INTEGRATING TECHNOLOGY INTO THE ELA PROGRAM

Lakewood Elementary School

March 19, 2004

INTRODUCTION

TEACHER RESOURCES ONLINE

FINDING INFORMATION

ORGANIZING INFORMATION

FROM THE SESSION - search tips, other sites


INTRODUCTION

A thought from Katherine Paterson, author of "Jacob I Have Loved" and Bridge to Terabithia The Internet gives us the illusion of enormous knowledge at our fingertips. However, it does not give you the necessary time for reflection. It is our role as teachers to teach students how to use the Internet to select, organize and evaluate information to support learning.

This workshop will give you an opportunity to investigate using the Internet as a teaching resource and as a student resource.

Comprehension skills that are used frequently in all subject areas include vocabulary, fact vs. non-fact, identifying main idea, summarizing, sequencing events/ideas, comparing and contrasting, making predictions, using graphs and other data graphics to interpret information, making generalizations, and drawing conclusions.Strengthening Reading and Writing Skills Using the Internet

Reading on the Internet: the link between literacy and technology by Elizabeth Schmar-Dobler This article from Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, September 2003 p.80-85 contains the following comparision of reading strategies needed for reading books and the Internet.

Manitoba Reading Association Select I love to Read link to view the document - Celebrating Literacy Through Media

RETURN TO TOP

Using Online Resources to Improve Literacy

There are multiple resources, activities, or tools for each of the following components of literacy development. As you examine resources, pause and think about your students, your classroom and your areas of need. Determine if the resources are best used as a teaching prop that could demonstrate, illustrate or motivate a lesson or concept. Other resources may lend themselves to learning centres and independent student use. You will find that some resources work well as suggestions for "homework", while other resources may be great for fostering group thinking and problem solving. Some of these group work settings may include a "knowledgeable leader" while others may be motivations for reading that prompt action away from the computer.

PHONEMIC AWARENSS - the ability to notice, think about, and work with the individual sounds in the spoken word

PHONICS - includes the relationships between the letters (graphemes) of written language and the individual sounds (graphemes).

FLUENCY - the ability to read accurately and quickly, recognize words, and comprehend what is read, all simultaneously.

VOCABULARY DEVELOPMENT - playing with words (such as puzzles and word games will encourage vocabulary growth. Reading aloud books that have vocabulary and reading levels that challenge your students can give them words in context and motivate them to use new words.

COMPREHENSION - specific strategies for teaching comprehension include using graphic organizers, questioning and summarizing. Graphic organizers can help students focus on details, isolate events and sequences, compare and contrast, etc.

A CLOSING NOTE TO ALL TEACHERS Environment, student motivation, engagement, discussion, and a desire to read are significant factors in encouraging literacy. Creating lifelong readers is essential. This is not just about passing a test, it is about being capable and eager to keep reading to learn and grow. Someone said recently, "An 'at-risk' student is any student who leaves school before or after graduation with little possibility of continuing learning." Being literate and striving to learn are keys to the future. And literacy and the love of learning seem to be closely linked. Teaching today is a journey with the latest information, new research, and new tools and resources. The Internet provides access to so much without enrolling in courses or going to after-school professional development. Access to research, online tools, and ideas (lesson plans and more) are not far from any teacher with online access. By Gaily Lovely,Connected Newsletter, September 2003

RETURN TO TOP


TEACHER RESOURCES ONLINE

RETURN TO TOP


LESSON PLAN SITES

Curriculum Navigator

Blue Web'n

Classroom Connect

ERIC Select Lesson Plans tab

Read-Write-Think International Reading Association handout is included in your package

Kathy Schrock Select Lesson Plans link. Select grade and subject.

RETURN TO TOP

THEME SITES

Beaverlodge Student Guides to the Net - Pembina Trails School Division

BookMark Central - St. James-Assiniboia School Division

Debbie's Unit Factory Organized by month, e.g. March has links to St. Patrick's Day, April to April Fools Day, Earth Day and Easter as well as other themes.

Ganders Includes link to themes with online lessons

Kathy Schrock Use search link to find sites on a topic

RETURN TO TOP

WEBQUESTS

WebQuest Portal This site is a good entry to the world of webquests. On the left are several links. Select Search to search the entire site: all grade levels; top, middling and new sites.

Select Top to obtain a list of webquests that have been evaluating and found to be excellent examples of the webquest model. These are arranged by subject and grade level.

Select Middling to obtain a list of evaluated webquests that are worthwhile, but not a well done as the top selections

Select New for a list of wequests that have not yet been evaluated.

