Category Archive: technology

Kindergarten Poetry Celebration

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This is great. We’re going to play it this afternoon with the class. Popcorn, apple juice, and a movie to celebrate our work in poetry. Please watch the first minute, because the teacher,… Continue reading

Digital Conferring Notebook

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A Note from Stacey:  A little over a year ago Amy Platt, who is a sixth grade teacher at Melissa Ridge Intermediate School in Melissa, Texas, contacted me with a question about something… Continue reading

Siri

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Last month I finally got of my cell phone that didn’t have a qwerty keyboard and upgraded to an iPhone 4S.  It took me awhile to convert to an iPhone since I first… Continue reading

A Special Visit

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The more things change, the more they stay the same. –Alphonse Karr Last Saturday my cousin got Bar Mitzvahed in New York.  I tacked-on a few extra days to my weekend away so… Continue reading

QR Codes

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My kids are junkies when it comes to QR Codes. They love spotting them. They are addicted to the thrill of scanning. They like the possibility of where the QR Code might take… Continue reading

Beyond Classroom Walls

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One of the fantastic sessions I attended at NCTE was called “Beyond Classroom Walls: Honoring Voices of Young Readers.”  It was led by Julie Johnson of Raising Readers and Writers, Katie Keier of… Continue reading

Technology Articles from The NY Times

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There are two articles that have been published in The New York Times in the past week that are worth reading if you teach or have young children. (1)  A Silicon Valley School… 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

Lessons from Apple’s Visionary

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There are three tech tools I acquired when I was in the classroom that changed the way I taught.  The first is a document camera, which allowed me to write “live” in front… Continue reading

Parent Communication

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As we venture into teaching writing in authentic ways, it is important to communicate with parents our teaching decisions. When using technology in writing and reading workshops, communication with parents becomes imperative. When… Continue reading

Flip Cameras

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I always wanted a flip camera when I was in the classroom so I could capture those students engrossed in their writing, thoughtful peer conferences, and incredible share sessions.  However, by the time… Continue reading

Words That are Speaking to Me

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I would have missed this if I weren’t on Twitter. Check it out: Writing in the Digital Age from Joel Malley on Vimeo.

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

Tweeting?

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Several months ago, like back in February, I set up a Twitter account for Two Writing Teachers. And then I let it be. I thought about tweeting, but I wasn’t quite sure how… Continue reading

Tweeting Responsibly

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Mike Wise thought he had a cool idea. “The Washington Post” sportswriter tweeted a phony scoop this week saying that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, suspended by the NFL over an accusation of… Continue reading

Glogster

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I recently read a post on Raising Reading and Writers that talked about Glogster.  I hadn’t heard of Glogster, which is a tool for creating virtual posters, and therefore checked it out immediately. … Continue reading

GoogleDocs Just Got Better!

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Ruth and I spent a lot of time on the phone, using GoogleDocs, when planning and revising each chapter of Day by Day.  Yesterday we were planning for KSRA’s Annual Conference, which is… Continue reading

Why Writing Matters More than Ever

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James Howe’s Keynote Address, “Only Connect: Why Writing Matters More than Ever in an Age When We’re Always Connected but Rarely Connect” resonated with me on many levels.  On an educator level, I… Continue reading

Do we really need SMART Boards to teach writing well?

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Last Friday, there was an article in The Washington Post entitled “Some educators question if whiteboards, other high tech tools raise achievement.”  This article reflects an on-going conversation Ruth and I have been… Continue reading

Digital Storytelling: Technology & Mentors

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The latest copy of NCTE’s School Talk arrived in my mailbox yesterday.  The present issue is entitled “21st Century Literacies: Young Children Reading and Writing in a Digital World.” Ceil Candreva wrote one… Continue reading