Technology in the ELA Classroom
No Red Ink is a great option for practicing grammar skills. You can sign up via the website or, if your students are already set up, you can install the Edmodo app. The Edmodo app includes many of the "premium" features for FREE. Students will take a pre-assessment to determine the skills and concepts that need work. Then, the system automatically assigns and evaluates their progress. You will get a detailed report of the students performance and the skills that they are working on. For instructions on installing an Edmodo app, click here.
This service is both iPad and Mac compatible.
Docs Story Builder is a tool built by Google for creating short video stories. Students can create characters and dialog to show what they know and understand. This is a great tool if you want a quick tool for students to practice writing a summary. To see an example, click here.
This tool works on Mac. On iPads students will not be able to preview/hear the music options.
BoomWriter is the perfect tool for group writing activities. With BoomWriter, the teacher can select a writing prompt from the website's library or create his/her own. Students will write a piece for each subsequent chapter. Once all students have submitted their work, the teacher opens a voting period in which students read one another's work and vote on the best chapter for the story. By the end of the project, students will have collaboratively written a story!
This tool is iPad and Mac compatible.
Storybird is a great website for creating unique stories. Students can select artwork from Storybird's professional art collection and then tailor stories to the pictures chosen. In addition, students can collaborate on stories or as a whole class. Storybird also allows you to "publish" your creations on the website for others to read.