Use technology in your English classroom:

Creative Writing Ideas
  • Flicktion:Using Flickr, have students write creative short stories based on a picture, and then tag the picture "Flicktion."
  • Interact 10 Ways: Use this site to write creative short stories based on an interactive digital image. See a detailed description at this post by Bionic Teacher.

ReadWriteThink: Online Publishing tool

Persuasion Map:
Use this tool to map out your argument for a persuasive essay or debate.

Newspaper Clipping Generator
Use this tool to create a newspaper article clipping -- looks like a scanned newspaper article with your text!

Simple English Wikipedia:
It's the Wikpedia, in simple English (using only 850 words).

Reading Rockets:
"Reading Rockets is a national multimedia project offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help. The Reading Rockets project is comprised of PBS television programs, available on videotape and DVD; online services, including the web sites and; and professional development opportunities. Reading Rockets is an educational initiative of WETA, the flagship public television and radio station in the nation's capital, and is funded by a major grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs."

Digital Story Examples from the Center for Digital Storytelling
"The Center for Digital Storytelling is a California-based non-profit 501(c)3 arts organization rooted in the art of personal storytelling. We assist young people and adults in using the tools of digital media to craft, record, share, and value the stories of individuals and communities, in ways that improve all our lives. We invite you to take a moment today to record a story from yesterday for tomorrow. Scribble a note on the back of a photo, print out and file an email that caused you to pause, stop and listen to a friend on the street. Story telling and listening not only helps the teller in the telling, it helps the listener in the hearing, even across great distances of space and time."

Using Flickr to annotate news articles from Tom Barrett
"Today I asked some of my children to use a scanned example of a newspaper article in Flickr and add notes to it. Basically they were finding examples of language features that we have annotated in a more traditional way in their books." See sample here.

Myths: Animated interactive story of Babylonian myths

Using Blogs in the English Classroom

English Class Blog from Bob Sprankle
Bob Sprankle's English class blog. Get some ideas for how to use a blog in your English classroom here (don't forget to check the links to his poetry blog as well).