Teaching & Learning
Language Arts with
Technology:
Building an eBook—
A Whirlwind
Workshop
Experience
Julia
Hengstler
Mary
Mary O’Neill
O’Neill
Faculty
of Education
Major
Major Project
Project Prospectus
Prospectus
Malaspina
University-College
DL503
DL503 Royal
Royal Roads
Roads University
University
The Plan
• Quick overview of some +/-’s of
technology
• Building a wordless ebook
• List of sample resources for
Language Arts teachers/students
• Feedback Form
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Hengstler (with Mary O’Neill)
Mary
Mary O’Neill
O’Neill
Faculty of Education
Major
Major Project
Project Prospectus
Prospectus
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University-College
DL503
DL503 Royal
Royal Roads University
University
Why Use Technology in
Your Instruction?
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Engaging & Fun
Current
Develops Info Tech skills
Establishing quality benchmarks for
publishing materials online
• Immerse students in editing for quality
• Unique activities/resources
• Networking with others
– Eg. WEIR
Julia
Hengstler (with Mary O’Neill)
Mary
Mary O’Neill
O’Neill
Faculty of Education
Major
Major Project
Project Prospectus
Prospectus
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University-College
DL503
DL503 Royal
Royal Roads University
University
What Are Some
of the Challenges??
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Costs & Access
Reliability
Compatibility
Digital Divide
Software
Pro-D
Safety
– Student personal safety
• documents/information should not make student
identifiable
– Link exposure
• Others?
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Hengstler (with Mary O’Neill)
Mary
Mary O’Neill
O’Neill
Faculty of Education
Major
Major Project
Project Prospectus
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University-College
DL503
DL503 Royal
Royal Roads University
University
Why a Wordless Picture eBook (Powerpoint)
Potential Uses
• Create a printed book.
– Students could:
• Develop an oral narration; share with others
• Work with on older student (mentor?) to narrate story to that older
student scribes onto hardcopy
• Colour it.
– Could also be a project with a parent/guardian
• Create an ebook in PPT.
– Students could:
• Develop a story & word process on the slides
– Might want to develop prewriting organizational materials
– Do rough draft on Word or other software
• Narrate orally via PPT’s Slide ShowRecord Voice Narration
– Slides appear--students read them & then advance the slides
in their time by hitting Enter to advance. PPT saves the
narration and the timing!
– Save this for the Web and you can share these audio books
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Extended Potential Uses for Ebook Activity
• Create a family-based book.
– Students could use resized images from family
photos
• Photos could be digital or scanned in
• Create an original illustrated book.
– Students could create original images (or
collaborate with an “illustrator”)
• Images could be hardcopy & scanned in
• Images could be wholly digital—either drawn
or photos
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Activity: Creating an eBook
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Selecting Theme, Brainstorm Images & Prep a
Storage Folder
Pick a theme or themes
– Teacher may suggest or allow students to pick
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Today’s theme: “Pirates”
Brainstorm what type of images would suite the
theme & possible plot lines
– Make a list of 5-10 possible image types that
would support those plots
• Teacher and/or students could do this
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Already prepared for the purposes of the
workshop
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Preparing for Image Storage
2) Prepare a place to store images
– Use an intuitive name that suits the image or
project
– For this workshop:
• Go to your U drive (or other location on
personal computer) & create a folder called
“pirate_images”
• Right-click in a blank area of the drive &
select New then Folder
• Right-click on the New Folder and rename it
to “pirate_images”
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Finding Images
3) Search for necessary images
(This has been done for you, but if you had to do it
here are the steps)
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Determine a sufficient number of images (eg. 3,4,5)
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Teacher could prelocate images & provide links or
students could find own
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Finding images (don’t do this; I have preset
images for this activity)
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Go to Google
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Click on Images
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Click on Advanced Image Search at the right of
the text bar
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Collect the URL (addresses) if providing links
to others
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Note: Images are also available through PPT or
Word clip-art—we’ll try that route after
locating/storing online images
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Image Issues
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Copyright issues
– Find uncopyrighted images (old pictuers,
Creative Commons licensed images, etc.)
