Karen Maginnis
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French Teacher & Technophile

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Just wanting to put this here so I can come back and think about it.....

Posted on April 13, 2009 at 8:40pm 0 Comments

eSchool News article last November about a Harvard Ed prof and the seven skills kids must have before leaving K12. I know this is a rehash of stuff we see everywhere, but I want it in a place I come back to so I can think about it.

1. Problem-solving and critical thinking;

2. Collaboration across… Continue

G-cast, Netvibes and my French classes

Posted on November 24, 2008 at 9:00pm 2 Comments

So, a Spanish teacher on campus told me how she had set up an account on G-cast, and gave the PIN to her students and they called in speaking assignments on the land line or their cell phones. This seemed rather cumbersome to me, but I went and explored the site. Lo and behold! They have… Continue

Jog the Web - Great Possibilities for Language Class

Posted on September 17, 2008 at 10:37pm 0 Comments

So, my Netvibes feed for all CR20 Blog posts had a thread about interactive white boards in which this website was discussed - JogTheWeb.com.

You can compose a tour of web sites, with comments on the bottom. I was thinking this could be great in a language classroom - kids go find some sites based on a certain criteria, read them, post why the apply to the criteria in the comments, or maybe a summary, and then present it to the class (or link… Continue

Post Script to our Symposium session........

Posted on September 13, 2008 at 1:46pm 1 Comment

Well, shoot - I don't think I accomplished my objective for today. I don't think everyone left with a clear idea of Ning. Darn! If you check back here, please leave a comment here on my wall. Ask questions. Share how it went. Tell if you are confused or not. Be sure to look at the webcast introduction on the main page of the Classroom 20, Steve explores the site and shows what can be done.

General Outline for the PAL Teacher Symposium presentation on Ning

Posted on September 13, 2008 at 9:30am 1 Comment

Workshop objective: To expose WL Teachers to collaborative (Web 2.0) online resources and incorporate them into their practice as educators and as learners.

Outline for this mornings presentation

Intro-Social networking

By sitting here in this workshop, we are doing this right now, just old skool.

Is Facebook inherently evil? Yes, if you're a network tech. Let's think of this in terms of end use – the tools keep people connected and interacting. Why… Continue

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At 9:52pm on February 26, 2009, Tonya Wagoner said…
Maintenant mes élèves cherchent une chanson sur youtube – ou des autres sites. Il leur faut discuter ce que ça veut dire la chanson, pourquoi on aime ou on n’aime pas la chanson – et il faut donner des renseignments de la vie de l’artiste. On va continuer ce travail cette semaine et la semaine prochaine. Quand ils ont fini, je pourrai te les envoyer?

Je voudrais employer voice thread et je voudrais que mes élèves créent un blog – mais je ne savais pas si c’était une bonne idée à cause de la popularité de Myspace et Facebook. Que penses-tu?
At 9:44pm on February 26, 2009, Tonya Wagoner said…
Karen, Thanks so much. I actually took students to the lab today and explained to them that I didn't know a lot about podcasting but that I wanted to give it a try. . .. They got right to work. It was amazing. Your student's work is very impressive! I'll share it with my students, if you don't mind. Thanks for all of the great tips and advice. I honestly try to try out the ideas -- and I find that there's so much that you can do once you start sharing with others. Merci, mon amie!
At 12:24pm on February 26, 2009, Tonya Wagoner said…
This sounds really innovative and also organized. . . . I would like to become more adept at podcasting and make it a natural part of assessment. You give the students a performance-based speaking assessment and have them g-cast it? Could you give me examples of what they are recording and posting? Also, where can I have them set up their own class blogs for free? I guess I could google that. . . . . I'd just like to make my classroom more 2.0. Thanks so much for responding.
At 6:39am on February 3, 2009, Cammie said…
Hi Karen,
I set up the exchange with Arles through Global Gateway. I've had several requests since, so the site is still very active. I like the voki! I'm going to check this out to use as part of our correspondance as well. Plus I think it does have great possibilities for lower level learners who definitely need more ways to practice their speaking skills. I'll have to see if it works through our school network though. Did you do this in school or as a home activity?
At 7:49pm on December 30, 2008, Jack said…
Hi Karen!

Hope you're enjoying the winter break. I was wondering if you, your educator contacts or students would be interested in participating in a nationwide Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. We'd really like to get more students involved from Arizona!

You can view contest details at BrainyFlix.com Please let me know. Thanks!
At 1:26pm on September 20, 2008, Isabelle Jones said…
Merci Karen pour ton message.
Tu viens de me rappeller que je dois essayer d'utiliser Voki en classe. Je l'ai teste il ya un moment (tu peux le voir sur mon blog!) mais jamais vraiment avec les eleves. Par contre, certains de mes eleves ont commence a utiliser Audacity et cela a ete tres positif. Je compte editer les noms et mettre quelques exemples sur mon blog tres bientot (en espagnol)

At 6:00am on September 20, 2008, Isabelle Jones said…
Bonjour Karen

Bien sur qu'on peut se tutoyer! Mes outils preferes... Diigo (en tandem avec del.icio.us), Ning, scribd, jog the web, flowgram, sliderocket, twitter et mon blog, My Languages!-avec ses liens pour d'autres outils...)
Et toi?
At 6:09pm on September 14, 2008, Pascale Cutillas said…
C'est pas grave...je vieillis!!! :-)
C'etait super ton expose. Ca m'a beaucoup plu et je vais essayer de faire la meme chose avec mes eleves. Merci pour ton aide!
A tres bientot
At 4:19pm on September 14, 2008, AMEB said…
Comment sais-tu si le message ne va qu'a toi? ou n'est-ce jamais le cas?
At 8:31pm on September 13, 2008, AMEB said…
J'ai compris l'idee d'ensemble mais j'ai des questions de details. Merci d'avoir ouvert la porte...


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