Friday, March 28, 2008

Students will

1. Synthesize information from a variety of sources and then present this information in a logical, linear written format;
2. Post material on class weblog, click on time stamp, print post only;
3. Construct a mini-research paper with supporting statistics, facts, and expert quotations in proper format;
4. Set up weblog account, taking note of password, url, blog title, and privacy settings;
5. Use sufficient and concrete details to fully support thesis and topic sentences;
6. Upload word file into e-mail; download from e-mail into word file and from PC to mac; from word file to blogger and from PC to blogger; save and publish in appropriate formats;
7. Demonstrate ability to summarize and/or evaluate author’s thesis, major premise and support, avoiding plagiarism at all costs;
8. Set up links effectively, writing code if necessary, and checking to make sure they work, so that references, abstracts, and templates can be linked;
9. Demonstrate active and appropriate use of quotation, paraphrase, and citation conventions, documenting sources and avoiding plagiarism at all costs;
10. Use browsers to best advantage, knowing when browser-computer combination causes problems and when to switch;
11. Incorporate awareness of audience into writing, such that papers speak to all English speakers, as opposed to only the teacher;
12. Manage a computer’s ability to connect to a printer, setting paper size, responding appropriately when jammed or having wrong settings;
13. Effectively utilize a variety of test-taking strategies, including preparing and writing full-length supported essays with a time deadline;
14. Put essays and research papers online, formatting and linking references to sources; put all work in portfolio format, making best of work available on front page, presenting header information appropriately;
15. Demonstrate awareness and active successful use of writing conventions, i.e. thesis, topic sentences, introduction, and conclusion;
16. Use clues such as URL trunks, logos and links to determine site owners, publication dates, etc.
17. Refer to sources appropriately, finding author's name; putting it in order; distinguishing publication date from retrieval date; finding publication name and including volume and issue when appropriate; including URL only when necessary;
18. Use Google and databases appropriately; choose online sources effectively, distinguishing and discriminating among kinds of articles found in Google, databases, etc.;
19. Demonstrate ability to use grammatical forms correctly and effectively, combining sentences to best advantage;
20. Manage weblog accounts to best advantage, using privacy settings, notification features, aggregation, etc.;
21. Understand and respond to class-specific paper requirements including margins, headers, titles, page numbers, titles, fonts, etc.
22. Use Google and Wikipedia effectively, culling best sources from each, yet knowing when certain sources, reference or information is inappropriate;
23. Find author, title, subtitle, publication name and date among other necessary reference information; put it in appropriate format, demonstrating awareness of difference between APA and other convention systems, for example;
24. Incorporate awareness of online audience into writing, so that the possibility of exchange on a given topic becomes a prevalent concern;
25. Internalize editing processes, in order to be able to check and edit all writing in high-pressure situations; use spell-check effectively;
26. Demonstrate awareness of self-protecting strategies for dealing with e-mail, weblogs, social networking sites, and chats effectively;

Portfolio Showcase 2008

This site is still being improved. Some of these links may move or change.

As part of TESOL 2008, this post shows some student portfolios that I am proud of, and is a gateway to other student work on weblogs in the CESL system and in others.

I have taught our highest-level writing class many times. I'll start with portfolios that show well-formatted (in my view) research papers.

(abstracts lead to research papers)

(abstracts included)
Yuii- Wal-Mart and Women, CESL EAP2
Sosuke- Magnetism's change and the effect on life- CESL EAP2
Raeed- Nene Bird, CESL EAP2
MinHo- WalMart and a Bank, CESL EAP2
Awni- Transportation pollution in New York City, CESL EAP2

Internet Dating Survey - Lalida
Drinking Survey- Dhay
Airplanes, Dominic, CED, Quebec


Starbucks business plan, CESL Newstalk 075
Presidential Election, CESL Newstalk 081 Feb.-March 2008
Saluki Way, CESL Newstalk 081 Feb.-March 2008
Divorce in the USA, CESL Newstalk 081
Violent Deer, CESL Newstalk 054
New Wal-Mart, CESL Newstalk 054
University drinking culture, CESL Newstalk 065
Newstalk site: index to groups
A Look at Bullying (not SIUC, excellent, but unidentified, in terms of which class & where. Note: Student work is in the comments)


Bright, CESL AE2
Andre, CESL AE2
Faisal, CESL AE2
Hussain, CESL AE2

Best of weblogs 081
Portfolio showcase 2007

Monday, March 17, 2008
21st century skills
21st century learning project, Alabama Best Practices Center
Information fluency
21st century learning initiative
Julie Lindsay, elearning
Adventures in online synchronous communication, e-learning
teach us tech ning
chat research
Social networking's next phase
better interactivity in business class delivery

teachers who start blogs (baW08)
mary ziller, PA, USA
jeremy robinson, monterrey CA USA
natasa grojic, serbia
bob cole, monterrey
susana canelo, argentina

portfolio related
What "postures" make up your personal learning environment- Feb. 29, EdTechPost

Saturday, March 15, 2008
Making the shift happen- Kim Cofino

Stevens, V. (2008, Mar. 9). New millenium professional development. adVancEducation weblog. Accessed 3-08.

Aune, S. (2008, Feb. 3). 13 tools for tracking discussions in the blogosphere. Accessed 3-08.
Writing matrix for learning w/computers
intrepid classroom
Gareth Long
Nelba Quintana- Argentina
Doris Molero- Venezuela
web 2.0 in 3D for language learning - Steve McC does Second Life
efl classroom 2.0- ning
facebook & twitter
blended learning and instruction
hyperwords project

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

best of the weblogs 081

best of the fluency exercises
difference between American and Japanese teenagers- Erika
Chatting online- Suliman
weather in USA & KSA- Dhay
Teenagers in the USA & Thailand
TOEFL! Stressful! -Botian
Tokyo- the best city- Kim
Chiang Mai- best city - Lalida
The way to talk with our friends- Erika
drink- Kim
drinking- GilJae
Awareness on the road- Lalida
Dealing with stress- Botian

Quantitative reports
Internet Dating Survey - Lalida
Drinking Survey- Dhay

Lowering drinking age is not the solution- Lalida
In order for our security on the road- Jun Dong
Educate children- Jinshu

Newstalk weblog entries
Recycling in the US - Jeremy
"Homosexual" issue - Yao
Nurse contracting HIV from patient- Fahad
Gunman opens fire at NIU - Asuka
Exercise aids depression - Mohammad A.
South Korea probes cell-phone death - Tez
Terrible tornado twisters - Yao
Sniffling mice raise therapy hope - Hsin Yi
Why companies need female managers

Newstalk groups- survey/interview
US Economy problem (interview)- K
Presidential election (survey) - Mohammad A.
Saluki Way (survey)- Young ho
Saluki Way- Hsin Yi

Monday, March 10, 2008

Friday, March 07, 2008
Google's blogging educators' directory
elearning- everything elearning
community language learning
teaching wikipedia
Blog commenting evolves

the blurb- students in cyberspace
kottke-feed reading
reading ideas instead of people- take 22
GAM3R 7H30RY- MacKenzie Wark
Call for manners in the world of nasty blogs

edtech community
incorporated subversion- J. Farmer
QuickShout, Nik Peachey
michael feldstein
dennis jerz
EdTechPost, Scott Leslie
Teaching, Quentin D'Souza

jason kottke- web design portfolio
David Weaver
Ryan Eby