This I Believe

From a 1950’s radio program to the 21st Century student, this is an inspiring example of how a statement of belief shared blindly over the airwaves has become the beginning of many in-depth conversations.

The NPR site the audio files:  http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4538138

A blog on students writing their own belief statements:  http://thefischbowl.blogspot.com/2009/10/this-i-believe-goes-global-we-want-you.html

An early class project:  http://smithenglish90708.blogspot.com/2007/10/adam.html

The most recent project including enhanced interaction between the student authors and the world beyond:

http://ahsthisibelieve.wikispaces.com/

Wordle

Wordle allows users to quickly take a piece of text and transform it into a word cloud or visual representation.  In the classroom, this can be used as a daily opening activity, or a part of a student project. 

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Wordle can be found online at http://www.wordle.net/

This amazing blog post at Technology and Learning discusses combines Wordle uses from many educators, and has an embedded slide show with great ideas for classroom use.  http://techlearning.com/blogs/24518