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How Digital Writing Is Making Kids Smarter

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Writing used to be strictly an in-school activity. Now, kids do 40 percent of their writing outside of school. Called “life writing,” young adults’ social writing spans texts, tweets, social media, and blogs -- and all of it’s making kids more literate.


Via Nik Peachey, Alenka Andrin
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That's why we need to bring social writing into school.

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Dr Pam Hill's curator insight, October 30, 2013 1:27 PM

"Life writing" should be given it's due.  While it is often short and sweet, it should count as one part of literacy development.  The English teacher in me what's to say it doesn't effect classroom writing assignments, but the techie within knows that any practice expressing your ideas to other counts.  Learning both styles will produce a competent, educated person.

16s3d's curator insight, November 1, 2013 9:02 AM

Histoire de recadrer les pessismistes et passéistes: l'écriture est plus que jamais vivace!

BI Media Specialists's curator insight, November 1, 2013 4:28 PM

I can't believe kids are doing more than 40% of their writing outside of school. "Life writing" may make grammar teachers cringe, but at least students are engaging with others and sharing ideas in this format.

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Why Writing Well Could Mean a Higher Salary (No Matter What You Do)

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Your writing skills could be totally making or breaking your career, and you might not even know it.
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This is a great little piece to share with young students who think writing is not important.

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How Digital Writing Is Making Kids Smarter

How Digital Writing Is Making Kids Smarter | Making Middle School Writing Fun! | Scoop.it

Writing used to be strictly an in-school activity. Now, kids do 40 percent of their writing outside of school. Called “life writing,” young adults’ social writing spans texts, tweets, social media, and blogs -- and all of it’s making kids more literate.


Via Nik Peachey, Alenka Andrin
Catherine Byrd Bushby's insight:

That's why we need to bring social writing into school.

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Dr Pam Hill's curator insight, October 30, 2013 1:27 PM

"Life writing" should be given it's due.  While it is often short and sweet, it should count as one part of literacy development.  The English teacher in me what's to say it doesn't effect classroom writing assignments, but the techie within knows that any practice expressing your ideas to other counts.  Learning both styles will produce a competent, educated person.

16s3d's curator insight, November 1, 2013 9:02 AM

Histoire de recadrer les pessismistes et passéistes: l'écriture est plus que jamais vivace!

BI Media Specialists's curator insight, November 1, 2013 4:28 PM

I can't believe kids are doing more than 40% of their writing outside of school. "Life writing" may make grammar teachers cringe, but at least students are engaging with others and sharing ideas in this format.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Excellent Tools for Creating Videos Without Installing Software | Diigo

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Writing can be incorporated to making videos...about writing!

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Making Writing Meaningful to Middle School Students - ReadWriteThink

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When asked to develop a Writing for Publication course for middle school students, I turned to ReadWriteThink.org for inspiration and advice.
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I have used readwritethink for its great templates. Check them out.

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Free PDF, Using Comic Editors with Kids

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I love what comics can do for kids. I’ve seen reluctant readers introduced to the joy of books by way of comics. I watched a teen develop an abiding interest in history via Larry Gonick’s Cartoon History of the Universe. I’ve seen hesitant writers become enthusiastic when their writing has a purpose – adding text by way of speech bubbles and captions to a comic. And I’ve seen school assignments brought to life when kids are encouraged to use a comic format to present information or demonstrate learning. While creating comics, children have opportunities to develop many creative and critical thinking skills – skills that are highly-prized by potential employers.

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Looks like this site has a free download. Looks promising. Can't wait to explore it.

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Strategies for the Reluctant Writer | LD Topics | LD OnLine

Strategies for the Reluctant Writer | LD Topics | LD OnLine | Making Middle School Writing Fun! | Scoop.it
LD OnLine is the leading website on learning disabilities, learning disorders and differences. Parents and teachers of learning disabled children will find authoritative guidance on attention deficit disorder, ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, dysnomia, reading difficulties, speech and related disorders. LD OnLine works in association with Learning Disabilities Association of America, International Dyslexia Association, Council for Exceptional Children, Schwab Foundation for Learning, and the Coordinated Campaign for Learning Disabilities.
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    I have always loved using Kidspiration and Inspiration and LOVE how those programs transform webs into outlines. My students love them as well. However, we are currently using Chrome books in the classroom, and since they are web only, we can no longer use Kidspiration and Inspiration. Webspiration is an online version and, while we still use it, the program is not as user friendly, especially for those who would be using Kidspiration. 

   Also, I love the suggestion for struggling spellers to make a collection of high traffic words. Excellent idea. The practice actually kills two birds with one stone - the student does not have to struggle to write key words each time they are used (and, believe me, mine would spell key words about 5 different ways in one paper), and the act of thinking of these high traffic words is another form of planning or prewriting. Chances are that creating that key word bank and spelling the words correctly from the get-go will help students better remember how to spell them in the future.

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Gone Google Story Builder

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Collaboration has gone Google. Create a story and then share your video.
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This is really fun! I know some of my students will love this!

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The Handwriting on the Wall - Do You Remember

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I’ve written about the lost art of handwriting before, but a new study has come out that shows that kids who learn how to pick up a pen and actually write
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Good article to share with many of my students who complain about doing anything using handwriting.

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Tweet from @The_YUNiversity

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This is pretty cool: 45 ways to avoid using the word “very” via @Writers_Write pic.twitter.com/FRuGQE4hi1
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25 Ways to Get Kids Writing | Scholastic.com

25 Ways to Get Kids Writing | Scholastic.com | Making Middle School Writing Fun! | Scoop.it
From mad libs to story maps, everything you need to make writing fun.
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Loads of fun ideas with ever precious links.

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Middle School Writing FUN

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Pins about Middle School Writing FUN hand-picked by Pinner Bridget O'Grady | See more about writing prompts, creative writing and picture writing prompts.
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Here is the mother lode of ideas! Wowza!

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Creating Comics Online

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Just as comics may help reluctant readers change their minds about reading, online comic editors can offer hesitant writers a way to express themselves. (Comics can encourage reading and online comic editors encourage writing!

Via Eduardo Martinez
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Wow! This article has a ton of links for educational cartooning.  My students used a cartooning site (not listed in this article) and loved it, but it was only a trial run and I couldn't afford to purchase it. Cartooning is a great way to pique student interest in the hesitant young writer.

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Writers don’t write from experience, although many are hesitant to admit that they don’t. …If you wrote from experience, you’d get maybe one book, maybe three poems. Writers write from empathy.

Writers don’t write from experience, although many are hesitant to admit that they don’t. …If you wrote from experience, you’d get maybe one book, maybe three poems. Writers write from empathy. | Making Middle School Writing Fun! | Scoop.it
Nikki Giovanni (via writersrelief) ("Writers don’t write from experience, although many are hesitant to admit that they don’t.
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I love Nikki Giovanni and I love this quote. How very true. Too often children say they don't have anything to write about because they are only drawing from their own limited experiences. Every time they hear a story, watch a television show, or listen to a song, they can react to it, relate to it through writing. What moves you? That's the ticket.

 

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