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What Online Tools Work for Teaching Language Arts?

What Online Tools Work for Teaching Language Arts? | Writing Tools Web 3.0 | Scoop.it
Growing excitement around technology’s potential to transform the classroom has the education community chattering about laptops, tablets and smartphones. Continue reading →
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Kidblog and Collaborize Classroom are two tools that work for me in language arts and book clubs.  What works for you?

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 4, 2013 8:09 PM

It was word processing that pulled me into technology.  I recall many English teachers telling me that word processing was going to ruin writing. 


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my StoryMaker® at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

my StoryMaker® at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh | Writing Tools Web 3.0 | Scoop.it

my Storymaker® was named one of the Best Websites for Teaching and Learning by the American Association of School Librarians, a division of the American Library Association.

People worldwide enjoy my StoryMaker®.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, February 26, 10:54 PM

Wonderful story making tool for younger elementary students.  It teaches character, theme and plot in a fun techie approach.

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The Most Important Skills You Need to Start a Writing Career - Lifehacker

The Most Important Skills You Need to Start a Writing Career - Lifehacker | Writing Tools Web 3.0 | Scoop.it
So you want to get paid for your writing, but you've never been published. You have no formal experience, and no one's ever hired you for a writing-related job. The professional legwork that comes with getting paid to write can be intimidating.
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Tips on improving your career as a writer.

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Even in our digital age, early parental writing support is key to children's literacy

Even in our digital age, early parental writing support is key to children's literacy | Writing Tools Web 3.0 | Scoop.it
Children of the Information Age are inundated with written words streaming across smartphone, tablet, and laptop screens.
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Distance learning enhances writing on a daily basis!

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40 Incorrectly Used Words That Can Make You Look Dumb | LinkedIn

40 Incorrectly Used Words That Can Make You Look Dumb | LinkedIn | Writing Tools Web 3.0 | Scoop.it
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Whatever you do refrain from these misnomers! ;)

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The Wrong Way to Teach Grammar

The Wrong Way to Teach Grammar | Writing Tools Web 3.0 | Scoop.it
No more diagramming sentences: Students learn more from simply writing and reading.
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I totally agree with this in regards to a holistic teaching of grammar.  Grammar books take the joy out of learning and writing!

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10 Creative Ways To Use Google Tools To Maximize Learning | Edudemic

10 Creative Ways To Use Google Tools To Maximize Learning | Edudemic | Writing Tools Web 3.0 | Scoop.it
While there are hundreds of tools and devices available, we have found 10 creative ways to use Google tools and services to help improve learning.
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Some good ideas here that are sparking my interest! I will be exploring these with GPP students!

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All You Need to Know About the Author Platform

All You Need to Know About the Author Platform | Writing Tools Web 3.0 | Scoop.it
What is an author platform and why you need to start building one right now? Learn what literary agents are looking for in new writers and aspiring authors.
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Building stock as an author takes time.  Here are some tips!

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15 Shocking Student Writing Fails (Infographic)

15 Shocking Student Writing Fails (Infographic) | Writing Tools Web 3.0 | Scoop.it
See the 15 most common writing mistakes made by students and find out how to reduce errors to an absolute minimum.
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Check your writing against this info-graphic!

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Teens Can Write, Too!

Teens Can Write, Too! | Writing Tools Web 3.0 | Scoop.it
Changing the world's opinion...as soon as we finish this math homework
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, May 13, 2014 4:38 PM

Teen writing blog with tips and encouragement.  Thanks Loretta :)

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A new writing app for the (L2) classroom

A new writing app for the (L2) classroom | Writing Tools Web 3.0 | Scoop.it
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New writing app to help your writing students develop good syntax integrating Google Books to highlight different writing options!

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5 reasons to teach spelling and handwriting in the new year

5 reasons to teach spelling and handwriting in the new year | Writing Tools Web 3.0 | Scoop.it
Here’s a great resolution: Keep spelling and handwriting in the curriculum and use research-based tools to teach these skills explicitly and efficiently wi
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Great ideas to follow up with spelling and handwriting.

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Spelling and Dyslexia

Spelling and Dyslexia | Writing Tools Web 3.0 | Scoop.it
How common are spelling difficulties?Spelling is difficult for many people, but there is much less research on spelling than there is on reading to tell us just how many people spell poorly or believe they spell poorly.
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, January 17, 2014 4:57 PM

Spelling research in this Dyslexia article from Reading Rockets shares good advice.

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, January 29, 2014 6:24 PM
Spelling issues and Dyslexia correlations.
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inklewriter

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Interacting writing site brings teens together to write and connect over creative story telling.

 

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Natalie Sing's curator insight, December 3, 2013 1:51 PM

Write interactive stories similar to "Choose your Own Adventures"

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, December 9, 2013 2:40 PM

I know many of our teens love this social aspect of writing and this website sure brings the two together!  Thanks Natalie for sharing.

Ashok Kumar's curator insight, January 2, 2014 7:12 AM

Good tool for learning to write fiction

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4 songs for dealing with tricky conditional structures

4 songs for dealing with tricky conditional structures | Writing Tools Web 3.0 | Scoop.it
Ever had problems teaching the 2nd and 3rd conditionals? Here are four songs that take the pain out of teaching these grammar structures.

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Beatles songs to teach grammatical structure!

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Shanthi Cumaraswamy Streat's curator insight, February 19, 2:09 PM

Adam Simpson's latest post.

