This is useful for visual and audio learners in the classroom. When students cannot focus and learn through traditional textbooks or lectures, this fun and creative method for learning the story is helpful.
An internet blog, such as this one, allows students to hear opinions on the topics they are learning about from actual fans of the subject. Learning about subjects through a personal way, like an internet blog, helps students connect with the material more and hopefully gain new knowledge about the topic.
Like a video, a podcast allows students to hear the story as it is written, which can be a challenge for some students, especially reading Shakespearean English. Also, students can create images in their heads about what the story would look like as a movie, which will make remembering the plot, characters, and themes easier.
This diagram, using Inspiration, creates a great visual for students to learn about the various aspects of Shakespeare plays, such as themes and characters. It helps students organize the information they have learned into a clear manner and then use it later for a project or an essay. Teachers can create a worksheet using Inspiration and have students fill in the worksheet depending on the subject.
Ideas and Resources for a Technology-Based Unit B E Reed y rinIntended for Secondary Education
Technology IntegrationRationale: W illiam Shakespeare is one of the most infamouswriters in all of history. Studying Shakespeare isubiquitous in E nglish classes because of the literary styles,language-usage, and iconic story-lines that Shakespearepresents. H can technology be used to teach owShakespeares most infamous works, such as Ham and letRom and Juliet? W eo hat new ideas, themes, or questionscan be raised about the works of one of the mostestablished writers in the literary canon? These questionsare the foundation of this technology-based presentation.
Internet ContentT internet is a key resource when teaching heShakespeare in the classroom. Integrating variousaspects of internet sites, such as YouTube, internetblogs, and podcasts, offer new and exciting teachingmethods that will bring new knowledge to students.T next three slides offer examples of the kinds of heresources that are available.
YouTube Contenthttp:/www.youtube.com/ / watch?v=dRrvQ1vZxcg Above: Learn the story of Romeo and Juliet through an animated video with audio.
Internet Bloghttp:/blog.shakespearegeek.com/ / 2013/ the-complete-works 01/Shakespeare Geek offersvarious posts about everythingthat is Shakespeare, fromhaikus about his works to theidea of there being a“Shakespeare M atrix.” Theblog introduces contemporaryideas on both viewing andteaching Shakespeare.
Internet Podcasthttps:/itunes.apple.com/ podcast/ / us/ romeo-juliet-version-2-by/ id T podcast, available free on iT his unes, is a great way to incorporate technology into the classroom while teaching Shakespeare. Students can listen to the play Rom andeo Juliet while using their imagination to paint a picture of what the scene would look like. P odcasts also aid to audio learners that have trouble reading Shakespeare and understanding its language and story-lines.
Internet ResourcesT internet provides direct access to private heorganizations that dedicate themselves to thestudy of W illiam Shakespeare. T next two heslides identify some of these organizations, aswell as a description of who they are and howtheir websites might be used in support ofteaching about Shakespeare and his works.
Internet Resourceshttp:/www.shakespeareassociation.org/ / T Shakespeare Association of America dedicates their time to the he complete study of W illiam Shakespeare and his complete works. “T Association holds annual meetings in different North he American cities so that its members can exchange ideas and discuss strategies for reading, teaching, researching, and writing about Shakespeares works and their many contexts,” (Shakespeare Association of America website).http:/www.bardweb.net/ / T Shakespeare Resource Center is a site created to make he finding information about Shakespeare, his works, and Shakespearean culture easier by collecting internet websites, biographies, and images useful for studying Shakespeare.
Internet Resources cont.http:/www.shakespearesociety.org / T Shakespeare Society of America is a nonprofit cultural organization he that vows to secure the enjoyment, appreciation, and understand of W illiam Shakespeare. T SSA uses educational activities, performances, he and commentaries to illustrate the cultural depth of Shakespeare inside as well as outside the classroom.
Inspiration: A DiagramT diagram was created histo show the variousthemes of the playRomeo and J uliet byShakespeare and alsohow these themescombine to create thestory.T diagram was created hisusing Inspiration.
Teaching Materialshttp:/www.stickfigurehamlet.com/is a great site /that uses simple pictures in a comic book format totell the story of Hamlet by W illiam Shakespeare. It iseasy to follow and incorporates the original text inits pictures.http:/www.wordsearchfun.com/ / 60534_Romeo_and_Juliet_woris a word search worksheet that incorporatesmajor themes, characters, and symbols of Romeoand J uliet into a fun activity for students.
Teaching Materials cont.http:/www.teach-nology.com/is a website that includes /many different types of teaching materials, from worksheetsto graphic organizers, all that aid in teaching varioussubjects. http:/www.teach-nology.com/ / worksheets/ language_arts/ figlang/ fig1.html includes a worksheet that helps students identify similes, metaphors, etc. in sentences, which are all literary devices found in Shakespeares works.
Subject-Specific Resource EDSIT ment contains activities and lessons appropriate to E each grade level and material being taught. T lesson “Vengeful Verbs in Shakespeare’s H he amlet” offers students a new way of looking at Ham by let, showing how verbs affect the scenes of the play. Various activities are done to achieve this objective.http:/edsitement.neh.gov/ / lesson-plan/ vengeful-verbs-shakespeares-hamlet#sect-introduction
Uses of the Internethttp:/speakshakespeare.com is a website that allows you to /take any texts written in Shakespearean E nglish andtranslate them into Modern E nglish. T site is useful for hisstudents who have trouble grasping the literal meaning ofShakespeares texts.T Sources of Shakespeares Plays is a book that discusses hewhat sources Shakespeare used to write his plays and howhe came about to writing them. Each play is examined andthe development of Shakespeares writing is illustrated.
Uses of the InternetSlideShare Presentation Link: http:/www.slideshare.net/ / ?ss
W 2.0 ebhttp:/www.facebook.com/ / shakespearesociety?fref=tsT Shakespeare Society heof America maintains aFacebook page wherethey keep followers up-to-date on variousperformances, information,and events that arehappening around thecountry.