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ELA and Technology

Feb 3, 2013 8:20pm

I am a 1st year teacher in NYC. I come from an acting and dance background so my lessons are creative and my presentation is dynamic...With my high school english classes my biggest issue is organising grade book, collecting papers in an orderly fashion,,...I tend to over assign...My biggest challenge is they have me teaching two ninth grade classes in the computer room. It is an elective and they call it Tech and Literacy. They knew I was weak with tech but I have to be innovative in rooting literacy standards into the computer room. Do you know any curriculum for that? or resources? books with lessons for computer room with English? any idea forf units or short term projects. thanks

  • English Language Arts / Technology
  • 9-12
  • Assessment / Class Culture / Collaboration / Differentiation / Engagement / Planning


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    • Feb 5, 2013 7:10am

      Have you seen Sarah Brown Wessling's video demonstrating the use of Google Docs in the classroom? It sounds like your students have 1:1 access to computers, so this could be a nice way to incorporate technology and promote collaborative work. It could also help you keep track of assignments since they will be stored online!

      • Feb 10, 2013 6:00am

        Just a few ideas for you,

        Examples for Ela &Tech
        Persuasive writing- research to support argument, final project a persuasive Power Point piece.

        Go to --- lessons, tons of common core lessons

        • Feb 25, 2013 8:45am

          Similarly to using Google Docs, which is by nature a collaborative platform, you could also develop a project around the use of blogging, perhaps similar to how you might run a book club, but the blog is the platform for responding.

          Could be done in groups, or each individual could have their own blog and others need to respond/comment/review.

          There are lots of blogging platforms out there, some specifically for kids. Kid Blog is simple and safe: and WordPress is a full-blown blogging platform.

          And unrelated tool, is a cool platform called Glogster, think of it as the poster project gone multimedia and in the cloud, kids can create online posters with photos, video and other multimedia assets and design them in creative and funky ways:

          • Feb 25, 2013 8:45am

            Oh yeah, one more idea : )

            The concept of digital storytelling is one you might want to look at considering your background, this could be a good for variety of uses in ELA, here is detailed primer along with project ideas:


            - Download the guide first, but there are also some templates and rubric there.

            sorry, too many ideas! good luck and let us know what you end up doing?

            • Feb 25, 2013 3:56pm

              Here are a couple of lessons that incorporate ELA and technology from the Tch library... hope these are helpful!



              • Apr 15, 2013 11:22am

                Check out my site at where students create their own calendar, Common Core Goals, and create their own online quizzes.

                You can even track their goals and IEP'S!

                There is also a poetry lesson when you visit my calendar at or go directly to