– Request permission to use by contacting
image owner
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If colour printing an issue:
– Colour images can be converted to grayscale
during printing.
– Can stick to black & white or grayscale images
in Google (specify this in a Google Image
search under the Advanced options), but this
might limit your selections.
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Working with Images
4) Working with prelocated images & provided links
– Provide a process & instruction sheet or
electronic resource for students to visit the
necessary links
• If you’re having students find their own
images (or with a mentor/adult), specify the
number of images you want.
– Your Instructions are on the next 2 slides:
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Your Instructions for Locating Images
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Download these 6 pictures from which to build a story—
with a beginning, middle and end in mind. (You’ll be
renaming them with names that make sense for this
project and their use.)
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Go to the image at
http://beej.us/pirates/pirate_view.php?file=pyle_rollin
gondeck.jpg Right-click on the image. Select “Save
File As”. Change the name to “pirate” & save to your
“pirate_images” file on the U drive (or other place on
your computer you would like it)
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Go to the image at
http://beej.us/pirates/pirate_view.php?file=guinea.jpg
& repeat as above to save as “map” to pirate_images
on your U drive.
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Go to the image at
http://beej.us/pirates/pirate_view.php?file=galleon.jpg
& repeat as above to save as “ship” to pirate_images
on your U drive.
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Locating Remaining Images
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Go to the image at
http://beej.us/pirates/pirate_view.php?file=spandutc.j
pg & repeat as above to save as “battle” to
pirate_images on your U drive.
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Go to the image at
http://beej.us/pirates/pirate_view.php?file=pyle_meeti
ng.jpg & repeat as above to save as “divvy_loot” to
pirate_images on your U drive.
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Go to the image at
http://beej.us/pirates/pirate_view.php?file=bartdnr.jpg
& repeat as above to save as “celebration” to
pirate_images on your U drive.
The one thing missing is the treasure image. We’ll add
that later, but assume that you’ll have one.
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Organizing & Starting PPT Draft
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Determine a rough narrative flow for the images
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Teacher can provide or students can create
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For this activity:
– piratemap shipbattletreasuredivvy
lootcelebration
Pick one type of project end product
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affects what you create now & steps you follow—you
can build both types, but we don’t have time now)
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Select print book or eBook project
Open a new PowerPoint document to create the wordless
storybook as a new Blank document.
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Under “Content Layout,” select the blank option
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Into this file you will either insert or copy the images
saved so far. (Instructions follow.)
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PPT Drafting Story “Pages”: Images
5) Creating “Page” with Image & Text
• Find main PPT Menu
• Select InsertPicturefrom file
• Navigate to the pirate_images folder on the U
drive
• Select “pirate” image
• Resize the image so it fits about ½ of the slide
vertically.
– Click on the image. (You should now see
little squares around the border.)
– Click & drag one from the corner to make
the picture smaller.
– Make it a reasonable size so text (and/or
more pictures) can be added to the page
• Move & place the picture on the slide where
you would like it, leaving room for text
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PPT Drafting Story “Pages”: Text
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Create a text box next to it
– Make sure the Drawing tool bar is active
first:
» Go to ViewToolbarsmake sure
Drawing is checked.
– Select the square boxed icon with the
“A” in the upper left & a series of lines
– Click on the “slide” or page with the
pirate image to make a text box.
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“Pages” for Print vs. eBook
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For Printed Project: You will need to create some lines
in this text box using the underscore key.
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Note: There is a QUICK way to create a print version
with lines, but we need to build the skills if you’d like
to create an eBook later (Instructions for this at the
end of the activity.)
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Enter about as many lines as you want need.
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Space them for the scale of your students’ writing
under FormatLine Spacing.
For an eBook project, type in the text box “Add Words
Here”
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Optional if time permits: you can set the text font,
colour, size, etc.
