Language Arts and Technology Integration

This site is meant to benefit Social Studies educators who are looking for ways to incorporate technology into the classroom. On this page you will find an example of four technology integration strategies: Internet Integration, Tool Software, Instructional Software, and Productivity Software. For each of these, the specific integration strategy is listed, the relative advantage and expected outcome are explained, and then a link to a resource with additional information is also provided.

Using the Internet for Instruction: Using Wikis to Communicate about Poetry

  1. Integration strategy: Students would create their own Wiki site for a poetry unit and publish not only information they learn about famous poets, but also their own pages with poems.

  2. Relative Advantage: Through this online collaborative strategy, students can share their poetry with others and see others’ work. This would allow students the opportunity to not only publish online, but would promote their work in a “public” way for more viewers.

  3. Expected Outcome: Students will gain knowledge about building Wiki sites while researching and learning about poetry. Students’ poetry work will be visible to more than just the teacher, which will create a community-oriented classroom environment.

  4. Resources: This site offers much information about using Wikis in the classroom, along with examples of real classroom wikis: http://www.techforteachers.net/wikis-in-the-classroom.html

Tool Software: Microsoft Word

  1. Integration strategy: Students would write daily reflections using Microsoft Word to create a Language Arts journal for the end of the school year. This would be a collection of how the student felt and expressed him/herself throughout the course. Students would need to utilize proper language, spelling, and grammar to practice ELA skills.

  2. Relative Advantage: The teacher could view the students’ progression in writing skills throughout the semester or year. This would be an ongoing process through which the students could express themselves regarding ELA or school in general. Allowing the students to self-reflect is a great way to practice creative and expressive writing, especially when proper spelling and language are required.

  3. Expected Outcome: Students will be able to practice their writing and typing skills every day, and will be able to see progress throughout the course. Teachers can monitor these daily reflections and provide feedback to students regarding quality of work and proficiency of using Microsoft Word.

  4. Resources: This site explains the importance of using word processing in the classroom and outlines basic and advanced word processing skills that could be enhanced through assignments like this: http://www.technokids.com/blog/technology-skills/word-processing-skills-classroom/

Instructional Software: Accelerated Reader

  1. Integration strategy: Teachers and students can keep track of students’ reading progress through the Accelerated Reader software. Students take online quizzes that will help them determine their reading levels. This provides a framework for students to practice reading, and also provides a way for teachers to know how to alter instruction for each student.

  2. Relative Advantage: Accelerated Reader allows students and teachers to know students’ reading levels, which in turn, provides more accurate instructional opportunities for each individual.

  3. Expected Outcome: After students take the AR quizzes, they know which books are at an appropriate level for their reading skills. This could encourage students to keep reading and not get discouraged by reading books that are too difficult. One outcome is that students will be more motivated to progress their reading skills so they can move up on the reading level scale.

  4. Resources: Learn more about Accelerated Reader at: http://www.renlearn.com/ar/howitworks.aspx

Productivity Software: Kidspiration/Inspiration

  1. Integration strategy: Students utilize the concept mapping tool within the Inspiration website to analyze a short story they read in class.

  2. Relative Advantage: Concept mapping allows students to organize elements of a story, visualize the events that led up to the conclusion, and helps them communicate their perception of what happened in the story. This strategy allows students to think more deeply about a story and provide more complex analyses of characters, places, events, etc.

  3. Expected Outcome: Students will better understand the elements of a short story and build their reading comprehension skills. The online version of a concept map allows students to practice technology skills and adapts to change with the students’ version of the assignment.

  4. Resources: Inspiration has many tools for students and teachers to learn from. To learn more about Inspiration, Kidspiration, and online concept mapping, visit this site: http://www.inspiration.com/visual-learning/concept-mapping

Roblyer, M. D. & Doering, A. H. (2010). Integrating Educational Technology into Teaching. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.