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 … Continue Reading Tech Workshop — Cool Things Before the Presentation
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 … Continue Reading Lessons from Apple’s Visionary
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 … Continue Reading Parent Communication
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, … Continue Reading Flip Cameras
I would have missed this if I weren’t on Twitter. Check it out: Writing in the Digital Age from Joel Malley on Vimeo.
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 … Continue Reading Twitter Update
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 … Continue Reading Tweeting?
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 … Continue Reading Tweeting Responsibly
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 … Continue Reading Glogster
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 … Continue Reading GoogleDocs Just Got Better!
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 … Continue Reading Why Writing Matters More than Ever
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 … Continue Reading Do we really need SMART Boards to teach writing well?
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 … Continue Reading Digital Storytelling: Technology & Mentors
I was so honored to chair “Integrating Blogs, Podcasting, and Digital Videos into Fourth and Fifth Grade Language Arts Classes” at NCTE this year. I learned a tremendous amount about … Continue Reading A Different Kind of Pen Pal
I recently received a review copy of Teaching the New Writing: Technology, Change, and Assessment in the 21st-Century Classroom, which is edited by Anne Herrington, Kevin Hodgson, and Charles Moran. … Continue Reading Professional Talk: Shared Writing 2.0
I received an e-mail earlier this week asking: Can you steer me in the right direction for starting a blog for my students and parents? Where do I start? Hence, … Continue Reading Communicating Online with Families