Web 2.0 in the Classroom
I would love to move my class to the computer lab, but the reality is that not every school has computers for each student. Most schools have shared computer labs, or just a few computers per classroom, making extensive computer use difficult.
I have been learning ways to implement Web 2.0 technologies in my HACC classroom, but half of my students do not have computers and Internet access at home so they frequently do not complete their online assignments. We only have two and a half hours of class time per week, and if I want them to use computers, I have to book the computer lab weeks in advance.
Although my students’ lack of computer access and lack of knowledge of the Internet and Web 2.0 technologies, I still want to continue using computers and other technologies to assist in learning process. I've asked them to complete in-class assignments on properly punctuating dialogue and quotations using text messages from their cell phones, which they did enjoy. I am actively trying to learn/create lessons like this.
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You Read Like a Girl
I also read “Why Johnny Won’t Read” by Mark Bauerlein and Sandra Stotsky about the gender gap in reading. As they succinctly put it: “Girls read; boys don’t.” If I relate this article to the “Moving my English Class to the Computer Lab” article, I wonder if more boys would be more interested in reading if it more closely related to their generation’s interest in information and communication technology. I know there are books like Lauren Myracle’s series (TTYL, L8R G8R, etc) that use discuss technology and text speak. Would boys be interested in these types of books but with male characters discuss male topics? Or would regular old books with more masculine topics be enough to generate more interest in reading?
Because I am a writer, I often read blog posts from literary agents, and there are increasingly more literary agents seeking “young adult books for boys,” so I believe that the publishing industry is well aware of the downward trend of boys’ book reading habits and are seeking to remedy this.