Julie Rowlands, an English I teacher at Midway High School, uses interactive websites to engage her students in a life like presentation of “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe. She explains her creative lesson below:
My students and I thoroughly enjoy utilizing the iPads in our classroom. I recently used the iPad to completely transform my lesson on poetry. The students were reading “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe; Instead of simply reading it from the textbook, I had my students interact with the text via websites on the iPad. Each student had an iPad and a partner. One person in the group logged onto the interactive reading site while the other partner logged onto a site called Today’s Meet, a constant feed of student-posted information. As the students read through the poem with me different aspects of poetry were pointed out to them through the interactive site. They were asked to respond verbally and on Today’s Meet after conversing with their partner. Using the iPads challenged my students to not just absorb the text for that class period, but to allow the text to be manipulated in a way that they understood it through technology. I am excited to see how much more my students will learn once they can consistently use their iPads inside and outside of the classroom.
Click the links below to for the resources Julie utilized.