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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 Professor 4-H Youth Development. What this Computer Lab Offers.

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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

what this computer lab offers
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
tour of web based resources via scenarios
“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

scenario 1 lesson plans
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:

Awesome Library:

additional lessons on fluency
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:

click on word lists and high frequency phrases
Click on: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


Scenario # 2: Computer Projects

  • 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:
scenario 3 online books
Scenario # 3: Online Books
  • 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?
go to starfall com
Go to:
  • 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.
for additional activities go to scholastic http www scholastic com ispy play
For additional activities, go to: Scholastic
  • 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

scenario 4 the arts
Scenario # 4: “The Arts”
  • 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?
go to crayola com
Go to:
  • First, go to:
  • Second, then go to the section, “Coloring Pages.”
  • Third, then begin to search through the sections:
    • Parents
    • Teachers
    • Craft Ideas
for additional arts activities go to tammyyee com
For additional “Arts” activities, go to:

Origami Projects:

Paper folding projects

from your favorite books!

for additional arts activities go to sedl formerly the southwest educational development laboratory
For additional “Arts” activities…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
scenario 5 professional development
Scenario # 5: Professional Development
  • 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?
go to thinkfinity http www thinkfinity org pd request training aspx
Go to: Thinkfinity

What Is Thinkfinity? 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
  • Who will you tell about this Computer Lab?
  • Why?
  • When and how?
contact information
Contact information:

Patsy Gibbs

Reading First Coach

Madison Parish Schools

Karol Osborne

Extension Agent

4-H Youth Development

LSU AgCenter

Madison Parish

Juanita Johnson


LSU AgCenter

Department of 4-H Youth Development