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Final Reflection

The high school where I teach is knee-deep in its first year of a 1:1 program using Chromebooks, so the opportunity to take a class on integrating technology into my teaching practice was a practical choice. I have learned a number of new ideas and collected resources for using technology to teach, but I have … More Final Reflection

Obstacles to Integrating Technology in English/Language Arts

There is an unusual tension in utilizing technology to teach English/Language Arts (ELA). My state standards for American Literature cover American foundational documents (i.e. Declaration of Independence or Henry’s “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech) at the same they cover online editing collaboration. ELA as a subject area seems to be looking back … More Obstacles to Integrating Technology in English/Language Arts

Game-Based Learning

When I was a kid, and I completed all of my classwork, my teacher would let me play Oregon Trail on one of the two computers at the back of the room. I would frantically try to survive the trip across the country without getting sick or my wagon being damaged or my cattle dying. … More Game-Based Learning

Acceptable Use Policies

This past summer the other English teachers and I created our own acceptable use policy for the English classrooms in our building, in addition to the one we utilize through LACA, the educational computer association for our surrounding area. We found LACA’s policy effective, but not detailed enough to cover our expectations about how we … More Acceptable Use Policies

The Basic Suite

In English and language arts (ELA), word processing and presentations from the basic suite have been used for years, in very traditional formats: the word processor taking the place of the hand-written essay, and the presentation taking the place of the poster board. Roblyer (2016), however addresses the need for ELA to begin to address … More The Basic Suite