Vanessa Medina is an English teacher, freelance ELT consultant and writer. Here she explores using videos to teach different writing structures. As teachers, we have all heard about the benefits of using new technologies such as computers and internet in the classroom.
Welcome! Teachers Write is a community of teachers and librarians who believe that people teaching writing should walk the walk. I’m children’s author and educator Kate Messner, and I launched the Teachers Write! virtual summer writing camp on my blog after a Twitter conversation with Teachers Write co-conspirators Jen Vincent and Gae Polisner. We started working together to sprout an organic, relaxed, and unique professional development activity for teachers and librarians, and before long, a supportive and passionate community of writers had bloomed.
Word clouds tools have a great importance in education. Many teachers use them to perform several learning activities for their students. Generally speaking, a word cloud is a graphical representation of word frequency. It basically features the prominent words that are so often cited in a piece of text. I have already reviewed some popular word cloud generators here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning but have not really gone into details as to how teachers can use them in education. This post, however, compensates for that shortage of information and provides you with a set of tips together with a list of free tools to help you discover and learn more about the educational uses of word clouds generators.
This quote is from Jonah Lenrer's book, "Imagine: How Creativity Works," which I highly recommend -- Howard:
"When you draw an object, the mind becomes deeply, intensely attentive,” Glaser says. “And it’s that act of attention that allows you to really grasp something, to become fully conscious of it. That’s what I learned from my mother’s face, that drawing is really a kind of thinking.”"
I've used drawing as a writing prompt with great sucess! ~ Dennis
Yesterday, Snigdha Nandipali won the National Spelling Bee Championship to become the best American speller of the year 2012. It is pretty amazing how a young girl in her age could reach this towering achievement, it is as she said herself a miracle. I heard this piece of news on the radio as I was driving back home from work yesterday and the first thing I did when I logged on was I checked in Google for National Spelling Bee website. To my susrprise I found that the website itself is a great resource which deserves a fair review here.
"The impetus for the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) initiative at George Mason University was part of a national media discussion in 1977 about a "literary crisis" in the United States. Three decades later, the WAC continues to thrive, and its website is full of resources for people who teach college English courses and related subjects. The mission of the WAC is to focus on writing as "a pedagogical tool that enables students to develop critical, analytical, and imaginative thinking to address complex social issues."
"On the Program Info page, visitors can learn more about the structure of the WAC and how it operates. Moving on, the Faculty Resources section contains sections such as Teaching With Writing, Guides in the Disciplines, Writing Center Resources, and so on. The Teaching with Writing area has great resources such as handouts titled "Writing to Learn," "Creating Clear Assignments," and "Evaluating and Grading." Further along is the Guides in the Disciplines section, which features writing guides for different subjects crafted by people at George Mason, along with national writing guides from Carleton College, Colorado State University, and Columbia College."
"Lists for Writers is a great addition to any writer’s toolbox. Helpful to both novice and expert writers alike, this app delivers list after list for your brainstorming sessions: names, character traits, plot lines, occupations, obsessions, action verbs, and much more!?
"Unlike a desktop computer, the device is designed to allow the user to focus on only one thing at a time. When one needs to focus on stringing together words without the distractions that so easily flood a desktop computer, the one-task-at-a-time nature of the iPad is a blessing.
"When you unbox an iPad, it's not necessarily ready for an optimal experience of sustained writing. It's pretty close, though. The native Notes app is fine enough, and the touchscreen keyboard gets the job done, but to really make the most of the device's potential, third-party accessories and writing-specific apps are required."
Should There Be Zoos? A Persuasive Text by Tony Stead is a mentor text, we used to introduce how to write an effective writing piece. Our students listened and took up the challenge to write their own book.
"4th and 5th graders show how NOT to conduct a peer review. Show this video to your class to help them make better use of peer review opportunities. Please visit http://www.timbedley.com for more teaching ideas. I understand that "real" peer review is done by the scientific community. However; in my elementary school class we stole the term to refer to a one-on-one critique of each other's writing."
"The Colorado State University has a rather wonderful set of online resources designed to help people become better writers. Most of these materials are offered right here on the Writing at Colorado State University website, where visitors will find ten different thematic guides. These guides deal primarily with writing in engineering, and they include Communicating as a Civil Engineer, Engineering Proposals, and Environmental Policy Statements. On the right-hand side of the homepage, visitors will find sections like Writing Processes and Writing Documents. These areas have more detailed areas like Starting to Write, Revising & Editing, and Publishing. Taken as a whole, these sections offer a broad range of specific guides to becoming a better writer. Finally, the site contains links to other relevant sites from university and college writing centers."
“Magic and Storytelling is an interactive presentation about the history of storytelling augmented with virtual magic in real-time. It was produced and created by New York based cyber illusionist Marco Tempest in collaboration with onformative and checksum5. When Marco asked us to work on the art direction for Magic and Storytelling we were fascinated by the challenge of combining not only several new technologies, but also giving the whole presentation a homogenous and magical look. In order to achieve this we developed a variety of different particle systems.”
Someone asked me for recommendations about books on teaching people to write. I had to laugh a little bit about this. I have a Master’s degree in writing education, I’ve taught writing for over 15 years, and I have a whole bookcase on books about writing (that I’ve read and annotated). I’m STILL on the lookout for good books about how to teach people how to write.
I’ll put on my Gypsy Scholar hat and offer my favorite titles and resources for teaching writing. When I’m done, I’ll post the list on my Resources page. Check that out; I’ll keep adding items to the list as I discover them.
"Caroline, who is just about to finish sixth grade, looked through all the writing prompts and picked out her favorite fifteen. I was super impressed with the list and asked her permission to share it. So what follows are Caroline’s favorite fifteen prompts, in no particular order. Most of the words are her descriptions of the prompts. Thanks, Caroline."
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