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Google wave for a Reading-and-Writing class
« on: December 08, 2009, 08:25:24 AM »
As far as I am concerned, Google wave can be a good synchronize or asynchronize reading and writing device.  Because of its feature of real-time sharing, discussion and presentation can be very efficient and effective.

A number of reading and writing activities can be involving more response from students and each student's involvement will be documented and traced for assessment.

Ideas for possible lesson:  e.g. scavenger hunt or grocery shopping
The teacher may design a lesson in reading maps and giving direction to do a grocery shopping or run chores.  Students will need to communicate to get the task done.  The task may first engage students in reading the maps; this is regarding reading comprehension; then in order to accomplish the task, they have to discuss possible sequence by using Google wave to share the ideas of choosing routes and sequence of doing the chores.  Then students will need to write and present; in the meantime, real-time feedback and peer-editing may happen synchronously. 

Given it more deliberation, the target students may be intermediate to higher-intermediate students as well.  It all depends on the complexity of the tasks designed.  This plan may be feasible and helpful for newbie international students, who usually encounter problems and questions about getting their ways around in a new environment such as the campus.  Thus, another practical lesson may be with the first task of familiarize themselves to find their ways around on campus.