Category Archive: social networking

Free Professional Development! Tweet All About It.

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I admit, when I first heard about Twitter, I thought the concept was ridiculous. Shooting a message of 140 characters or less into the world? Why? Who would care? Since my initial incredulity,… Continue reading

The Secret Ingredient to Creating Engaged Writers

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I’ve been thinking about student engagement in writing workshop for the past couple of weeks.  I started thinking about it as I was reading Guy-Write, Ralph Fletcher’s new book.  My thoughts about engagement… Continue reading

Twitter Tips

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A few days ago Linda Baie asked me to share some ideas for using Twitter. I remember thinking the same thing. Remember the reason I started tweeting in the first place? I wanted… Continue reading

Tech Workshop — Cool Things Before the Presentation

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My friend June Yazel and I are putting together a workshop called: Tackling Technology in a Writer’s World. We are planning two different versions, one for elementary teachers and another for content area… Continue reading

Texting in the Middle of the Night

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I recently accepted “friend requests” from some of my former students who are now in high school.  I’ve found myself playing the role of parent more than once, telling them to go to… Continue reading

Social Bookmarking

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I attended a workshop led by Troy Hicks yesterday. It was exceptional. Everyone brought their own laptops and he led us through day of trying things out, setting things up, and thinking things… Continue reading

Figment: Where Social Networking and Literacy Meet

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Figment.com just came out of beta and launched yesterday.  This website is for teenagers to use to read other people’s writing and to share their own writing.  Figment allows teenagers to read and… Continue reading

Twitter in Classrooms

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One of the first people I addressed in a tweet was @CAFirstGrade, Julie Simmons’ first grade classroom in Ohio. They were using Twitter via an iPad during their independent writing time. Later in… Continue reading

Twitter Update

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After three days of tweeting, my life is changed! A special thanks to those who left a comment and sent out a tweet about us. Wow, what a warm welcome to a new… Continue reading

Make Writing Workshop Work Better

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I will be consulting with a couple of teachers next month who have questions about how to make Writing Workshop work better for their special needs students.  One teacher has a student with… Continue reading

Join the Conversation on Facebook

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A few months ago we started a Two Writing Teachers Page on Facebook as a way to share a little more. While we often use it to link to new pieces we’ve written… Continue reading