New Literacies “Changing the way we learn” Group 7: Gabby Villalanti, Ryan Howard, Kevin Bauer
The new digital world • In schools today, technology is becoming more prevalent and standard books and written text are becoming more obsolete. • This article discusses how students are living in a new digital world and going beyond reading only books. • http://www.nea.org/home/35939.htm
www.turnitin.com • This website is a great tool for teachers to use to help prevent cheating on assignments. Students login and submit their work and it is checked for plagiarism. Turnitin.com checks for originality and use of proper citation. Also, it is a great site where teachers can post responses to their student’s work and provide feedback.
Smart Board • The Smart Board is an interactive learning tool • Maximizes the potential of a single computer classroom • Students of all ages and backgrounds can use the product • Allows students to manipulate and create images • Allows for students to actively participate in their education “Smart boards give students a hands-on approach to classroom concepts. These interactive white boards engage students much like they are accustomed in today's high paced technological world.”Read more: http://www.brighthub.com/education/k-12/reviews/9759.aspx
Smart Board Cont. • Smart Board pricing is similar to that of a TV- the bigger the board the bigger the price • The 48” SB640 retails around $1,000 depending on supplier • The newer 48”SB680 retails right around $1,800 • The 77” SB680 retails at $2,000 • The 94”SB690 retails for $3,000
Computer-Enriched Literature • New programs are becoming increasingly available that turn literature into computer-based text presentations. The most widely known of these is Microsoft Reader • An ever increasing number of books are becoming available electronically which allows the aid of such programs.
The Kindle • The kindle is another new reading device used for reading books electronically. • The screen looks similar to paper and it can download books in as little as 60 seconds. • It is very thin and light making it easy to transport and use on the go.