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Technology for You and Your Students
from NCTE INBOX 3-6-12
Drawing attention to the importance and availability of various technologies in libraries, Teen Tech Week, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association, takes place March 4-10. This week also coincides with the release of the survey data from the Speak Up National Research Project. This project provides participating schools, districts, and non-profit organizations with a suite of online surveys and reports to collect authentic feedback from students, educators, and parents regarding trends in educational technology and how K-12 kids learn best. The following resources from NCTE and share more on technology and education.

The March 2012 issue of Language Arts, "Professional Development in the Age of" (G), explores the following questions: How are language arts teachers preparing students for a digital world? What kind of professional development are teachers participating in? And how are educators rethinking literacy for a multimodal, multimedia, and Language Arts podcastshyperlinked world? Listen to podcasts on digital directions in professional development and a discussion about the influence of 21st century literacies and technologies in today's classrooms.

"Merging Literacy and Technology," the March 2010 Voices from the Middle, includes "The Interactive Potential of Multiple Media: A New Look at Inquiry Projects" (E-M). This article presents the inquiry and literacy processes of two fifth-grade students as they created a digital video about African American history for a school project. The interaction of various media in the project "created a synergy that fostered and perpetuated the students' literacy and inquiry processes."

The podcast episode "Teen Literature and Technology" (M-S) talks about books that "break the rules of writing" by telling stories in the form of emails, blog entries, and instant messages. Also featured are books that raise questions about the risks of online interactions and the reasons why teens go public with online writing. Finally, you'll hear about online resources that provide even more information about great books for teens.

Lesson Plans for Developing Digital Literacies (M-S) presents a set of lessons designed to help educators integrate a variety of digital applications. These lessons are organized around four themes: getting started, the collaborative classroom, composing and researching, and literature study.

With the theme "Technology Refresh," the August 2011 English Leadership Quarterly (TE) offers readers articles that speak both to a philosophical (and often conflicted) path toward the integration of technology in the classroom and our practical approaches to incorporating it into meaningful and engaging instruction.

While teaching field research methods to first-year composition students, the author of "Instructional Note: Digital Video: Scaffolding Fieldworking Skills for Research Writing" from Teaching English in the Two-Year College uses online digital video to scaffold note-taking, interviewing, and observation skills.

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