Literature study and technology - finding links

I feel that I do a reasonably good job of incorporating technology into my 7th grade English class. I'm very fortunate in my access to technology. I have a Smartboard, a cart of 27 laptops that I share with 4 other teachers (who only use them sporadically), headphones with mics, 4 desktop computers, and a Flipvideo camera.My district offers outstanding support from the ed tech department - from lesson ideas to training to co-teaching opportunities.

In my class, we use the internet for research, do projects in PowerPoint and MovieMaker, use a Fusetalk forum to discuss literature and current events and for students to publish their drafts and get feedback, video student speeches and Shakespeare scene performances, and use Word for most writing projects. I'm planning a project where the students use Glogster. I'm also designing an interdisciplinary project that will use all of the elements above plus EduSim and the Smartboard.

But I feel like there's so much more out there that I could try.

In particular, I'd like to do a better job of marrying literature study (which is my weakest area - I'm much better at teaching composition/writing skills and research) with technology (which is my biggest area of interest).

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Tags: english, literature

Comment by Stacy Nockowitz on January 16, 2010 at 10:28am
I have all kinds of ideas for you! My first thoughts are Glogster and VoiceThread. I teach 7th grade language arts, too, and we did a glogster project while studying The Outsiders, which worked really well. You can sign up for Glogster EDU and give each student an individual account within your account. It's a breeze and it's free. The kids liked making the glogs so much that when they finished the project, they started making them on their own! Here's the link to my sample glog: VoiceThread is a wonderful presentation tool that lets kids comment on their work online. They have educational accounts or you can register for free. Go to to check it out. Good luck and keep sharing!
Stacy N. from Ohio
Comment by Jennifer Hall on January 16, 2010 at 6:16pm
Thanks! I'm going to give both of those a try.


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