Add technology information and 115.jpgin this section that you have found useful to the teaching of English: informational websites, online applications, videos, podcasts, etc.

  • Writing in the 21st Century is an article that examines the issues surrounding the teaching of writing and how "profound change" is taking place within the realm of literacy education. Published online by the National Council of Teachers of English (Urbana, IL), the site contains many articles by teachers on the subject.
  • English Companion Ning - This social network is the Facebook of English teachers. There are over 20000 English teachers registered to this site who create focused discussions on topics related to the teaching of English (literacy and literature). There are groups that you may join to follow or participate in discussions. Teachers share ideas and sometimes digital resources as well.

  • The Cheeky Lit Teacher Resources - A resource area divided into 13 categories of online resources that I find useful to the teaching of English. I invite you to peruse the sections and to check out a few. Don't be overwhelmed by the volume of what exists on these lists. Choose one that could be useful, try it, and then choose another to try.
  • Moodle - A course management system that does just about everything! It's currently being piloted within the board as a technology project. It's possible that the board may move in the direction of having a Moodle course management system on a board server, but it's not currently available to all teachers.
  • Weebly - The easiest website creation tool that is available online. It can be created as a private environment for students in your class and maybe their parents, or it could be created as a public platform for anyone to view. It has a drag and drop interface, and is VERY EASY to use!
  • Bitstrips for Ontario Teachers - This online application has been licensed by the Ontario Ministry of Education for all Ontario public schools. It's a great visual resource that encourages critical thinking as students express their ideas visually. It's a private class space that allows students to see and comment on each others work.
  • Wordle - This online application allows you to create a word cloud. Here's a link to another wiki that explains the how and why concerning making Wordles.

  • WordPress This is a site which can help users create beautiful blogs or websites of their own for classroom purposes. The templates and themes are impressive in quality and can be used for any type of website on any subject related to teaching.
  • 10 Ways to Use the iPad in the Classroom This is one of a growing number of blogs and online articles that are exploring the ways in which we can incorporate iPads into teaching. Even though we do not yet (and may not) have every student with his or her own iPad anytime in the near future, the 20,000 or so Apple Educational Applications--when combined with a Document Camera or even a WebCam and a whiteboard--are something serious to examine. Many of these 'Apps' are explained in detail in a printed magazine known as "BDM's Definitive Guide to: iPad" (Volume One, Printed in the UK - retailing in Canada for $17.99 - see it here at BDM's Definitive Guide to: iPad - I bought it off the shelf at Coles). I am particularly impressed by the 10 dollar "Shakespeare Pro" App. For a fun video on the mobility of IPads in life, see below:


  • The video "Shift Happens" is remade yearly to include new information about how the world is changing technologically and the effects of this on education. I have seen it at a PD day here within our board and at the Tools and Toys 2010 Conference. I have also used it as a viewing activity and discussion point (i.e. what will classrooms look like in the future?) prior to reading Isaac Asminov's short story "The Fun They Had"