Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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Things To Consider
In the Classroom
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workshop 8 guide

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Technology in the Classroom
First Steps A Shared Path Different Audiences Different Purposes
Usage and Mechanics Providing Feedback on Student Writing Learning from Professional Writers Writing in the 21st Century
Type of Technology Some Suggested Uses
Live television Newscasts can provide a glimpse into ways in which writing for this medium has developed. Watch them with closed captions for a better idea of what writing skills are called into play in creating these telecasts. Scripts may also be available from local new programs.

Personality profiles can help students analyze style and presentation of ideas.

Interviews with current authors (or programs about past and current authors) can provide students with an easy way to learn from professional writers and their craft.

Educational channels often present workshops and programs related to writing in the classroom, not only for students but also for teachers.

VCR (Taped television, films) or DVD Players Small clips from programs can be used to illustrate writing techniques or introduce ideas embedded in an assignment.

An analysis of film structure can help students analyze and internalize narrative structures and character development techniques.

Students can write and produce their own films, sharing them with their peers throughout the school.

(Be sure to watch with the lights on to encourage students to see this experience as a part of their learning.)

CDs Music can serve as a background for personal writing time, or as the inspiration for a critique or response to either the lyrics and the music, or both.

Writers can use CDs to save their work. Their huge capacity makes it easy to store a semester's worth of writing for an entire class.

Overhead Projectors Sharing written information with this staple of the classroom has always been useful.

Use this device to project object shapes that become the basis for creative or informative student writing.

Digital Cameras Digital images can be readily used on Web sites to illustrate student writing or present a picture of the author.

A visual diary of class activities can be maintained and made available on a Web site or in print as a celebration of the writing community or as the inspiration for student reflection on the writing they created during a certain activity.

Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) PDAs can be used to communicate between teachers and students. For example, tests can be "beamed" from a teacher's PDA to a student's (or group of students) PDA. Responses can be similarly transmitted.

Students can use PDAs as portable journals, "beaming" writing from one PDA to another.

Teachers and students can use PDAs to keep track of assignments and school calendars.

Like cell phones and pager, some districts prohibit the use of these devices on school property. Check with your administration before going ahead with any activities related to their use.

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