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

Vision and Mission

Technology is changing by the minute, which is impacting the classroom in evolving, overwhelming, and far-reaching ways, much the same as it is altering our lives outside of the classroom. The fast-paced nature of the changes is also widening the gap between students who are prepared to face the technology changes of the future and … More Vision and Mission