Enter D'Apps I'm using this site to gain competence with technologies that I intend to utilize in the classroom. My college is doing a pretty good job teaching traditional methods, however, I only have one instructional media class and I believe that 21st century students should learn with 21st century technology. When I begin my teaching career, I want to integrate technology starting on the first day, and the only way I'll be able to do that is to start practicing now. I'll use blogs in the classroom for communicating with parents and daily roving reporting by students. Students will also have the option to write on their own blog. Over the next couple of years I'll model how I'll use use blogging in the classroom on this site. Please check out my other sites concerning Handhelds and Podcasting.

Thursday, March 23, 2006


Brian Schau's Language Arts Applications

Brian Schau has also created a pair of great applications which can be used in Language Arts.

In Dictate, students write a word or sentence given to them by the teacher. The program scores the students "dictation," which can then be exported to Palm MemoPad. This application can easily be used for spelling quizzes.

GoneMad acts as a MadLibs clone. The student fills in the requested parts of speech and reads the story when completed. Exporting finished stories to MemoPad is one of the cool things that can be done with GoneMad. This ability allows the teacher to use this program in a couple of different ways. If the teacher builds spelling, punctuation, and capitalization errors into the story then the students could complete the GoneMad story, export it to memo, and then edit the story correcting for these errors. Perhaps the teacher could create GoneMad stories from science, social studies, and even math and have the students edit out errors in MemoPad.
Like his math applications, Brian Schau's language arts applications are freeware.

Teachers should also check out Tony Vincent's
GoneMad web page.

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