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100+ Attention-Grabbing Blog Post Title Templates That Work

100+ Attention-Grabbing Blog Post Title Templates That Work | Writing Tools Web 3.0 | Scoop.it
Here is a post that enumerates over a hundred templates to write clever blog post title.
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Bloggers here are your introductions to the next great article!

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6 Tips for Writing Effective Social Media Content

6 Tips for Writing Effective Social Media Content | Writing Tools Web 3.0 | Scoop.it
Social media has changed the way we communicate with brands and individuals and impacted how we digest information. Because social media networks are free and accessible worldwide, it’s easy for anyone to post content – good or bad.
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Are you teaching your students to use social media well?

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Listening to Your Audience for Great Content Strategy | SEJ

Listening to Your Audience for Great Content Strategy | SEJ | Writing Tools Web 3.0 | Scoop.it
To create a powerful content strategy, you have to listen to and empathize with your audience. Here is how you do it.
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Digital writing, akin to all research strategies needs listening skills as a major criteria.  How else do we know what our audience wants to read!

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Visuwords™ online • Visual Dictionary, Visual Thesaurus

A funPlayful word associations. Visually captivating. Connect words visually. Learn synonyms and other connections. Visuwords� produces an interactive node graph network.

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A fun thesaurus/dictionary that inspires one to use better vocabulary when writing

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Top Five Lessons to Teach to Writing Partners of All Ages Right Now

Top Five Lessons to Teach to Writing Partners of All Ages Right Now | Writing Tools Web 3.0 | Scoop.it
Writing partners can be an important source of inspiration and support for your kids. It's the rare kid who truly wants to work alone all the time. Writing requires an audience, someone to give a r...
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Some cool writing tips for sharing the joy of writing!
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, September 19, 2014 7:27 PM

Great ideas for writing lessons together with a partner!

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Experimenting with Tech Tools to Improve Writing Feedback

Experimenting with Tech Tools to Improve Writing Feedback | Writing Tools Web 3.0 | Scoop.it

With these tools (many of which are included in this list), students are placed in charge of their learning. They engage in meaningful self-reflection, highlight according to criteria, and use academic language to critique their own work. The shift is significant. With Google tools, I can provide ongoing feedback while my students showcase digital responsibility and revise throughout the writing process.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 16, 2014 2:37 AM

Interesting approach to marking assignments and some interesting tools used.

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, August 16, 2014 1:53 PM

Teaching tools for using Google in the classroom.  Great ideas for engaging writers!

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How to Start to Write an eBook and Actually Finish it in 30 Days

How to Start to Write an eBook and Actually Finish it in 30 Days | Writing Tools Web 3.0 | Scoop.it
Learn tips and tricks on how to write an eBook from scratch, write every day and actually finish it in 30 days.

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Useful tips on writing an e book! 

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Jurij Burchenya's curator insight, July 18, 2014 7:43 AM

Learn how to write an ebook in 30 days

kathyvsr's curator insight, July 20, 2014 8:08 AM

A productive way to spend the summer!

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170 Ways To Use Word Clouds In Every Classroom

170 Ways To Use Word Clouds In Every Classroom | Writing Tools Web 3.0 | Scoop.it
Welcome to a post I always have  fun writing. Last year I attempted finding ways to use Word Clouds (Wordle) in education. When I concluded writing that post I was at 108 possible ways. More than a...

 

Gust MEES: I created the above "Wordle Logo" with "Word Clouds" as example. You may use it for non-commercial use by giving credit to my blog ===> http://gustmees.wordpress.com/ <===

 

Check the free service here:

 

http://www.wordle.net/

 


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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's insight:

Word clouds are still an excellent way for highlighting or retaining key words. They teach the importance of tagging, evaluating and summarizing.

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M Bresson's curator insight, May 21, 2014 10:18 AM

Des idées pour utiliser les nuages de  mots en classe dans toutes les disciplines. Créer une discussion, partager, comparer, proposer des hypothèses, travailler le vocabulaire, etc.

Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, November 30, 2014 8:14 PM

Great ideas presented here! I have used Wordle before, but I had not thought of using it in the ways listed. Can't wait to try them.

Judy Doctoroff's curator insight, December 2, 2014 10:36 AM

Creating word clouds is always enjoyable  and engages students and teachers.

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For the Sake of Argument: Writing Persuasively to Craft Short, Evidence-Based Editorials

For the Sake of Argument: Writing Persuasively to Craft Short, Evidence-Based Editorials | Writing Tools Web 3.0 | Scoop.it
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.
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Persuasive writing tips for editors in the making!

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ozziegontang's curator insight, February 21, 2014 3:52 PM

How to write rightly. 

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Learning Treasures: Dot to dot and Alphabet writing

Learning Treasures: Dot to dot and Alphabet writing | Writing Tools Web 3.0 | Scoop.it
Get Learning Treasures: Dot to dot and Alphabet writing on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
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Free iTune app for writing for pre-schoolers.  

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, January 29, 2014 6:23 PM
iPad app to help your preschooler learn their alphabet.
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The death of the letter for digitally-savvy teenagers? - The Media Octopus

The death of the letter for digitally-savvy teenagers? - The Media Octopus | Writing Tools Web 3.0 | Scoop.it
Is the letter dying out as a result of our technology-immersed lives, living in a culture where digital drives everything? This survey suggests so. (Is the letter dying out in today's #digital #technology immersed world?
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Do our students know or even want to write informal letters? #writingchanges

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