Teaching Shakespeare with Technology
Keep it simple.The simplest video editing software will do everything you need, so don't worry about choosing a particular package. Work with what you have or what is inexpensive.
Copyright correctly!Educators have an advantage in applying fair use guidelines to copyrighted material, but you should review them to make sure you comply, especially if your production reaches beyond the immediate school community.
For more information about Fair Use and acceptable use of multimedia in the classroom, please see PBS TeacherSource.
Lose control.There are a large number of ways to allocate responsibility for technology. Let your students take control if your situation allows, but feel free to guide the process yourself if the situation requires it.
Always have a back-up. Realize that things will go wrong with your technology and always have a back-up plan for potential technology failure.
Use homework to your advantage.If in-class access is a problem, try to make technology use homework, leaving you more time in class for analysis and discussion.
All technology isn't necessarily good. Don't let anyone bully you into using technology for its own sake. Make sure you're using it toward your overall goals for your classroom.
Start small.Don't feel you have to leap into a fully-online classroom or a fully-realized video production. Incorporating just a little technology can be valuable.
Set clear rules.The stakes for student misconduct can be higher when using technology, so be sure to set clear rules for acceptable technology use - and lay out the resulting consequences should students not uphold them.
Know when to skip the technology.Some projects don't benefit from technology use; others will require students to return to older ways of learning. We need to teach our students that a research paper still requires a trip to a library to uncover print sources.
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