Social Media Surfing – a collection of resources

Inspired by the previous lecture in my Digital Competence course, I did some web-surfing on how to use social media in the classroom. And there really is an OCEAN of possibilities. I therefore decided to collect some of the resources I found to perhaps save some of you  from getting lost at sea.. Les meir


Reflections and resources: The importance of critical thinking

In a digital world with a constant flow of information, critical thinking is more important than ever. According to Fremmedspråksenteret, the ability to critically reflect upon both information and practices is one of the basic foundations in a digital competence. This is also clearly pointed out by the Department of Education, in for instance in Læringsplakaten, where it is stated that it is the school’s responsibility to stimulate the learner to develop his/her own learning strategies and the ability of critical thinking.

Therefore, when I came across this video and some posters about learning critical thinking I thought it might come in handy, not only for my self, but also for my students and my readers? Les meir

Can stress kill you?

With lots to do in my masters program, as well as English essays  in need of assessment piling up at work, I am feeling a bit stressed. But what else is new? I am always a bit stressed. Even when I might not have a reason to be. So when I came across this video, I was intrigued, and also a bit worried. Can being stressed affect my health? Or worse. Can you actually die from being too stressed?

Watch this to find out!

Les meir

#RabbitProofFence #SubstituteBrilliance #Twitter

As a variety of social medias are highly relevant for my 16/17 year olds, I have been scratching my head thinking I should try and use it in the classroom sometime. In a purposeful and educational way obviously, since it it very much exists there already on a daily basis. One of the medias I find particularly interesting is Twitter, which my collegue Lektor Hernesvold has blogged about on different occasions. So when she was substituting for me last week, guess what! She brought it into the classroom for me, and I LOVED IT! After the students had finished watching the film Rabbit Proof Fence she asked them to simply tweet about it (on ITL though, but still), and I could not stop smiling at my students comments. Here are some of my favorites:

Les meir

It´s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens

Something I stumbled across the other day was danah boyd’s (yes, without capital letters, that’s how she writes her name) book It´s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens. And this book is as fresh as it gets, it was published March 3rd 2014. She is an ethnographer and a researcher, and she has studied how young people use social media as part of their everyday lives. The brilliant part of this is that she in fact has made her book FREE and available as a PDF. Les meir

Trying out collective writing in the classroom

Yesterday, my students were going to work on Aboriginal Australians and learn more about the history of the Stolen Generation. I find this topic very interesting, so I had a lot of ideas about how I wanted to approach the three lessons at hand. I had found a variety of resources that I could use, but as always, the problem isn´t really to find suggestions for contents in a lesson, but to limit myself and finding out what would be the best approach. I wanted them to read something, do some writing, some oral activities, as well as perhaps listen and practice communication skills. And in addition, try out a digital tool.

The choice landed on using NDLA´s tool for collective writing, and use this approach to working with texts as a starting point.

Les meir

«The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time»

Christopher is 15 and lives in Swindon with his father. He has Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism. He is obsessed with maths, science and Sherlock Holmes but finds it hard to understand other people. When he discovers a dead dog on a neighbour’s lawn he decides to solve the mystery and write a detective thriller about it. As in all good detective stories, however, the more he unearths, the deeper the mystery gets – for both Christopher and the rest of his family. (Source: The Guardia


I just finished the final page of Mark Haddon´s best selling novel «The Curious Insident of the Dog in the Night-Time», and I LOVED IT!  I simply HAD to write a blog post about it with my warmest recommendations for all readers out there! I particularly liked it from a teacher´s perspective because you can actually learn a lot about children with Autism and Asberger´s syndrome, and you get do dive into their way of thinking.

Les meir

20 collaborative Google Apps activities for schools | Ditch That Textbook

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Google Apps are collaborative, which makes them highly powerful. They offer opportunities for students to engage unlike ever before. Here are 20 ideas.

Lena Leirdal«s insight:

Wow! I had no idea Google had so many useful apps for educational use! Not sure I would vote to «ditch that textbook» in total, but I am definately going to have a closer look at these possibilities. Check out this list with 20 concrete ideas for classroom use (documents, presentations, spreadsheet, drawings, forms, sites, moderator and other apps)!

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Digital studieteknikk: samtale om Diigo med ein kollega.

Slo av ein prat med lektor Hernesvold i går om bruk av ulike digitale verktøy i undervisninga. Noko som slett ikkje er uvanleg forresten, gjerne i den alt for kjekke sofagruppa rett utanfor arbeidsplassen vår. Dagens tema var Diigo og utguling i digitale artiklar – som var heilt nytt for meg! Superbloggar som ho er så tok ho like gjerne og blogga mens me snakka (på nynorsk sjølvsagt – i solidaritet med meg), og her kan de lese litt om korleis praten gjekk føre seg:

(Kva seier de, medstudentar – skal me sette i gang med Diigo?!)


Lektor Hernesvolds fagblogg

diigoTo damer sit i ein grøn institusjonssofa. Pulverkaffikoppane står halvtomme framom oss. Heilt overraskande og utan forvarsel (førevarsling? eller berre varsling? – Her kjem både norsklæraren og sogningen til kort) dreier samtalen inn på digital studieteknikk. Eg har gjort meg nokre tankar i det siste om at dei digitale verktya endeleg har begynt å bli ein naturleg del av planlegginga og gjennomføringa av undervisning. Det er ikkje lenger slik at eg tenker «no skal eg lære elevane mine eit verkty, då blir dei sikkert takksame/glade/forvirra/sure». I staden har eg fått tankane tilbake på innhaldet, målet med det dei skal lære, og så får verktya og arbeidsmetodane kome i andre rekke.

Dagens time, nemleg: hovudfokus var oppstart av nytt tema. I og med at vi allereie har prøvd nokre ulike tenester, går det raskare om eg vil nytte noko av det i timen. Det høyrer med…

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