Professional Reviews

Professional Article Reviews (PAR)
Professional Website Reviews (PWR)

[A] Assignment: Professional Website Review 1

Explore the following sites and think about what they mean in terms of children's literacy practices out-of-school, and the implications of these practices for us their teacher in-school. If you have children, you may want to sign them up for some of the activities to get their opinion/views. Write a short commentary/reflection about what you or what your child(ren) saw, experienced and felt.

Tumble Readables and Tumblebooks Online E-books resource Through the Brampton Public Library … no charge (most places, you pay)

An interesting read … read it only

"Researching New Literacies: Web 2.0 Practices and Insider Perspectives"

By Colin Lankshear & Michele Knobel

[B] Assignment: Professional Article Review 1

Read James Paul Gee's article, "Lucidly Functional Language," (see Handout or visit website)
What does it say to you? What does it make you think, wonder, or say … write a short reflection keeping these points in mind.
Now, visit and read through some of the how-to sites for a range of strategy card games played by 8 year-olds. If you think the article was difficult, be prepared to be confused and amazed!

[C] Assignment: Professional Website Review 2 End of the world flash animation: [Warning: This animation may be offensive to some … Content Stereotyping and Language not appropriate sensitive or young ears] Some things to think about … How did you feel when you watched this video? Is there a place for this kind of presentation? What purpose does it serve? Who is the audience and what is the message? Prepare a short response about this video and bring it in with you.

[D] Assignment: Professional Article Review 2

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(Taken from DrJoolz blog)
Amazing new software being demonstrated via YouTube video.
Watch it and be amazed ... (forgive the geeky delivery and the BMW ad at the start and end)... but this is the spiel that goes with it:
Using photos of oft-snapped subjects (like Notre Dame) scraped from around the Web, Photosynth creates breathtaking multidimensional spaces with zoom and navigation features that outstrip all expectation. Its architect, Blaise Aguera y Arcas, shows it off in this standing-ovation demo. Curious about that speck in corner? Dive into a freefall and watch as the speck becomes a gargoyle. With an unpleasant grimace. And an ant-sized chip in its lower left molar. "Perhaps the most amazing demo I've seen this year," wrote Ethan Zuckerman, after TED2007. Indeed, Photosynth might utterly transform the way we manipulate and experience digital images.

You can go to the website (
You can type: to watch the video from YouTube

What does this presentation do for older children or those considered to be "geeks"? How can you use something like this (or the Ted organization) to motivate students?

[E] Assignment: Professional Website Review 3 … New Social Networking and Social Media Communities

New Social Networking and Social Media Communities. Technology and Science

You can type: ( watch the video from YouTube

After watching the above-noted youtube video, visit

Watch as much as you want (2 or 3 videos would be good, but I know you'll watch more). How can this website and/or the Ted Organization be beneficial in the classroom for students? How does it make you feel to see and hear these people talk and demonstrate? Write a short response to bring in with you for next class.
Go to …
Scroll down almost to the bottom on the left side … choose the year you want.

[F] Assignment: Professional Article Review 3

Blog: DrJoolz Snapshotz






Obviously, you'd need plenty of time to watch/read
DrJoolz's blog … she is very unique. After reading a good sampling of her blogs (a few from each year would be good), what do you think? Your comments and opinions are appreciated - what's on your mind?
[G] Assignment: Professional Website Review 4 Visit DrJoolz blog ( and scroll down the right side … you'll see the following:

Places to play

· Bubbleshare (create and share slideshows) …
· Flickr (share your photos with the world) …
· Inanimate Alice (online multi-media story) …
· slideshare (upload and share powerpoint presentations) …
· Voicethread (Group conversations around images/documents/)videos …
· Youtube (videos of all kinds … use your imagination) …
Go to the above noted sites and play! Then, give a brief description of the site that held your attention the most … where did you go and what did you do (remember, one site only … I know it's hard to choose only 1, but try). What are your thoughts, opinions, and views of that one site? Is this a good site for children to "play" on and is it educational?

If you want more info on the inanimate alice website, please follow this url address:

[H] Assignment: Professional Article Review 4

Visit Guy Merchant's Blog (

Get a feel for Guy's writings. Read a few blogs posted by Guy.

Make a note to read his entry on Wednesday, March 18, 2009 entitled,

"It's nearly now again" … or see Handout

Read the following article, "Back and forth" (Professor Stephen Heppell)

(click on the Heppel’s link) … or see Handout

The 'inbetween' time zone used constantly by children offers great learning opportunities. So, why no public investment? If you couldn't follow the link in Guy's blog, you can access the article by typing the following url …

What are you thinking about?
Tell me what this article (and Guy's too) say to you.

[I] Assignment: Professional Website Review 5

Visit the following website … read as much as you want and whatever genre you want. Your choice!
**FanFiction.Net** - unleash your imagination (

Write what you think about this site. You say what you want … I'll say nothing more. Bring your response in and share with the group.

[J] Assignment: Professional Article Review 5

This is a blog by Nick Haigh

Memes: A meme (pronounced /miːm/ - rhymes with "theme"), a postulated unit or element of cultural ideas, symbols or practices, gets transmitted from one mind to another through speech, gestures, rituals, or other imitable phenomena.

Watch the videos entitled, "Sexyback Kirk/Spock", "George Bush and Tony Blair - My Endless Love", "Cat Talking Translation", and then scroll down a little bit further and view "10 Reasons why you should encourage your learners to blog"

Write your comments/views/opinions of the memes … are you convinced to have your students blog? Bring your response to class.