audience · authentic writing · blogging · digital writing · greenbelt writing · independent writing · independent writing projects · writing workshop

Branding Student Blogs

As an instructional technology coach, I have the privilege of working alongside teachers as they bring their students into the world of blogging.  Many of the teachers I work with are new to blogging. They rely on me to steer them into an experience that will engage the student, lift student writing, and fit within the already packed school day. I guide these teachers to create branded blogs.

academic choice · choice · digital writing · writing workshop

Using Digital Tools to Meet the Needs of Developing Writers

When writing with digital tools, students have the opportunity to design and share writing in a variety of ways that not only add a new aesthetic to writing but more importantly they offer teachers the ability to skillfully and intentionally scaffold writing development.

digital writing · technology

Teaching  Digital Tools in Writing Workshop: Plan, Purpose, EXPLORE

Digital tools add opportunities to our writing, opportunities that can motivate and inspire writers. The reach of digital tools allows writers to receive and give feedback, share beyond their classroom, publish to an authentic audience, and build a writing community.  So how do we make sure our writers are ready?

academic choice · authentic writing · blogging · digital writing · writing workshop

Past the Flash of Technology

Technology gives us all choices and decisions to make. Big decisions. How can we welcome technology in our classrooms? Technology can be a new way of doing the same thing. Will we seek apps that allow our students to make choices in creating and sharing with others, or will we seek apps that do the same old thing in a different way?

apps · authors · blogging · communication · digital writing · kidblog · organization · parent involvement · preparing students for the 21st century · professional development · writing workshop

A Class Hub To The Rescue!

A class hub can make all the difference for digital writing and learning!

adolescent literacy · argument writing · awards · blogging · conferences · content-area writing · conventions · digital writing · engagement · Kylene Beers · Lester L. Laminack · punctuation · writing workshop

Snapshots From the NYSEC Conference

My time at the New York State English Council (NYSEC) Conference through snapshots!

apps · authentic assessment · blogging · celebration · choice · digital writing · engagement · writing workshop

Go-To Digital Tools for Writing Workshop

Digital tools can transform your teaching by allowing students to have a writing community beyond the classroom walls, be innovative, make meaningful connections to other writers and students, have more resources readily available, and have true, authentic reasons for writing.

assessment · digital writing

How to Assess Students’ Digital Writing – Ideas from Troy Hicks’ New Book

In Assessing Students’ Digital Writing:Protocols For Looking Closely, Troy Hicks and a team of forward looking educators have given us lenses through which to appreciate and evaluate the type of digital creativity that students seem adept at...

back to school · brainstorming · digital writing · heart maps · memories · NWP · sharing · writing workshop

Give Heart Maps a Rest! Try Writing Territory Maps

The heart map is a great tool for helping students find personally meaningful topics, but used year after year, it might feel a little stale. Writing territory maps is another option!