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HyperTEXTS: Teaching English in the Digital Age

A collection of web-based resources for educators


Greetings! As of July, 2011, I'm no longer updating this wiki. 





Welcome to a wiki of Web-based resources made with English teachers in mind. You'll find a site map below, as well as on each page, in the right-hand column titled Navigator. Some of the links you find here bring you to pages here on the wiki. Others bring you directly to the tool or resource. This wiki is updated* regularly.


New Stuff!



What's Your Opinion?

I'd appreciate your feedback on a couple of questions about this site. Click on the link to get to the survey. And, thanks.

~Karen  06.04.11


On the Site



 Ideas & Perspectives

20 years ago, Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web. For his next project, he's building a web for open, linked data that could do for numbers what the Web did for words, pictures, video: unlock our data and reframe the way we use it together.


Kids Today

  • Digital Youth - Who are we teaching? Four videos explore this essential question.
    • The Networked Student - A video by Dr. Wendy Drexler
    • No Future Left Behind - Created as the Keynote for Net Generation Education Project, Suffern Middle School students spoke candidly about education and their futures.
    • A Vision of Students Today - A short video summarizing some of the most important characteristics of students today - how they learn, what they need to learn, their goals, hopes, dreams, what their lives will be like, and what kinds of changes they will experience in their lifetime. Created by Professor Michael Wesch in collaboration with 200 students at Kansas State University. 
    • My PLE (Personal Learning Environment) - One student describes her PLE and why she likes it. This is more than a student talking, it's an example of a student learning experience that's been transformed by digital tools.
  • The Power of Youth Voice: What Kids Learn When They Create with Digital Media - A webinar sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation, he National Writing project, and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. This forum, entitled "The Power of Youth Voice," brought together experts in digital media and learning to share their research and experiences using digital media in and outside of the classroom.
  • Are Kids Different Because of Digital Media?
  • That's Not Cool dot com - Sponsored and co-created by the Family Violence Prevention Fund, the Office on Violence Against Women and the Ad Council, the site is designed to address new and complicated problems between teens who are dating or hooking up—problems like constant and controlling texting, pressuring for nude pictures, and breaking into someone's e-mail or social networking page.   


Schools and Schooling: What's Now, What's Next?

  • The Ecology of New Media - You Tube and the Politics of Authenticity. A presentation by Cultural Anthropologist, Michael Wesch, at the 2009 Personal Democracy Forum at Jazz at Lincoln Center. A thought-provoking presentation about media, action, and identity.
  • Looking Ahead - Two videos explore what's necessary for educational change to occur 
    • Learning to Change, Changing to Learn: Advancing K-12 Technology Leadership, Consortium for School Networking(COSN) Video
    • 21st Century Pedagogy: Transforming our pedagogical DNA
  • Are Schools Killing Creativity?- Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.
  • 21st Century Literacy - A wiki of the International School Bangkok's comprehensive vision of the school's vision and implementation of 21st century learning across the curriculum, grades PK-12.
  • Playing to Learn?   - Children love to learn, but at some point they lose that and become adults that don't like formal learning. Let's explore why "play" has gotten such a bad rap and figure out how to get it back in education.


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Tools for Collaboration 


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Tools for Building Community


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Tools for Teaching Literature & Writing

(Also, see Specific Tools, below.)




Reading & Literature

Additional Curriculum Resources

  • Teaching with Ted Talks - Initiated by Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D., this wiki contains recordings of original TED talks, with references, resources, and activities about the topic and/or speaker to spark further discourse, exploration, reflection, and action.


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Tools for Teaching Media Literacy

Media Literacy


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Tools for Thinking & Creating


General Resources

This collection of web 2.0 tools began with a conversation with 8th grade students, about what school would look like if all of the rules we currently had were disbanded. They were no longer bound by walls, schedules, age restrictions or standardized tests. No technology was outlawed.... Here are the tools they think we ought to consider using.  



  • Google for Educators - "At Google, we support teachers in their efforts to empower students and expand the frontiers of human knowledge. That’s why we’ve assembled the information and tools you’ll find on this site. Learn more about Google for Educators." 
  • Google Tools for Schools - Jennifer Dorman, a Google Certified Teacher, has assembled a comprehensive collection of Google tools with extensive resources on how to use them. She uses the collection for workshops she offers and, in the spirirt of open access, has shared the site with the Web.  
  • ePortfolios with Google Apps - a comprehensive web site by Dr. Helen Barrett, renowned for her work in ePortfolio research and development. This site also offers lots of great how-to information about Google Apps.
  • Google Guide - Google Guide is an online interactive tutorial and reference, with sections for expererts, novices, and teens. "I developed Google Guide because I wanted more information about Google's capabilities, features, and services than I found on Google's website." --Nancy Blachman, creator. Used online; free.
  • Integrating Google Tools for Educators - Run, do not walk, to take advantage of this superb resource  - Used online; Free


Specific Tools

(Thanks to Drew Buddie and his wiki, Indispensible ICT Tools for Teachers, for the format & many of the resources listed below.) 


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Tools for Personal PD


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Tools for Creating, Downloading, & Converting Videos


Creating & Editing Videos


Downloading Videos

  • Two options for downloading YouTube videos to use in school:


  • Click on the little icon for DownloadHelper at the upper left corner of every video.
  • Download the Firefox extension, called DownloadHelper. This enables you to download video from many other sites.


Converting Videos

  • File Converters
    • Format Factory - Format Factory is multifunctional media converter (Windows); Download; Free
    • WinFF - File converter (Windows & Ubuntu); Download; Free



Image Quest - Copyright-free image bank launched for teachers by Encyclopaedia Britannica - Used online; Free




  • How to Create a Safe Password - A short video by Animated Explanations
  • Password Safe  - Store passwords, user names, and other security information. Developed by the computer scientist who (literally) wrote the book on Web security. Download; Free.


 NCTE Statements & Standards for Teaching with Digital Tools




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Web-based Resources for the English Classroom by Karen LaBonte is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License





http://connect.educause.edu/display/39381 - 7 things you should know about wikis

Learning to Change, Changing to Learn

Advancing K-12 Technology Leadership, Consortium for School Networking(COSN) Video

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