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    I have been in the field of educational technology since 1988. I began as a computer teacher for Futurekids Inc. in Los Angeles. Soon after, I purchased one of their first franchises, which I operated for three years. In 1997, I began Computing for Kids, a computer enrichment program for young children, which operates in local private schools in Southern California. I earned a Master’s degree in educational technology in 2008 and for the past four years, I have served as the technology specialist at a private elementary school, teaching students in grades 1 – 5 in a computer lab setting.

    My goal with this blog is to provide elementary classroom teachers with Internet resources that will enhance their curriculum. Some websites are very simple to integrate into a lesson, and others require a more thorough approach. But there is something for every level of comfort with technology.

    Please let me know what you think!

Poetry Anyone?

Posted by Computing for Kids on March 3, 2011

Here are some sites students can use to learn about poetry and to create their own.

BBC Poetry asks students questions about poetry verses, teaching students about the parts of a poem in the process.

Instant Poetry Forms has many different types of poems for students to choose from.  They simply fill in the blanks to complete a poem.

Magnetic Poetry gives students the opportunity to play around with words, creating phrases, sentences, and poetry.

Read, Write, Think Poetry Interactives has a variety of interactives that lead students through the process of creating their own poetry.

Poetry Idea Machine helps students create a haiku, limmerick, cinquain, and free verse by providing the format and word prompts.

Poetry Splatter has poems based on age groups.  Students select the poem subject they like, and choose from a list of words to complete the poem.

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