Technology and the English Classroom Essay

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Technology and the English Classroom


To deny the power of technology in an English classroom is to deprive students from an enriching and revolutionary experience. Unfortunately, it is hard for many English teachers to face the realization behind this analogy. Members of this outdated group feel that technology would require them to put down their beloved novels and anthologies, throw away their countless photocopies of Langston Hughes poetry, and even close down the school library all together. That is not the case, however, and this paper seeks to prove that. The limitless capacity of technology will only increase the effectiveness of English and language arts instruction. From simple video and audio samples to word
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Hearing the voice inflections from the actor or actress give the story a more realistic and relatable feel. In fact, some students usually find the voice chosen as the “character narrator” humorous, which also adds to the experience.

Perhaps the most intense form of audio aide a teacher can employ in the English classroom is an actual recording of a speech or poem. Hearing Martin Luther King Jr. deliver his famous “I Have a Dream” speech from the speakers of a classroom computer is much more powerful than having a student reading it aloud. The students can feel as if they were there at the very moment Dr. King addressed the millions of people in Washington D.C. rather than sitting in their stuffy classroom. Audio recordings of authors reading their poetry are also incredible enhancements to any language arts class. Mary Santerre, an eight grade English teacher in Texas, explained that having “a poet like Sharon Olds read her poem through internet access as if she were standing behind the podium of our own classroom” is a special occurrence in and of itself. Students can learn so much more from the voice inflections and tone of the author over the course of the poem than if the teacher read it instead. Poetry, in its truest form, is an auditory mode of expression, and allowing students to hear it from the author herself will only further…