Web English Teacher… More Great Teaching Resources!

This post is a big shout out to Carla Beard, founder of Web English Teacher. I almost fell out of my desk chair with excitement when I happened upon this site two days ago! What a resource! Carla explains:

When I started teaching in 1975, “cutting-edge technology” in the classroom meant opaque projectors, 8-millimeter loop movies, and ditto masters in green and red as well as purple. Today it includes wireless networks, streaming media, white boards, and e-books. Fortunately, it also includes the Internet and its most popular component, the World Wide Web.

In the spring of 2000, my student teacher spent hours online trying to find information and ideas to help her in the classroom. “Someone,” I thought, “should put ideas teachers can use in one place online. It would save a lot of time searching.”

That June, “someone” became me.

At Web English Teacher educators can take advantage of online technology to share ideas and to benefit from the work of others. Beginning teachers can find guidance; experienced teachers can find inspiration. Think of it as the faculty library and faculty workroom on a global scale.

Because the most important part of teaching isn’t the technology.

This week Carla has shared a number of ideas on “Book Reports in a Digital Age.” For example:

  • Take a look at the link a Bookish Proposal, where students and teachers make plans to sell books in uncommon venues.
  • Trying to motivate reluctant or striving readers? Why not work with your students to create Digital Book Trailers?
  • I’m a huge fan of Twitter and I suspect your students are too! How about having your students do a Twitter Book Report?

Book reports aside, Carla’s Children’s Literature Resource Page is not to be missed. Her ENL/ESL Page is abundant with resources as well.

Thanks Carla!


P.S. For you Twitter fans, feel free to say hello to me here, I also sometimes tweet here. I’d love to follow you as well!

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5 Responses to “Web English Teacher… More Great Teaching Resources!”

  1. 1 Carla March 11, 2009 at 5:38 am

    Anna, thanks for the shout out! I’m always happy to know that Web English Teacher has the *right kind* of resources to save busy teachers a few extra minutes. Have a great day!

  2. 2 Keith Schoch March 24, 2009 at 7:49 am

    I have also been a huge fan of that site since stumbling upon it some time ago. It actually encouraged me to also get some ideas and resources together that I too could share with fellow teachers, and I started a picture book blog as a result. Keep up the great work, fellow edu-bloggers!

  3. 3 Bill Zimmerman April 14, 2009 at 1:34 am

    Dear Anna, I hope you will share this with your readers.
    With thanks,
    Bill Zimmerman
    Creator, MakeBeliefsComix.com

    MakeBeliefsComix Online Educational Comics
    Launches Free Graphic PRINTABLES to Help ESL, Literacy Students
    Write, Read, Draw and Tell Stories

    Dear reader,

    As an author of interactive books to help young people find their writers’ voices, I often am asked by educators and parents for help in reaching reluctant writers.

    With this goal in mind, I have launched a new PRINTABLES feature on my online comic strip site, MakeBeliefsComix.com, that allows educators and students to print out free interactive comic book pages from my books to use for writing, reading, drawing and telling stories.

    This new MakeBeliefs PRINTABLES feature is the latest addition to the two year-old comic-generator site where educators and students from 180 countries come to build their own comic strips and practice language, writing and reading skills. These new printable pages are taken from my popular Make Beliefs and Pocket Doodles for Kids books drawn by cartoonist Tom Bloom, who illustrated the best-selling Children’s Letters to God.

    Now, a teacher using the web site will be able to distribute graphic handouts to students in English-as-a-Second Language or literacy programs that ask for written or drawn responses to such imaginative questions as:

    .Make believe you could dream any dream that you wanted. What would you dream about?
    .Make believe you were given a characteristic of some animal you loved. Which one would you like?
    .Imagine you could change the ending of a book. What book would you choose? What would your new ending be?
    .Imagine you are your family’s first ancestor to immigrate to the United States. Why did you come here? What are your hopes, dreams, fears?
    .Make believe you could tell a love story. How would it go?

    For copies of these printables and more go to http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/Comix/ and click on the PRINTABLES button at the bottom right. The feature also offers comix templates featuring characters from the web site along with blank talk and thought balloons that students can fill with text to create their own comic strips.

    In addition, MakeBeliefsComix has added a TEACHER RESOURCES feature which offers educators 21 practical ideas on how to use comics in the classroom. Earlier this year, the site launched a WRITER PROMPTS button that regularly gives teachers ideas for class writing assignments.

    Google and UNESCO selected MakeBeliefsComix.com as one of the world’s most innovative web sites fostering literacy and reading — http://www.google.com/literacy/projects.html.

    Users of MakeBeliefsComix.com make comics strips by selecting from 15 fun characters with different moods — happy, sad, angry, worried — and write words for blank talk and thought balloons to make characters talk and think. This site is used by educators to teach language, reading and writing skills, and also for students in ESL programs to facilitate self-expression and storytelling, as well as computer literacy. Some educational therapists use the online comics with deaf and autistic people to help them understand concepts and communicate. Parents and children can create stories together, print them to create comic books or email them to friends.

    Please share MakeBeliefsComix.com with your colleagues, students, friends or readers of your publications and favorite listserv groups. We need your help — it takes a community to build and nature a rich educational resource.


    Bill Zimmerman

  4. 4 kenyard May 31, 2009 at 5:45 am

    I love Web English Teacher. Any freebies are good. Here’s a collection of blogs with really useful ideas and links for English and Reading teachers:http://penningtonpublishing.com/blog/

  5. 5 high school degree April 23, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Thanks for sharing. i really appreciate it that you shared with us such a informative post..

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