Each month, we share five things we love as part of our Footnotes Newsletter. Take a look at some of our favorite English language arts resources, articles, podcasts, and more we found in August!

1. ELA Tools for the Chromebook Classroom

Looking for helpful English language arts tools to use in conjunction with Chromebooks? In this episode of The Chromebook Classroom Podcast, John Sowash shares his favorite ELA apps and extensions that you can use in your lessons to elevate your students’ learning.

2. Back to School Activities for Virtual Distance Learning

No matter the teaching situation, be it in-person or online, fostering a sense of community within your class will be a priority as the new school year begins. On her blog, English teacher Miss G introduces six fun and flexible introductory activities that can work in any learning setting.

3. Digital One Pagers: How to Harness the Power of Technology

Have you ever worked with one pagers? Often used as an alternative to essays, these assignments ask students to thoughtfully respond to a text with just a single page. At the Reading and Writing Haven, Melissa Kruse explains how to use digital one pagers to help students deeply engage with literature as they study from home.

4. Building Blocks for Online Learning

Like many teachers, Tricia Ebarvia recently learned that her district is starting the year entirely online. In turn, she needed to reinvent the ways she’ll be teaching this year. See how you can use her block teaching schedule for online learning over at her Wordpress site.

5. Hyperdoc Lessons

Much more than just links in a document, hyperdocs are interactive digital lessons that give students everything they need to complete an assignment at their own pace. If you want to get started with hyperdoc lessons, why not try these free poetry-inspired ones from #TeachLivingPoets?