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.