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a place where teachers can share lesson plans integrating social tech into teaching and learning

What It's About

  • This is a place for tech savvy teachers to share social tech integrated lessons.
  • You are welcome to share text, photos, audio, and video; the most important thing is that the lessons help other teachers think about ways to integrate social technology into their classes.

Who's Making This Wiki?

  • You!
  • This wiki was started by Shelly Blake-Plock, daily blogger at TeachPaperless.com and is open for collaborative creation by anyone involved in the practice of integrating social technology into the learning experience.

What Makes this Wiki Unique (and Useful)?

  • This wiki is meant to be a place for teachers to share lessons that integrate social technology.
  • This wiki is a work in progress and is meant to be a place for experimentation, shared discovery, and critical analysis with an eye to best practices.
  • The point here is that we share, take away new ideas, mash things up, try them out, and put them back up on the wiki for further development.


  • For ease of use, please break-up your lessons by grade or content area and please link to the social tech apps and resources you are using (i.e. Twitter, Jing, Diigo, or whathaveyou).

The Lesson Plans

Grade 9 - 12

US History: The Moon Landing and the Media
Objective: Students will explore the primary sources -- text, video, and photographs -- of the Apollo 11 mission and the media's response.
Essential Question: Are the media outlets covering an historical event part of the historical event?
Primary Resources: NASA: The Apollo Program, Apollo 11 Official Log, Smithsonian: 40th Anniversary of Apollo 11, NASA Apollo Program Summary Reports (downloadable)
Media Resources: ABC News Coverage of Liftoff, CBS News Coverage of the First Moonwalk, Times UK Archival Coverage, CBS and NBC Radio Airchecks of Apollo 11 Mission, free energy generator
Timelines: Dipity Timeline, Google Timeline
Images: LIFE magazine, NASA: Complete Apollo Images
40th Anniversary Video: John Glenn Lecture Series
Social Tech Resources: ThisMoment, Twitter, Twitter Search, TodaysMeet, Class Wiki
Length: variable

  • You will be working in pairs; please use #EdMoon as your Twitter hashtag. Tweet all of your sources/citations so that we can collect a collaborative research bibliography which will help you come term-paper time.
  • We will begin by watching the CBS news coverage of the first moonwalk. We will discuss the figure of Walter Cronkite as anchor and discuss how the media covered the event. Please contribute notes, questions, and observations to our TodaysMeet backchannel throughout this discussion; the backchannel will remain open throughout today's class and will be archived on the class wiki.
  • Now, in pairs, you will be looking through the collected primary sources from NASA, the Smithsonian, and various media outets for the purpose of creating your own personalized account of what took place during the Apollo 11 mission. Your account will take the form of an interactive ThisMoment timeline. Think about the different ways historical information can be arranged, be sure to give context (a good idea would be to check the date of each day of the mission on Wikipedia and find relevant events/images to give context), and please be sure to supply your own narrative, observations, and (where you deem it appropriate) opinions about the events of the mission.
  • When you finish, please send a Tweet from your completed timeline (use the Twitter updater within ThisMoment); be sure to include #EdMoon.
  • At the end of class, the class captain will collect the Twitter feed, the TodaysMeet transcript, and the urls of each ThisMoment project and put them on the class wiki. They will be there as reference for your term-paper on the Space Race and the Cold War.
  • Homework: By next week, please post on your student blogs a compare/contrast of the ways no less than three of the other pairs in class approached the story. And please answer the questions: Are the media outlets covering an historical event part of the historical event? How would the coverage of the first moon landing be different were it to happen today? Do you see any contemporary historical events having the same importance as the moon landings? How were they covered in the media? Be sure to cite sources and give hyperlinks.
  • And for a treat after you finish all your work, visit the new 'We Choose the Moon' site from the JFK Presidential Library for a real treat.

Latin II: Caesar - Parsing Verbs
Objective: Students will analyze verb forms in book one of the Gallic Wars and create a collaborative reference list for future use on translation quizzes.
Essential Question: What are the distinguishing features of Latin verb morphology?
Resources: Caesar at the Latin Library,external image statins.jpg the Perseus Project, Notre Dame Online Latin Dictionary, Whitaker's Words, Diigo, Twitter, Twitter Search, Class Wiki
Length: one 45 minute period

  • You will be working in pairs; please use #CaeGW as your Twitter hashtag.
  • Find the text online at the Latin Library. Going around the room counterclockwise, each pair should take a paragraph as their own.
  • Identify and parse each verb in your paragraph. Use Diigo to highlight each verb and to write in an annotation box your parse (person, number, tense, voice, mood, infinitive, and meaning) as well as the tense, mood, and number markers.
  • When you are finished your annotations, please check your work using the hyperlinked verbs on the Perseus Project text and write any corrections as a second series of Diigo annotations.
  • Annotations completed, please Tweet your completed parsed verbs using the hashtag.
  • Once finished, we will go through Twitter Search and check each of your parsed verbs.
  • This week's class captain will then cut-and-paste the final checked version into the class wiki for future reference during translation quizzes.
  • As the captain is completing the wiki, each pair should write a statement answering the day's essential question. Please Tweet your statement to the hashtag.
  • We will review the Tweeted statements, discuss, choose the best, and apply that to the new section we have made today on our class wiki.

History: Wikipedia as Venue for Historical Research and Writing
(likely best for upper level history courses; possibly senior electives)
Please download and modify as you see fit.
Wikipedia as Venue for Historical Res

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