Cyber English®

Cyber English

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Ted Nellen

I hear and I forget
I see and I remember
I do and I understand

An Educational Aphorism

Cyber English..... Taught by Ted Nellen
  • ToDaY's MeNu
  • The Work of the Edward A. Reynolds West Side HS Scholars2006-2012
  • The Work of the Information Technology HS Scholars 2003-2006

    Unfortunately, much of the Scholars' work was destroyed by a petty School Administrator. Start with 2003 work. Using the WayBack Machine may recover some of this important work.
  • The Work of the Alternative HS Scholars 2000-2003
  • The Work of the Bergtraum Scholars 1994-2000

    See & Read Articles about CyberEnglish

    What Other English Teachers are Doing.
    The ACE Web Class



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    See and Read

    about CyberEnglish.
    1. Teaching Writing in a Web Based Classroom: A Case Study of Ted Nellen's "Cyber English Class" by Liz Cushman Brandjes
    2. Internetworking: Professional Development through Online Connections by Dawn Hogue
    3. Education and Community: Telementoring Research
    4. Mentoring and the Internet
    5. Language Arts Educators Balance Text-Only Tactics With Multimedia Skills by Katie Ash in Education Week
    6. O.K., Schools Are Wired. Now What? NYTimes, January, 9, 2000.
    7. What I Did on My Summer Vacation NYTimes August 5, 1999
    8. Popular Teachers Become Pipeline to Corporations NYTimes August 5, 1999
    9. Virtual Youth: Computer Club started by Cyber English scholars. 10.4.98
    10. Hyper-Lit electronic school online June 98
    11. Manhattan English Classroom Expands as Volunteers Adopt-A-Student Online CyberTimes June 6, 1997.
    12. in Christian Science Monitor May 22, 1997
    13. June 24, 1996, in Digital Metropolis of The New York Times
    14. about us in The New York Times. April 24, 1996

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    I must be reminded that
    school is for the scholar and not for the teacher.


    Teaching Methods Great links to pedagogy and methodology.
    What to Read!!
    Fry's Readability Chart
    Issues in Literacy development. Great research to support this work.
    Important Teacher Resources.
    New York's Learning Standards
    A annotated list Software used in Cyber English.
    NCTE is wired!!
    Books on pedagogy.
    Language Arts
    The instructor's work at Teachers College
    Articles and essays by instructor.
    A Journal from the beginning.
    A major concern: Ethics on the Internet.
    English Portal

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    Other Cyber Classes

    Dawn Hogue's
    Webpage for her Wisconsin high school. Her CyberEnglish
    Internetworking: Professional Development through Online Connections by Dawn Hogue
    Polliwog her blog.
    Pat Schulze's HomePage Cybercomp 10, South Dakota
    Mr. Turtola's cyberenglish center
    Heather Conn's English Classes
    Umit Serin's ESL WebPage
    William Bass' Online presence.
    Tracy Lux's Wiki

    Ginger Ogle's Wiki
    Carla Beard's WebEnglish Teacher.
    Tim Mooney's Madness & his Teacher's Link Page. Illinois.
    Cindy Adams' StudyGuide Alabama.
    Mary Tigner-Räsänen's Class Pages.
    Nancy Steen's Website, New Hampshire.
    Mary Hassenplug's WebPage. Mary in NJ.
    Edie Parrott's AP English Kennesaw, GA
    Shane Marshall's Megaplex
    Donna Davis Goodwin's Page.
    Beth Guthrie's Tome A Fire and Brimstone CE:) Indiana.
    Welcome to Reilly's Web, Arizona.
    Fran Bullin's Classroom, South Carolina.
    Web Projects from Beacon School in NYC.
    Gretchen Lee's scholars and summer Kamp, San Jose, California.
    Jessica Brogley's Class WebSite, Wisconsin.
    Ryan Bretag's CyberEnglish, Illinois.
    The Teach Online from Alex Babione.
    Ms Edwards' Notes
    Valerie Gokturk's Cyber English, Long Island, NY.
    Art Belliveau's Write Place and his Blog
    Ms Tigner-Räsänen's Homepage, Minnesota.
    Doth Grin: Mr Tyler's English and Journalism Classes Website, Arizona.
    Mrs G's English Lessons and Links, Oklahoma.
    Edna Earney's scholars and still More!!, Texas.
    Mrs Filak's Homepage.
    Brenda Kukla's Senior Memory Project.
    Ms. Howell's Webroom
    Maureen Roszkowski's EncompassEnglish
    Michelle Garbis' Language Arts Lessons Ideas.
    Ms. Edmondson's WebPage. Guests must sign in and there are teacher resources in the writing center
    Olivia Fulmer's website
    Mrs W's Classes
    Br Tom says School is a pretty good place to learn stuff.
    Jeana Rock's Sophomore English class.
    John Nesbitt's CyberEnglish
    Mrs Dowling's Virtual Classroom

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    Teaching CyberEnglish and Why

    Cyber English began for me in my junior year of college when I took a bookbinding course. The essence of the class was that, we as writers, would become our own publishers. We wrote some poetry. We chose the type and set it in one of those old hand printing presses. We selected an ink. We selected exotic papers. We set the type, we printed. We sewed and glued the pages into a hard cover book. We did everything an artist does: created the product and saw it all the way to completion. The big difference is that writers did not have this power. Writers always had to turn their work over to too many others who altered and changed it beyond recognition. Well now writers and teachers of writing have the power to publish, which is the end result of writing. So a dream that began in the early seventies has finally found its reality in the early nineties. In 1984, technology added an important element to the growth of Cyber English, when I was introduced to the Intranet, and then the Internet in 1986. I added the WWW in 1994. Each scholar has email and a webpage. TeleMentoring is another major facet of our on line presence. Cyber English is a pedagogical experiment in practical theory in developing an alternative option to traditional education and a project to answer the various voices of America for better educational practice.

    I no longer read a book or an article, listen to a presentation or lecture, teach a class, or conduct an observation without looking at the social and political implications for both myself and my students. I inquire about power and equity issues involved in new mandates from the district and state level and consider what actions I might take.

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