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Dream Big: 4 Ways to Make Your ELA Class Interactive

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Participate and share : Poster

Tuesday, December 1, 1:30–2:30 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Lindsay Williams  
Chelsee Wilson  

Learn about four free and easy-to-use English/language arts resources that can be integrated into the classroom quickly and efficiently. Lit Trips, Tour Builder, Screencastify, and Waypoint EDU are easily accessible and perfect for expanding engaging student learning opportunities while also piquing student interests.

Audience: Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Waypoint EDU App
Topic: Innovative learning environments
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: Language arts
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
  • Manage the use of technology and student learning strategies in digital platforms, virtual environments, hands-on makerspaces or in the field.
For Students:
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts that demonstrate meaningful connections or conclusions.
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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will learn and explore five free digital educational resources.

Participants will analyze authentic use of these digital resources.

Participants will brainstorm ways to incorporate and integrate these resources into their own classrooms.

Specifically, participants will learn about Google Tour Builder, Google Lit Trips, Screencastify, Waypoint EDU, and Google Story Speaker and how these resources can make their classrooms more interactive while also giving students more choice over their learning. Participants will view premade Lit Trips and Tours, participate in a Waypoint EDU geocache game, listen to Story Speaker, and watch a Screencast.

Participants will view task cards over these resources that can be taken back to their schools to teach their colleagues and their students.

When these resources have been presented to schools in Oklahoma, the feedback has been positive, and more schools have requested these resources as a result of the success at other schools.


- Introduction of Presenters
- Brief Summary of Presentation
- Lit Trips
- Screencastify
- Tour Builder
-Waypoint EDU
- Brief Q and A
- Dissemination of resources/resource link

Supporting research

Ward, N. D., Finley, R. J., Keil, R. G., & Clay, T. G. (2013). Benefits and limitations of iPads in the high school science classroom and a trophic cascade lesson plan. Journal of Geoscience Education, 61(4), 378-384.

Barron, A. E., Kemker, K., Harmes, C., & Kalaydjian, K. (2003). Large-scale research study on technology in K–12 schools: Technology integration as it relates to the National Technology Standards. Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 35(4), 489-507.

Pope, C., & Golub, J. (2000). Preparing tomorrow’s English language
arts teachers today: Principles and practices for infusing technology.
Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 1(1), 89-97.

Tarasiuk, T. J. (2010), Combining traditional and contemporary texts: Moving my English class to the computer lab. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 53(7), 543–552.

Sawyer, R., & Gibson, N. (2012). Exploratory analyses of the long-term effects for improving behavior, attendance, and educational achievement in grades 1-6 and 8-12. Iowa City: ACT Research Report Series.

Dennis, J., & O’Hair, M. J. (2010). Overcoming obstacles in using authentic instruction: A comparative case study of high school math and science teachers. American Secondary Education, (38)2, 4-20.

Dewey, J. (1938). Experience and education. New York: Macmillan.

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Lindsay Williams, University of Oklahoma K20 Center

Lindsay Williams is the Lead Professional Development Coordinator for GEAR UP for the FUTURE at the University of Oklahoma’s K20 Center. She previously worked as a GEAR UP Site Facilitator at Frederick A. Douglass Mid-High in Oklahoma City and was a social studies teacher and department chair at Northeast Academy in the same district for six years. Lindsay has a Bachelor of Science in Social Studies Education, a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Philosophy in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum at the University of Oklahoma.

Chelsee Wilson, Moore Public Schools

Chelsee Wilson is the English/Language Arts and Social Studies Curriculum Specialist for the GEAR UP for the FUTURE grant at the K20 Center at the University of Oklahoma. Prior to working as a Curriculum Specialist, she worked as a Field Technology Specialist and a Curriculum Writer. Before joining the staff at K20, she taught English and social studies at Westmoore High School in southwest Oklahoma City. She earned both her undergraduate and graduate degree at the University of Oklahoma.

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