Friday, October 08, 2004

Technology Video 2

The second movie we watched was "What makes writers write?" This movie showed the use of technology only by the teachers as they presented information to the class. I really liked the lesson plan as a whole that the teachers used, even though there was minimal use of technology. No computer-dependant work was involved. I believe the internet was used to research the inventions, but this could have been done through other means. The technology allowed the teachers to invoke emotion and induce thought about a piece of literature. This was a good contrast to see between a classroom project that was almost completely dependant on technology (in the first video) and this video which hardly used any technology. In both videos, the students were assigned to work in groups, but in the second video, the students seemed to interact and discuss concpts more than the students making the videos together. Both uses of technology were effective, however different. An interesting juxtaposition I found in the study of Fareinheit 451 (which critisizes technology) and the use of technology in the teaching about the book... interesting.

When we met on Thursday morning, we didn't have enough time to finish both videos together, so our thoughts on the second video are posted on each of our respective blogs and we'll each read the other's.


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