Because technology is not a separate entity in my curriculum, its integration is not necessarily integration at all. Technology just IS. Technology is a tool I use as naturally as a pen and paper to communicate, facilitate, create, and evaluate learning in my classroom. Likewise, my students use technology for the same purposes. I certainly hope that viewing my Weebly site, particularly my Room 100 Blog and my Technology Resource page, will show my dedication to the power technology has to positively impact education. I will provide a few highlights on this page.
In the summer of 2013, Julia Fornetti, a Marquette University School of Education major traveled to South Africa to study and learn with teachers and students at Zimasa Primary School in Langa, South Africa. Shortly after arriving in Langa, Ms. Fornetti contacted her former high school English teacher, Kendalynn Sutton, at Kingsford High School in Kingsford, MI. She wanted to know if Mrs. Sutton would be interested in having Kingsford students connect with Zimasa's students. Of course, Mrs. Sutton's response was a resounding, "YES!" and the collaboration began. The result of the collaboration is "When Classrooms Come Together," a shared blog between Mrs. Sutton's English 10 students and Zimasa Primary's 9a students. Through written exchange on this blog, students from opposite ends of the globe have thrown open the doors to their respective classrooms to allow understanding, empathy, and collaboration to enter.
The last American Literature Unit English 10 students studied this year included Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild. For the culminating activity, students tested out a variety of Web Presentation Tools to display their knowledge of the themes and motifs in the novel. A RAFT is a culminating activity that allows students to choose how to show their own learning. For this individual project, students chose a role (a character or entity they would “be”), an intended audience (the person or group the piece would address or “talk to”), a format, and a theme or topic. Students were required to use new technology tools to present their projects. I have included links to several student presentations along with student descriptions of the projects and the web tools. Here is a link to the assignment document itself. Credit is given to Karie Lynch for the assignment idea. Here is the RAFT assignment.
In February 2014, Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition students studied several historical periods of literature. Students addressed the following essential questions through the creation of their own Weebly pages:
- What are the most recognized Literary Movements in the Canon of English Literature?
- What are the characteristics that define each movement?
- Which authors exemplify the qualities of each movement?
- How can a greater understanding of the Literary Movements aide in comprehending a poem's meaning?