Grammer Bytes

The free techonology which I chose is entitled “Grammer Bytes”  by Robin L. Simmons. The site can be found at the following website, so credit can be given to the proper person: http://www.chompchomp.com/menu.htm

The reason I chose this site is because it relates to the field of teaching in which I will focus upon, that being English.  This site offers a number of free practice exercises which the author of this site allows teachers to print off without permission.

Also, this site offers other forms that I could use on a projector if my room has that device.  I enjoyed this site, and it will further aid me as an English teacher.

 

 

 

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Podcasts

The podcast that I decided to review is one entitled English 202: Major English Writers II composed by Dr. Rick Albright who is an associate professor of English  at Central Pennsylvania Community College Harrisburg Campus.

No new technologies were discussed, however I chose this podcast because it is one of many of a series of podcasts sponsored by the Harrisburg Campus which feature many podcasts pertaining to the level of education and subject matter which I plan to teach at a high school level, that being English and Literature.

One thing new that I learned is concerning the so-called Romantic Period which is dated from approximately 1780-1830.  This was a period which increased the emphasis on not only the mind of the artists, but also the role emotions as well as imagination had on literary works.  In fact I never heard of the Romantic Period, or if I had it was probably called  by a different title.

I plan to use this podcast as well as others from the Central Pennsylvania Community College Harrisburg Campus for my high school English classes.

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=424630060

http://dashboard.bloglines.com/privatepage/1#MerchantCircle

 

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RSS in Education

After reading Will Richardson article pertaining to RSS, I have decided that the best way to utilize RSS as an English teacher is to use it in conjuction with my students weblogs.  Perhaps I will have them keep a daily journal or weekly journal about their experience at school for the week or something to that effect, this is something I will have to analyze and plan as my education continues.

I personally have two rss feeds I utilize both google reader and bloglines and for my google reader I have subscribed to all of the graduate students blogs as well as the New York Times Education page.

For bloglines I have subscribed to New York Times Education and Jim Burks blog who is an English teacher in whose blog im following.

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New Technology

The technology which I think would be the most benficial in my work as an English Language Arts teacher, wwill be this device known as the Kineo.  I have to admit that I have not had the honor of being assigned to a class room, or  i have not even been a student teacher, so most of this post will be based upon when I become a teacher and howw this device will benefit student learning.

What is the Kineo?  The Kineo is a device touted as a tablet built for education.  It uses the Android operating system, has eBook capabilities as well as flash, and battery life lasts up to 12 hours.  The cost of the Kineo is substantially less than the Apple iPad at a price of approx 299.

What makes this device educator friendly is the ability to allow school officials the ability to specify the applications which students can use.  Also the device only allows access to programs which have been pre-programmed by school officials.  Also texting and other messaging capabilities have been disabled, so now, students cannot text each other while the focus should be on studies.

These are just some of the benefits of this device and having the ability to block unneccessary websites, should put parents and school officials at ease.  How will I as an English teacher use such a device.  Well being an eBook device, I will load into the device such literary works such at Treasure Island, Moby Dick, Sherlock Holmes, and of course Shakespeare, and other English and Greek works in order to expand my students minds and imaginations.  From those readings, I will take 10 words each week for the students to learn in order to expand their vocabulary.  All in all I believe this device would prove beneficial for myself and my students.

sources:http://www.eschoolnews.com/2011/02/04/kineo-like-an-ipad-but-made-for-students/

http://www.techlearning.com/video.aspx?bctid=1082523571001

http://www.brainchild.com/KineoPage.html

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