Saturday, October 30, 2010

Using Technology in the Classroom

I decided to add to my original introductory lesson for The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963, by creating my very own video using Windows Movie Maker. I put together clips from the 1960s race riots and social injustice, hoping to construct an idea of the time period with my students. You can view my video at this link: Watsons Introduction.

Luckily, my classroom is equipped with a working projector and computer, so I can integrate technology into my lessons. I try not to let the technology run my lessons; rather, I use technology to enhance my lessons.

For example, when I completed a mini nonfiction unit with my students, I used the computer in my room as a means of projecting nonfiction articles onto the screen, so my students could follow along as we dissected characteristics of nonfiction texts. I will continue to integrate technology into my classroom during my next unit as well.

1 comment:

  1. I remember you showing this to us in class, did it take a lot of effort? For my own students I copped out and just found one online, which I think also had an impact on them since students just like them were making these trailers.

    It would be interesting if we could get a compilation of sources of technology useful to the classroom.

    In case you were interested,during my own student teaching my students enjoyed the use of ListenNJ, which is handy so you don't have to search far to find an audiotape! Yay technology!