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Article posted April 18, 2008 at 07:12 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 257

A class at Arvada High School is taking on a positive change blogging project to write about issues that are important to students. Like us, their class is using a Wikispaces wiki to coordinate their work. Take some time to read their blogs. You are welcome to leave comments.





Article posted April 18, 2008 at 07:12 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 257



Article posted April 3, 2008 at 03:26 AM GMT0 • comment (19) • Reads 34

Next week, we will begin reading Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. Below is the cover artwork. What do you see? What do you think?







Article posted April 3, 2008 at 03:26 AM GMT0 • comment (19) • Reads 34



Article posted March 22, 2008 at 10:46 AM GMT0 • comment (4) • Reads 34



Check out my Google Docs word processing mentor text.



If every teacher and student went "paperless" with assignments, how might that impact our environment?





Article posted March 22, 2008 at 10:46 AM GMT0 • comment (4) • Reads 34



Article posted March 20, 2008 at 04:01 AM GMT0 • comment (1) • Reads 33



Check out my Google Docs slideshow presentation.





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Article posted March 13, 2008 at 04:37 AM GMT0 • comment (39) • Reads 95

Read the Starfish Story, originally written by Loren Eisley.



What are some ways that you can make a positive difference in other people's lives?



Article posted March 13, 2008 at 04:37 AM GMT0 • comment (39) • Reads 95



Article posted February 21, 2008 at 08:44 AM GMT0 • comment (6) • Reads 40

If you need some help organizing your final essay on The Call of the Wild, or if you are just interested in brainstorming tools, give Bubbl.us shot. Bubbl.us is a free web application that lets you map out your ideas and share them.



Here is one example of how you might use this tool to organize a paragraph. Thank you Graham and Alyson for working on this.





















Article posted February 21, 2008 at 08:44 AM GMT0 • comment (6) • Reads 40



Article posted February 11, 2008 at 06:38 PM GMT0 • comment (20) • Reads 36

In response to reading The Call of the Wild, each of you is required to design a board game or to write and illustrate a children's book. I would like to propose a technological collaborative writing option to the children's book.



You may work in groups of up to three people to create a twenty-page, illustrated story book with The Call of the Wild elements as per the original directions. Your group's task is to turn this story into a VoiceThread. You and your group will have to work together to figure out how to use VoiceThread, which has clear user directions.



Watch the following VoiceThread presentation and decide if you would like to try this kind of web 2.0 tool.



Article posted February 11, 2008 at 06:38 PM GMT0 • comment (20) • Reads 36



Article posted January 19, 2008 at 04:02 PM GMT0 • comment (29) • Reads 67

You will receive a grade for this assignment!







In preparation for reading The Call of the Wild, take thirty minutes to peruse the following links about the Klondike gold rush of the late 19th century and early 20th century. In the comment box below, write a brief reflection of at least five sentences about what you've learned.



"Sketch" Map of the Perilous Journey North

Alaska Gold Rush Centennial Photographs 1893 - 1916

Alaska's Gold

A Pictorial History of the Yukon

Klondike Gold Rush

Chilkoot Trail 1898 Supply List

American Heritage: The Last Gold Rush

Reader's Digest Canada: The Klondike Gold Rush

Wikipedia: Klondike Gold Rush



Due: Monday, January 28th



[Photo: “Views of the Past. P.E. Larson.” Nevada State Museum Newsletter XXVI-4 (1998). 19 Jan. 2008. http://dmla.clan.lib.nv.us/docs/dca/newsletters/museum-cc/mus-let02.htm#2 .]



Article posted January 19, 2008 at 04:02 PM GMT0 • comment (29) • Reads 67



Article posted January 16, 2008 at 05:33 AM GMT0 • comment (3) • Reads 35





Here are some of the titles for the book reviews you have written. Everyone should create a blog post for at least one of the three book reviews due on Tuesday with your author study.



Article posted January 16, 2008 at 05:33 AM GMT0 • comment (3) • Reads 35



Article posted January 13, 2008 at 08:40 PM GMT0 • comment (3) • Reads 35

You may have heard of Cabbage Patch dolls, but have you ever heard about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? Read this Denver Post editorial titled The Plastics Paradox: We're drowning in an ocean of garbage, and leave a comment about what you think.





Visit the following websites to learn more about plastics and recycling:



Plastics Are Forever

Recycle Now

EIA Energy Kid's Page

Article posted January 13, 2008 at 08:40 PM GMT0 • comment (3) • Reads 35



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