Computer Assisted Learning

Internet Searching-General

Lesson Plans

Online Databases

Evaluating Internet Sites

Internet Searching for Language Arts

Libraries

Themes &Authors for High Schools

Homework Help

List Servs

Themes &Authors for Middle Schools


SECONDARY ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS TECHNOLOGY SESSIONS 1998-1999

P.S.D.C. Mac Tech. Lab 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

 

1) September 22, 1998

Internet Searching - general tips and techniques

Evaluating Internet Sites SEE Secondary ELA - Internet Technology Workshop 1 for more recent information.

Searching online databases such as EBSCO and ERIC

2) October 20, 1998

Lesson plans on the Internet

Listservs

Computer assisted learning

 3) November 17, 1998

See ELA Middle Page for most recent links to sites for English Language Arts at the Middle Level

Specific themes and authors for Middle School Classes including:

Internet Searching - general tips and techniques

Computer assisted learning

Lesson Plans on the Internet

General author and topic sites See ELA Middle Page for most recent links to sites for ELA at the Middle Level

Anne Frank (Holocaust)

Barbara Smucker (Racism, Slavery, Underground Railroad)

Gary Paulsen (Survival/Coming of Age)

 4) January 12, 1999

Specific themes and authors for High Schools including:

Shakespeare (also drama in general)

Miller (McCarthyism, Witchcraft)

Steinbeck (economic depression, euthanasia)

Poetry

 5) February 9, 1999

Internet resources for Students

Reference Books

World Book Online

EBSCO host

Homework Help

St. James Collegiate - Library Links

Citing Sources SEE Secondary ELA - Internet Technology Workshop 1 for more recent information.

Evaluating Sites SEE Secondary ELA - Internet Technology Workshop 1 for more recent information.

 6) March 23, 1999

Internet access to information to assist teachers

Department of Education Library

Media Centre Catalogue

Division Union Catalogue

Winnipeg Public Library

St. James Collegiate - Library Links

ERIC database

EBSCO Host database



1. INTEGRATING TECHNOLOGY INTO THE SECONDARY ELA CURRICULUM
PSDC MAC Lab September 22, 1998

SEARCH METHODS

 1. Browsing Browsing can be fun, but it is very inefficient, especially in large databases. Browsing starts with a general site and follows links from one site to another. High quality starting sites will be more likely to contain high quality links.

 2. Simple Keyword Searching In large databases this usually results in too many hits. In subject directories, simple keyword searching is usually an effective search method. Commonly-used words usually result in too many hits. Keyword searching is more effective with distinctive words.

 3. Advanced/Expert Searching

i) Boolean

ii) Other Search Methods

SEARCH STRATEGIES

1. Analyze your topic

i) Break it down into component concepts

ii) List keywords for each concept

ii) Decides on the logical relationships between keywords

2. Search Tool Features

Every search tool is different. They vary in features, size and comprehensiveness. The most important features in selecting a search tool are those which allow you to refine or focus your search when you need to. If you want comprehensiveness, you want large databases. If you want help sorting out "the best" pages on an extensively covered topic, the selectivity of some of the smaller, hand-picked databases is appropriate.

SEARCHING TIPS

Read the directions at each search site. The technique for formulating a search depends on the search engine you are using. There is a wide variety of options available among the different search engines.

If you have a multi-term search, be sure to determine which type of Boolean logic you should use.

Include synonyms or alternate spellings in your search statements and connect these terms with OR logic.

Check your spelling.

Take advantage of capitalization if the search engine is case sensitive.

If your results are not satisfactory, repeat the search using alternative terms.

Experiment with different search engines. No two search engines work from the same database.

Try Web sites which allow you to search multiple search engines simultaneously. But, you will lose access to advanced query options since not all engines offer them.

SPECIFIC TIPS FOR SEARCHING ELA TOPICS

SEARCHING THE INTERNET FOR AUTHORS AND TITLES

AUTHORS

General Tips:

1)Some search engines and directories use a capitalization feature to search a name. If words are capitalized, they are searched for side by side. As this does not apply to all search engines and directories, it is best to put the author's name in quotations.

2) If the author you searched for is not easily seen, Select Find from the icons at the top (or Control F) and type in a word e.g.trease and the computer will take you to first occurrence of the word on the page. If this is still not what you want, select find again and it will take you to next occurrence.

BOOK TITLES

General Tips:

1) Using the capitalization feature to search a name does not work for most titles. Cue For Treason can also be capitalized within sites as Cue for Treason or Cue for treason. Place title in quotations e.g. "cue for treason".

