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Kathy Wickline's Story
Empowering Students and Teachers with RWT
After nineteen years of teaching high school English and German, I switched to position of media specialist at a middle school. I thought I would be simply spreading my love of reading with this age group. Instead, I discovered that my position enabled me to work with other teachers to create lessons that combined reading, writing, and technology. ReadWriteThink is the perfect place to begin our search for these lessons. Through this cooperation between classroom teacher and media specialist, teachers are more willing to try out new technologies such as Glogster, Animoto, Voki and Farcebook. Additionally, this planning sometimes introduces teachers to the numerous resources that ReadWriteThink has for all areas of the school curriculum. ReadWriteThink is a valuable aid in planning these interesting student-centered lessons.
When looking for a new technology medium to engage students, we always examine the Teaching with Technology Strategy Guides. These are extremely helpful to avoid the pitfalls of applying a new technology practice in the classroom. Also, we examine the student interactives, especially the ones that students can save their projects to return to edit such as the Trading Card Creator. These ready-made templates, such as the Acrostic Poems and Plot Diagram, save valuable planning time, but more importantly appeal to today’s students who enjoy working with computers.
However, who has really benefited from these cooperative planned lessons has been the students. When we learn a new Web 2.0 tool, the most frequent question is “Can we make these on own at home?” There is no better endorsement for using these new technologies and no better evaluation of student engagement than those simple words. Furthermore, these reactions have empowered teachers to join me as we learn more technology skills to share and teach our students, whose futures rely heavily on being computer literate.
What Did George Post Today?
For this project, students created Facebook-like PowerPoints on Revolutionary War people.
Students created Voki avatars to report on leadership skills of famous people of the world.
After students learned research skills, they used their research findings to write bio-poems on famous leaders.
Prior to reading novels set in the Civil War, students researched various aspects and used Prezis to present.
Glog That Book!
Students reviewed the elements of fiction by creating Glogs for novels they read independently.
Currently I am a librarian/ media specialist at a rural middle school. This position allows me to combine my love of reading with my interest in technology. I am hoping to instill the love of reading in my students and my grandchildren. Also, I enjoy traveling, especially to places of historical significance such as Civil War battlefields.