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Young people need choices, options, and alternatives to explore. They need chances to do, try, explore, travel, and interact. How do you and your students select among opportunities?
Technology providing opportunities for alternative ways of accessing resources. For example, text, audio, graphics, animation, and video are all different ways to convey ideas. For some activities, the auditory channel is important. For example, students learning English as a second language need many experiences listening to English spoken aloud. The article Improving Oral Reading Fluency (and Comprehension) Through the Creation of Talking Books by Grace Oakley examines how student produced audio books can increase oral reading fluency.
Audio options include:
Consider the following technologies:
Some teachers and students are now creating audio-based newsletters available through podcasting and blogs. In addition to newsletter students can produce:
Explore video and pod casts
Make your own podcast
Create your own blog
Provide learning opportunities that involve students in developing questions, investigating problems, and reacting or acting. For example, the Don't Buy It project from PBS Kids provides lots of ideas to stimulate discussion and projects related to consumer awareness.
|Developed by Annette Lamb, 6/05. Updated 6/07.|