Technology and Language Arts

Technology and Language Arts


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Background Ideas and Information

Aiming for HOTS (Higher Order Thinking Skills)

Bloom\'s Taxonomy Blooms Digitally.pdf

21st Century Road Map



Web tools
ReadWrite Think Student Materials- A great place full of interactive applets that engage students!
Some great ones:
Google Lit Trips- Use Google Earth to follow the trail in some popular books (you will need to install Google Earth
Wordle- Use this tool to express ideas, identify main ideas, check for overused words...
Spelling City- things to do with your spelling lists
Delicious- This is a great tool (for any content area) that allows you and/or your students to bookmark and organize websites that are relevant to your topic. I've seen teachers use it to build background knowledge, or students use it to develop final projects by building a set of references for a topic.
Webspiration- a free, online version of Inspiration (don't know how much longer it will be free, however) another free online mindmapping tool (can be used across the curriculum)
Google Docs and Presentations- free, online word processing and presentation tools that students can access from any networked computer
Video on using Google Docs
Wacky Web Tales- need to practice parts of speech?
Storyline Online- Famous actors read popular books in these videos
Schoolhouse Rock- The lyrics to those classic songs!
Word Central- from Merriam Webster, has games, daily buzzwords, and more
Make Beliefs Comix- create a comic strip online
Great sites for Interactive Whiteboards
Construct a Word- From ReadWriteThink, use word families to build words!
Many of the applets from ReadWriteThink would work well on an interactive whiteboard.
Crickweb- a UK site with several interactive language arts activities
Thinkfinity- great place to search for lessons, resources, and interactives


There are a ton of great resources for Language Arts at Ed1Stop!


Literary Response Blogs
    Wringer by Jerry Spinelli
    Literature Circle Planning
Blogs as a way to get students writing -example of students writing daily reports for parents -Great list of examples of ways to use blogs (not just in Language Arts) -Student writing is posted (even better would be having students RESPOND to the writing)  -Some more ideas of how to use blogs in Langauge Arts.


    Monster Project Wiki- practice descriptive writing to contribute a monster part, then use other classes' descriptions to build a monster- great for vocab development and ELD
Choose Your Own Adventure Wiki- Tell the story of Sylvia! 


Break down a book- this site has all kinds of pages linked to a central book

     Here's another great example of a class dissecting all aspects of a book


7th Grade Student Reading Wiki- students working on different facets of the books they read during the semester


Blank Seasonal Templates


Choose your own adventure story


Create a timeline of a person's life in a calendar

          Holiday Calendar.ppt


Create a story map



Creating an Interactive PowerPoint.doc 


Create a class Big Book


Create a patterned book


Templates for seasonal stories



Look around on iTunes or through Google to find podcasts related to specific books or topics. Below are two podcasts that might also be useful.

Reading Rockets 'Meet the Author'- Audio and video interviews with authors of popular children's books, such as Lois Lowry and Chris Van Allsburg.

Subscribe at iTunes 


Storynory- classic tales told outloud with a little bit of history or commentary before the narrative.  British accent.  Quite relaxing to hear.


Teacher Created Materials Podcast

More for Professional Development in Language Arts.

Available in iTunes


Hooked on Phonics Podcast

Available in iTunes


Watch and Learn Video Podcast

Ideas for teaching reading

Available in iTunes



Student created podcasts; I especially like #37 about their literature circles


The 5th Graders of Room 34 at Tovashal Elementary - ColeyCast - ColeyCast


Digital Storytelling

Digital Storytelling is a great way to get students reading, writing, and communicating.


Interactive Whiteboards

Construct a Word- From ReadWriteThink, use word families to build words!
Many of the applets from ReadWriteThink would work well on an interactive whiteboard.
Crickweb- a UK site with several interactive language arts activities

Document Camera

These aren't all related to language arts, but here's a handout with ideas for using a document camera in class.

 Try displaying a book with the document camera so that all of your students can see it.

Language Arts Strands and Activities


Reading: Word Analysis, Fluency, and Systematic Vocabulary Development


Reading: Reading Comprehension


Reading: Literary Response and Analysis




Writing: Strategies


Writing: Applications


Writing: Written and Oral Langauge Conventions








Other Resources


Knowledge Network from SBC


CTAP Region 3


Electronic School Article


Storytelling Resources


E-Mail and English


Online Books


Teaching the English Language Arts With Technology: A Critical Approach and Pedagogical Framework


101 Ways to Integrate Technology into Literacy Activities