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Integrating Technology into the English Language Arts Classroom

  1. 1. Integrating Technology into the ELA Classroom Ashley Quark March 2, 2007 STELA Conference
  2. 2. Technology for Educators Information <ul><li>Emailing Parents </li></ul><ul><li>Posting homework, assignments, and class events online </li></ul><ul><li>Gathering information online for lessons </li></ul>
  3. 3. Technology for Educators Information <ul><li>PowerPoint Presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Downloading Audio/Video for instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive Websites </li></ul><ul><li>Posting Samples of Student work online with evaluation rubrics </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching technological media literacy </li></ul>Instruction
  4. 4. Technology for Educators Information <ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion Boards </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasting </li></ul><ul><li>Online surveys </li></ul><ul><li>Online assignments and quizzes </li></ul><ul><li>Webquests </li></ul><ul><li>Peer revising & editing on Microsoft Word </li></ul>Instruction Student Activity
  5. 5. Information
  6. 6. Information: Emailing Parents <ul><li>Set up Distribution Lists (Groups) </li></ul><ul><li>Send group emails </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t forget to BCC! </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>  </li></ul>
  8. 8. Instruction
  9. 9. Instruction: Critical Readers <ul><li>Teaching Technological Literacy </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>www.dhmo.org </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 14. Instruction: Critical Readers <ul><li>Teaching Technological Literacy </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>www.dhmo.org </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Martin Luther King Jr. site </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 17. Instruction: Critical Technology Consumers <ul><li>Teaching Technological Literacy </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>www.dhmo.org </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Martin Luther King Jr. site </li></ul></ul></ul>We must teach students critical thinking skills as they apply to their use of technological media!
  12. 18. Instruction: Critical Readers <ul><li>Evaluating Websites </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>WHO is the source of the information? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>WHAT are you getting? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>WHEN was the site created? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>WHERE </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>WHY are you here? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>HOW can you tell what’s what? </li></ul></ul></ul>When students are asked what Internet-related subjects they would like to learn about in school, the top choice for 68 per cent is “How to tell if information you find on the Net is true or not”. (Source: Young Canadians in a Wired World, Media Awareness Network, 2005)
  13. 19. Instruction—Useful Websites <ul><li>Unitedstreaming.com </li></ul><ul><li>by Discovery School </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Grapes of Wrath </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>All Quiet on the Western Front </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dracula </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lord of the Flies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Various Shakespearean Plays </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Author Biographies (Thomas Hardy, Jonathon Swift, Hemingway) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Punctuation </li></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 20. Instruction—Useful Websites <ul><li>Edgar Allan Poe </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://knowingpoe.thinkport.org/default_flash.asp </li></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 21. Instruction—Useful Websites <ul><li>Shakespeare </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual Tour of the Globe Theatre </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Realistic Tour </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Animated Tour with interesting info </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  16. 22. Student Activity
  17. 23. Student Activity: Peer Revision <ul><li>Use “ Reviewer ” function in Microsoft word for Peer Revision </li></ul>
  18. 24. Student Activity: Surveys <ul><li>www.surveymonkey.com </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Free accounts </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>10 questions per survey </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Example: Pre-Reading Survey </li></ul></ul></ul>
  19. 25. Student Activity: Wikis <ul><li>What is a wiki? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Wiki stands for “What I Know Is” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A type of website where members can add, remove, edit or change content on the site </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Example www.wikipedia.com </li></ul></ul></ul>
  20. 26. Student Activity: Wikis <ul><li>How can I use it in my ELA classroom? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Classroom Web pages </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Collaborative Authoring </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Collaborative Responses to Literature </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Project Development (giving and receiving feedback throughout the process) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  21. 27. Student Activity: Wikis <ul><li>What’s so great about a WIKI? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to set up and maintain </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Can be edited from any computer with an Internet connection </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Creator has the freedom to allow everyone to view/edit the wiki OR only invited members can view/edit the wiki </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to upload pictures and files or link to external web pages </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Students love publishing their writing online—it gives them an authentic audience! </li></ul></ul></ul>
  22. 28. Student Activity: Wikis <ul><li>How to make a wiki: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Choose a host. These are free: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>www.pbwiki.com </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>www.wetpaint.com </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>www.wikispaces.com </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Benefits of wikispaces.com: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Giving away FREE wikis for teachers with no advertising! </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Online tutorial is excellent! </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  23. 29. Ethics & Student Safety <ul><li>Names:   You probably don't want to use students' full names in order to maintain privacy and anonymity online. </li></ul><ul><li>Collective information available on your site (e.g. Teacher's name, school, town/city, grade, students' first names,pictures).  A  combination of too much of this information could potentially be dangerous </li></ul><ul><li>Teach students about privacy issues and appropriate content online.  Teach them not to share personal information online. </li></ul>
  24. 30. Ethics & Student Safety <ul><li>Use functions on blogs and wikis to limit audience </li></ul><ul><li>If possible, consider moderating students' comments </li></ul><ul><li>Pictures:   Is it appropriate to have any pictures?  If so, when and why? </li></ul><ul><li>Examine your school division’s “Acceptable Use Policy” for technology </li></ul>
  25. 31. Ethics and Student Safety <ul><li>Student will not learn about Internet ethics, etiquette, and safety intuitively simply because they are growing up in the digital age. Our students need teachers to teach them these skills that will be necessary for them to function in the 21 century. </li></ul>
  26. 32. Acknowledgments <ul><li>Many of the ideas presented here originated from: </li></ul><ul><li>Jennifer Foss , Chicago, IL </li></ul><ul><li>Cherie Clarke-Moore , Australia </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Alec Couros , Faculty of Education, University of Regina </li></ul>
  27. 33. Contact Information <ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation Summary: </li></ul><ul><li>www.technologyandELA.wikispaces.com </li></ul>

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