Monday, August 11, 2008

Here are some materials I use in class. Please share your materials also. Create a site on "googlesites" It's free and you can create up to 5 web pages, with 100mb per page. Upload files there, and share your the url address of your new site so that other teachers can use material that you have created.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

A WebQuest on Roman Baths

Friday, September 29, 2006

Word Nerds and Podcasts

In my school district, one of the new big initiatives amongst the language department is the use of podcasts in the classroom. There is actually discussion about purchasing ipods for student use in foreign language classes such as French, Spanish, German, and Latin. In addition, soon our district might have the ability to create and broadcast podcasts.

Apple itunes provides a great number of very useful podcasts for modern languages. However, searching through the itunes music store I was dismayed at the lack of Latin resources. One however I happened to stumble upon last year was the "Word Nerds". It is a show put on by English and Latin teachers in the Washington D.C. area about words and language. It touches a great deal on Etymology, is entertaining, and also delves into some very serious subject matter such as race, bullying, sexism, and other controversial topics. Some of the material is explicit, and is explicitly stated as such. So teachers must be selective when choosing materials from this podcast. Details on the word nerds program can be found at:

I had some of my own students in an etymology class do projects using programs from this podcast. Students really got into it, and enjoyed the use of technology and the change of pace. As the current school year moves forward, the producers of the Word Nerds have stated that they intend to cut how often they broadcast the podcast. As a fellow teacher, I fully understand the busy school year, but I do hope that they quality of the program continues for a long time to come.

Anyhow, I invite others to add any podcasts or itunes related material to this blog that might be useful in the classroom. The Word Nerds I found to be one useful item, and I hope they continue with their podcast. I also hope that podcasts like the Word Nerds become more frequent on itunes, and that a greater number of resources on Latin and Classical Civilization become available. Hopefully, before too long we might be able to produce a podcast ourselves of high quality at my own school district. One of the pieces of software that is most useful in this endeavor I have discovered is "Garage Band". Anyone with any more information on any of these topics, feel free to respond.

Monday, September 11, 2006

One of the new resources I recently implemented in my classrooms was a classroom discussion board hosted by

The discussion board had been reviewed by Some of the benefits of a discussion board include: a longer wait time in which students have to think about questions posed to them, the ability of students to instantly interact with other students, clearer student responses that students themselves can edit and update over time, the fact that all students can contribute to this form of class discussion, and the avenues of communication it opens up between students, teachers, parents, and administrators. Some of the reasons I chose over other discussion board sites was: it was free, it is completely without advertisements, and it affords the teacher a great deal of control over the board's users, as well as what is posted. Some of the downsides though, is that it lacks a profanity filter, and has a somewhat plain appearance. At the same time, it still is a threded system which organizes posts by new messages and replies, which I thought was a plus. Because posts do not require prior teacher approval (though teachers can remove posts they do not like) student posts are immediate, which maximizes student interaction. Also on account of this fact, and on account of the ability of students to send personal messages to each other, the implementation of this board must be carefully executed by the teacher; students must understand what is inappropriate, and any consequences to unwanted behaviors. Nevertheless, it is a great classroom tool. Also, unlike blogs, it is a closed forum, which only one's class can access which provides for greater safety for the students. Q.v.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Latin and Technology

. Welcome to the "Latin Techne" web log (i.e. blog). This is actually the first time I have ever posted a blog. However, in doing so, I hope to realize a number of objectives.

First and foremost, I hope to communicate with people worldwide about internet resources and technology I can use in my Latin classroom, and share some of the resources that I have researched. Second, I hope to create a regular log about my teaching experiences. By doing this, I hope to collaborate with other teachers, parents, and educators, and through this discussion, to create better teaching and learning experiences in my classroom. Third, I wish to organize, gather, and evaluate resources that could be used in my classroom. Lastly, I hope to expand these objectives as I learn more about the potentials of blogging.

So, if you are a teacher, parent, student, educator, or simply someone who is interested in the use of technology in the classroom, I invite you to comment, criticize, reply, and add to this blog. Please tell me whether you agree or disagree with what I post, how you use the resources I post, what new resources you are familiar with, or what you would do in the classroom.