Right now, I've developed this idea to the point where teachers can post these activities on their websites and blogs. Here's how it works:
1. Teacher posts this code to his/her page:
<center><object width="640" height="480" > <param name="Figurative Language Practice 4" value="figurative-language-practice-4.swf"> <embed src="http://www.ereadingworksheets.com/figurative-language-worksheets/figurative-language-practice-4.swf" width="640" height="480"> </embed> </object></center>
This code will display figurative language practice 4, which contains twenty examples of figurative language taken from Golding's classic novel, Lord of the Flies (shown below). There are many other electronic reading worksheets at ereadingworksheets.com and new worksheets are being added daily. Unfortunately, (as with all flash) this code won't work on wordpress.com blogs, but it will work right here on blogger.com.
2. Students go to the teacher's page and complete the activity. Students have to enter their name, which prints out with the results. This will cut down on one student completing the activity and printing 10 copies of the results page for each of their friends. Since the answers shuffle, cheating will also require a little more effort.
3. Students print their results.
4. Students give their teacher the results.
5. Teacher can count the activity as an extra credit grade or standard assignment (depending on how much access the students have to computers). No grading required. Just enter the grades.
Cool, huh? I'm thinking that this might catch on. Anyway, try it out yourself.
Pretty cool, right? I wonder what the future will hold.