Originally published in MOREnetworking Vol. 2 No. 8, Jan. 2007
Employing technology tools such as blogs and podcasts in the classroom has led to multiple recognitions for Eric Langhorst, American history teacher at South Valley Junior High School in Liberty, Mo.
In Jan. 2006, he was one of four winners of the first Missouri Teaching with Cable Awards and later won the 2006 Cable’s Leaders in Learning Award. He has also been featured in Education World’s “Teacher Feature.”
Langhorst incorporates podcasts he calls “Study Casts” into his classes. The “Study Casts” are study guides students are able to download from the class website. “Speaking of History” is available as both a blog and podcast and focuses on the use of technology in the classroom. Another project, a classroom book blog about Guerilla Season by Pat Hughes in which students were able to discuss the book with the author and others, was recently featured in a USA Today article.
According to Cable in the Classroom, The Cable’s Leaders in Learning Awards is “Cable in the Classroom’s annual awards program to recognize administrators, educators, community leaders and policymakers who demonstrate vision, innovation, action and transformation in education.”
“The Education World ‘Teacher Feature’ highlights a unique classroom practice, assignment, or idea, and an educator who uses it,” said Cara Bafile, who selects and interviews the teachers. “The teachers selected distinguish themselves through their creativity and dedication to the success of their students.”
For more on Eric Langhorst’s projects:
Copyright © 2007 The Curators of the University of Missouri. All rights reserved. DMCA and other copyright information.