Archive for the ‘English Language and Literature’ Category

Intute – probably the greatest link I’ve ever posted

August 25, 2011 Leave a comment


This is a ridiculously well organized collection of links for teachers… sorted by subject, and then more specific subject.  You ought to check it out and browse.


This site has “closed”, but they will remain open and viewable for another 3 years.  Apparently they lost funding.   Let’s take advantage of it while we can.  I have a suspicion that they will find funding to maintain the site beyond three years.  Time will tell.


Yale: Primary Source Documents in Law, History, and Diplomacy

August 22, 2011 Leave a comment









Great bank of primary sources that are sortable by time period.  Sources range from antiquity to modernity.  Fantastic. 















North Carolina Digital Textbook

August 22, 2011 Leave a comment

This is an astonishing collection of sources having to do with North Carolina.  As a digital textbook, it is incredible.  Nearly every page is linked to a lesson plan, further links, etc.  This is a treasure trove for any history teacher.

Web-based word processing on tablets

August 18, 2011 Leave a comment

It was shameful that the iPad was not released with a decent word processor app.  Apple wants people to buy Pages, Apple’s admittedly powerful and beautiful word processing application.   Other word-processing apps are in the same price range (e.g. Office HD).  This has led many to consider web-based word processing solutions.  On computers, the options are plentiful – google docs, zoho, wikispaces.  On the iPad, for example, things are not so simply.  Google Docs is fairly glitchy on Safari, and there is little to no document formatting.  Thus, while it is perfectly easy to sync and view docs from with a browser on google docs, it is hard to really create content from it.  Wikispaces is decent.

The best solution I have found so far is…..the host of this website.  Even within mobile browsers, most of the text formatting features are still available.  Surprisingly, and in my opinion somewhat embarrassingly for WordPress, submitting posts on wordpress within the browser is more advanced than within the dedicated WordPress iPad App, which allows for almost no document formatting at all.   The WordPress App is good for content viewing, but not for content creation.

August 17, 2011 Leave a comment has some interesting, open-source lessons/lesson plans.  Browsable by subject.  I wonder what additional benefits accrue from being a member?

Library of Congress – Teaching about September 11

August 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Great resource for history and English teachers from the Library of Congress – using L.O.C. documents, photos and other holdings to teach about the 9/11  attacks and their aftermath.


Shakespeare App

The Shakespeare app is worth downloading, even if just to have a nice copy of the bard’s work presented in a somewhat media-rich context.  I must say, though, the choice for some of the images associated with the plays are sometimes pretty out there.  I’m not sure if it is worth paying 9.99 for the “pro” version, because all of that content is readily available online (e.g. info about scansion, interpretation, and portraits of Shakespeare).


A search for “Shakespeare” in the app store brings this right up.