Share ideas that matter on the social web and experience
the benefits of curating the world's best content.
I don't have a Facebook, a Twitter or a LinkedIn account
On depth in simplicity and beauty in plainness."I hate the guts of English grammar," E. B White once famously proclaimed.
Are you sure you want to delete this scoop?
Journal and blogging writing how to, inspiration, articles, prompts, and online learning resources.
Positive digital footprints
These kids need to establish a positive digital footprint. Without question, it will be the norm for these students to be Googled when they begin to seek employment.
Elizabeth Peterson writes about an interdisciplinary unit she conducted combining science study of Land and Water with blues songs about life on the Mississippi River - extracting rich narratives from the songs' lyrics. Pictures and music included. -JL
Description from SmartBrief on EdTech
Writing-focused initiatives are supported by one-to-one technology programs in one California school district and one Colorado district. Fourth-grade students in Saugus, Calif., are using Web-based software accessible on their netbooks to help improve their writing skills. In Littleton, Colo., a technology-based writing initiative that began with fifth-grade students has been expanded to students throughout the district.
This flip-stack book on Diigo is a deep resource that will help you get the most out of Diigo!
EdTechTeacher presents Teaching English with Technology, a resource created to help K-12 English and Language Arts teachers incorporate technology effectively into their courses. Find resources for English and Language Arts lesson plans, activities, projects, games, and quizzes that use technology. Explore inquiry-based lessons, activities, and projects. Learn about web technologies such as blogs, podcasts, wikis, social networks, Google Docs, ebooks, online maps, virtual field trips, screencasts, online posters, and more. Explore innnovative ways of integrating these tools into the curriculum, watch instructional video tutorials, and discover how others are using technology in the classroom!
Online interactive tools from Tom March to support students in finding a topic for a written piece, creating a good thesis statement, generating an outline, or developing a causeo and effect essay. -JL
I was sent a dozen roses this week by a wonderful, amazing student who found his talent for writing in this year's Digiteen project.
I'm more convinced than ever that blogging and doing it with other students from around the world is essential to helping students connect with themselves and a larger world.
You ask me to give you the reasons. In honor of the dozen roses on my desk, here's just twelve.
This is one chapter of Dr. Miles McCrimmon's book: The Flatworld Knowledge Handbook for Writers.
You can read the entire book online or purchase individual chapters on the entire book.
Classroom tested methods for teaching web writing, creating websites, collaborating online, creating an e-portfolio, and using Weblinks effectively.
By Jennifer Demski
During what might have in the distant past been called "quiet time" in Arlene Anderson's fourth-grade classroom, many of her students are glued to their netbooks. The intense, enthusiastic focus and the hushed chatter amongst the students are all about high scores and strategy. But the students aren't playing video games. Instead, they're revising and editing their writing assignments within a web-based application that instantly assesses their writing skills and suggests ways to improve their work before turning the assignments in to their teacher. "For students, the software is an amazing self-motivator for writing, editing, and reviewing their writing," explains Anderson. "They're constantly working at learning the skills that will raise their scores."
The software and netbooks are part of the Saugus Union School District's (CA) Student Writing Achievement Through Technology Enhanced Collaboration (SWATTEC) initiative, one of a number of similar tech-supported initiatives that encourage writing across the curriculum. At the same time, the Saugus initiative is helping to prove that schools can see improvement in student achievement and engagement by harnessing 21st century tools to enhance writing skills.
Via Gregg Festa
Most of what I do is trail-blazing: delving into new territory in order to improve the way I teach and the way my students learn. This is both exhausting and exhilarating.
Plenty of other web pages offer advice on coding, design, and stylesheet tricks. This collection, emphasizing content, rather than coding, offers advice on how to write electronic documents (mostly web pages, but also e-mail and interactive fiction). It is part of a larger collection of handouts on writing. – Dennis G. Jerz
"Welcome Educators! With our unique writing platform and engaged community of passionate teen readers and writers, Figment is a natural teaching tool.
"And so Figment offers special features developed just for you to use with your students, including exclusive author programming, writing prompts, and private group functionality, where you can create a virtual writers’ workshop for your classroom.
"Learn more about how to use Figment in your class in our video promo. Then sign up for a free Figment educator account."
1. Storyjumper Storyjumper allows you to create online books using a plethora of characters, scenes, and props. Teachers can, for free, create classes to register students so they each have ...
From the website:
So how can we use technology to make writing more enjoyable?
1. Brainstorm using collaborative tools.
Pair prewriting with online discussions.
students learn from one another
harder to procrastinate
learn from other perspectives
informal peer editing
2. Use online discussions to facilitate prewriting.
3. Formal peer editing using Google.docs
4. Publish & share online = increases pride in work
Spotlight covers the intersections of technology and education, going behind the research to show how digital media is used in and out of classrooms to expand learning.
Some of the changes with writing today, Baron says, have little to do with new technology and are more the result of our increasingly less formal society. But, digital tools do bear responsibility for “flooding the scriptorium,” a phenomenon Baron likens to the way we behave at an all-you-can-eat buffet. Essentially, the huge opportunities and options for creating text (email, tweets, blogs) cause us to write (or type) more than we ordinarily would. The result is that we are less careful with our words.
"I was working with 3rd graders on creating their own book trailers. It was a long-term project and I was thrilled with the trailers I had found to study with children. This seemed perfect for this grade level as book response is a part of their writing curriculum.
I believe strongly in Study-Driven/Inquiry-Based writing instruction. I live by Katie Ray's quote from her book STUDY DRIVEN, which is one of the books that has most influenced my life as a writing teacher."