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10 Teaching Resources for the Future Present at WRT: Writer Response Theory


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There is no future tense in English. There is no conjugation of a verb to indicate future action. There is only a version of present tense that gestures towards the future.  For an illustration, see this handy online, blog-driven demonstration of verbs in action:

Verb: to see
Present: I see the current state of affairs. 
Future Not-So-Perfect: I cannot see-o the future state of affairs (Since there is no conjugation see-o, future tense, indicating vision in/of the future). 
Future-ish Tenses: I may see.  I will see.  I should see.  (These are actually modifications of present tense.)

Predictions about future technology use operate in the future present tense.  We cannot write about future technology.  We only can gesture towards it based on what we see happening today and typically we do that poorly. 

When imagining the computer classroom, we can go to the dog and pony shows at electronic eduware expos.  We can look to technology mags or read science fiction. We can even look at what technologies our children and our scientists use now.  [That might be the most help, yet we must realize that 99% of what’s being used and developed will end up on a garage sale table next summer.]

In any case, here are some resources that should be in use for a while (only because they have not been used up yet). 

10 Classroom Technologies

  1. The blog (used in comp.): including Facebook and Myspace.  Free ware includes wordpress, blogger, and various videoblog (vlog) sites, such as on Yahoo and YouTube.
  2. The clicker:  (used in science) e.g. CPS
  3. The wiki: Pbwiki, mediawiki
  4. The collaborative writing program: Online text editors: Google Docs, SubEthaEdit
  5. The wired classroom: Replacing notebooks with desktops.
  6. The telegraphed classroom (distance learning)
  7. The multimedia report: Powerpoint, Flash, Mediabase, Other. Collecting and organizing audio, video, still images, and, of course, text in an interactive report.
  8. The electronic library and shared resources: Databases, subscription services, bookmark sharing t ools, online citation sites.
  9. The course management software: Blackboard/Moodle. Comparison by Kathy D. Munoz and Joan Van Duzer Professors, Humboldt State University
    • Threaded Discussion Boards
    • IM, Virtual Classrooms
    • Automated Quizzes
    • Online Grading
    • Online Surveys
    • Group Folders
    • Roll-Rosters
  10. The chatbot educator, for example this one from FSU.

Additionally: Video Games:
Second Life: WRT post.
The Movies: The Movies in pedgagogy.

Online Resources:
The Techrhet Listserv
Kairos Journal of electronic technology in pedagogy.
For English and Grammar: Owl Purdue
The Distance Educator Newsletter, k12 section.
NEH Edsitement, approved web resources with lesson plans.

The Institute of Multimedia Literacy at USC.

Article: Elizabeth Daley: Expanding the Concept of Literacy

How to present Classroom Technology: Best Practices
(Here are some further notes that arose in conversation with William Tierney’s graduate course in education at USC)

  • Access: Make sure all students have access to the software either on their home computers, in class, or on public sites.  Don’t favor technological access when grading. 
  • Templates: Use templates to help new users concentrate on specific aspects of the technology, for example, focussing on just developing a blog roll. 
  • Scalability: Try to make assignments scalable (so students with more or less expertise can successfully complete the assignments.
  • Modeling: Make sure students see you using the technology
  • Labs: Make sure they experiment with the technology in your presence
  • Flexible Criteria: Allow multipl approaches to using multimedia, provided students meet specific learning outcomes.





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