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If not highlighted, click on the text box to select it.
Go to the Format menu at the top and select “Text Box”.
Click on Colours & Lines and choose a line colour and
style. This will create a rectangle where text can be
entered later.
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More “Pages”
6) Create remaining “Pages”
• Create a new slide: InsertNew
Slideselect the blank Content Layout
again.
• InsertPicturefrom filenavigate to the
pirate_images folder on the U drive and
select “map”; resize & move; create text
box; create new slide
• InsertPicturefrom filenavigate to the
pirate_images folder on the U drive and
select “ship”; resize & move; create text
box; create new slide
• InsertPicturefrom filenavigate to the
pirate_images folder on the U drive and
select “battle”; resize & move; create text
box; create new slide
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Faculty of Education
Malaspina University-College
Using PPT Clip Art
7) Adding the treasure/chest from PPT’s Clip Art
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From the top menu in your PPT document select
InsertPictureClip Art
• (If the box appears with “Add Clips to
Organizer” click on “Later”)
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In the search field enter “treasure” or “treasure
chest” and click on “Search”
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Scroll through quickly & quickly pick an image in
the interests of time.
• Later, if you want a wider selection, you can
click on “Clips Online” at the bottom of the
search panel and find more options—but leave
that for another day.
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Click on the picture you want and select “Insert”.
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Resize (you may want to enlarge this)
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Faculty of Education
Malaspina University-College
Create Remaining “Pages”
8) Create remaining new slides—using the blank
Content Layout.
– Insert the remaining pictures in each new slide
• InsertPicturefrom filenavigate to the
pirate_images folder on the U drive and
select “divvy_loot”; resize & move; create
text box; create new slide
• InsertPicturefrom filenavigate to the
pirate_images folder on the U drive and
select “celebration”; resize & move; create
text box
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Faculty of Education
Malaspina University-College
Optional Title “Page”
9) Create a Title Slide
(Students working with printed copy could create their
own title page manually)
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InsertNew Slide select the first choice in “Text
Layouts” at upper left that shows two grey bars
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For Printed Project:
– Create a line in the Title box using the underscore
key.
– Type “By”; hit Enter and on the next line make a
line for students to write their name by using the
underscore key again.
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For an eBook Project:
– In the first text box, type “Add Title Here”.
– In the second text box, type “By” then on another
line “Your name Here”
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You can also add an area with class, date, etc. by
adding text boxes as we did with the other “pages”.
This will create a new slide with a Title textbox and
an area to put your by-line (i.e. “by Sally Sun”)
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Move “Title Page” to Front, Credits, End Page
10) Moving Title Page to front of “book”
• Either in “Slides” tab if visible on the
left or using ViewSlide Sorter; click
on the Title Page slide and drag it to
the head of the slide
11) You can add a “credits” or
references pages, as well as a “The
End” page.
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Faculty of Education
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Save eBook & Printing
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Save this eBook to your U: drive
– Call it “pirate_ebook”
Printing (we’re not doing this now…)
– FilePrint
– When the dialogue window appears:
» At bottom left under Print What, select
Slides
» Set Color at either grayscale,
black/white, or whatever you want
» Set Slides per Page: from 1-4
depending on how large you want the
images & text areas
» Scaled to Fit Paper
» Select Unframed (or framed) Slides
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Working with the eBook
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Create the printed book & provide copies to
students to complete as per your plan.
Share the electronic file with students to
complete the ebook in PPT.
Students could share their work in pairs,
groups, classes, with the whole school, other
schools, etc. either in hardcopy or
electronically.
You could create a class anthology—maybe
a yearly—and have it produced as a
chapbook via your school photocopier.
Publishing for public consumption—secure
image permissions where necessary & add
any necessary captions/links below images
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Want to Share Your Work?
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If you would like to complete an
ebook (including text—and audio)
to share it with others in this
class, please email the PPT file to
me and I can create a gallery.
