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Relative Advantage Chart
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Relative advantage chart for high school English courses with technology integration strategies & applications.
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Learning ProblemTechnology Solution 1Technology Solution 2Relative AdvantageExpected Outcomes
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1. Students need to learn how to edit and/or proofread a text as well as collaborate with others via peer editing.Microsoft Word (utilize comment feature)Google docs or Googe driveStudents will be able to provide immediate feedback to each other and participate in a activity that is more engaging. Peer editing should improve editing and proofreading skills, as well as writing skills. An added bonus is that it should build collaborative skills as well.
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2. Oral presentations skills are a must but can be time consuming or intimidating to complete in person. (Rants are a great way to foster oral presentation skills.)iPod / Smartphone / Flip Camerahttp://blabberize.com/Students will be able to improve oral presentation skills in a non threatening way. Oral presentation skills should improve, and "argumentation" skill sets should improve too (if they complete a rant or point/counterpoint activity).
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3. Class discussion is essential but it may be hard to get shy students to express themselves in a group setting.https://padlet.com/https://www.schoology.com/ This activity will encourage equal participation. Students who will not speak in front of others are more likely to participate in this kind of activity. Not only will this activity improve participation rates in discussion, it may also "build" more thoughtful arguments or ideas (as students build upon each others' points).
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4. Students dislike citing references for a research paper.http://www.easybib.com/http://www.bibme.org/Students will be able to track, organize and cite the resources they found during the research process. Students also find these sites to be "user-friendly" and therefore are more like to complete them.Student references or bibliographies should be more accurate and consistent.
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5. Students need to brainstorm ideas and organize them into an outline before they start writing, but many skip this step (prewriting) because it is tedious or time consuming.http://www.inspiration.com/Inspirationhttps://popplet.com/User-friendly applications like these encourage students to complete a very important part of the writing process. The options within the applications also provide students with choice, and they like that.Because students have not skipped this important step, their thesis statement should be fulfilled and their argument should be clearly structured. The reader should be able to follow the writer's argument.
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6. Students need to work collaboratively while completing a research assignment. http://www.wikispaces.com/http://pbworks.com/educationStudents will complete a research assignment (and the skills that go along with that) in a format that is engaging, if not timely, especially if they create a cooperatively built "wikipedia-like" page or site.Each student should be able to locate, assess, organize and present the information he or she has found. The student should be able to present the information in a creative, effective and thorough manner. Students should be able to foster collaborative skills as well.
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7. Character analysis can be monotonous for high school students but they need to gain insight into a character's behaviours or motivations to better understand the story.http://www.classtools.net/twister/https://www.pinterest.comStudents are able to analyze a character in a unique way! They can also gain insight into a character's behaviours and motivations while using an application that is appealing and riveting.This activity should improve a student's ability to analyze a character more thoroughly. Creativity would also be fostered or nurtured by using 'imitation' or new social networking applications like twister/fakebook/pinterest.
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Students need to improve vocabulary skills for reading comphrension tests (via their word journal) but find the practice boring. PowerPoint / Microsoft Word (Microsoft Office) or Google Drive (Presentations) / PhotoStory 3http://photopeach.com/An activity like this allows students to explore words more closely/thoroughly. By including visual imagery, definitions, the chosen word in a sentence,and other specific details about the word (origin, phonetics, etc.), the student is more likely to adopt that word and use it in his or her everyday life. Students should be able to transfer their newly acquired knowledge/skills (how prefixes, suffixes, and root words work) to reading comprehension tests. Reading scores should improve; and more importantly, understanding of the text should improve.
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9. Metaphorical thinking is an abstract or complex concept to grasp.PowerPoint or Microsoft Word (Microsoft Office) or Google Drive (Presentations)Google docs or Googe driveDifficult concepts seem simpler when technology is introduced because students can readily build their metaphor by using both text and images. Students are more likely to sustain their efforts too. Presentations or venues like this allow students to share (in small groups or as an entire class) their work with others as well.Students should exhibit a higher level of meta-cognition. Presentation skills should improve as well because both formats encourage "sharing".
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10.Students need to improve writing skills or personal reflection skills, but immediate feedback is hard to provide in a large class.https://sites.google.com/http://kidblog.org/home/Blogging on a regular basis encourages students to share thoughts or reflections (about readings and/or class discussions). Students like to work through more complex ideas this way because it's not as intimidating as writing an essay. It also permits other students to provide feedback in a timely manner. Activities like this allow students to work at their own pace too.Writing skills and meta-cognition skills should improve. Students should also learn to work independently, and transfer this ability to "work situations".
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11. Summary activities can foster understanding but are not "challenging" enough, especially when examined using traditional methods. ie. plot development chartShakespeare in 60 seconds. Create a video (iPod, smartphone, Flip Camera) or a podcast (Audacity) http://audacity.sourceforge.net/The students should be able to summarize the key moments, if not the themes, of the play . This assignment also provides a "review" of the play but in a challenging and engaging way. Students who like the spotlight usually thrive with an assignment like this.Students should improve their understanding of difficult concepts and be able to differentiate between what is important and what isn't. Creative thinking skills / collaboration skills are also fostered, if not improved.
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