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Stretch Your Technology Budget:

Using Web-based Resources in Literacy Programs

Patsy Gibbs

Reading First Coach

Madison Parish Schools

Karol Osborne

Extension Agent

4-H Youth Development

Juanita Johnson


4-H Youth Development

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What this Computer Lab Offers

  • Access to Free Resources, Information, and Materials

    • Annotated links to the “best-of-the-best” Web sites that provide information on research-based reading literacy strategies

    • Lesson plans

    • Online student tutorials

    • Help for parents

    • Online Professional Development

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Tour” of Web-based Resources via Scenarios

Topic: Reading Literacy

● Scenario #1: Lesson Plans● Scenario #2: Computer-based Projects

●Scenario #3: Online Books● Scenario #4:“The Arts” ● Scenario #6: Professional Development

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Scenario # 1: Lesson Plans

  • Research clearly indicates that the effective use of technology can result in higher levels of learning.

  • You are looking for ready-made templates and lesson plans for elementary students.

  • Awesome Library: Organizes the Web with 35,000 carefully reviewed resources.

  • Go to:

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Awesome Library:

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Fluency is the ability to read text with speed, accuracy, and proper expression. 

Fluent readers:

Recognize words automatically

Read aloud effortlessly and with expression

Do not have to concentrate on decoding

Can focus on comprehension

To locate lessons: Go to the Harlan Community School District of Harlan, Iowa’s Web site.

Additional lessons on Fluency

Go to:

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Click on: and proper expression.  Word Lists and High Frequency Phrases

Click on the links on the page to open a PowerPoint presentation of word lists or high frequency phrases. There is a ‘beginner’ and ‘advanced’ levels.

Word Lists

High Frequency Phrases

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Go to: and proper expression.

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Scenario # 2: Computer Projects and proper expression. 

  • Researchers consistently find that tools for youth to create computer-generated projects helps to build motivation.

  • You are looking for web-based software.

  • Go to:

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Scenario # 3: Online Books and proper expression. 

  • A teacher is looking for varied reading materials to meet the needs of parents in a youth and family literacy program.

  • Unfortunately, she has no budget for purchasing books.

  • Someone suggested using online books.

  • Where can she find recommendations?

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Go to: and proper expression. 

  • First, she would go to:

  • Second, she should click on ‘I’m Reading.’

  • Starfall is primarily designed for first grade students, but materials are also useful for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and second grade.

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For additional activities go to scholastic http www scholastic com ispy play l.jpg
For additional activities, go to: Scholastic and proper expression.

  • I Spy is a series of books, software, puzzles, and games for children. It combines intriguing photographs of familiar-object with rich rhyming riddles to create visual brain-teasing puzzles.

  • The activities focus on clever object associations, word play, and themes that help children build important learning skills, including reading, problem solving, and creativity.

I Spy

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Scenario # 4: “The Arts” and proper expression. 

  • A team of parents are concerned about their children’s poor reading comprehension, particularly the performance of struggling students.

  • They have been reading about the powerful role the arts can play in promoting learning.

  • What they find most intriguing are strategies for infusing arts and crafts and multimedia into literacy instruction.

  • Where can they go to find some good ideas to launch their program ideas?

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Go to: and proper expression. 

  • First, go to:

  • Second, then go to the section, “Coloring Pages.”

  • Third, then begin to search through the sections:

    • Parents

    • Teachers

    • Craft Ideas

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For additional “Arts” activities, go to: and proper expression.

Origami Projects:

Paper folding projects

from your favorite books!

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For additional “Arts” activities… and proper expression.  go to: SEDL (formerly the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory)


  • The toolkit includes promising practices and sample lessons in:

    • Arts

    • Reading Literacy

    • Math

    • Science

    • Technology

    • Homework

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Scenario # 5: Professional Development and proper expression. 

  • A 4-H volunteer leader needs more information on how to organize a literacy program.

  • Unfortunately, he doesn’t have the time to go and take a class at the local university.

  • He considers the possibility of taking an online course.

  • Where can he find online, free training on literacy programming?

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Go to: Thinkfinity and proper expression.

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What Is Thinkfinity? and proper expression. is a Web site that contains thousands of free lesson plans and student materials for every core subject, designed by the leading educational organizations in the United States.

  • A partnership between the Verizon Foundationand the nation’s leading educational and literacy organizations

  • 55,000+ FREE education and literacy resources

  • FREE professional development

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Thinkfinity’s Content Partners and proper expression. 

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Dissemination and proper expression. 

  • Who will you tell about this Computer Lab?

  • Why?

  • When and how?

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Contact information: and proper expression. 

Patsy Gibbs

Reading First Coach

Madison Parish Schools

[email protected]

Karol Osborne

Extension Agent

4-H Youth Development

LSU AgCenter

Madison Parish

[email protected]

Juanita Johnson


LSU AgCenter

Department of 4-H Youth Development

[email protected]