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Technology That Works in the Language Arts Classroom Brenda Coulter Robinette Lausanne Collegiate Memphis, Tennessee
Lausanne Collegiate 1:1 Technology in the Classroom File Storage on Laptops and Server Emails for Parent Communication Email Conferences for Literature Blogs/Chats School Web Page for Events, Projects PowerPoints PhotoStory or iMovie
Things That Don’t Work PowerPoint projects assigned to individual students (unless you are looking for a way to spend two weeks of class time listening to students read each slide aloud) Solution: Students create Group PowerPoint projects or PowerPoint projects with no words, just images. Solution: Students create Group PowerPoint projects with limited number of words per slide.
Things That Don’t Work Notetaking by every student on laptops during class (unless you like a class that does not respond to your questions or discuss the topics you present) Solution: Have one student take notes and email them to everyone else or place notes on class wiki or homework page.
Things That Don’t Work Believing that all students will keep copies of their old essays for later when you need them for revision or for essay contests Solution: Have students email essays to class forum.
Things That Don’t Work Believing that technology will solve all problems in the classroom and magically make your students fabulous readers and writers Solution: Use technology when it works. Drop it when it doesn’t.
Today’s Topics: Things That Work Homework Page for Parents/Students This I Believe Podcasts The Class Wiki Discussing Essays with LCD Projector Class Conferences for Handing in Writing Assignments Markin’ Editing Program
Homework Page Resources
PodCasts Listen to essays on NPR This I Believe Radio Juventud StoryCorps Record This I Believe essays free online at gabcast.com
Record on gabcast.com Open an account on gabcast.com (free). Find your country phone number and your channel number on gabcast web page. Call that number and record your essay from your phone. Give phone number and channel number to students and they can call on their own time to record.
Post Link on Homework Page or on School Web Pages http://www.gabcast.com/index.php?a=epi sodes&query=&b=play&id=13446&cast= 41490&castPage=&autoplay=true http://www.gabcast.com/index.php?a=epi sodes&query=&b=play&id=13446&cast= 41490&castPage=&autoplay=true http://www.gabcast.com/index.php?a=epi sodes&query=&b=play&id=13446&cast= 41490&castPage=&autoplay=true Now, anyone with access to your homework page or the school web site can access the podcasts!
The voices of youth on being the youngest child,
on running cross country,
on the lessons learned from younger brothers.
Essay Discussions Project and Compose as a Group
Class Conferences for Handing in Writing Assignments
Creating a Conference
Drag Old Essays into Folders
-- Import Document -- Bring Up Buttons
Edit Using Standard Buttons and Comments
Create Your Own Buttons Do not erase old button set!!! It will not reappear. Simply add button to the standard set.
Create Your Own Buttons
Make a New Button
End of Essay Comments
Markin’ Annotation Key
One more piece of advice: Have students save their essays as such: Posey PreTest Essay Douglas This I Believe Essay Kadien Antigone Essay This allows you to drag the essays into folders for Markin’ and then return essays with ease. I also email parents the marked essays so they can see how the students are progressing.
Technology I Can Use Now New Teaching Practices for New Literacies Create or join Teacher Chats online or on your own internal email system (Teachers Without Walls). Use your librarian to evaluate databases, online catalogs, digital information services. Access free software offered online.
Get Your Students to Help!
Cool Free Stuff Wet Paint for web page YouTube tumblr.com - free home page on web (go here to see presentation) Project Gutenberg del.icio.us - bookmarks portaportal.com - limited use bookmarks myblog classblogmeister - very secure; comment on blogs before publication; comments sent via email (bad idea) or new approval tool; great way to have classes commumicate with each other about texts blogger.com Audicity - podcasts google – podcasts
Even More Cool Stuff iPods can convert PowerPoints to text files for flash cards for studying! Use your iPod to listen to texts while reading (download classics free from public domain internet - librivox.com)
Free Music Sources Freeplay Music - a good collection of royalty-free music Soundzabound - short clips free, reasonably-priced CDs available MagnaTune download.com Partners in Rhyme