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Would you like to improve your students' writing skills and help them bridge the gap between writing in school and writing in the real world?
Join me and Simple K-12 for a free webinar on June 24th at 3:00 PM EDT to learn how to use Google Docs to thoughtfully incorporate digital writing into the curriculum.
Webinar for K-12: Google Tools and writing skills. A match made in Palo Alto.
The problem in a pre-programmed system of teaching is that you don't have the time or classroom availability to use Google Docs effectively.
English resources - digital literacy
There's more to writing than writing. This is the deck from my 2014 talk at the Web Conference at Penn State. It describes the importance of the "workflow" mindset for approaching your writing, a framework for analyzing your workflows and choosing appropriate tools, and a number of tool recommendations for each section.
Links to many of the tools mentioned can be found at http://kubie.co/dwt
Providing timely and effective feedback on student work is a critical component to any classroom. As students increasingly operate and create in a digital environment, emerging tools provide unique new opportunities for teachers to provide feedback on both written work and video projects. Feedback on Written Work With the increased adoption of Google Apps …
Personal feedback is an essential part of the writing process. Delivering that feedback in a blended or flipped classroom, or in a fully online class requires some tech skill. This article will give you a way to get the job done!
Here at Open Culture, we don’t just feature education in your recommended daily servings of culturally wide-ranging video, audio, text, and image — we also feature it in a form that goes deep: whole courses you can download to your computer or mobile device of choice and experience at your own pace. If you never quite studied all the literature you wanted to — or if you simply can’t get enough study of the stuff — pay a visit to our collection of over 50 free literature courses online.
Here's a great source for free courses in all subjects.
Seems to me that this infographic speaks to all instruction, but particularly to writers and the teaching of writing.
Nothing to add. Just read it and reflect.
by Gerry Petersen-Incorvaia
"The writing process is similar to many of the processes, practices, and thinking found in content areas other than math or ELA. Knowing this helps a teacher assist students in transferring their learning from one content area to another. For example, as an arts teacher who sees students for about 40 minutes once a week, I know I cover the artistic practices listed in the Figure 1. However, I know arts teachers may not have time to do full writing lessons that include all of the writing process steps. By substituting imagination for prewriting; investigation for drafting; and the construction and reflection process for the rough draft, proofreading, revising, and publishing steps in writing, I have linked the writing process with artistic practices. I can easily have students draft a brief reflection to showcase writing during the artistic process. Figure 1 links you to resources for teaching your subject area's specific writing processes and serves as a reference guide to the steps within each subject area's specific approaches to writing."
Sometimes you're just stuck in a creativity rut. Check out these 27 simple ideas to boost your creativity!
Great ideas for the writing classroom.
This fits in perfectly with the Six Traits of Writing on Ideas.
Everyone could use these tips to get the ideas flowing.
"One effective way to teach students argument writing (specifically the use of a clear claim and sound evidence and warrants/analysis) is by asking them to solve mysteries. I found a great article online about a real-life murder mystery and wanted to share it with you:"
In this lesson, we offer suggestions on how to guide students through the process when writing editorials — from brainstorming a topic to publishing their work — and all the steps in between.
Persuasive writing tips for editors in the making!
How to write rightly.
During a 4 minute "shred" session I gave an overview of my presentations for the day at ISTE 12: Diigo and Common Core in the Cloud.
Blended learning is an area of ELT that continues to be of interest to practitioners in the field. Despite this, little can be found in the literature on blended learning course design or detailed descriptions provided of blends used in ELT contexts. This publication, which contains twenty case studies from around the world, addresses this deficit by illustrating blends being employed on EAP, ESP, Teacher Development and general EFL courses.
Nik Peachey's insight:
Very proud to have written one of the case studies (pages 65 -75) for this book. It explores the award winning Blended Learning in ELT teacher training course I designed for Bell Educational Services.
Via Nick Peachey
I agree Nick, about the lack of BL solutions available. I am working on a BL module 'English for engineering students. BTW, good plug for your contribution/
Strong writing is an essential for any online student or online teacher. Here are resources provided to all UW-Stout students.
