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Digital Learning Day Tip of the Day– Check out the English Language Arts Resources, Lesson Plans, and Ideas in the Teacher & Classroom Toolkit

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January 18, 2012 10:22 pm


Literacy and language arts are often viewed as content areas that are addressed across the curriculum. We have added many new resources, tools, and links to the Language Arts Toolkits section of the Digital Learning Day website.

Some highlights include:

  • A Smattering of Writing and Language Arts Resources: Dr. Scott McLeod, Director of the Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE) has compiled these links and resources related to writing. Lesson plans, links to magazines and publications, news, comics, student blogs, and other educational tools are all included here.
  • American Association of School Librarians (AASL): These “Top 25” websites foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. They are free, web-based sites that are user friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover. Websites are broken down into: Media Sharing, Digital Storytelling, Manage and Organize, Social Networking and Communication, Content Collaboration, Curriculum Sharing, and Content Resources: Lesson Plans and More.
  • Literacy, ELL, and Digital Storytelling Life Academy High School/Bay Area Writing Project (Oakland, CA) is highlighted in this video that documents a semester-long, project-based learning unit focused on immigration led by National Writing Project high school teachers Cliff Lee and Yumi Matsui. As part of this project, students created digital stories portraying the immigration experience of a family member or friend. The video shows the project from the beginning stages to the end, when students show their work at an Exhibition Night in front of families and peers.

In total, there are more than twenty different resources for language arts teachers in the toolkit section of the Digital Learning Day website at

Not a language arts teacher? There are toolkits for math, science, and social studies teachers as well!

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Sara White Hall is the director of the Center for Secondary School Digital Learning and Policy at the Alliance for Excellent Education.


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