Student Created Books

Old Friends by Brad Hartstein
Old Friends
by Brad
Old Friends


Remember When

Huggins, James James S. Huggins' Refrigerator Door. Retrieved June 22, 2008, from James S. Huggins' Refrigerator Door Web site:

Remember When
A Poem About Technology
A computer was something on TV
From a sci fi show of note.
A window was something you hated to clean
And ram was the cousin of goat.
Meg was the name of my girlfriend
And gig was a job for the nights.
Now they all mean different things
And that really mega bytes.
An application was for employment.
A program was a TV show.
A curser used profanity.
A keyboard was a piano.
Memory was something that you lost with age.
A CD was a bank account.
And if you had a 3 1/2" floppy
You hoped nobody found out.
Compress was something you did to the garbage
Not something you did to a file.
And if you unzipped anything in public
You'd be in jail for a while.
Log on was adding wood to the fire.
Hard drive was a long trip on the road.
A mouse pad was where a mouse lived.
And a backup happened to your commode.
Cut you did with a pocket knife.
Paste you did with glue.
A web was a spider's home.
And a virus was the flu
I guess I'll stick to my pad and paper
And the memory in my head.
I hear nobody's been killed in a computer crash,
But when it happens they wish they were dead.

Favorite Part:
My favorite part of the poem is the line “And if you unzipped anything in public
You'd be in jail for a while.”

Connection to instruction:
I think this is a great poem for the students to see how literacy is always changing. What meant one thing yesterday means something totally different today. This would be a great way to introduce technological literacy.

Use of literacy strategies:
  • Attention Grabber
  • Word sorts vocabulary

Picture Book

X-ray Picture Book of Fantastic Transport Machines

Oxlade , Chris (2001). X ray Picture Book of Fantastic Transport Machines. London, England: Franklin Watts.

Summary: This Picture book covers the topic of transportation. The book has an excellent time line and covers everything from animal transportation to space transportation.

Favorite Part: I really like the time line that is in this book. The time line lets the students see what else was going on in the world at the time of the inventions.

Connection to instruction: I would use this book during a transportation unit. We could discuss the way transportation has changed over the years, and how it has effected history.

Use of literacy strategies:
  • Cause / Effect graphic organizer
  • Jigsaw activity

Trade Fiction/Nonfiction

Technology Education Learning by Design

Hacker, M, & Burghardt, D (2004). Technology Education learning by design.New Jersey: Prentice Hall.

Summary: This non fiction trade book covers much of the material necessary for a middle school technology class. The sections begin with the nature of technology and go into the future of technology.

Favorite Part: I really enjoyed the chapter on Graphic communication. There is an excellent T-shirt design activity that the students really seemed to enjoy.

Connection to instruction: I currently use this book in my middle school technology class. Each chapter has the MST learning standards identified.

Use of literacy strategies:
  • Think aloud
  • Whats the big idea


Solar Power's New Style

Walsh, Bryan (2008, june 23). Solar Powers New Style. Time Magazine, [171(25)], 62-63.

Summary: This magazine article talks about how the heavy silicon panels of yesterday are giving way to thin film cells, a cheaper, more flexible technology that could change the way we use solar energy.

Favorite part: My favorite part of this article is the graphic representations that support the reading. There is a sectional view of one of the new solar panels with each layer identified and its purpose.

Connection to instruction: This article would be an excellent introduction to a unit on alternative energies. The students would research how energy can be used and or collected.

Use of literacy strategies:
  • Anticipation guide
  • Think mark

Other Web Resource

New Yankee Work Shop


Summary: The New Yankee workshop website covers a wide variety of educational uses. There are safety videos, tools, terminology, and project blue prints.

Favorite Part: My favorite part of the website is the videos that can be shown on the computer. This is a great way to show the students a variety of tools machines and their purpose used with correct safety practices.

Connection to instruction: This website is excellent for any production unit. The students can do research on their own about each machine and show how to use it safely.

Use of literacy strategies:
  • Video clips
  • Jigsaw