Thursday, September 11, 2008

Chapter 10

I thought this chapter had a lot of useful information for the classroom. I think presentation software is a very effective way for students to do different and interesting kinds of projects, but besides that, it is also a good way for teachers to present information in a different way. Learning to use Power-Point is one of the first things I remember learning in our computer class in junior high.

Hamilton brought up a good point on page 130 when discussing an interactive slide show: "The students enjoy the activity without thinking of it as a test." Making slide shows in which students have to complete things is a good way to evaluate what they have learned without making them take a test.

I also liked the idea of making the bookmarks. It allows students to show what they know by presenting it in a concise project. It does not have to take a lot of time, but it allows them to show their creativity and summarizing skills while creating something that they may use.

The dictionary and idiom collections were also good ideas. It is a way for students to learn vocabulary and expressions that they may not otherwise learn. The idea of the "Dictionary Day" where students dress up as a word is really cute.

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