2) If the words you searched for are not easily seen, Select Find from icons at the top and type in a word e.g. treason and the computer will take you to first occurrence of the word on the page. If this is still not what you want, select find again and it will take you to next occurrence. Give consideration to the word you choose to find, e.g. requesting a find on the word read will find proofread, read, reader, reading.

TIPS ABOUT SOME SEARCH TOOLS

Ask Jeeves Can perform your search in the form of a question. It usually provides answers such as Click here for quotations by an author, for a list of the authors books in print, etc. It will also search other engines and directories and provide a result list, e.g. 5 Yahoo sites, 10 AltaVista sites, 3 Lycos sites.

Info Seek Allows searching within a result list. e.g. if a search on great gatsby resulted in too many hits, you can search just those results for sites that also refer to F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Northern Light Northern Light has a custom folder feature. It takes the hits and organizes them by topic. E.g. a search on "great gatsby" will be subdivided by folders on The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald; Fitzgerald F. Scott, works, studies and biography Commercial sites; American literature sites, Literary criticism sites, etc. The summary of sites indicates whether the site is an educational, commercial, school, or personal site.

POETRY

Titles as above.

Lines - Exact Phrase Option or place line in quotation marks


If you have too many results, or results that are not relevant:

If you have too few results:



2. INTEGRATING TECHNOLOGY INTO THE SECONDARY ELA CURRICULUM PSDC MAC Lab Tuesday October 20, 1998

LESSON PLANS AND COMPUTER ASSISTED LEARNING

Purpose of the workshop:

To provide an overview of the types of information found on the Internet that can be used to integrate technology into the middle school English language arts classroom.

To provide examples of sites that support research of authors and themes studied in the middle school English language arts curriculum.

The Workshop:

Handouts summarizing first two sessions: Internet searching; Computer Assisted Instruction; Lesson Plans.

Integrating technology into the middle school English language arts classroom using:

-- Sites covering authors

-- Sites focused on specific authors and themes

-- Handout on Media Centre materials to support English language arts

Hands On

Next Sessions: PSDC 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Specific themes and authors for High Schools - Tuesday, January 12th

Internet resources for students Tuesday February 9, 1999

Internet resources for teachers Tuesday March 23, 1999

 


COMPUTER ASSISTED INSTRUCTION

 

1. The Biography Maker

Students will appreciate this site when it's writing time. Online lessons explain what a biography should be and walk writers through questioning, learning, synthesis, and story-telling. Includes links to relevant Internet resources and tips for effective writing.

2. Citing Internet Resources (from ClassRoom Connect)

Shows students how to cite online sources.

3. CyberGuides

From the Language Arts SCORE (Schools of California Online Resources for Educators Project), teacher-developed CyberGuides are "supplementary units of instruction based on core works of literature, designed for students to use the World Wide Web." Each CyberGuide contains a student and teacher edition, objectives, a task, a Web-infused process, and an evaluation rubric. Most guides have students create a product after reviewing Web resources.

4. Learning together with the Internet Faulty of Education at Queen's

Collaborative projects and research; Classroom Resources Educational Publishing; On-Line discussions; Ask an Expert; How to project guides.

5. Paradigm Online Writing Assistant

Developed by Professor Chuck Guilford of Boise State University, Paradigm helps students think about what goes into a written piece before they ever start to draft. There are sections on discovering what to write, organizing, revising and editing writing. Several types of essays are addressed: thesis/support, argumentative, exploratory, and informal. There is enough content for teachers to send students to Paradigm for online guidance, or teachers might want to use the resource to guide their own classroom instruction. Prof. Guilford has done an excellent job of summarizing much of the research on the process approach to writing.

6. Purdue University On-line Writing Lab - Handouts

Purdue University's OWL (Online Writing Lab) has posted a comprehensive set of handouts online to support writing and the teaching of writing. Contains information from the basic Sound-Alike Words: Their/There/ They're; It's/ Its, etc.) to the specialized such as Business Letters and Neutral Messages). The handouts online assist in individualizing how you work with your students.

7. Study Guides and Strategies from Blue Web'n New

Study Guides includes over 50 pages of summary guides to assist students in succeeding in their studies. Topics include study, classroom and test preparation, organizational strategies, reading and writing assistance. Has links to related sites.

8. University of Victoria's Writer's Guide on The Essay

Provides a short introduction on what essays are and on various types of essays. It also guides the writer through the writing process with a series of brief articles.

9. The Virtual Presentation Assistant

An online tutorial for improving your public speaking skills. Topics include selecting and researching your topic, analyzing your audience, supporting your points, using visual aids, public speaking Web links.

10. Writing Argumentative Essays

Bill Daly, of the Victoria University of Technology (Australia) has shows teachers of writing, high school students, and parents trying to help their children how to put piece together an effective argumentative essay. Includes good examples.


