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Using Technology in the ELA Classroom 

The use of technology in the ELA classroom helps teachers connect language study to real-world application.  The HHH ELA Department is committed to bridging the school to work gap for students by incorporating targeted, tangible, and applicable uses of technology in daily instruction.

     Our teachers use eBoards, blogs, and wikis; SMART Boards; laptop computers; chromebooks; student response systems; document cameras (Ladibugs - see explanation below); and software such as Comic Life, iMovie, iPhoto, and Weblocker to enrich the learning experiences of students in their classes. Familiarity with these tools as a way to communicate ideas and information are an important part of 21st Century learning.


What is a document camera (or Lumens Ladibug)?

     Do you remember the clear plastic sheets your teacher would slide into the overhead projector to display lessons, worksheets, or quizzes? Well, these plastic sheets are no longer necessary thanks to the invention of the document camera.

     This innovative technology allows teachers (and students) to display original documents -- essays, photos, drawings, poems, notes they just wrote in class, almost anything that will fit on the screen -- in real time, without the need for photocopying or handwriting the information on a plastic sheet. Teachers can use the document camera to record voice notes, and access files and other media from a PC or a Mac computer.

     The Lumens Ladibug is a small but effective, efficient document camera.  Many teachers (and students) have fallen in love with this tool for teaching and learning. This technology is helping to advance the learning process and increase the level of engagement in our ELA classes.





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