Since Language Arts is a requirement for allstudents in grades 6-8, it makes sense tomeet the needs of all students. As a way to meet the needs of all students,web 2.0 tools can help teachers and students
Digital Tools ranging online to tablets Tools that create or support a virtual learningenvironment. Tools that support communication andcultivate relationships. Resources to support teaching and learning. Tools enabling students to showcase workand take pride in their learning.
Open lines of communication Provide collaboration opportunities Enhance the learning experience Showcase students’ work Differentiate & Meet all students’ needs Motivate students and teachers Make learning EASY!!!
1. OralExpressionandListening1. Successful group discussions requireplanning and participation by allBlogging: Digital tools such as Edublogs can help students have onlinediscussions with teachers and peers.Wikis: Similar to Blogging but can also be used to add widgets andShowcase student’s workVoiceThread: students can work independently or with others toPresent information online instead of in front of a classVoki: creates an animated character that can be used to presentinformation or discussionsVoxopop: voice based e-learning tool
2. Reading for AllPurposes1. Understanding the meaning within differenttypes of literature depends on properlyanalyzing literary components2. Organizing structure to understand andanalyze factual information3. Word meanings are determined by how theyare designed and how they are used in contextReading Rockets: website that provides blogs, online books, and otherDigital tools that can help students with reading and comprehension.Allows students to find books that are at students’ lexile readinglevels.Audible Kids: online books with various topics and ages groups. ThisSite is more intended for younger children but beneficial forMiddle school low level readers.PinkMonkey: provides students with study guides and book notes to avariety of books that are required to read in middle school.
3. Writing andComposition1. Writing literary genres for intended audiences andpurposes requires ideas, organization, and voice2. Writing informational and persuasive genres for intendedaudiences and purposes require ideas, organization, andvoice develop3. Specific editing for grammar, legitimacyCoolTools.net: provides graphic organizers, interactive games, quizzes,diagrams, and much more!FlipSnack & Digital Storytelling: make your own digital bookMindMapping , Mindmeister, Inspiration, & Popplet: online mapping toolsto help students brainstorm writing assignments and find other writingexamples.Google Drive: allows students to create an ePortfolio of assignmentsand allows students to store everything and have easy accessReadWriteThink: engages students with literacy through interactive tools3D Writer: online tool editing tool
4. Research and Reasoning 1. Individual and group research projects requireobtaining information on a topic from a variety ofsources and organizing it for presentation2. Assumptions can be concealed, and requireidentification and evaluation3. Monitoring the thinking of self and others is adisciplined way to maintain awarenessLiveBinder: allows you to organize online resources in one placeBoolify: allows students to research with more focus and student-centered.Discovery Education: allows teachers/students to find videos andResourcesOnline Databases: subscriptions based depended on school licensesand choicesCitationMachine: help students properly cite sources