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Paying Attention to Technology: Reviewing a Technology

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Paying Attention to Technology: Reviewing a Technology

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Six 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Traci Gardner

Traci Gardner

Blacksburg, Virginia


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology






  • Published technology reviews

  • General classroom supplies (e.g., chart paper, overheads)

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  • Make copies of the Text Analysis Chart, and if desired, the Technology Profile questions.

  • Choose 4 or 5 technology reviews to use as examples for the class, and make copies of the reviews to support small group exploration of the genre. The following resources can provide reviews:

    • Reviews are available from Consumer Reports, from another print publications including newspapers and magazines, or from an online review site, such as the following: Technology Review, CNET Reviews, and ZDNet Reviews.

    • Industry reviews are also sometimes available on shopping sites, such as Amazon.com. To ensure the quality and appropriateness of the reviews, be sure to select professional reviews as models for the class, rather than the less polished reviews posted by people who have purchased the product.

    • Visit a student-friendly search engine and search for reviews. You'll find reviews for a variety of technologies. Students can also use these search engines for research on their own reviews.

  • Test the Technology Profile on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tool and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

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