Teaching Literature with a Tablet PC (plus)


Bob Godwin-Jones offers thoughtful reviews of emerging technologies for teaching literature. His most recent contribution describes Skype and Podcasting: Disruptive Technologies for Language Learning. Earlier, he offered a still useful overview of using a Tablet PC to read classic literature in and out of schools.

Guest Editor: Marlise Horst of Language Learning and Technology issued a Call for Papers in a special issue on the Theme: Technology and Learning to Read. The editor aims to provide a variety of perspectives on emerging technologal developments in both research articles and theoretical discussions of technology-based reading, language acquisition, and testing. December 31, 2005, deadline for submitting proposals.

Mirza Faisal Beg of the Engineering Sciences at Simon Frazer University offers thoughtful comments about Teaching with a Tablet PC. SFU conducts Multi-Access Classrooms so on and off campus students may attend the same sessions at the same times. Kudos to SFU for reaching out beyond campus. I didn’t find a link to teaching literature there with a Tablet PC. I wonder how off campus students can also take part in that 60 percent of learning that occurs out of the classroom?

Here’s an outline of Lessons From the Tablet PC Project at the University of Virginia. UVA is a leader in offering a wide range of literature in ebook format. Study results show digital course content and tools improve comprehension, retention and boost interest.

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Robert Heiny
Robert W. Heiny, Ph.D. is a retired professor, social scientist, and business partner with previous academic appointments as a public school classroom teacher, senior faculty, or senior research member, and administrator. Appointments included at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Peabody College and the Kennedy Center now of Vanderbilt University; and Brandeis University. Dr. Heiny also served as Director of the Montana Center on Disabilities. His peer reviewed contributions to education include publication in [I]The Encyclopedia of Education [/I](1971), and in professional journals and conferences. He served s an expert reviewer of proposals to USOE, and on a team that wrote plans for 12 state-wide and multistate special education and preschools programs. He currently writes user guides for educators and learners as well as columns for [I]TuxReports[/I].com.