Across the Curriculum

As you explore ways to integrate technology into the curriculum, start with reading, writing, and mathematics. Then, tie these basics across content areas. Consider large group activities using your computer and a large monitor. Or, ways to develop rotating learning centers.

Begin by examining educational software and productivity tools that are available in your building. Then, explore the following three areas:


Use informational websites, fiction websites, CD-ROM, and presentation software to present reading materials.

Make Connections. Support reading with website examples, electronic encyclopedia, visuals such as diagrams and charts. Support reading with author and book information.


Use technology to help students in making connections, questioning, visualizing, finding importance, and synthesizing content-area reading materials.

Storm Activity
Explore Scholastic resources by grade levels including grade level interactive skill builders such as Clifford Storybooks.

Questioning. Brainstorm lists of questions, highlight key ideas with colors, and address questions through critical and creative thinking.

Storm Activity
Go to Electronic Books and Online Reading. Select an online reading. Brainstorm ways it could be used in large or small group settings. Ideas: Bartleby, Bartleby: Shakespeare.
Save time: Print passages from electronic books.

Visualizing. Create story webs focusing on plot, setting, and characters. Link to experiences. Provide images, photos, and diagrams to help students visualize, show sequences, concept maps.

Storm Activity
Use the templates provided in Inspiration and Kidspiration to help visualize the content of class readings.
Save time: Print the template for part of the class. Rotate computer use.

Finding Importance. Use technology to help students identify key ideas and details. Ask them to highlight words and phrases, create outlines, identify perspectives and vocabulary.

Synthesizing. Ask students to to follow directions, evaluate information, make comparisons, show evolution of idea, or speculate.

Storm Activity
Go to Headlinespot. Design an activity that asks students to print and read an article, then identify the key details.
Save time: Focus on one news source. Ask students to print the article and write questions and answers on the back of the article.


Use word processing, Inspiration, page layout software, web page builders, reference resources, and checkers in writing activities

Methods. Explore ways to incorporate word processor into the following activities - narrative, descriptive, definition, explanation, analysis, classification, comparison, and argument

Process & Product. Use technology to help students in prewriting, composing, revising, editing, and publishing various group written and multimedia products (letter, email, story, poem, journal, report, lab, translation, caption, editorial, photo, chart, graph, graph, diagram, music, sounds, animation, video).

Prewriting. Use the word processor and Inspiration for brainstorming, listing, idea generating, idea webs, and outlining.

Composing. Use the word processor to write drafts, write sentences, organize paragraphs, paraphrase and quote, explore writing methods, and write conclusions.

Revising. Use the word processor, reference resources, and checkers to critique, add detail, combine sentences, make writing active, and be specific. Use colored text and tracking for revising activities.

Editing. Use the word processor, reference resources, and checkers to cut, clarify, and condense with test sentences. Try rearranging activities: changing tense, change meaning, and use colored text.

Publishing. Use word processors, page layouts, and web builders. Focus on selecting typography, designing page layout, printing and proof, and sharing online. Consider the creation of blogs and wikis.

Storm Activity
Go to ReadWriteThink. Select a Student Material that would support a specific standard. Create a Word document that links to the tool and provides simple directions for use.


Use informational websites, calculators, visual mapping, and spreadsheets to explore math concepts across the curriculum.

Use technology to help students in calculating, visualizing data, and solving problems.

There are many software packages for graphing such as Graph Club, Graph, Action, Microsoft Excel and Appleworks. Example activities:

Calculating. Follow a procedure, highlight words/phrases, or use online calculators

Visualizing Data. Use web-generated authentic data, collect data, then build charts & graphs.

Solving Problems. Computer drawing/erasing and spreadsheet what ifs

Storm Activity
Go to 42explore: Statistics or eScrapbooking: Data and Statistics for math data sources.

To learn more, go to One Computer Classroom: Across the Curriculum (PDF).

Developed by Annette Lamb, 3/06.