Chris's ICT in English area
Welcome to the ICT in English area. Here you'll find a selection of Chris's favourite ICT friendly resources; we hope you enjoy browsing and gain some inspiration for your lessons. We'll keep the page regularly updated so check back for Chris's latest discoveries, whether they be blogs, websites or simply a good old fashioned 'top-tip'!
Unabridged Shakespeare texts
This section contains versions of Shakespeare's plays especially adapted for activities that rely on frequency counts (how often a certain word appears), such as Wordle and Cruncher. The full versions have a cast list, stage directions and the margin names of characters. This distorts the results in frequency counts. The trimmed versions here consist solely of the characters' lines – Shakespeare's poetry – and they give a much truer impression of theme and meaning when submitted to frequency counting programs. The accompanying video illustrates the difference.
Other Teachit resources I like
The best ideas for using ICT in the classroom set you off on a journey of your own, or give you seeds that help you grow new ideas. Sometimes the application you come across isn't really inspiring, but with a little bit of imagination you find a way of using it that takes it to a new level. Have a look at the resources I've selected, and you'll see what I mean.
Annotating pictures in Excel is a fantastic method for making annotation an interactive and engaging process. Also try making a screen shot of the text you want and you can use the same idea with a poem or piece of prose.
Some ideas fall into the 'must-have' category. If your school routinely blocks Youtube try the resource Downloading video from Youtube – you can download the video so it is on your computer readily available for you to play anytime.