Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Blerping Is A Great Way to Help Students Express Themselves

An innovative colleague of mine recently shared a great site with me called Blerp which lets you annotate websites. As a long time Tablet user this is a feature that I found so powerful, but those without Tablets could not enjoy the same option. Now Blerp brings this feature to any laptop user through the use of a feature that allows you to place post its on websites.

As Larry Ferlazzo’s shares in his blog,

The ability to annotate webpages — the equivalent of making notes on a written text — is absolutely critical for students to develop their reading skills. Using “post-it” notes on text to demonstrate the use of reading strategies is a key teaching and learning approach I use in the classroom. I am always searching for web tools that will allow students to do the same on Internet pages, which is why I created the The Best Applications For Annotating Websites.

There are some good tools on that list, but Blerp, I think, “trumps” all of them.

Check out his blog for more information.