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Re: [Teacher-talkhswriters] Teacher-talkhswriters Digest, Vol 12, Issue 27

From: Knall, Katherine <kathy.knall_at_sinclair.edu>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2011 14:16:21 +0000

Stephanie,
You asked about suggestions for getting students to use classroom computers more. I found this article and thought it had some good ideas.
Kathy K

Encouraging Students to Use Technology
Robert Harris
Version Date: March 11, 1997
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1. Require students to use email to send at least some of their homework, papers, projects, comments, questions, or assessments. A useful assignment is to have students write and mail a narrative evaluation of a paper, reading, or class session they completed.

2. Use email to send students individual assignments or comments and require that they respond to the assignment (even if it means merely printing out the letter or replying to it).

Commentary: Email dialog between teacher and student has been discovered to have numerous benefits in addition to making sure the student learns how to use email. Here are some of them:
3. Require students to get assignments online. Post assignments or other information on a web page, intranet page, or shared drive folder. Particular sites with pertinent information might be mentioned in class or listed in an assignment or syllabus, with the requirement that students visit them and obtain certain information from them.

4. Require students to search the Internet and make use of one or more Internet sources as part of their assignments. Books, journals, newspapers, magazines, organizational sites, corporate sites, museums, and a host of other information sources provide a truly staggering amount of useful information. (But plan also to discuss source evaluation with your students because some show a surprising lack of caution in accepting as true whatever they find. As part of their research, you might have them locate some articles on the Net relating to source evaluation or direct them to my article, "Evaluating Internet Research Sources"<http://www.virtualsalt.com/evalu8it.htm>.)

5. Require students to make use of one or more articles in electronic form as part of their assignments. These forms are usually on CD-ROM and include encyclopedias, magazines, newspapers, and various abstracts and databases.

6. Require students to subscribe to an Internet mailing list relevant to the class and to turn in one or more useful postings together with an evaluation of it and the mailing list in general. You might even require that the students propose a posting of their own.

7. Require that papers be written using word processing software. Require the use of some additional functions, such as headlines or subheads, font changes, drop caps, tables, graphs, inserted pictures, boxes, and so on. Help students to stretch themselves and their knowledge of how the word processor can help them present information in a clearer, more effective way.

General comment: Many students take to technology avidly. But perhaps a third are less enthusiastic, and, given the chance, will avoid it. Therefore, in order to accomplish the technology-use goal, it is important to (1) make the use of technology required of all students in the class and (2) make assignments and performance expectations clear and specific, so that students know exactly what is wanted. (For example, "You must send me by noon Thursday an email describing your topic and plan of procedure, in at least three paragraphs.") Take a few minutes in class and/or in the form of handouts to instruct students how to perform the skill you want them to exhibit. As with most kinds of assignment, vagueness creates fear and loathing. You may need to take more time now for instruction than you will in a couple of years, when students are more techno-literate. But if every professor trains students a bit more, and if every professor incorporates some of these requirements in each class, students will quickly become adept with the tools of information technology.

Kathy Knall

Researcher/trainer, SW ABLE Resource Center

444 W. 3rd. St. Room 6130

Dayton, OH 45402

Phone: 937-512-5364

FAX: 937-512-3434

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Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2011 12:44:08 -0400

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Surprisingly I have only a few students in my adult who are "computer savvy" I have assignments loaded on Plato that a few take advantage of. I have an essay assignment that four students have completed. I am always searching for material to use on the computers in my classroom ( I have six). Any suggestions?

Stephanie Reid-Taylor

Columbus City Schools ABLE

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I have downloaded a copy of the lesson On the Internet-A Virtual Tour and will use it in class on Monday 5/2/11 and will post the results on Tuesday.

Stephanie Reid-Taylor

Columbus City Schools ABLE

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Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2011 19:47:26 -0400

From: Sheryl Risner <srisner_at_ohp.k12.oh.us>

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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.

Sheryl

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I find lesson #8 exciting and challenging.?? I love the computer.? I am on it several hours a day.??I play games and take care of a farm.?? I google things I want to learn more about.? I talk to friends.??? But...............my students dont use the computer as much as I do.? Most of them don't even want to know more about it.?

I gave a writing prompt and gave them the choice to go next door to the computer lab or to do it with paper and pencil.? Only one student went to the computer lab.?

Right now many of my students are cramming for the GED test.?? They? really want to know how to write a paper that will pass on the test.??

Here is an aside...........last night? I told them that they can write fiction on the GED writing assignment,? Oh my goodness..............the quality of writing went way up.?

I am looking forward to using a lot of the ideas in the future.? I try to stress that if they are going on to college that the computer is necessary.??? (now to use spell check on this )

Ty for the spell check poem.??? I am looking forward to using it.

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Subject: [Teacher-talkhswriters] (no subject)

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Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2011, 12:31 PM

MaryLou and I did another lesson from the workshop (forgot which #).? We cut up a paragraph per sentence and had the students recreate the paragraph in sequence.? Some of our writers who struggle with order?also struggled a little with the assignment, but in the end everybody seemed to get the point and enjoyed it.? We talked about why order when writing is important, and how directions would become juggled if not in the correct order.

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I also just finished?lesson 8 and am excitied?about using the computer more in the GED class.? I often assign homework on the compter for math and grammer (funbrain.com and freerice.com).? Using it more in the classroom just makes sense.? Like everyone else, we are limited in the number of computers available, but can see dividing up into groups?at certain times to use them.? I also use a spellchecker poem to help students practice word processing.? The link is http://latech.edu/tech/liberal-arts/geography/courses/spellchecker.htm.?

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