RETURN TO TOP

INFORMATION SKILLS MODELS

Most models follow pattern of Define the question - Search for resources - Interpret, organize and synthesize information - Present/Share the information - Evaluate the process

BIG6 Home Page

BIG6 From the Wiinipeg School Division's Web Site

The Big6 broken down to K-2 and 3-6

Big6 Sample Big 6 lessons

The Big6 Web Guide

InfoZone Pembina Trials

Integration Station River East Transcona

K-W-L What it is, how it works and a downloadable/printable KWL chart and a downloadable/prinitable modified KWL chart

KWL Generator Generates a KWL worsheet with area for student's name, date, Has teacher's name, the subject and topic

K-W-L-H The H stands for How we can learn more

RETURN TO TOP


FINDING INFORMATION

FINDING WEB SITES

Haycock, Ken et al Neal-Schuman Authoritative Guide to Kids' Search Engines, Subject Directories and Portals. New York, Neal-Schuman, 2003 Available for loan from the Paul Pura Library. To borrow, contact Shirley Beiko through First Class

Connections Newsletter (Classroom Connect Magazine) This is also available for loan from the Media Centre. To borrow, contact Shirley Beiko through First Class. New issues are advertised in the Bulletin. Table of Contents of the magazine are sent weekly to all school libraries. In your package is a sample article - Summer Reading from the May 2003 issue.

BookMark Central St. James-Assiniobia School Division

WorldBookOnline When searching a topic, the related information box will often have links to web sites.

RETURN TO TOP

SEARCHING WEB SITES

Ask Jeeves Kids and Google (use advanced search) have spell check features. Have students use the internet to research unfamiliar vocabulary or concepts in units of study.

SEARCHING TECHNIQUES

Brainstorming for keywords

FORMAT FOR CIRCLE OF QUESTIONS

This strategy encourages students to ask questions about a given text and to explore the topic further if all their questions cannot be answered fully from the original source. It also provides one answer to the question "How can technology make literacy accessible to struggling readers?

The teacher draws a circle and writes the topic inside it. After completing an instructional text/website the teacher divides the students into groups of five. Students serve as " Timekeeper " Reporter " Recorder " Encourager " Leader Students have three minutes to list as many questions about the topic as they can think of. Students share their questions, and the teacher writes around the circumference of the circle. The class reviews the questions and divides them into categories. Each group selects a different category to become "experts" in, rereading the text to find the answers. Recorders write the answers and note where the information was found. Reporters share the information with the class. Unanswered questions are used as the basis for further research, with each group identifying or being assigned to a different website and recording that site's answers to the questions. Answers are again shared, and different perspectives are noted and discussed. This is an excellent way to introduce specific websites and discuss the value of different sites and the importance of cross-checking information. Sampson, Sampson and Linek (2000)

Boolean; Expanding and Narrowing Searches;Truncation and Wildcard

Integration Station - Downloads - Search Engine Math

EVALUATING WEB SITES

But I found it on the Internet

Integration Station Downloads - Evaluating Internet Sources

Kathy Schrock Elementary School Critical Web Page Evaluation Tool

NOTE TAKING

InfoZone - Choosing - i)Notetaking samples and blank templates ii) Study Skills Guide to Notetaking

Integration Station - Downlads - Notetaking template

RETURN TO TOP


ORGANIZING INFORMATION

Journal writing in math, science, art, social studies and other subject areas can integrate writing and help students reflect Journaling: Not Just for English Teachers

PowerPoint is an excellent program that helps students create slides to use in their oral presentations about classroom themes and projects.

Develop web page school or classroom to quickly link your students to sites that you would recoommend they use e.g. Voyageur School has a link on their home page to Subject Links and a link to Mr. Nuytten's page

Sargent Park Elementary and Junior High School

CITING SOURCES

Citation Maker (Elementary) From the Kathy Schrock Site

EasyBib

Integration Station - Downloads - Bibliographies - A working bibliography and Bibliography chart downlaads are available

TekMom's Citation Page

RETURN TO TOP


FROM THE SESSION

Phonetic Awareness

Crankophone This site was found to be British, therefore some of the word pronunciations were unfamiliar.

The following sites were found:

Reader's Theatre

Aaron Shepard's Home Page Stories, scripts and more

Rubrics

Rubistar Create rubrics for your project based activites. Includes 6+1 Trait Writing Model

Search Tips

To search for a webquest on a topic - In Google search box type in topic webquest. e.g. Voyageur Webquest

Control F (for find) is a great tool to go straight to the section you need. e.g. on this web page, if you wanted to go directly to the Big6 section. Control F - type in BIG6 - Enter - to continue searching through the page for the term - Select Find Next and it will go through the entire page.

Only remember part of a url? If it is an usual phrase, the find in url works good. In Goggle search box type in allinurl: and the part of the url you remember, e.g. allinurl: sjsd

RETURN TO TOP

 

 

UPDATED March 23, 2004