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Using Evernote to Confer with Writers ~ Two Writing Teachers

Using Evernote to Confer with Writers ~ Two Writing Teachers | Coastal GLRS Writing Resources | Scoop.it
Today's guest blog post by Cathy Mere will help you jump on the electronic record-keeping bandwagon. Learn how to use Evernote to keep conferring notes on all of your students.

 

"We learn so much sitting beside writers as they work in our workshops each day.  Two years ago I gave up my spiral notebook I used to keep records of writing conference conversations for a digital system.  Saying goodbye to my spiral notebook with tabbed sections for each student was easier than I anticipated.  The time was right.  More and more often I found myself wanting to do more than record handwritten snippets of evidence, thought, and conversation.  More and more I found myself wanting to take pictures of student work or record student voices.  More and more I found myself wanting to link to digital pieces students were creating.  More and more I seemed to have a device in my hand instead of a pen.  After learning about Evernote I decided to see if I could use it as a tool to record notes from across the day.  I found myself enjoying the seamlessness of Evernote. It seemed Evernote was a tool to allow me to capture the learning journeys of the young writers in my classroom.

 

"To begin I created a notebook for each student and then placed them in a class stack.  Each time I confer with a writer during writing workshop I use Evernote.  Before I begin our conversation I glance through the last few notes, watch the work the writer is doing, and wait for an appropriate moment to chat.  For me, it has worked to create a new note inside the student’s notebook each time I have a conference with a writer.  My conferences are often structured like this:"

 

 

 


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Jim Lerman's curator insight, September 1, 2013 1:47 AM

A well documented description of how one teacher has developed her own method to maintain digital notes for all her students in Writers' Workshop by using Evernote.

Patricia Christian's curator insight, September 2, 2013 2:35 PM

Another way to document student writing electronically using Evernote.

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UDL Studio: Deepening response to literature

UDL Studio: Deepening response to literature | Coastal GLRS Writing Resources | Scoop.it
UDL Studio, a free digital tool (funded largely by the Carnegie foundation) has recently been released by CAST. UDL studio is underpinned by the principles of Universal Design for Learning . UDL St...

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, May 19, 2013 6:42 PM

Here are some insights from the author of this article:

 

"UDL Studio offers templates to scaffold you or your students as you create content using multimodal elements, such as text, image¸ video, audio, and animation. You can explore the project library to view previous projects created by UDL studio users.

 

We really like the tips and resources page which asks you to reflect carefully on how the use of the digital tool enhances children’s understanding of text; enriches the reading experience; and represents information in an engaging manner. The plethora of free digital tools include:

 

>> Recording and editing software

>> Video search engines and editing software

>> Sources for images

>> Animation tools"

 

 

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, May 20, 2013 5:56 PM

Thank you for sharing, these are excellent resources.

Joe Marlin 's curator insight, June 17, 2013 4:28 PM

A review of the program UDL Studio -" which enables anyone to create media-rich resources, to actively engage and motivate students, and to respond flexibly to the needs of each learner; thereby ensuring quality and equality in access to learning for all."

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5 Apps for Note Taking

5 Apps for Note Taking | Coastal GLRS Writing Resources | Scoop.it
These 5 note taking apps go above and beyond the default notepad and make retaining information from the classroom both fun and extremely organized.

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Margarita Parra's curator insight, July 2, 2013 5:35 PM

Aprender a tomar notas es importante. Aquí algunas aplicaciones para hacerlo mejor.

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Dysgraphia Evaluation FAQs | Writing Disability - NCLD

Dysgraphia Evaluation FAQs | Writing Disability - NCLD | Coastal GLRS Writing Resources | Scoop.it
The following expert answers will help you understand exactly what dysgraphia is and if it might be the cause for your child’s difficulties with written expression.

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6-Traits Resources: Six Traits Posters from the Mesa Public Schools

6-Traits Resources: Six Traits Posters from the Mesa Public Schools | Coastal GLRS Writing Resources | Scoop.it

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, April 21, 2013 12:22 PM

Here are posters for all 6 traits, plus Presentation.  Links lead to trait speciific articles on my Scoop.it Magazine. 

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Imagine the Possibilities! A Workshop on Mentor Texts with Dr. Dorfman - National Writing Project

Imagine the Possibilities! A Workshop on Mentor Texts with Dr. Dorfman - National Writing Project | Coastal GLRS Writing Resources | Scoop.it

Summary: In this conference presentation given at the Lehigh Valley Writing Project, Dr. Dorfman outlines what's possible in writing and instruction, for both students and teachers, using exemplary texts as a guide.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 17, 2013 8:04 PM

Mentor texts are the natural way to blend writing and reading.  Here's video of a recent workshop on the topic.

Ann Kenady's curator insight, March 20, 2013 4:25 PM

Dr. Dorfman on teaching the writer to be self-reflective.

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WritingNext


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 17, 2013 11:17 PM

EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE
WRITING OF ADOLESCENTS IN MIDDLE
AND HIGH SCHOOLS

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, March 18, 2013 10:41 AM

Interesting look at where to direct the instruction of writing.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 5, 2013 8:19 PM

I did not read this, but, as a junior high teacher, I thought it would offer something.

