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Jo Paraiso: Your warm up is going to be in online Google form, so that's why you have the Chromebooks. For folks that need to do reviews, you have all the links you need right there.
Using Technology to
12th Grade English Teacher
Fremont High School, Oakland, CA
Jo Paraiso: I use technology because this world that we live in now is asking the students to do so much when they get out.
Jo Paraiso: So you're being presented with certain statements. You are trying to figure out, do I strongly agree, do I just agree, do I disagree, do I strongly disagree?
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Jo Paraiso: There is a way to use technology that promotes communication, not just in the classroom, but to other classrooms, and I think that that part is really important.
Jo Paraiso: I use Google Hangouts so that my students can talk to other students across the country, specifically about their research, their senior research.
Student: For me, I think obstacles both keeps me going, but then it kind of drags me down a bit, because it kind of makes me doubt myself a little bit. But then at the same time, that's like a wakeup call for me.
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Jo Paraiso: I use Google Hangouts for this class for a study group.
Google Hangout study group for Brave New World
Jo Paraiso: Sometimes within the classroom setting, there is anxiety. You know, a student might not want to say what they don't know. I have often found that, okay, so let's jump on a Hangout. Miss P. is going to have a hangout Thursday night from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. You want to jump on, here's the link. It's optional.
Jo Paraiso: You have to ask yourself, why does the author bring in these two characters? Like why does the author bring in two characters that are slightly individual, who are not happy with the society that they live in? They're not entirely happy.
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Student: But they want to be like everybody else.
Jo Paraiso: Is that the case, though?
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Jo Paraiso: That method supports my ELL students, because it truly is small group. I can't have more than ten people in a Hangout. I never have usually more than five people. So it supports them because they can have a conversation with me. I've found that for them, being able to have that connection on an online level, there's a certain confidence they gain with using the computer, because they've been able to see themselves on a screen. It's actually pretty cool. And then if we do like a Google Hangout on air when they're recorded, and if we're doing it that way,
then they can go back and they can see and hear what they sounded like in a discussion and there's so many things you can do with that too.
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Jo Paraiso: What did it mean to you to be able to see people that you knew up on film? You can be honest.
Student: It made me feel comfortable. Basically, like my friends were engaging in this conversation, so I could be able to engage too.
Jo Paraiso: If we're teaching communication, then let's take communication like outer space kind of, you know, that far.