Sunday, December 22, 2013

Website for techies

A great source of material for all areas of ESP (particularly areas related to engineering and technology) Engadget is a techology blog that has the format of an online magazine.It describes itself as "a news, reviews and opinion outlet with obsessive coverage of cutting edge gadgets, consumer electronics and the science and technology they're built upon."

In addition to English, there are International Editions in German, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese.

The sections of the English edition include News, Reviews, Features, Shows, Forums, and More (which includes "latest videos").

My students found the Reviews section particularly useful, and it covers:
  • mobile
  • photography
  • gaming
  • computers
  • peripherals
  • personal tech
  • networking
  • storage
  • home theater
I had students look at some reviews for cell phones (their choice which ones) and we noted how the positive and negative features were presented, how comparisons were made, and how point of view was expressed. We used these examples as models for student-generated "reviews" of their gadget of choice.

Once students were introduced to this website via this activity, they found plenty of other areas of interest, and are motivated to read further reviews and the news articles on their own.

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