Monday, May 11, 2009

Topic: Purpose for Technology

10-second review: Don’t use technology to replicate traditional paper-based activities.

Title: “Tech-to-Stretch: Expanding Possibilities for Literature response.” PE Whitin. Reading Teacher (February 2009), 408-418. A publication of the International Reading Association (IRA).

Summary: Combine text and images. Compose using technology: slide shows, digital movies. Teacher trainees responded to a book by making a digital movie. (One way of solving writer’s block.)

Comment: Good idea. Interesting to note that the authors don’t believe that using technology as a duplication of paper and pencil activities is an effective use of technology. How does this activity of composing with technology apply to high-stakes tests? And this activity cannot and should not replace instruction in writing. On the other hand, instruction in writing can help in planning slide shows and films. High-stakes tests certainly get in the way of interesting language arts activities. "If it’s not tested, why teach it?" RayS.

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