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Educational Technology - (Grades 9-12)
5 class periods of 90 minutes each
Students read literature (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama) and view creations in other media to discover how print and non-print texts answer the thematic question: "Who am I?" Students analyze print and non-print texts and compare the ways in which ideas are presented in different media. Students create their own multimedia portfolios and personal Web pages that reflect who they are.
We have found that this unit has broad appeal for high school students who are often struggling with issues of who they are in relation to their peers, society, and the world. The literary selections in this lesson enable students to see how others have struggled with the same issues while the activities provide them with a structure for exploring their own thoughts and feelings. We have found that multicultural issues are a natural extension of this topic. Using the technology has provided interesting and creative ways for students to express themselves in forms that allow even the most introverted and shy to shine.
Students develop a rubric for evaluating individual Web pages.
Students assess the strengths and weaknesses of their own and others' Web pages.
In their portfolios, students reflect on both what they learned and their learning strategies.
In their presentations, students demonstrate their growth in spoken, written, and visual language and their understanding of the thematic question: "Who am I?"
Students share their decision-making processes in conferences with the teacher.
Students invite audience responses to their Web pages.
The Utah Education Network received permission from ISTE (The International Society for Technology in Education) to share this lesson.
Written by: Beverly Ann Chin, Department of English, University of Montana, Missoula, Montana