Your email should include:
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Julia Hengstler
Your course, section & instructor
My email: [email protected]
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Useful Electronic Resources
This will be posted online next week…
BC Language Arts IRPs
From BC Min. of Education. Language Arts K-12 Integrated
Resource Packages
BC Language Arts Prescribed Learning Outcomes
From BC Min. of Education Prescribed learning outcomes for
Language Arts K-12. Page organized by subject area. Scroll down
the page for Language Arts.
BC Teachers of English/Language Arts
A provincial specialist association of the BCTF. Links to
membership, resources, events and the listserve.
Language Arts Course Links
From Jean Tonski & Virginia MacCarthy, Malaspina UniversityCollege. List of links to Faculty of Education Language Arts relevant
sites. Organized by topics—e.g. general, listening & speaking,
reading, lesson plans, and more.
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Between the Lions
Companion site for the PBS series for 4-7 year olds. Series “gives
young viewers a chance to have meaningful and manageable
reading experiences, by using key words in simple, decodable,
connected text onscreen. The program also reinforces highfrequency "sight" words to help children become more comfortable
with reading”. Site includes games, video clips, mobile downloads
(audio, video), games and an area for parents & teachers.
Scholastic Teacher Resources
From the publisher, Scholastic. Lesson plans, strategies, tools,
printables, and promotions. Also a special “New Teacher” tab with
support areas organized by grade levels. Another area offers
“Student Activities”. Here’s the link to the Language Arts section.
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Scholastic Online Interactive Clifford
From Scholastic. Site focus on Clifford character books. Includes
interactive storybooks, phonics activities, games, and stories for
early readers. Check out “Make a Word” (audio) a game where
players drag and drop vowels into spaces between consonants to
see if they make words. Also take a look at Sound Match
PIKA: The Canadian Children's Literature Database
From Libraries & Archives Canada. Database search tool for
Canadian children’s literature. Includes National Library of Canada's
collection of 35 000 Canadian children's books, searchable by
subject headings and providing summaries.
Canadian Poetry Archive
From Libraries & Archives Canada. Database of Canadian poetry.
Searchable by poet, title, keywords & date. Primarily 19th to early
20th Century poems.
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Canadian Poetry
From University of Toronto Library. Links to Canadian poets,
events, poetry sites, poetry courses, awards/competitions, presses,
biographies and more.
Children's Literature Web Guide
From David Brown at the University of Calgary. Internet resources
related to books for children & young adults. Lists of award winning
books & best sellers, discussion boards, authors on the web,
teachers resources, parent resources and more.
Children's Picture Book Database
From Miami University. Bibliography for designing literature-based
thematic units for all disciplines, including health education.
Includes abstracts of 5000+ picture books for children, preschool to
grade 3. Searchable by topics, concepts, and skills.
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Citation Style Guides
From Karla Tonella, University of Iowa. Compilation of links to
various citation styles.
CyberGuides
From San Diego County of Education, Calif. A K-12 collection of
teacher guides & student activities on “core works of literature”
(according to the Calif. Language Arts curriculum) organized by age
groups. The “Activity Bank” link from main page provides graphic
organizers, journaling and rubrics for teachers and students. Note
due to cutbacks there is a notice re. possibilities of broken links—
you can email them to remove it.
Educational Resources in English/Language Arts (from CLN )
From the Community Learning Network (CLN; OpenSchool BC). Curricular,
instructional and thematic resources. In “Teaching Technology” section,
the Learning Lab seems to be inactive, but the “Resource Scrapbook”
looks promising. Publication of “Network Nuggets” has been suspended.
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Clearinghouse on English, Reading and Communication
From the Indiana University School of Education. Links to lesson plans and
other sites with lesson plans, literacy resources & research, online phonic
course from Dr. Carl B. Smith, ERIC digest & bibliography searches for
research, & more…
The Literacy Web
From the University of Connecticut. Includes websites, webquests, lesson
plans, technology integration, ProD, literacy standards, literature & online
applications. Check this site map for quick access to resources by age
groups. Includes resources for K-12, special needs, ESL, & Adult Ed.
