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This I Believe Narratives (with Technology component)

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Session Title: This I Believe Narratives (with Technology component) (3pm Chicago {GMT-5}, USA Time on Saturday, October 12, 2013)Your Name: Maggie MaslowskiWork Title: English TeacherSchool or…Continue

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RSCON4 Presentation on Saturday, Oct 12 at 3pm Chicago Time (GMT-5)

  Engaging assignment that allows students to showcase their personal beliefs in a creative format while using a variety of technological tools.


  The This I Believe Narrative with Technology component assignment is a three part project/unit. The project has some formative and some summative aspects for teachers following the common core state standards.

Sat, October 12, 3pm – 4pm (GMT-5)

SESSION LINK - https://sas.ell​​nlp?sid=2008350​&password=RSCON​4Part162 If the session link doesn't work for you, please copy and paste into your browser.

     Step 1: Students read/listened to a variety of This I Believe narratives on the NPR website. Students Summarized, Analyzed, Synthesized, and Evaluated the various essays to practice their writing and discussion skills.

     Step 2: Students wrote their own personal This I Believe statements that had to be between 350 and 600 words. We posted them on a shared school site, so students could peer edit the narratives.  Students then used the peer edit comments to revise and finalize their This I Believe narratives.

     Step 3: Students created multi-media video presentations utilizing a program of their choice (screencast-o-matic, moviemaker, PowerPoint,, flipcameras, and others) to visual showcase their narratives.

*This link is an example of a student (Hannah E) who wrote about the process of the project and why she was so engaged by it.

**This link is another student (Mike M) created screencast explaining the creation process as well as a glimpse of his completed project.

***This link is another student (Don Z) created screencast that explains why he really enjoyed using his creativity for the project.

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Joliet West High School
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I'm an English Teacher at Joliet West High School. It is my 11th year as an educator. I'm bilingual; I was born in Poland and moved to the US when I was 7 years old, so I speak Polish as well as English. This is my first year with 1-to-1 Technology so I'm still learning. I joined the Twitter world on July 26, 2013, where I began learning exponentially! I'm happily married with 2 amazing sons, ages 2 and 4.

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At 3:09pm on September 25, 2013, Joan Young said…

Thank you so much!

At 3:22pm on September 23, 2013, Shelly Sanchez Terrell said…

So glad to have you!


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