Resources for Language Arts Teachers

What is the unit, lesson, skill you want to teach? Don't start with the tool!

Remember Student Motivators and life skills:

      1. Giving choice
      2. Having purpose
      3. Remembering one's audience

Smartboard Notebook Resources



Lesson Activity Toolkit

Smart Exchange - Great place to find other teachers' lessons
Kevin Sullivan's Games - Shown at NJEA 2010
My Posterous Site - Links and information for using the Smartboard and Notebook software
My Diigo Sites tagged Smartboard
Delicious - All items tagged with Smartboard and LA

~Remember basic file management. When you find something save it in a place where it's easy for you to find again.
For example: Create a folder called Smartboard Lessons, then another folder inside that one called Notebook Templates.
Store all the games/resources made by others that you find there.
When you find a need for one, open it up, edit it to fit your lesson, etc. and then re-save it in another folder based by the class/lesson.
Your templates will always remain but now you have ready made games that work too!

Internet Searching and Information Literacy

You need to remember the Grammar of the web and how it works to search on various search engines. - Use the Advanced Search feature until you learn the nuances. MAKE sure you teach the kids too!
Typically people only look at first 5 websites that come up in a search.

Glossary of Symbols/codes:

" " = Phrase
- = Eliminates
Site:edu = searches only university sites
Site:uk = searches only uk (Great Britain) sites
Root Database = site for finding country codes

Search Terms to add:

School or Schools
"Online Resources"
"Technology Resources"

~Don't forget to search by STATE as well.
You can find great things like this School created Wiki for Texas with great resources for anyone!

Language Arts Publishers' Resources:

McDougal Littel
McGraw Hill
Holt, Reinhart, & Winston
Houghton Mifflin EduPlace
List of many Publisher Online Resources - Addison Wesley links do not work

Some Great Teacher Resources

Common Errors in English Language Site
Read Write Think - Terrific templates to use with kids and a great place to find lessons
Kathy Shrock's Guide for Rubrics- Most are teacher made

Skype a Teacher - Check out this great list of other teachers who will Skype with you - Check out the Directory and then the comments at the bottom
Think school to school debate!
Skype an Author - Reach out to book authors

Google Lit Trips

Creating Interactive Documents

Find a pdf on the web - paste into Word
~Remember to view your activity from the back of the room
Change the font size, color, spacing, etc. and save to a base folder
~Open it up and use the Smartboard Pens and then re-save it in a folder you have created if that class
You can upload it immediately for absent students on their class page off your Teacher Page.
~Terrific for teaching note taking!

Writing Workshop

~Create a JING to show kids how to edit a document/story/writing piece
Google Docs - Kids create their assignments here then share with you.
You edit with review tools and they are immediately notified so they can go to the next step.
~USE our "cheat sheet" of terms and what they mean
SP = spelling
U = Proper noun
V = insert some key information (tell them they need adjectives, etc)

~Create deadlines for when steps should be complete so you know you can edit and they know they can make changes.

Digital Storytelling Presentation Tools

Glogster EDU
VoiceThread - Great Sample by a 5th grade class OR this one created by a student all about Global Warming
Xtranormal for educators

Pics you can use in projects

Pics 4 Learning
Flickr pics under a creative commons license

Other Web 2.0 Tools

RCampus - Create rubrics and search through hundreds already made. Easy to post to your website too.
Recipes4Success - Create your own Rubrics and then edit with standard suggestions
~Create these as a whole class with your kids on the Smartboard

Quizlet - Terrific for making quizzes and practicing vocabulary
Study Stack - Another Vocabulary tool
Spelling City - You can create an account, set up your spelling units, and then have the kids take quizzes and play games
~Any of the above three could be created by a student for extra credit or you could just have it be a job for every unit

Polleverywhere - Terrific for gathering questions on an assignment or engaging students in a thoughtful discussion
ietherpad - Interactive, synchronous tool for collaboration
Wallwisher - Like an online bulletin board for ideas
KidBlog - You can set it so kids' comments are immediately up without your moderating their comments first. Just make it private.
Nice Net

Teacher Pages

Remember to link everything up here! New websites, notes you write together, etc.
Keep your hierarchy simple and easy to navigate

Community & Funding

Donors Choose
Digital Wish

Management - Classroom and Home

Raise up laptops on textbooks
Have them close laptops (at least part way) when you need to teach
Make sure you keep track of where they are on various online projects - check list of some sort
Turn off projectors when not in use - Bulbs are very expensive

Remind parents:
1. Only 50 minutes of homework a night
2. Children should be using computer in a family area; not their bedroom
3. Think about charging their laptops in your room at night or at least have a "Homework/laptop Drop Spot" where everything is kept
4. Review doing homework and avoiding/eliminating distractions

~Send home a flier reviewing these ideas and others to be signed showing they have read the document.

Publishing Kids' Work