October 10th signifies my one year anniversary using WordPress.com! A lot has happened over the past year, and one thing that I have been progressing towards is being an English teacher. One of the things facing new English teachers is the use of technology in the English classroom.
Technology is becoming and ever-growing thing in the average high school classroom. WordPress is a fairly well-known website that allows writers to, well, write! But how effective is WordPress in the English Classroom?
WordPress in the Classroom is an article by Ben Fox that claims WordPress is actually a great thing for the classroom setting. There are many benefits to using WordPress in a classroom, such as its economic benefit, ability for privacy, and ability to access anyone anywhere, including staff, parents, and students.WordPress is an EXTREMELY ACCESSIBLE source. Educators and parents alike are ENDORSING this for use in the classroom.
Anyone can learn how to make a WordPress website to use in the classroom, and it is very easy for students to access the content and post comments for discussion and interaction. The only thing that would infringe utilizing WordPress would be the lack of computers at school (which these days is pretty rare), and lack of computer or internet at home. Just remember, the public library is an amazing place!
What are some of the things you can do with this website in the English classroom?
You can make a class discussion where only students are invited and the website can be made private to the class only. It can also be used as a form of free writing to keep students from getting dragged sown by structure. Students can make their own blog and utilize it for a topic that they are interested in. It can be a quarter, semester, or even year long project, and grammar would not be a huge (if any) part of the final grade. In-class activities can also be adopted with WordPress, such as the activity I have listed below.
What about parent concerns? Most teachers at back to school night will explain to the parents that some kind of blogging would be used in the classroom. Most parents do not seem to have a concern with it, and are even actually excited for their students to work on something that has meaning to them that they can use for the rest of their lives!
Check out this video by Chad Jones on how to utilize WordPress for your classroom as a blog or class site: Using WordPress for your Classroom Blog!
This is a small portion of a short story that I wrote. I will not give the title of the story, and the entire thing it not accessible to the public at present. This portion is meant to be a creative writing activity.
- Read the story below
- Continue the story (Who are these people, what happens next, why does it matter, and how does it end?)
- After 2 minutes, switch seats with someone and continue from what they wrote. Switch one more time and make sure person number three brings the story to a conclusion.
Not many cars are on the street at this hour as I make my way home through all the empty intersections, all the green lights. Hands at two and ten, the buzz of my cell phone catches my attention. Passing through another green light. I scoop up my phone, flip it open, and check out just who would be texting me this early in the morning. It’s Maggie!
hey, sup Jared?
My wrists maneuver the steering wheel as I text her back, eyes darting back and forth between the phone screen and the road.
nm, driving. y didnt u go 2 the party?
My left hand stays firm at ten as my right clutches the cell phone, waiting for the vibration of Maggie’s reply.
didnt feel like it. i actually txted cuz I have a question 4 u.
My fingers dance along the keypad.
wut is it?
Nineteenth Street rolls on by, empty businesses looming like ghost towns, and dark parking lots stare back as my vehicle passes.
well i wuz wondering….actually…nvm
its ok, tell me
It feels like forever as I wait for her response.
Will you be my date for prom?