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Techniques: Connecting Education and Careers (J1), v83 n8 p40-43 Nov-Dec 2008

A first glance into the classroom where Phillip Tillery teaches may leave visitors overwhelmed due by the array of high-tech equipment wired and ready for access by his students. Some students are working independently at computers while others are immersed in teams at a green screen and motion-capture setup. Various computer programs with myriad graphic images are visibly running while some students are recording music or their own voices. The initial impression is one of a classroom of students working on separate and distinct projects unrelated to the integration of language arts; however, all of the students are working on the same project concurrently, employing multimedia to tell their stories while honing their language skills. This article offers a profile of one high school teacher and the challenges and lessons learned as he works to effectively integrate language arts into his curriculum.

Descriptors: High Schools, Language Arts, Language Skills, Story Telling, Technology Integration, Computer Uses in Education, Secondary School Teachers, Multimedia Materials, Teaching Methods, Integrated Curriculum, Telecommunications, Technology Education

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Author: Snider, Michelle


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