Technology Integration in Language Arts

Why should technology be integrated into this area of the curriculum?

The world is changing; the old ways of thinking about literacy are no longer enough. The 21st century requires people that are well versed in the new literacies which are emerging.  As technology continues to expand and progress, so will the nature and definition of literacy.  According to the International Reading Association, “Traditional definitions of reading, writing, and viewing, and the traditional definition of best practice instruction—derived from a long tradition of book and other print media—will be insufficient.”

Below are some ways technology can be integrated in the Language Arts curriculum.

Internet for Instruction Integration
Students aren’t interested in writing.
Integration Strategy: Use Keypals (Electronic penpals), to give students an authentic audience to write for. Making use of Keypals will connect students with other students from around the globe.

Relative Advantage Expected Outcome Resources
Students will want to write more and take more care in their writing when they know a peer will be reading it.  Email provides faster feedback than traditional pen pals. They will also gain valuable electronic communication skills. Students will become more engaged in writing and will enjoy the interaction with their keypal.  They will practice more writing as well.

Tool Software Integration

Problem: Students have a difficult time revising and editing their writing.
Integration Strategy: Use a word processor with built in spelling and grammar checker to help students with editing.  Make use of a digital projector to model the process of revision using the word processor.

Relative Advantage Expected Outcome Resources
Students will learn better grammar usage, and spelling by seeing proper examples as they make use of the word processor.  Students will be able to see the revision process and take part in it during the modeling. Students will become better at revising and editing their writing .

Instructional Software

Problem: Student fails to blend sounds to read a word.
Integration Strategy: Make use of multimedia learning software or digital online books that read words to you in a visual way, showing how the sounds blend together. These types of software often include games that help you practice blending words.

Relative Advantage Expected Outcome Resources
Students will be able to review missed concepts at own pace, in a fun and interactive manner. Improved ability to blend sounds to form words. bowl

Hay loft blending

The Pig Waller blending

Productivity Software

Problem: Students have a hard time planning what to write
Integration Strategy: Make use of concept mapping software to help students plan their writing. Software will allow students to use shapes, lines, and pictures to help them plan their writing.

Relative Advantage Expected Outcome Resources
Students will be able to graphically plan what they want to write (create visual plans).  These plans can then be transformed into traditional outlines if needed. Students will become better planners of writing and will enjoy the process more.

More web resources

This information was taken from Integrating Educational Technology into Teaching (Roblyer, 4th Edition) companion website.

Electronic Text Center
The E-Text Center is an internet-accessible collection of texts and images.

Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg is the Internet’s oldest producer of free electronic books (eBooks or eTexts).

This site has free online literature with more than 2000 classic texts, along with literature book notes, author biographies, book summaries and reference books.

Pink Monkey features over 400 free book notes, study guides, and online chapter summary notes.

iDictate is a blend of technology and human interaction that enables users to dictate any document using a telephone, fax machine, or dictation device, and then receive the completed job back for editing via e-mail.

More Language Arts Links

Thanks for reading,

Shannon Doak

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1 Comment

  1. Hi Shannon: I am a current Boise student graduating in May. Loved your portfolio site. I am on the lookout for a Boise alum who lives in China who might be able to do me a huge favor.

    I live in Massachusetts, and have my whole life. Boston Celtics star Kevin Garnett just signed a huge sneaker deal with Anta, a chinese company. We cannot get Kevin Garnett sneakers in the USA. I am looking for someone in China who might be able to get me a pair and ship them to the US. I can do whatever gymnastics need to be done to pay for them and ship them, I just need someone at the other end to purchase and ship them to me.

    I know this is a bizarre request, but I figured it can’t hurt to pursue this. If you are at all able to help me out, please feel free to drop me a line.

    Thanks Shannon,


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