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I presented my session on using blogs and wikis in the classroom at GISA’s conference last Monday. I think it went OK, but it might have gone better. I was glad it was in a computer lab. I do think the materials I handed out were first rate, but I was feeling sick, so perhaps my actual presentation was off. Who knows? A few people were nice and thanked me. I kept wishing I had some of you with me to talk about how you use blogs and wikis in your classroom, but I worked with what I had. It was nice of the host school to put me in a computer lab so we could visit different blogs and wikis.
The session I attended in the afternoon was presented by Jim Stelljes from Marist School. The subject was the twenty most common writing errors. I thought it was great, and Jim encouraged us to share his handouts. One handout was a double-sided list of all the errors with examples of both incorrect and correct versions, so students can identify and avoid the errors. He also shared with us a Power Point presentation, which I recreated to share with my own students. You can download the presentation here: On the Write Track. I don’t have copies of the handouts available on disk. They were fairly detailed, and I don’t plan to reproduce them on my own; however, if it sounds like something you want copies of, just use my contact form and give me an address to mail them to, and I’ll be happy to do so.