Today, I am turning my blog over to Nikolas Baron of Grammarly with a post that should appeal to writers. Whether you've hit a dry spell or are just looking to flex your creative muscle, I think yo...
Teach them to write without prompts (but have a few good ones in your back pocket for those that need them).
Enough prompts for anyone, anywhere!
Watch in amazement as Andrea Schindler's inner city, San Bernardino, California kindergarteners demonstrate all the steps necessary for them to produce five ...
Can they write before they can read?
Wow! Very impressive!
You may have seen the recent big news that Harper Lee has finally agreed to allow an eBook version of To Kill a Mockingbird to be released for the very first time. We’re happy to announce that the title is ready for sale in OverDrive Marketplace now, though its release date is not until July. You can add it to your school or public library catalog immediately, and accept holds that will be filled when the eBook is published.
To order this classic title and see some other very big authors and titles newly available in eBook format, check out this cart: Starring Harper Lee: Best of the Backlist. You’ll find bestselling titles from authors like Arthur Hailey, James Michener, Isabel Allende and more—newly available in eBook format for libraries and schools. Enjoy!
Cindy Orr is a Collection Development Analyst at OverDrive.
Classic in a new format!
A classic in a new format.
Here's a simple idea for practicing the past simple with lower level students. I got it from Quora, a website that allows its users to ask and answer each other questions. Unlike other similar site...
I'm considering this for an online icebreaker. I have no doubt it would make a great writing course activity!
Check out Quora, all. This is indeed an excellent exercise and I agree with Dennis O'Connor - would make a wonderful online icebreaker for a digital classroom. Exciting!
I’m guilty. And I’m definitely too old to be considered part of the ‘distracted generation’. I didn’t grow up with a device in hand at all times, hopping from shiny thing to shiny thing on the internet. I use tools to help keep me from being distracted online. Distractions are all around with technology, and connecting …
Ah, the art of peeling down writing... all shown in an infographic!
The onion has lots of layers
This is the fourth in a recent series of articles at The Book Chook about poetry and children. The first was Poetry with Kids - Ideas and Resources, the second was Poetry with Kids - Creating Haiku, and the third was Poetry with Kids - Creating Haiga. This week, the final in this series is Poetry with Kids - Presenting Haiga.
Some ideas on presenting haiga after children have created them (by adding haiku to images.) Also links to other articles about creating poetry with kids.
Some great ideas on how to connect pictures with Haiku and then how to present.
Writing teachers: what provides idea generation and note taking, plus incredible memory training? Yes mindmapping.
Some great ideas for mind mapping here and getting students to think about all the possibilities before beginning their quest!
I have use some of these mind mapping tools but am eager to try a few more!
More tools for writing, organizing ideas and brainstorming.
Ever wondered what the most common grammar mistakes are that bloggers make? Run-on sentences, punctuation, or maybe use of wrong tenses? This infographic highlights common blog post writing errors and blogging facts.
Read it... or not... :)
Excellent infografic to bear in mind when writing blogs.
Common grammar errors and how to fix them. Applicable to more than just blog posts.
Diigo is a great resource that allows you to annotate, archive, and organize bookmarks as you do research and work on school projects.
Demian Farnworth provides 12 exercises that help you flesh out and sharpen the overriding need your copy must focus on -- without repeating yourself.
Here is a simple, orderly process to get you thinking like your customer and writing persuasive copy that shows how they need your product/service. Good for websites, brochures or sales letters.
Today, I am sharing with you a set of some great iPad apps that are really good for language learning. The two basic skills emphasized here are reading and writing. I invite you to check them out and share with us if you have other titles to add to the list
Yep, downloaded the Rosetta Stone TOTALe app this morning.
Is the next generation learing how to write or rt.
Get Grammar Girl's take on effect versus affect. Learn the differences between affect and effect.
Grammar Girl is amazing! My students love her
I hate grammer, then/than.. ugh!