Technology Integration (TI) in Language Arts


TI idea #1: Integrating Poetry Annotation and Web Technology

http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=36

This "hypertext writing project, students annotate a poem, creating hyperlinks that connect keywords and ideas in the poem to related Web pages. The process of writing and creating links helps middle school students think not only of alternative textual forms but of more traditional organizational principals, only with more options. It also brings together the textual elements of color, font, image, as well as the more traditional conventions of print text. Further, students become more conscious of textual cues."

Tools:
Webbing Tool Student Interactive
Google Pages -- students have to have Google accounts or
Wikispaces -- I help students to create passwords (very easy)

Example:
http://www.npatterson.net/sara/maryjoe.html

TI Idea #2: Story Character Homepage

http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=50

Students will choose a character to thoroughly analyze it and create a homepage for the character. They will choose things their characters would be likely to include on the Web.

Tools:
Literary Elements Map Student Interactive
Google Pages -- students have to have Google accounts or
Wikispaces -- I help students to create passwords (very easy)

Examples:
http://www.pschulze.com/Soph%20Comp/comp_student_work.htm

TI idea #3: Book Report Alternative: Comic Strips and Cartoon Squares

http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=195

"Students tire of responding to novels in the same ways. They want new ways to think about a work of literature and new ways to dig into it. By creating comic strips or cartoon squares featuring characters in books, they're encouraged to think analytically about the characters, events, and themes they've explored in ways that expand their critical thinking by focusing on crystallizing the significant points of the book in a few short scenes."

Tools:
Comic Creator Student Interactive (students can draw anything by selecting backgrounds, characters, speech bubbles etc., but the comic elements are imited)
Comics Sketch Mainada.Net - Sketch your imagination (students draw online with a mouse).
QuickToons.com(students can draw anything by selecting backgrounds, characters, speech bubbles etc., but the comic elements are limited)
http://www.stripcreator.com/ (students can draw anything by selecting backgrounds, characters, speech bubbles etc., but the comic elements are limited)

TI idea #4: Creating a Safe Online Profile

http://www.readwritethink.org/beyondtheclassroom/summer/grades9_12/OnlineName/

"In this activity, teenagers explore online names by looking at sample e-mail addresses to determine what they can tell about the person who uses the account. After this exploration, teens choose a screen name or e-mail address for themselves as well as decide on personal details to include on a safe, online profile."

Resources
Child Safety on the Information Highway booklet
Online Profile Tips
Online Name Form

TI idea #5: Student Blog


Each students writes blog entires related to the assignment.

Resources
http://supportblogging.com/

Student Blog Examples
http://lsculp.edublogs.org/ -- 11th Grade English,
http://classblogmeister.com/blog.php?blogger_id=117417 -- Language Arts

Tools
Blogger
Edublogs
Easyjournal
Tribe.net
Xanga
HomeSchoolBlogger
Wordpress.com