As educators adopt the technological teaching approach, they are also reaping the benefits of having bountiful resources right at their fingertips. With ebooks around, literature teachers as well as their students are presented with thousands of resources available at their fingertips. In this article, we will discuss five important digital tools that every literary educator should possess.
If you need to print out a file saved on your device, the PrinterShare Mobile Print App can do the trick. A project by VerizonWireless, this application allows your smartphone and tablet to transmit files to a cloud storage, which the printer can access. It supports printing of pictures, web pages, messages, documents and others. The downside however is that it only allows printing of cloud stored files from Gmail and Google Docs. If you have documents stored in other cloud-based services like the Dropbox, you need to send it to your Google account in order to print it. You must also have a printer that allows wireless connectivity. The PrinterShare comes in two service: free and premium.
The free app lets you:
· Print a test page
· Print via Google Cloud Print for free
· Print up to 20 pages using Remote mode.
If you choose to purchase the premium key to unlock other services, you will be able to:
· Print via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or USB even without computer
· Use shared printers
· Remote print without limits
The Literary Analysis Guide app offers information on poetry, prose and rhetoric. Each category can be opened to give detailed descriptions of items like syntax, meter lines and other pertinent definitions and pertinent questions fochosen topic. Educators can use this app when discussing literary concepts while students can revisit their lessons anytime on their mobile device.
It’s difficult to keep track of the books you read, the genre and even the summary of each literary piece. Sparknotes app provides you with detailed information about a certain book. Instead of giving you a general plot synopsis, you will find a detailed analysis and summary at the end of each chapter or section.
Poetry lovers can download the McGill English Dictionary of Rhyme with Verse Perfect. This software is a great reference for rhyming words and phrases essential when creating lyrics, poetry and memorable lines. This software can be installed on your PC and thumb drive. It was mentioned in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times as the “world’s most extensive rhyming reference ever created in the history of the English language.”
Grammar and Spell Checker:
After writing your literary masterpiece, it is time to check for grammar and spelling mistakes. Ginger Grammar and Spell Checker can save you from the small embarrassment from grammatical and typo errors. It is fully compatible with Microsoft Office tools as well as web browsers like Firefox and Chrome. When the program is running, you will see two bars at the top of your document that shows both your original sentence and the software’s suggestion. You can choose to either skip the corrections or accept them.
These are just some of the highly recommended software and apps that literature teachers must-have. Do you have other tools you want to share? Tell us about it.
Charlie Schofield is a tech writer and volunteer teacher from London, England. He is currently in Southeast Asia teaching young minds about technology. Apart from being a gadget expert, he is also fond reader of Asian and European literature. Follow him on Twitter @schofieldwrites.