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The Fall issue of The Change Agent is all about the technology in our lives. Our own Steve Quann participated on the editorial board. (Find out about how you can be on a future Change Agent editorial board). In this issue, articles explore the benefits and drawbacks of the new technologies that are increasingly part of our daily lives. The magazine and its website (available via subscription) offer many discussion prompts and ideas for use in the classroom, but here are some extra ideas for combining The Change Agent’s discussions and language skill-building with some technology use in the classroom.
Many of the articles written by adult students grapple with the pros and cons of personal technology. Page 25, “Social Media: Charting the Benefits and Challenges” by Betty Garcia, shows one student’s attempt to organize her thoughts in the form of a table. Make sure that everyone has a basic understanding of what social media refers to. Then read through the article and table and discuss Betty’s points. For more background reading and discussion, you may want to have additional articles on hand, such as “It Hurt. I was Furious.” by Sterlin Reaves or “Finding Felix: How Facebook Helped Us Find Our Little Brother” by Makeda Laurent.
Have students recreate the table in Microsoft Word including the items they agree with and adding in their own ideas. To make the table, open Word and select “Insert” then click on “Table”. Select a table that is three columns wide by seven rows high to match the article. Fill in the text
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This blog is intended for adult education teachers and tutors looking for straight-forward help on integrating technology into instruction. We hope that you find some inspiration here to try something new!
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