LESSON PLANS

1. AskERIC Lesson Plans

Lesson plans by subject area. Searchable database. Provides grade level information.

General ERIC Searches

2. BLUE WEB'N: A Library of Blue Ribbon Learning Sites

Arranged by subject area, subdivided by links to tutorials, activities, lesson plans, hotspots, resources, references. Allows keyword searching.

3 CEC (Columbia Education Center) Lesson Plans

Lessons are arranged according to subject and grade level.

4. Classroom Connect Resource Page

Links to:

G.R.A.D.E.S. ( Global Resources And Educational Sites Index )

Searchable database containing more than a thousand online links to high- quality educational sites as reviewed by the staff of Classroom Connect. The Language Arts section is subdivided by gade level (K-6, 7-12).

5. EDSITEment - Guides for Home and School

Lesson plans that integrate Internet resources into the high school currciula. Sponsered by the National Ednowment for the Humanities, the Council of the Great City Schools, MCI Telecommunications Corporation and the National Trust for the Humanities.

6. English Teachers' Web Site

Australian site that provides starting points for integrating technology into secondary English classes. Includes literature, writing, technology and fun links. Also has a section on files for computer-based English classes e.g. Checking your spelling, Revising with a computer, Computers and writing strategies; Writing the five paragraph essay. Provides information including samples from a disk set Inside Stores which is a collection of teaching notes for 42 texts. The notes have been written by teachers.

7. Forefront Curriculum Web site

i. Practical strategies for using the net to enhance your classroom curriculum (seminar presentations) Grades 6-12.

ii. Integrating the net into the Social Studies/Language Arts classroom subdivided by: Outstanding Educational Sites; Ready to use lesson plans for the classroom; On Line Resources and Curriculum

8. Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators

Classified list of internet sites for enhancing curriculum and professional growth. Includes sections on: Literature and Language Arts; Website Evaluation Tools; Reference Sources

9. Language Arts Mini-Lessons

From Columbia Educational Center's summer workshops

Intermediate

High School (9-12)

10. Language Arts Website for Middle Schools

11. Lesson Plans and Activities

This site is from McRel Mid-continent Regional Educational Laboratory located in Colorado.

12. National Council of Teachers of English

This site has a link to teaching ideas, which in turn has a link to classroom activities.



3. INTEGRATING TECHNOLOGY INTO THE SECONDARY ELA CURRICULUM PSDC MAC Lab November 17, 1998

MIDDLE SCHOOL

See ELA Middle Page for most recent links to sites for English Language Arts at the Middle Level


GENERAL AUTHOR / LITERATURE /TOPIC SITES - MIDDLE SCHOOL

AUTHORS

MISCELLANEOUS

Encyclopedias on the Internet

Journalism

Reader's Theatre


SPECIFIC AUTHORS/THEMES

ANNE FRANK / HOLOCAUST

UNDERGROUND TO CANADA

GARY PAULSEN / SURVIVAL /COMING OF AGE

The Foxman by Gary Paulsen From Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site. This page is arranged by: Review, Things to notice and talk about, Activities, Related books and Related areas on the Internet.

Gary Paulsen Biography, lesson plans, selected bibiliography and ERIC resources.

Gary Paulsen: A Writer of His Time This page is written by an American secondary English language arts teacher. It provides a biography of Gary Paulsen including references to his books followed by a description of each novel including quotes and a list of his works.

Paulsen Page Biography, bibliography, awards, reviews, information on published interviews, suggested reading list, references.

TITANIC INTERNET SITES

A&E Documentary This site provides lesson plans, with permission to copy, for the four part documentary produced by A&E. The videos are available from the Media Centre - VC8134

Encyclopedia Britannica Internet Guide A search on "Titanic" results in excellent links to sites such as: the ship's construction; the movie and documentaries; movie reviews; history of the Titanic.

Encyclopedia Titanica This site includes passenger lists, crew lists, deck plans, lifeboat information and more. Where available, biographical information about passengers is given along with information about their rescue or death.

Titanic: A Special Presentation from Britannica Online

The official movie web site

http://www.titanicmovie.com

A Chilling Theory about the Titanic Washington Post article on the slag-contaminated rivets that one researcher suspects to have been the reason the Titanic sank.



4. INTEGRATING TECHNOLOGY INTO THE SECONDARY ELA CURRICULUM PSDC MAC Lab January 12, 1999

SENIOR YEARS

See ELA Senior Page for most recent links to sites for English Language Arts at the Senior Level

 



5. INTEGRATING TECHNOLOGY INTO THE SECONDARY ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS CURRICULUM PSDC MAC Lab February 9, 1999

Internet resources for students:



Site posted 1998-1999 school year

Information updated March 2001