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Tara Carter-Belltcarter-bell@holyfamily.eduhttp://tcarter-bell.angelfire.comHigh School EnglishJuly 22, 2007

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Table of contents
Table of Contents

  • Introduction

  • Summary Findings

  • Detailed Findings

    • Grammar Bytes

    • Scholastic

    • Lightning Bug

    • Secondary Education

    • Free Federal Resources for Educational Excellence

  • Conclusion

  • Appendix


  • Internet and technology

  • Search engines: Google, Altavista, and MSN

  • Search for “high school and technology,” and “secondary education and English”

  • Internet Address Book and Research excerpts.

  • Five Web sites

Summary findings
Summary Findings

  • Twenty Web sites related to:

    • teaching, English, and teaching English

    • resources for students who are in search of supplemental English, grammar, or literature support

  • I selected 5 sites and introduced their key features.

    • Grammar Bytes

    • Scholastic

    • Lightning Bug

    • Secondary English

    • Free Federal Resources for Educational Excellence.

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Summary Findings

  • The 15 Web sites not mentioned in this research report

    • Office of Educational Development from University of California, Berkley. A site for new/novice teachers with tips for getting through the year.

    • BrainPop requires a paid membership for complete access, there are some free links available. This site has resources for teachers and parents. Has characters students will see throughout videos and tutorials.

    • PBS Teachers can find endless resource topics. After selecting your subject area, select your grade range from the drop down menu, then select the topic you want information on from the topic drop down menu. Lists of resources are at your disposal listed clearly by: source, grade level, subjects, topics, and resource type.

Detailed findings grammar bytes
Detailed FindingsGrammar Bytes

  • Grammar Bytes is a Web site with interactive tools.

  • The main links are: Terms, Exercises, Handouts, and Tips & Rules. While this site has good resources, I selected it because it’s a fun looking site and is attractive to students who would visit for additional help.

  • The site has been up for 10 years and appears to be updated regularly.. There is nothing to distract students other than grammar, which doesn’t bite!

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Detailed FindingsGrammar Bytes

  • The site has been up for 10 years and appears to be updated regularly. There are no links on this site to other sites, I feel that is included in the appeal to students. There is nothing to distract students other than grammar, which doesn’t bite!

Detailed findings scholastic
Detailed FindingsScholastic

  • The Scholastic Web site offers a different use of technology. On the main page of this commercial site, are interactive tools that allow you to design your classroom, create calendars for your students, and create rubrics. In addition to interactive tools, the site offers lessons plans for grades K-12 for a math, science, language arts, social studies, and reading, as well as sheets to seating charts on paper, provide information for substitutes, and more.

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Detailed FindingsScholastic

  • The key features on Scholastic’s site are: Teacher Resources, Student Activities, Books & Authors, and Connect.

  • Key features on this site include links for Teachers, Parents, Kids, Administrators, and Kids. Under the Teaching Resources section provides Teaching Ideas by Grade. From there, the teacher can navigate to Tips from Real Teachers, and Time Savers and Short Cuts.

  • The site requires a subscription, I did not have a problem surfing the site. There is a store to purchase school supplies and of course, books!

Detailed findings lightning bug

Find a writing exercise to get your ideas flowing before you write your story.

There are a number of different ways to work out what sort of story you want to tell, but a Mind Map may be something you find particularly useful.

Detailed FindingsLightning Bug

  • Another one of my top five Web sites is the Lightning Bug. I selected this site because of its key features which are: Find a Story Idea, Develop a Story Idea, and Finish a Story. These are all areas that students find themselves “stumped.” One feature that I really find valuable is the “What Sort of Writer are You?” which is a important for students to know as they develop their individual writing style, so they can enjoy writing.

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Detailed FindingsLightning Bug

Sample Mind Maps

  • Lightning Bug also does a good job of comparing writing with other activities that students enjoy; for example, in the Quick Links section it describes writing like, “…stretching before a run, doing some writing exercise before you write your story can help the ideas start to flow! Find a writing exercise to warm up first before you being to write your story.”

  • The site has an excellent way of get students writing.

Detailed findings secondary education
Detailed FindingsSecondary Education

Tips on using new films in English class

Films with Class: The Queenby David Ferguson

  • Secondary English, focuses on reviews of young adult literature for teachers. The site boosts a seven member Review board, six of which have PhDs. Key features at this site are: Tips on using new films in English class; Articles, Columns, and Powerpoint Presentations; Featured Book Reviews; and Books related to the Teaching of English. Teachers will find topics of discussion under Tips on using new films in English class to engage conversation with students for the film “Queen.”

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Detailed FindingsSecondary Education

  • There are eight POWERPoint presentations listing topics such as: Contextualized Animated Writing Prompts; Tech Savvy; MGRP (Multi-Genre Research Paper): An Alternative to the Traditional Research Paper; Vile Villains and Heavenly Heroes; Girls Grow up, Too; and Unusual People: Spooky Tales and Mysteries; These presentations list books that fall or topics that fall under each specific topic.

Detailed findings free federal resources for educational excellence
Detailed FindingsFree Federal Resources for Educational Excellence

  • At Free Federal Resources for Educational Excellence,

  • English and Language Arts teachers can find links to Web site dedicated to poetry education and a site dedicated to books and periodicals of the 19th century.

  • The Literature & Writers sections lists 48 Resources which includes links to: a William Blake archive, a section called Hawthorne in Salem, The Wizard of Oz, poetry sections as well as a Lyrical Legacy section features 400 years of American songs and poetry.

  • Also under the Literature section, a Reading section is offered with an area devoted to video clips, interviews and more to assist parents and teachers encouraging and helping young people read.

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Detailed FindingsFree Federal Resources for Educational Excellence

  • This site serves as a portal to American History

  • It is also very easy to navigate through and has attention grabbing graphics.

  • The main page of this Web site has links for Science, Math, History, and Language Arts. There is also a section on the left toolbar that lists Arts & Music and Health & Physical Education.


  • Having the right resources available is important to any teacher. Whether an Internet Web site or computer software, a teacher should know how to use that piece of technology and feel comfortable doing so. Not knowing where to go to find resources can be very frustrating and you can waste a lot of time searching the wrong places and doing the wrong searches. With regard to personal preferences, any high school English teacher searching the sites listed in this report will find at least on thing they can use in their teaching.

  • The five Web sites described in detail above have endless amounts of free information with just the click of a mouse button. These Web sites are not only helpful, but also engaging. After finding a Web site that is of most value, be sure to include it as a Favorite in your Internet browser for safe keeping and most importantly, easy access.

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