Monday, October 11, 2004

Thoughts on Technology in my field

The technologies that I feel will be most valuable to my English classroom are some of the most common. I intend to have my students do a lot of writing. Micrsoft Word or some other text editor will be used by every student at least once a week. As they write essays and short stories and newspaper articles, their most valuable technology resource will be these text editor programs. I remember talking to my sister that went to school in the age of the typewriter and hearing her sad stories about having to retype again and again her papers for the smallest errors. Computers have drastically improved the rate at which people can revise and print papers.

Also, my classes will be doing quite a bit of research about literature and its themes. The best research resource in the world today is the internet. I imagine that by the time I am teaching, most students will have a good grasp of how to use the internet and search things out.

In this class, I have thought that this Blogger would be a great resource for my classes. The blogs are a great way of communicating wtih other classmates. With the literature we will be reading and the global issues we will be touching upon, having a group of students blogging together online will increase student's ability to share and get information with others.

I love English becasue of the very open-ended nature of the class. I hope to be able to use a variety of technologies in teaching my classes.


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