Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Group Web Sites are All Set

Class,

By Thursday, please check out your groupmates' web sites:
Tennessee Williams Project: http://tennessee.web-box.ru/
Faulkner & Hemingway Project: http://nobelprizer.webstolica.ru/
One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest Project (please note that it's a new version!!!):
http://www.kesey-clinic.webstolica.ru/
The Great Gatsby Project:
http://msu-american-dream.narod.ru/
Please use the following evaluation criteria:
1. content - 35 % (your text, related sites, description of the sites);
2. organization - 10 % (effective overall organisation of the material (easy to find and navigate));
3.language - 30 % (grammar, syntax, vocabulary, style);
4. design (visual aspects) - 10 % (text characteristics, attractive background, pictures/images);
5. links - 10 % (about 20 links);
6. authorship - 5 % (contact information).

REMINDER: Please return all HAL and SAL books!

Image Source:http://inframe.by.ru/PICTURES/Stimulation-of-creativity.jpg

11 comments:

Readers said...

Anna Vladimirovna, should we post our marks on your site or show them at our last lesson?

Sunrise said...

Anna Vladimirovna, you've posted the wrong URL-address. Ours is www.kesey-clinic.websrolica.ru

Ilja & Alexander & Roman said...

Anna Vladimirovna, our website is already set, it was set as far back as Monday, but I did not know how to post you.
Hope you will see this comment.

anna_filatova said...

Ilya, Alexander and Roman:

I am very happy to hear that. Could you please post its URL, or is it meant as a surprise?

See all of you tomorrow at the web sites presentation.

anna_filatova said...

Olga, thanks for the question. Just have a look at all the web sites and write down your comments. We'll discuss everything in class.

Sunrise said...

Anna Vladimirovna, Ilja & Alexander and Roman's address is www.amerdream.webstolica.ru. All the three of them are very busy right now that's why having a look at their project we decided to send you their URL

Red Squirrel said...

Dear Anna,
(Pardon my familiarity, but patronymics look odd to me when written in English). I am also a student at FFL, but in N.V. Kuznetsova's group.
Anyway, I wanted to tell you that I really impressed to see what you've been doing, and truly - this is the most convincing argument in defense of over-the-Net learning I've seen so far. It's incredible how you've managed to encourage students' creativity and get so much high-quality feedback.
Keep up the good job!
-Maria-

anna_filatova said...

Hi Maria,
Thanks for stopping by and complimenting us on our trial and error work. It looked very challenging when we started, but we've pulled it off. And I hope there are some lessons learned. Hope my students will leave some comments on that.

What I've realized is that technology can be very conducive to personal growth once one creates a meaningful context.

Maria, what did you find the most interesting about what we had been doing?

KOALa-bear said...

Hey, Masha, thanks for the comment, because I hope the compliment referrs to us as well :D
I think that now thanks to Anna Vladimirovna we won't think of the Internet just as a means of communication and entertainmenr, but as a usefool tool in studies as well. I, personally, had doubts about this idea of projects, but now, having finished the work and looking back at it, I can say that we shouldn't have been afraid or doubtful, unenthusiastic or things like that. New trends are often not bad and if you're guided by such a wonderful teacher as Anna Vladimirovna, the process mght even turn into pleasure ;)

Red Squirrel said...

Firstly, I was amazed at the quality of the essays/posts I found on the students' weblogs. As an owner/administrator of a website and a forum, I know how difficult it is to get people to respond. Well, in your case it might have been a tiny bit easier since it is part of the course, but still - your students could have written something short and impersonal. Yet your students did express their opinions and let out their creativity.
I've never attended your classes, so I don't know how that runs, but from what I've seen here, I can assume you let your students explore works of literature on their own, as it were, and do not force any pre-conceived conclusions upon them. Am I right about it, girls (Anya, Olya, Lena, Katya)? This is really valuable because it's both more useful and enjoyable to express one's own ideas, and not copy those of literary critics.
I guess, you've succeded to show your students a hi-tech tool of making their opinions heard, so congrats on that.
Speaking of being heard, you are welcome to check out my weblog, where I share my thoughts on the modern Russian culture and our studies at the university. I wish faculty would sometimes know what we the students actually think. ;)

anna_filatova said...

Thank you, Anya and Masha!

I do believe that technology can stimulate students to think critically and to be self-directed learners.

As my friend Elizabeth Davis (http://classroom20.ning.com/profile/lizbdavis)from the Classroom 2.0 Ninq social network said, "Blogging provides a public voice for students. It makes writing authentic. When writing a blog, you really have to consider your audience and be open to feedback. This provides incentive to students to think before they write and to write well. Blogging forces students to dress up their writing for a public audience"