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I'm a 7th grade English teacher. I teach at an aerospace technology magnet program at a public school in San Antonio, TX.


I will be presenting with a colleague at NCTE on Saturday, November 22 here in San Antonio.

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Technology Committee

Posted on January 28, 2010 at 3:49pm 0 Comments

Today my principal called me in to ask if I'd be interested in serving on a committee chaired by our superintendent. The committee will be making recommendations about opening up our district to using (and allowing students to use) more technology and social networking at school. From the way it was described to me, it seems as though the main focus will be social networking. Anyway, I'm going to do some research prior to the first meeting. I'd like to go in with research, anecdotes, lesson… Continue

Theme lesson including Wordle

Posted on January 22, 2010 at 5:26am 6 Comments

I'm trying out a lesson with my students this week. We just finished reading "The Taxpayer" (from The Martian Chronicles) and we discussed the theme of being left behind. I had the students get into groups of 2 or 3 and each group was given the following multi-step assignment:

1. Make a web/graphic organizer with brainstorming related to the theme.

2. On the computer, write an 80-100 word piece (fiction or nonfiction) utilizing the theme. Save the document.

3. Use… Continue

Literature study and technology - finding links

Posted on January 15, 2010 at 12:30pm 2 Comments

I feel that I do a reasonably good job of incorporating technology into my 7th grade English class. I'm very fortunate in my access to technology. I have a Smartboard, a cart of 27 laptops that I share with 4 other teachers (who only use them sporadically), headphones with mics, 4 desktop computers, and a Flipvideo camera.My district offers outstanding support from the ed tech department - from lesson ideas to training to co-teaching opportunities.

In my class, we use the internet… Continue

NCTE Presentation

Posted on November 22, 2008 at 9:04pm 1 Comment

Although we had a small group, I think the presentation went well. Most of the participants seemed to enjoy it and, even more importantly, find something in it that they could use. I will have all of the documents up on my teacher web page with the district, but I will mirror them here just in case anyone comes looking. I haven't used this site very much, but I'm going to start keeping more of my docs and ideas here.

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At 10:29pm on December 29, 2008, Jack said…
Hi Jennifer!

Hope you're enjoying the winter break. I was wondering if you, your educator contacts or students would be interested in participating in a nationwide Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. We'd really like to get more students involved from Texas!

You can view contest details at Please let me know. Thanks!
At 10:43pm on November 23, 2008, Mark Cruthers said…
Hi Jennifer,

Since your a technology teacher I recommend you take a look at Wiziq's virtual classroom and authorstream's web based power point presentation platform. Both a free and web based so it should be easy for your kids to check out the technologies. Also neither are blocked by school firewalls. At least not yet. :)
At 2:26pm on October 4, 2008, Gwyneth said…
Hey, it's nice to see you here.


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