Educational technology is a useful avenue to help students publish their work and become literate in the 21st Century; it can encourage critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity. My students at Colfax Middle School were able to proudly display their performance poetry through a project I assigned. Students were required to create an original poem using the features of poetry they had learned in class and then find a creative way to display or perform their work. These seventh grade girls performed an original call-and-response poem about football and were able to share their work with the school in a video format. Their flip-video has been converted to a youtube video.
Click on the link to watch the youtube video of this poetry performance: http://youtu.be/aoPed7Nyano