About Julie Coiro
Integrating Technology into a
Comprehensive Literacy Program
in Grades 3-6

Presented by Julie Coiro
Literacy Initiative Professional Development Series at SERC
  Part 2 of 3

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Welcome back to our second session. Let's begin with...


Share an online resource from the list that you explored with your school - based team and describe ideas about how to begin using this resource to foster student literacy learning. 


Share an example of a literacy activity your students have completed that involves an exciting example of literacy learning with technology. 

This morning...
This afternoon...
Large Group Activity 
Understanding Copyright Laws
Large Group Activity
Classroom Websites
with Online Tools
with Online Projects
Using Models
of Effective Web-Enhanced Instruction
Thinking & Connecting
with Inspiration
with Hardware and Software Options

Return to your hopes for your students and you to grow and change as readers/writers through the use of new technologies.  Reflect on what you learned today to determine what you think some possible support options with technology might be that can meet those needs.  This may include software, Internet resources, productivity tools, and/or new instructional models. 

Teachers and Students Using Search Engines
MORNING: Large Group Activity
Beginning Strategies for Locating Educational Resources 

Use a search engine like designed for adults.  In the search  box...

  • Indicate the subject area or specific topic.
  • Use quotations to group two or more words together as a phrase.
  • Indicate Internet project, lesson plans, webquest, quiz, or class project using quotations as needed.
  • If level not appropriate, include the grade level or grade range in quotes (spell it out e.g. "third grade")
  • Connect all items, including the first, with a plus sign.  If search is too narrow, remove plus signs.
  • Look for keywords in annotations of links located from a similar search.
  • Follow links on one web site to locate other related links. 

Begin with:    "type of web site" +topic    OR      “title of book” +topic
Narrow down with:   + "grade level"  + topic   + "type of web site"


For information and activities about whales
(use any of these) 
  • whales 
  • "lesson plans"+whales 
  • "second grade" +whales 
  • webquest +whales
  • quiz +whales
  • cyberhunt +whales
  • -"pilot whale"  +whales (to not get pilot whale sites)

    Search Engines for Teachers (Adults) 
    • Google is an impressive search engine that locates relevant articles quickly with very little clutter on its page.  It features an automated method that ranks web pages according to their popularity and number of times they are linked to other similar pages.  It's "I'm feeling lucky" button runs your search and then takes you straight to the web page of the number one hit.
    • Dogpile is a meta-search engine that searches 15 popular search engines (e.g. Alta Vista, Yahoo) at the same time and reports results with top 10 from each search engine.  You can continue using just one search engine or can customize your search to include only certain search engines or customize the order the results are reported to you.
    • Other search engine tools for teachers:
    Search Engines for Students (Kids): Just type in your search topic with no codes
    • Yahooligans:  The information at this site is indexed by general categories. You can follow the categories to more specific information or you can just do an open-ended search through all the categories at that site. 
    • Ask Jeeves for Kids: This search engine encourages children to ask questions in "plain English" and then helps learners fine tune their questions with a series of pull down menus and more specific questions.There is also an adult version of this site called Ask Jeeves. 
    • Kids Click: This web search for kids was designed by librarians and search results are reported back in reading levels!  It also includes nine Internet searching lessons that teachers and parents can do with learners.!/ 

    CENTER A: Publishing Classroom Websites

    With your team, have a go at designing a portion of our SERC Session Classroom Webpage! You will see how easy it is to create an email link, link to a website, insert and format text into a cell of table, and import a digital photograph of your team!  See your activity handout for directions for today's session. 

    Classroom Websites: Whole School Websites:

    Class Webpage Design Resources:

    CENTER B: Collaborating with Online Projects 

    Explore a few telecollaborative projects for students and try to find one that you may like your students to join.

    Telecollaborative Projects to Explore during today's session: Other Telecollaborative Resources:

    Center C: Connecting Graphically with Inspiration  (Building Reading and Thinking Strategies) 

    1. Meet with your team members to complete the Indian vocabulary concept map.
    2. Explore some of the other templates within the Inspiration software and/or in your handout to see a wide range of ways to use this tool in activities that enhance higher level thinking skills and reading strategies. 

    Online Examples to Explore: Teaching Resources: