This post is a big shout out to Carla Beard, founder of Web English Teacher. I almost fell out of my desk chair with excitement when I happened upon this site two days ago! What a resource! Carla explains:
When I started teaching in 1975, “cutting-edge technology” in the classroom meant opaque projectors, 8-millimeter loop movies, and ditto masters in green and red as well as purple. Today it includes wireless networks, streaming media, white boards, and e-books. Fortunately, it also includes the Internet and its most popular component, the World Wide Web.
In the spring of 2000, my student teacher spent hours online trying to find information and ideas to help her in the classroom. “Someone,” I thought, “should put ideas teachers can use in one place online. It would save a lot of time searching.”
That June, “someone” became me.
At Web English Teacher educators can take advantage of online technology to share ideas and to benefit from the work of others. Beginning teachers can find guidance; experienced teachers can find inspiration. Think of it as the faculty library and faculty workroom on a global scale.
Because the most important part of teaching isn’t the technology.
This week Carla has shared a number of ideas on “Book Reports in a Digital Age.” For example:
- Take a look at the link a Bookish Proposal, where students and teachers make plans to sell books in uncommon venues.
- Trying to motivate reluctant or striving readers? Why not work with your students to create Digital Book Trailers?
- I’m a huge fan of Twitter and I suspect your students are too! How about having your students do a Twitter Book Report?