WIER Writers in Electronic Residence
From the Canadian Education Association, University of Toronto, etc.
Online program connecting Canadian students with writers, teachers and
each other for an electronic writers’ workshop experience. All authors are
published Canadian authors. They read and consider the students' works,
offer insights and ideas, and guide discussions between the students.
Grade levels are 1-6, 6-9, and 9+. You must apply to participate in the
program.
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ACE Writing
From Michelle Bergey. Resource site for ways to improve writing
skills. Includes links to word games & lesson plans. Check
Professor Pen’s Resources for Young Writers.
Neighbourhood Heroes project
From non-profit org. started by former Toronto broadcaster, Bill
Robinson. Stories about people making a positive impact on others’ lives.
Includes area for special stories on students. Includes link to webquest for
students to identify their own neighbourhood hero.
StoneSoup Magazine
Children’s writing magazine published in California. Website for
magazine composed entirely of student work ages 8-13. Links to
young authors reading their own works, works of young authors,
children’s art, as well as selected links.
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Story Arts Online
From author Heather Forest, New York. Site dedicated to
storytelling. Links to lesson plans, student activities, articles,
teacher sharing area, newletter and more.
The Writing Den
From Act360 Media, company from Richmond, BC, Canada. Site geared to
grades 6-12. Focus on improving reading, comprehension, and writing
skills. 3 difficulty levels: Words (vocabulary/prononuciation), Sentences
(comprehension/listening) & Paragraphs (writing skills). Audio clips for
Words and Sentences. Provides Teacher Guide for using site. Sign-up for
Word of the Day
The Young Writers Club
From non-profit organization founded by David Davenport. Provides
writing activities, a place for young writers share their work,
book/film reviews, research projects, word of the week
subscriptions. Check out the Storybooks where young writers
collaboratively build a story. Beware, however, as there have been
some parental complaints re. offensive content in member stories.
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Biography Maker
From Jamie Mackenzie, Bellingham Public Schools. Website to help
students elicit biographical information and write interesting biographies.
For Creating Activity Sheets, Worksheets, etc.
Discovery School Puzzle Maker
Discovery School Worksheet Generator
E.L. Easton English Exercises
Links to variety of activities for English.
Personal Educational Press
Free worksheet generator
CueCard
Free & great application to build electronic flash cards with text, images
&/or sound.
Adventure Maker
Download the free version that allows you to create interactive
adventures—this includes stories or activities.
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Some Planning Links
Curriki
Non-profit organization providing an Open Source Curriculum
(OSC) repository. Content includes lesson plans, assessments &
activities. Materials contributed from teachers around the
world. Check out the Language Arts search
The Educator's Reference Desk
From the Information Institute of Syracuse, NY. Website with
resource Discovery Education Lesson Plan Library
Crayola Lesson Plans (requires registering)
Collaborative Lesson Plan Archive
TeacherVision: Lesson Planning Center
HotChalk’s Lesson Plans Page: Language Arts
Lesson Plan Search: Reading Lessons
Lesson Plan Search: Writing
Lesson Plans and Teaching Strategies
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Feedback Form
Please take the time to complete my workshop feedback form. I take
all your comments under advisement to improve each workshop
that I deliver for Education classes.
Please do not put your name on the form—unless you would like me
to follow-up with you regarding any questions you might have had.
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Great Work!
Congratulations: You have downloaded images from the Internet, used
PPT’s clip-art, created a wordless ebook, & received some electronic
resources for other Language Arts technology integration skills!
Give yourself a pat on the back!
Well done…
Further questions? See me:
Julia Hengstler
Education Technology Technician
Email: [email protected]
Office: Bldg 356-223
Hours: Mon. 9:30-1:30
Wed/Thurs. 9:30-4:00
Phone: 753-3245 x 2630
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