you can use int eh language lab.
3. Continue working on the teacher challenges to set up your blog.