Technology is the new future in education. More and more schools are using virtual classrooms and Web based tutorials, lessons and skills’ practice, to help aid and supplement lessons taught in the classroom. Some educators are above the curb- like me. We can create interactive games through Sites like Quia, and on Power Point and Smart boards. Then, there are some educators who need a little help. There is nothing wrong with needing help. That’s where those of us who are tech savvy come in. The following Web Sites are great to supplement Language Arts’ lessons taught in the classroom. Did I mention that these Sites are all FREE!
JC Schools Site:
I have tried and trusted this Web Site for years now. No matter the topic that I am teaching, the JC Site has an interactive game to supplement my lesson. Many of the games are leveled, meaning that students can begin at lower levels; and as skills are mastered, the level can be increased. Likewise, the level of technical knowledge needed to play each game, is very low and simplistic. I highly encourage teachers to play the games first, and try to troubleshoot them as much as possible. However, please know that very little troubleshooting is necessary.
English Online- Game Zone
Just look at the name of the Site….is this name not appealing to students? The obvious answer is yes! Just about anything with the name, game in it, is appealing to students. But, when you couple Grammar of Doom which has leveling up powers and the capability to make students completely engrossed in nouns, verbs, adjectives and otherwise, you have found a winning Web Site as an educator.
Grammar of Doom is not the only game found on the English Online Web Site. Snakes and Ladders, Noun Attack, Frog Verbs, and Super Similes are all great Language Arts’ games too. Some, however, will take significantly more time to play than others. Beware of which games you try during class. You may want students to practice these games for centers and/or stations, or as independent practice after all other assignments are completed.
E2BN- Storyboard Creator
Writing is important. Some students find it extremely hard to write basic paragraphs, because they lack vocabulary or simply cannot find the ideas necessary to make the paper happen. The Myth and Legends Storyboard Creator is like an interactive comic book. It allows students to create stories by manipulating backgrounds, adding text and graphics and possibly, recording their own sound to their stories. Educators can apply for free accounts that allow you, limitless student accounts. You add the student and they work through you, to have their stories proofed and approved. Watch as your ESL and Special Education students soar with this program. I assure you, educators everywhere love this new tool.
Technology is not the end all of educational success. However, these are easy to use supplemental tools, which make learning fun, fast and accessible to all learners. Most importantly, these tools help to make the educator more efficient and productive. Just imagine that those educators who stress about incorporating technology into their lessons, no longer have this problem with these easy to use and integrate Web Sites.