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Writing with Thinking Maps

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Writing with Thinking Maps
I wrote a series of blogs on writing using Thinking Maps and this quickly became a favorite for many readers. So, I decided to organize the blogs onto one post to make ...

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Five Writing Tips for Kids

Five Writing Tips for Kids | Coastal GLRS Writing Resources | Scoop.it

Five writing tips for kids from  Jen Banyard, Australian author of books and stories for young readers.


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25 Apps for Learners with Dysgraphia & Writing Difficulties

25 Apps for Learners with Dysgraphia & Writing Difficulties | Coastal GLRS Writing Resources | Scoop.it
Apps can help students and adults who have learning disabilities like dysgraphia or dyslexia with their written expression. These are LD-friendly.

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, August 18, 2013 12:20 PM

Darla Hatton and her daughter,  Kaila (who is dyslexic) personally researched and/or tested these 25 mobile apps in December 2012 on the iPhone and iPad. They note: "New editions may change the nature of an app, making it less LD-friendly. “New” may not mean “better” for you.. They can make the writing process a bit easier and even fun! Not every app will be a “perfect fit” for everyone who has LD, but with a little testing, you can figure out which one works best for your child or teen’s individual needs."

Jonathan Jarc's curator insight, August 19, 2013 7:29 PM

Solid advice for those who struggle with disabilties that affect reading and writing.

DeDe Ross's curator insight, October 4, 2013 6:28 PM

For Title I schools, iPad apps offer an engagingly new way for struggling readers to practice skills. 

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6-Traits Resources: Teaching Voice to Primary Students by Margaret McKanna

6-Traits Resources: Teaching Voice to Primary Students by Margaret McKanna | Coastal GLRS Writing Resources | Scoop.it

Here's an analogy I find useful. As children learn to ride bikes, we support them as they practice the essential skills for bike riding: pedaling, braking, steering, and balancing on two wheels. We support these emerging bike riders by holding on to the seats of their bikes as they sharpen these skills and consolidate them to achieve proficiency.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, July 11, 2013 11:42 AM

Here's an insightful post on Voice from one of my online students in Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits

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10 Ways To Use Technology To Teach Writing

10 Ways To Use Technology To Teach Writing | Coastal GLRS Writing Resources | Scoop.it

Both high-tech innovations for learning and the inability of many schoolchildren to write well have been major talking points in educational circles for quite some time, but oddly enough, one may offer a solution to helping remedy the other.

 

There are a variety of tech tools and methods out there for teaching writing that can make the process easier and more fun for both teachers and students. While not every high-tech way of teaching writing will work for every class or every student, there’s enough variety that there’s bound to be something for everyone.

 

Here are a few tech-focused ways to help students learn grammar, essay-writing, and, most importantly, why good writing is so important to their futures.


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6-Traits Resources: Online Class: Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits

6-Traits Resources: Online Class: Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits | Coastal GLRS Writing Resources | Scoop.it

Learn to teach and assess writing with the 6-Traits of writing 
(voice, ideas, word choice, organization, sentence fluency and conventions). Learn to use the 6-Traits with the writing process to teach revision strategies. Help learners meet higher standards and improve test scores.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, May 6, 2013 12:51 PM

I love teaching this course.  This summer we'll work with great teachers from around the world to better understand how the writing process and the 6 traits work together to create a powerfull writing/reading workshop in any classroom.  


The course will give you more than a year's worth of ideas and new resources.  Great for license renewal, and teacher spirit renewal! 

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Poetry-Inspired Writing Prompts

Poetry-Inspired Writing Prompts | Coastal GLRS Writing Resources | Scoop.it
Today’s writing prompts are inspired by poetry but that doesn’t mean they have to inspire a poem. Use them to write anything you want; a short story, a blog post, a journal entry, or a freewrite. You might even try writing a song, keeping in mind that song lyrics are a type of poetry in their own right.

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Teaching Writing and Learning With Graphic Organizers | Emerging Education Technology

Teaching Writing and Learning With Graphic Organizers | Emerging Education Technology | Coastal GLRS Writing Resources | Scoop.it
There are dozens of great brainstorming and organizing tools available on the web to help students prepare for writing assignments and develop their

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 17, 2013 8:08 PM

The writing process begins with IDEAS for good reason: this where we find the topics that inspire us!

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, March 18, 2013 10:46 AM

Common Core would have kids useing graphic organizers....

Ann Kenady's curator insight, March 19, 2013 1:54 PM

Graphic organizer can help writers with organization and logic flow.

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41 Resources, Tools, And Apps To Improve Writing Skills -

41 Resources, Tools, And Apps To Improve Writing Skills - | Coastal GLRS Writing Resources | Scoop.it
41 Resources, Tools, And Apps To Improve Writing Skills by Tom Vander Ark first appeared on gettingsmart.com  Math gets all the love–at least that appears…

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Comparing the CCSS for Writing with the Trait of IDEAS

Comparing the CCSS for Writing with the Trait of IDEAS | Coastal GLRS Writing Resources | Scoop.it

How close is the connection between the Common Core State Standards for Writing and the Six Traits of Writing? Somewhat close? Pretty close? Try VERY. In fact, virtually every standard references one trait or another. That’s because the traits are simply qualities that make writing work, and making writing work is the primary focus of both the traits and the CC writing standards.


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6 + 1 Trait Writing Model: Summary of Findings


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