Beyond Word Processing – Technology in the English Classroom. Freyja Bergthorson Loudoun County Public Schools Freyja.Bergthorson@loudoun.k12.va.us. Wordle.net. In this session…. Where I’m from… background information. Brief discussion & video presentation of 21 st Century Literacy
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Loudoun County Public Schools
Where I’m from… background information
Brief discussion & video presentation of 21st Century Literacy
What’s a WikiGoogle Docs
Examples of classroom applications & student work
Assignment #1 – set the stage analyze & connect
PSA – analyze & create
Drink & Drive
Digital essays (My Friends / Brain Surgery)
Student choice (451 hand/trailer/song)
Traditional Literary assignments, with a modern twist – “The Bells”
What did it mean to be literate when you graduated from high school?
Now answer this one…
What does ‘to be literate’ mean for students for students who will graduate from high school in the 21st Century?
Digital Natives are constantly exposed to messages
If anyone can create & publish material for anyone to see, the ability to read critically is more important than ever & involves the analysis and interpretation of more than just text.
Who are these Digital Natives?
How can we engage them in the English classroom?
While we teach whatever we teach at school, the kids go home and learn the skills they need to survive and prosper in an interconnected global economy.
When I was two years old, my parents discovered that I had a brain problem, but they didn’t know that the problem was seizures until the second grade, when they took me to see a doctor. The seizures worsened due to the flipping that occurred in some of the exercises.
After the surgeries there was a long healing phase I had to make it through. I had to wear a large bandage and a unique helmet at all times. I also could not participate in any physical activities. Even after all that, I haven’t had a seizure in over four years.
My friends mean the world to me. Without friends I wouldn’t be the same. I have a lot of friends but these are some of my closest. There’s Bailey in the upper left, Jenny in the upper right, and Leanna on the bottom.
First there’s Bailey! She is my best friend ever. She has always been there for me through the good times and the bad times. Not only is she my best friend but she is also my neighbor. She lives right down the street from me. Since we live so close we do so many activities together. We go to guitar together, we hang outside all the time and listen to loud music to annoy our very annoying neighbors.
Bailey’s personality is very easy to sum up. She’s wild and crazy happy and has the best sense of humor. Her three loves in life are food, music (as in AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses, and Led Zeppelin) and her favorite guinea pig named Pig.
Next is my other best friend Leanna! I have been friends with Leanna since 5th grade. She is a great person to laugh with and always has something to say. You can talk to her about anything and she will always listen.
Leanna like to laugh and just have a good time. She is a little more quiet in school but out side of school she is wild and crazy. Leanna is very athletic and like soccer and basketball the best. Playing kickball outside with Leanna and her neighbors is so much fun.
To sum it up Leanna is just, Leanna!
I have known Jenny since we were 4 years old. Ever since I have known her we have been eating candy. Jenny lives near me so we can hang out a lot.
Jenny is a very nice person with a great personality. Some of Jenny’s favorite activities are to talk on her phone, and sing (she is a good singer by the way!) Jenny likes her dog buddy too. It is the dog she always wanted.
My friends are all very special to me and make me laugh non stop.
With out their funny personalities and great sense of humor I don’t know what I would do.
Now as you can see this is what makes my friends my friends.
Interpreting Media Messages – Public Service Announcements
Students must be able to interpret and evaluate media messages –
Analyzing and creating Public Service Announcements
Responsible use of social networking – a basic life skill!