Top Ten Strategies for Technology in English/Language Arts
Take advantage of these ten powerful strategies for using technology to enhance the teaching of reading, writing, and language skills.
- Electronic publishing projects to encourage student writing — Students spend more time writing when they know their work will be displayed on a website or in a print product that others will see.
- Electronic pen pal (keypal) activities to encourage student writing — Students are more likely to want to write and to take more care with spelling and language conventions when they have an authentic audience.
- Internet resources to engage students in literature — Internet sites offer examples, background, and analysis to enrich students' study of literary works and help make literature more real and relevant to them.
- Online book clubs — Encourage pleasure reading by having students create an online book club for kids or join an existing one.
- Concept mapping software to help students plan their writing — Concept mapping software (e.g., Inspiration) helps students create visual outlines to plan what they want to write about.
- Talking books to engage students in reading — Interactive storybooks or electronic books scaffold students' initial reading skills and draw them into reading activities.
- Alternate formats for writing stories — Students can use a video-editing program such as iMovie and an audio-editing program like Audacity to develop stories in formats other than simply text - encompassing movies, pictures, and sound.
- Threaded discussions to motivate student writing — These draw students into writing by giving them a supportive, nonjudgmental environment for expressing their ideas.
- Blogs and fan fiction websites to motivate student writing — Students practice written expression as they engage in dialogue with others about topics of mutual' interest.
- Tracking systems to motivate student reading — Systems such as Accelerated Reader give students opportunities for reading at their own levels and rewards them for improved comprehension.
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