Web Tools at Work in Your Classroom

by Celeste M. Scholz, American English Institute, University of Oregon

hand-out with active hyperlinks at: http://celestescholz.com/presen.html

Comparison of blogs and wikis



Online journal archived by date

Chronologically-organized information

One or two authors

Website edited online with special features

Content-related information

Many authors

BLOGS: Sample activity: In-class literature discussions

In-class literature discussions

Challenges for Learners


1) Interact dynamically

Literature Circle roles (below)

2) Use higher order thinking skills

Bloom’s taxonomy question stems (below)

3) Discuss important topics

Themes based on literature

4) Organize preparation & reflection



Literature Circles

by Harvey Daniels (reading groups) - http://www.literaturecircles.com



Discussion Director

develop a list of questions that your group might discuss about this part of the book.


draw any type of picture related to the reading: sketch, cartoon, flowchart, or stick-figure scene.

Literary Luminary

locate special sections of the text that your group would like to hear read aloud.


find connections between the book and the world outside.

Bloom’s Taxonomy Question Starters


1& 2. Knowledge & Comprehension

3. Application

4. Analysis

5. & 6. Synthesis & Evaluation

Can you list 3

What would happen if

Why/How does the author

Can you propose an alternative to

How would you compare

What examples can you find to

What motive is there for

Do you agree with actions of X when

Give an example of

What other way would you plan to

What does the author believe about

What would you recommend

What is meant by

What questions would you ask in an interview with X about

What is the relationship between

Why did X chose


To blog or not to blog



  • Automatic archiving
  • Ease of readers’ comments
  • Personalized color, style, look
  • Motivates detailed preparation and serious reflection
  • No cost to implement
  • Class time for tech skills
  • Teachers grades online
  • Security concerns …?



WIKIS: Sample projects: research & portfolios

Read a detailed article about these projects at: http://blog.nus.edu.sg/eltwo/2009/07/03/using-wikis-with-student-research-projects-and-portfolios/

Wikis have advantages. http://www.wikispaces.com/content/teacher

Learners & teachers can

Special Features

Leave comments on each wiki page

Discussion forum posts and comments

Track revisions by person for each wiki page at each “save”

History button: Time of work recorded, revisions highlighted

Revert back to a previous version

History button: No one’s work is ever lost!


Rubric for Peace Day wiki page http://cacpeaceday.wikispaces.com/HS+Web+Design

A grade work
(above 90%)

Your wiki page

  • Clearly explains how information relates to Peace Day and why students included it
  • Uses student’s own words and cites all sources in MLA format
  • Is well designed and creative
  • Is edited carefully and has no mistakes
  • Is thoughtfully written and very interesting
  • Provides evidence of sufficient effort

B grade work

(above 80%)

Your wiki page

  • Relates information to Peace Day and mentions why students included it
  • Mostly uses own words and cites most sources in MLA format
  • Is clearly laid out and attractive
  • Has a few mistakes in mechanics
  • Is interesting and well written
  • Shows evident of satisfactory effort

C grade work

(above 70%)

Your wiki page

  • Does not relate presented information to Peace Day and does not explain why students included it
  • Does not always use own words and many citations are missing
  • Is not very clear or well designed
  • Has too many mistakes in mechanics
  • Is straightforward and rather simplistic
  • Has not had sufficient effort put into it

Rubric originally designed by J. Popinchalk for International Relations class