Google Moderator in the Classroom

Google Moderator is a tool that allows you to easily add to a conversation.  You can either submit your own idea or question to be answered, or, ask a question or submit an idea.  Pretty easy, huh?  The neat thing it though, that you are an active participant in the discussion by voting on other questions or ideas that are “in the que”.

This way, you don’t just ask a question and sit back.  You also get a chance to see if there are other questions you might also have or maybe an idea you hadn’t even thought of yet.  I think this has a lot of potential in the classroom to incorporate higher order questioning with topics and have students submit their answers to the questions, or, make evaluative judgements on the questions that are being asked.

Here’s a brief example of how it works:

So how could you use Google Moderator in the classroom?  Click HERE to submit an idea and see how it works!


Gaming for N00bs in the Classroom

Xbox 360
For good or for ill?

I like video games.  There, I’ve said it.  Now that it’s out in the open, I need some help.  I’m contemplating bringing an Xbox 360 into my classroom, but I must have a good reason for it.  I sincerely doubt anyone would be to keen on me having a Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare 2 bracket taped to my wall while we game all day long.

I’m sure there are games suitable for use in the classroom, but I’m just not sure what they are or how they might be implemented.  I teach social studies, so a historically based game would do the trick, but historically based games without a lot of bloodshed are kinda hard to come by.

So, I implore you: give me suggestions, and in return, I promise to blister the thumbs of America’s future.

fall out thumbs-up

If you say “other”, reply with the title of the game.

Hello, my name is Technology. Why hello, my name is differentiation.

I’m at a crossroads in my class when it comes to differentiation.  For some things we’ve done in class – like creating a Google Map to chart a European explorer to North America – some students have had a rough time of picking up on the nuances of navigating the web.  While it’s completely understandable to me, I am vexed by what I think is more important: the process, or the product.  What do you think?  Please vote and share your thoughts below.