m-Learning Activity

Modern language teaching pedagogies revolve around the natural process of learning languages. If you look at a child beginning to speak you will see holes in their language production. They will circumnavigate the vocabulary word they do not know until an expert provides them with this word, then they will store it for later use. I tried to follow this pedagogical viewpoint in this activity by requiring students to engage in conversation with native users and when they discover a word they previously did not know they are to research that word and blog about it in order to store it in their memory.

m-Learning activity – Link to external website


RSS in Education

I think RSS feeds are a helpful way to stay organized with all of the information we collect from the internet. I never though they could really be integrated into a lesson until this assignment. It took me a while to think of a lesson to use RSS feeds in but I am happy about the way it turned out. I think being able to use an RSS reader is a valuable skill for the 21st century employee and if I can integrate this skill into lessons, well, that just better prepares my students. I am excited to test this lesson in my class and will update my post as soon as I do.

American Sign Language 101
Lesson – Deaf Culture: Cochlear Implants – Link to Google Doc



Sarah Baughman

American Sign Language 101

Lesson     –   Deaf Culture: Cochlear implants

Duration   –   Depends on student

Materials  –   Internet access

Key Vocabulary:

  • RSS
  • Curation



In this lesson students will explore the cultural debate on cochlear implants. They will collect artifacts from both sides of the debate using an RSS feed then proceed to evaluate, annotate, and organize these artifacts using a curation tool of their choice. After their curation is complete they will publish it to the web to start conversation, educate others, and stay up to date on the issue.  



Students will create a curation demonstrating in depth knowledge the cochlear implant debate.

Students will be able to effectively use RSS feeds and curation techniques.



No applicable standards



To understand Deaf culture as a whole, we must start by analyzing and understanding issues close to the heart of the people. An issue that has been quietly debated by the Deaf is that of cochlear implants.

Create an account using any RSS reader you are comfortable with. If you are not comfortable with RSS or have never used one before, now is your chance to learn! Here are some resources to get you started:

Add feeds to your reader from both sides of the cochlear implant debate. I would give you some resources to add, but that defeats the purpose. I want you to research the issue and decide for yourself which RSS feeds to subscribe to.

Follow your reader and begin collecting articles that pertain to both sides of the debate. Keep a working document of your articles and annotate them (describe what they are about) so you can easily keep track. Collect 10 articles from each side.

Do some research on curations. What are they, what are they for, how do you make one. Be sure you understand the difference between collecting resources on a topic and creating a curation, know the do’s and dont’s! Here are some resources to help you out:

Using your found articles create a curation using any site you would like (Scoopit, Educlipper, LessonPaths, PearTrees, Livebinders). Make sure the layout of your curation demonstrates your knowledge of both sides of the issue.

After your curation is complete publish it to the web, via your blog, and email the link to me: sarahbaughman@boisestate.edu



Students are assessed using the quality and quantity of their chosen articles, the layout of their curation, and the demonstration of accurate knowledge on the issue of cochlear implants.