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ERIC Number: EJ977233
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0155-2147
Competition, Games, Technology--Boys Are Loving English
Gresham, Peta
English in Australia, v47 n1 p81-89 Apr 2012
This paper reflects one cycle of an action research project that investigated how integrating activity, competition, and visual learning strategies through IWB/ Smart Response technology could engage a lower level Year 12 Advanced English class in NSW--a group of boys who felt disconnected from the course of study. After my initial reconnaissance gauging the boys' enthusiasm and engagement in class lessons, a clear picture of disengagement from, and disconnection to, the coursework emerged. The accumulated hard copy resources of information and student activities were proving ineffective for teaching and learning with my class. It was noted that the students responded to video and audio content more readily. After analysing the reflections from the class about their level of interest thus far in the Preliminary HSC English unit on satire, it was decided to change the way in which the next unit of work would be delivered. The boys were beginning a unit of study on rhetoric and were to analyse speeches set by the New South Wales Board of Studies. Here was an opportunity to change the way course material was delivered. I chose a combination of social media and IWB/Smart Response technology. This provided the impetus for marked change in the boys' behaviour, attitude, initiative and confidence and the overall achievement level was, indeed, raised. The next cycle of the project will be to flip some of the IWB content for students to prepare at home via movie files and introduce more activity-based lessons in the classroom. ["Competition, Games, Technology--Boys Are Loving English" was written with Linda Gibson-Langford.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 12; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia