As future teachers, you should know . . .

The creators of this video, Karl Fisch and Scott McLeod are excellent bloggers to follow in your Google Reader
You can also see what Karl Fisch is bookmarking Delicious or what he's bookmarking on Diigo

As future English teachers, you should consider joining these communities . . .

The English Companion Ning
The English Companion Diigo Group

Technology is changing the way we read and write . . .

Scan This Book! by Kevin Kelly

The Machine is Us/ing Us by Michael Wesch

Here are some tools that can be helpful at various stages of the writing process.

Based on the writing process and Six Traits Writing


Generating Ideas - mind mapping tools
MAPMYself (Mapul)


ReadWriteThink Webbing Tool
ReadWriteThink Story Map

Narrowing down a topic

Google Wonder Wheel


Capturing Ideas - drawing and voice recording tools



Sequencing - Comic Strip Creators

ReadWriteThink Comic Creator
Bitstrips for schools

Bitstrips for Schools from Bitstrips on Vimeo.

Pixton: Click-N-Drag Comics

Collaborative Writing

Wikis (see Wikispaces for Educators and PBworks in Education )

Google Docs


Word Choice - Specificity


Google Image Search: Options and Similar Images

Word Choice - Variety

Visual Thesaurus




Grammar Girl
Brain Pop: English


Free Rice




(Here's a Glog I created to Celebrate National Poetry Month)

Prezi - their EduEnjoy license is free

VoiceThread - See examples in the Digital Library

Additional Resources

Many of these tools demonstrate the power of visual literacy in relation to oral and print literacies.
Texting is a language that uses visual, auditory, AND textual cues to communicate.
Here's a TED Talk that demonstrates this well.

The additional Google features I showed you were Google Translate and the "similar" results button or "related:term" search.

The educator social networks I recommended are Classroom 2.0 and English Companion Ning.
They also have social bookmarking groups on Diigo - Classroom 2.0 & English Companion.

For online reading groups, I recommend GoodReads and LibraryThing.

Someone asked for advice on blogging with students.
Two good options are Blogger and Edublogs.
For examples of other educators using blogs, see Links to School Bloggers and The Edublog Awards.

During our time together, I briefly described the NetGenEd Project my 21cGL students and I participated in last spring, and I mentioned "augmented reality."
As promised, here's an explanation of augmented reality from Common Craft and a TED Talk demo. Below you will also find videos about augmented reality created by two of my students.

Note: If you like Common Craft, you might also like these other visual explanation companies.

Flat Classroom Project by Alix Rowe

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Augmented Reality Collaboration by Zane T. Rushing

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