Category Archive: technology

Bring the Writing Celebration to Them!

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Many parents, guardians, and extended family members cannot leave work to attend writing celebrations. Here are some ideas to bring your next publishing party into the community where you teach OR to make them virtual celebrations.

E-mail: A Mini Unit of Study

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After reading “Technology and the College Generation,” I’ve come to believe teachers of writing need to craft mini units of study to help kids learn to use e-mail confidently.

Instagram Can Help Treat Writer’s Block

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Encourage students to snap photos and save on Instagram, which they can revisit later when they need writerly inspiration.

Using Evernote to Confer with Writers

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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.

Sharing Some Thinking from the Writing Institute

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I’ve been wanting to try out Storify for awhile, but haven’t head a reason to use it.  Until now.  I decided to put together Storify some of my tweets and pictures from last… Continue reading

Conferring Notes Go High Tech

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There are a variety of record-keeping apps, which make it possible to monitor your students’ writing progress. Confer, DailyNotes, Evernote, and Notability are four popular apps that promise to make it easier, dare-I-say… Continue reading

Solve It Your Way

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I’m excited to share Franki Sibberson’s latest project with you. SOLVE IT YOUR WAY! is an innovative project to encourage creative problem solving and collaborate with others around the globe. I shared this… Continue reading

Looking Forward

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August is here! What are you eagerly anticipating this week, later this month, and this-coming fall?

I survived my first Twitter Chat!

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Reflections on my first Twitter Chat: what worked well, what overwhelmed me, and some silly things I tweeted.

Twitter Chat Preparation

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I’m stepping out of my comfort zone again.  I’ve committed to a Twitter Chat tomorrow night.  Therefore, it’s confession time.  In the year-plus I’ve been on Twitter, I’ve never participated in a Twitter… Continue reading

Classroom Routines Made Simpler with QR Codes

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Find out how to bring two classroom routines into the 21st century with QR Codes.

Are you ready to unplug?

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How do we teach kids (and ourselves) to unplug from media in an effort to interact with others, not just screens?

Turn off screens and LIVE life.

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Screen-Free Week goes from 4/29-5/5. While it might seem drastic and unfeasible to completely unplug, think about what steps you can take to be less connected next week.

The Handwriting Part of Writing

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If you’re in an elementary school, you’ve inevitably had discussion with parents about handwriting.  My policy for writer’s notebooks was always, “As long as I can read it, it’s neat enough.”  I didn’t… Continue reading

Be Present.

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Knowing when to be present helps me think about being more intentional when dividing my time between technology and the people in my life.

Having trouble seeing TWT Facebook posts?

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A couple weeks ago it came to my attention that one of our readers wasn’t seeing Two Writing Teachers pop up in her Facebook News Feed.  That prompted me to check our stats,… Continue reading

What kinds of online technology are you using in writing workshop?

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I was searching for something in our blog’s archives when I came across a video Ruth and I made about Bubbl.us, an online brainstorming tool, nearly four years ago.  (Click here to watch… Continue reading

Digital Text Bins

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I learned about digital text bins when I took Maggie Beattie Roberts’s session “Tap the Power of Technology and Media to Teach Higher Level Comprehension” at this past summer’s Reading Institute.  Now that… 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

Another Kind of Share

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We’ve been researching in Keith Bollman’s 5th grade class. Because Keith and I have been working together for years, I know he will let me play a little in writing workshop. I can… Continue reading