Effective Technology Integration English Language Teaching Mobile Learning

Digital Poets! Web Tools, Apps, & Lesson Ideas

Screen Shot 2014-04-18 at 5.10.45 PM“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” by Robert Frost

April is National Poetry month. I invite you to consider the possibilities of teaching with poetry. Poetry makes content come alive, because the poet has a deep connection with the subject matter. Poems can help students see what they consider a boring or tedious topic in a different light. Imagine students walking into math class and the teacher introducing long division with Bob Grumman’s long division Christmas poem. Imagine students learning about the food chain by hearing a reading of “Damselfly, Trout, Heron” by John Engels. Digital tools and apps can encourage our students to animate poetry and bring words to life with video, images, sound, and more. In the slide presentation and bookmarks below, I share ideas and resources for getting students to learn through poetry.

Lesson Ideas

Here are a few lesson ideas I talked about during my presentation. Students can:

Resources

Here are a few more resources:

More Resources and Lesson Plans

Find many more ideas in my Pearltree bookmarks below. Click on the circle to make that resource appear.

Teaching Poetry in Vday Resources / Holidays & Events / ELT 2 / English Language Teaching

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Challenge:

Try one of these tools or apps to get students interested in creating their own poems.

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2 Comments

  • yessi ralph
    June 2, 2014 - 23:50 | Permalink

    Here i am sure that people using most of technology. Before this i am just thinking to using technology work easier but now a day students using it to remember poet and also using for do homework. This kind of using technology in education field i seen first time in my whole life.

  • Janis
    June 27, 2014 - 05:27 | Permalink

    Dear Shelly,

    First I want to compliment you for creating such a
    useful list of poetry writing tools and resources.

    I am developer of http://www.rhymedesk.com. Please, check it
    out. If you find this poetry writing tool useful, I’d
    be most grateful, if you mentioned it in your article.

    Kindest regards,
    Janis

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