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Welcome to our course! Please contact me if you have any questions or problems:
Deborah Healey, dhealey AT uoregon DOT edu
You can read more about me on my website, http://www.uoregon.edu/~dhealey/personal.html
I am usually on email between 9am and 9pm Monday through Friday, and occasionally on Saturday and Sunday. Oregon is about 14 hours behind Bangkok, so I’ll do my best to respond to you as soon as possible.
- Using the content and activities in this course, English teachers will work with science teachers to develop specific ways to use tsunami- and other disaster-related content in their own settings.
- Course participants will use online discussion forums to share ideas each week.
- Participants will improve their English language skills, particularly reading and writing, by interacting with the course instructor and each other in English in discussion forums.
- Starting in Week 6, participants will create and add to an e-portfolio with the work that they do during the course.
Participants will contribute to the discussion with at least two posts each week.
Participants will participate in weekly tasks (that they discuss) and add to an e-portfolio.
Participants will share ideas in a respectful way where we appreciate each other’s contributions.
The deadline for each week’s activities is Monday of the following week.
Introduction to the course – look in your email for information about Nicenet. Contact Deborah if you do not have that message.
Needs analysis – look for the link in your email.
Nicenet discussion topic: What would you like to focus on in this course? Make sure you post your ideas and comment on at least one other person’s idea. For example, you can say if you agree with someone else’s idea and why.
WebQuest: “The Moving Earth”
Read about WebQuests at http://zunal.com/xhelp.php
Nicenet discussion topics: How could you use this information in an English class? How about a science class? How would it be different? Because each person and each setting is different, you will probably have some different ideas about what you could or could not do with this activity.
Lesson Plan Activity: Add English Easily – Sorting activities using magazine pictures (jigsaw puzzle, grouping, categorizing, brainstorming, etc.).
Read about rubrics for assessment at http://edtech.kennesaw.edu/intech/rubrics.htm and create your own rubric at Rubistar, http://rubistar.4teachers.org/
Nicenet discussion topics: How would you adapt this lesson for your students? What additional activities could you do with it? What kind of rubric could you create to measure how well students learned?
Lesson Plan Activity: Survival-Escape Plan – Students work individually, in pairs, or in groups to draw a map, build a model, and create a survival-escape plan to use during a tsunami. This project calls for creativity and appeals to students who learn well kinesthetically.
Read about learning styles and strategies at http://www.chaminade.org/INSPIRE/learnstl.htm or watch a video by Richard Felder at http://ctl.csudh.edu/SpeakerSeries/Felder.htm
Nicenet discussion topic: How can you use this activity to appeal to students with different learning styles? What other techniques have you used to appeal to students with different learning styles?
Read about web searching at http://pages.uoregon.edu/dhealey/techtips/june2009.html
For more ways to search, look at NoodleTools: Choosing the best search for your information needs
For a fun site with many different topics, look at Breaking News English: http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com
Nicenet discussion topics: How do you search the web? Can you use any of these techniques? What sites would you recommend to others?
Lesson Plan Activity: Disaster Supply Kit – Students work in groups, using critical thinking skills and knowledge about disasters to agree on the most important items to include in a Disaster Supply Kit. This activity is adapted from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA).
Nicenet discussion topic: How might you use this activity in your classes? How can you incorporate critical thinking in your lessons?
Lesson Plan Activity: Disaster Computer Simulation – This is an authentic learning activity using disaster-related language and themes. The 5 disaster choices are: tsunamis, floods, earthquakes, wildfires, and hurricanes. Students have an opportunity to experiment with cause-effect dynamics for tsunamis and other kinds of disasters, to solve problems, and to learn about different people’s roles in solving such problems.
Read about techniques for encouraging group work at http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/concept2class/coopcollab/exploration.html and http://teaching.berkeley.edu/bgd/collaborative.html. Here are some guidelines for students doing group work: http://employees.oneonta.edu/vomsaaw/w/handouts_general/GroupWorkGuidelines.htm
Nicenet discussion topics: How can you use this lesson to encourage discussion? What roles could you give students in this simulation when they work in groups?
Lesson Plan Activity: Earthquake-Tsunami Events – Students work with maps, drawings, animations, and other representations of earthquakes and tsunami events in order to understand and express their experience with the ways in which they effect the earth. These activities use resources linked to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Earthquake Hazards site.
Read about using graphics and find free images at http://www.webcreationz.co.uk/imagearchive.php and http://www.freeimages.co.uk/
Nicenet discussion topics: What types of graphic information are most helpful to your students? What do you use now?
November 28 – December 5
We often need to create or adapting material to fit our students’ needs. This week, we have some possibilities for creating interesting material.
Create an easy exercise with Hot Potatoes. Download the program at http://hotpot.uvic.ca, then use the Hot Potatoes How-To for instructions.
Look at some other exercise creators at
* Tools for educators – word search, bingo, crossword puzzles, and board games
* Personal Educational Press – flash cards, bingo games, matching, multiple choice exercises to print out
* Easy Test Maker (paper tests)
Nicenet discussion topics: Think about what we’ve been looking at during this course. What type of information would be useful to adapt for your students? What types of exercises would be good?
Course reflection and future plans
Nicenet discussion topic: What will you do next to enhance your students’ learning?