I am very fortunate to have several desktops and a mobile cart with 8 laptops to use in my classroom. We use the computers in English class frequently.
One of my favorite lessons only uses the teacher computer and screen with projector and speakers. I print out the lyrics to "Believe" by Brooks & Dunn. Then I play the song on youtube. We use this as a start to narrative writing. They see how the songwriter makes everyone understand his message without ever identifying that he is singing about God. We follow up with several good sample narrative writings. Songs are excellent examples of narrative and descriptive writing.
Another of my favorite tools is nicenet. This is a free, easy to use internet classroom assistant. Our adult learners may know how to websearch, email, chat, but they need to know how to use technology for professional and educational purposes... especially those who will be entering any kind of post-secondary training program. Our career center is switching too google for gmail and google apps next year. I am looking forward to using googleapps to share and produce documents with my learners.
I use email for lessons on business correspondence and the learners can do preliminary research online before writing essays. We also use Newsweek, the NY Times, and USA Today online for reading articles.
Next year, our program will be developing a website where we can start blogs for learner use. I will also have students write articles for publication on our class's webpage to share what we have been doing in class.
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