Language Arts Content Area Presentation Lori S. Crum EDTECH 541
Educators and researchers deeply concerned with how our schools are going to prepare students for the 21st century.
They all tend to recognize three major competencies: Creativity, critical thinking, cross-cultural communication and collaboration, and digital age literacy.
To develop these skills, we need classrooms where students are working in teams and using technology to build creative, meaningful content that reflects their understanding and learning.
Using the Internet for LA Instruction
60 Second Recap
Writing With Writers
Daily Grammar is a fun, convenient way to learn grammar. By simplifying complex grammar subjects, Daily Grammar is a great teaching tool for both public and home-schooled children, ESL students, and anyone needing to refresh English grammar skills. By practicing language rules, any person able to read will be able to master English grammar.
60 Second Recap
60 Second Recap is a collection of video clips covering the plots, characters, symbolism, and more of favorite classic literature for teens. But it’s not a dry, overly-academic examination. It’s a lively conversation hosted by a real-life, somewhat zany hostess named Jenny.
Wordia is an online visual dictionary whose goal is to 'redefine the dictionary'. It asks members of the public and celebrity narrators to upload videos explaining what words mean to them. The videos are then published on the site alongside the traditional textual definition.
Writing With Writers
Students work with authors, editors, and illustrators in workshops designed to guide them in developing their skills. Students may work on various forms of writing: Biography Writing Descriptive Writing Folktale Writing Mystery Writing Myth Writing News Writing Poetry Writing Speech Writing
Why Teach With Technology?
Technology, when used appropriately, can help make the English and Language Arts classroom a site of active learning and critical thinking and further student connections with language and literature. Teachers can use technology to enable students to communicate in multiple modalities, do authentic research, problem-solve, and much more. Students can use the Internet, electronic databases and other online sources to gather information. They can use spreadsheets, timelines, and other programs to store, organize, and analyze information. Students can also integrate multimedia desktop publishing, web publishing, video and audio editing, and graphics programs to create and present information in innovative and engaging ways. (http://www.tewt.org/gettingstartedreasons.html)
A Community of Writers
WeBook is online community where writers can go to write, review, vote, and get published. You can write alone or collaboratively, give and receive feedback.
BookRix is a book community that connects authors and readers. You can read and discuss free books online. Create, upload and share your own books. Connecting writers to readers. Read, review, critique and be critiqued.
MixedInk's collaborative writing platform allows groups of any size to weave their best ideas and language into a single text. Find a topic you care about and jump in or create a new one and invite others to join. Contribute your ideas, mix & match others' ideas, or simply rate as you read. Create a single text that's more powerful because of the many contributors behind it.
Practice Builds Vocabulary
Sheppard Software’s Language Arts Games
Vocabulary.co.il is a fun educational website dedicated to helping you build reading, phonics, or English language skills. It offers Word Games which are specifically designed to build vocabulary skills and to motivate people to learn through fun practice in spelling, phonics, and vocabulary. With fun games and activities like the ones found on this site, new vocabulary words found in literature can be easy to learn.
Sheppard Software's Language Arts page features a variety of games for different grade levels. High school learners can review their SAT and advanced vocabulary through the SAT Words and Vocabulary in Context games. Memorizing a wide variety of important vocabulary words will help you succeed in the verbal sections of the SATs. Practicing vocabulary will boost your scores on standardized tests.
The LA Times crossword is a game to maintain your brain. You will never be bored! Even if you find yourself trapped in a mine or locked in a jail you won’t mind because it will give you more time to sink your teeth into these enticing and riveting crossword puzzles that will stretch your vocabulary to its limits.
Fundamental Reason for Incorporating Technology
Using technology can bring traditional classrooms otherwise inaccessible resources -- information, people, media, and event
Technology fosters global connections and communication in our shrinking, "flat," and interconnected world
Email, discussion rooms, and other technologies help support collaborative learning and group communication.
Teachers and students regain energy and enthusiasm for their academic work as they create new ways of learning and thinking
Technology tools enable teachers to provide students with access to instructional materials that better match their learning needs
A growing number of fields include tasks in which information technology has become essential
Teachers can reasonably expect higher results from students who have access to technology tools such as word processing, email, and the Web.
Students and young faculty often have high expectations of access to, and use of, technology
Technology can help teachers foster mutually supportive relationships with educators across the country and create partnerships with school librarians and media specialists. (http://www.tewt.org/gettingstartedreasons.html)
Publish, Publish, Publish
Share What You’re Reading
Brainstorm online with bubbl.us. Easily create colorful mind maps to print or share with others. Almost no learning curve.
Share What You’re Reading
Students write reviews about recently read books and can also read recommendations submitted by other kids.
Make paperback storybooks and professionally typed, hardback class books. Make free books from every student's story. Make a free book for the classroom where every student is an author and illustrator of a page in a class book.
Encourage Student Writing
Publishing student writing encourages the reluctant writer, strengthens kids' self-confidence, rewards interest, and promotes a positive attitude toward literature. (Encourage Student Writing -- Publish on the Web! Education World. http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/tech/tech042.shtml)