Friday, November 22, 2013

Authentic, Student-Created Vocabulary Assessments, NCTE Boston 2013

Here I am at my poster presentation on vocabulary.
Below are all the resources from D. 35 Second Galary of Posters "Authentic, Student-Created Vocabulary Assessments." Feel free to e-mail me at bgvocab [at] gmail [dot] com with questions or for more information. Thanks for visiting my session!

Vocabulary Quiz Links:

Vocabulary Quiz Instructions
Vocabulary Quiz Model (sentences)
Vocabulary Quiz Model (story)
1,000 SAT Vocablary Words w/ Sentences
Roots, Prefix, Suffix, & Literary Term List

Vocabulary Flashcards:

Vocabulary Flashcard Assignment

Vocabulary Posters:

Vocabulary Poster Project Instructions
Vocabulary Poster Project Examples

Vocabulary Videos:

Vocabulary Video Assignment
Vocabulary Video Creation Tips
Vocabulary Video Scoring Rubric

Vocabulary Video Examples:







Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Using Screencast-O-Matic to Create Tutorial Videos

Below is my FETC 2013 presentation, "Using Screencast-O-Matic to Create Tutorial Videos:"

Click HERE for the Google Form survey.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Authentic Student-Created Vocabulary Assessments

Welcome to Authentic Student-Created Vocabulary Assessments, a presentation at the Nov. 2 NEATE conference in Mansfield, MA.


Introduction and orientation

Vocabulary Quiz Stories

Vocabulary Quiz Sentences

Vocabulary  Poster Review Project
    a. Resources

Vocabulary Videos
     a. Origin - Membean
     b. VocabVideos on YouTube
     c. Instructions
     d. Examples: Infamous, Discreet,

Vocabulary Flashcards HW

Previous Vocabulary HW



Questions, Ideas, Existing Practices, Challenges, Successes?

Thank you!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Digital Tools in the 21st Century English Classroom - Myrtle Beach


1) Introduction and welcome (5 minutes)

2) Complete Google Form Survey and share results (5 minutes) 


3) Brief introductions to social media and tech tools (10 minutes)
   a. Intro on Google Docs
   b. Blogging and networking
   c. Blogging with students
   d. Twitter as professional development
   e. Twitter for posting homework
   f. Dropbox 101

   g. Photo Story 3 - Vocabulary Video examples 
   h. Screencast-O-Matic teacher-created tutorial videos

4) In pairs or small groups, explore the links, resources, and tool(s) of your choice (30 minutes)

5) Post a blog comment to this page explaining one thing you learned or discovered during this activity. Were you able to generate any insights in terms of how you could apply one or more of these tools to your classroom? Did you find a website, blog, or different technology tool that we should know about? The content of your comments is up to you. (5 minutes)

6) Final questions, thoughts, or epiphanies (5 minutes)

Thanks for attending! I hope this was meaningful and beneficial. Feel free to contact me with questions or comments: bgvocab (at) gmail (dot) com.

Below are links relevant to today's workshop:

II. Using Google Documents in the Classroom
        a. Sharing a document
        b. Google Presentation as an alternative to PowerPoint.
        c. Student Example of Google Presentation Saved as PDF
    Google Docs Tutorial:   
    YouTube Video on using Google Docs:

V. Twitter

VI. Feedly for Firefox - Share and keep track of websites & blogs

IX. Screencast-O-Matic
     a. My screencast videos

X. Animoto - The End of Slideshows
        a. Example

Friday, February 17, 2012

Two BNW/1984 PowerPoints

Click HERE for information on the two books

Click HERE for comparisons between Huxley and Orwell

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Blogger, Weebly, and Drupal Gardens


Introductions - Please tell us who are, why you signed up for this workshop, and what you hope to learn today
Gmail sign up - If you have a personal Gmail account, I recommend using that to create your Blogger blog.

Blogging sites to check out
a. My blog
b. Science teacher's blog
c. Math teacher's blog
d. History teacher's blog
e. English teacher's blog
f.  Middle school teacher's blog
g. Principal's blog
f.  Assistant Principal's blog

Using Photo Story 3


Introductions - Please tell us who are, why you signed up for this workshop, and what you hope to learn today

Using Twitter and Dropbox


Introductions - Please tell us who are, why you signed up for this workshop, and what you hope to learn today

Dropbox sign up - Please send me an e-mail to if you did not receive an invitation to join Dropbox. I will send you one.

Dropbox installation and basic use

Creating Internet links with Dropbox

Twitter account sign ups - multiple accounts?

Twitter for homework

Twitter for professional development

Time to explore, play, and figure out ways to use this technology