• Integrate Write to Learn Through Web Tools
     
    Lindsay Skidmore, DCS Instructional Technology Facilitator 
     
    Welcome:
    • Introductions
    • Objectives: 
    Participants will gain knowledge in effectively integrating technological resources to improve the practice of writing to learn in the classroom.
     

    Things to Remember
     
    • TPACK - Content and Pedagogy comes before technology integration. The technology should ONLY be integrated if it enhances the learning process. Click here for more information.
    • Best Practices of Web Tool Integration:
      • Set Boundaries:
        • Time Limits
        • Choose 2 to 3
      • Ask for Help
        • Identify the FAQ or Help Section
        • Join the community of users
      • Passwords
        • Create some way to keep up with all of them
        • Document

     
    Common Instructional Framework
     
    • Every student reads, writes, things and talks in every classroom every day. 
    • Common Instructional Framework provides teachers with strategies which provide students of all skill levels access to the complex information they need to be college and career ready, and become active participants in their learning process. 
    • Click here for more information on the Common Instructional Framework.

    Write to Learn Strategy 
     
    •  Write to Learn allows students to develop ideas and critical thinking skills, while improving their writing skills. This strategy can be easily incorporated into the classroom to help students experiment with written language, which increases their fluency and mastery of written conventions.  This strategy can be used as a formative assessment to determine student understanding, as well as a scaffold to mid- and high stakes writing assessments.  Not all writing has be graded! Write to Learn can be very low stakes writing that allows students to organize their ideas and increase their understanding.
     
     
     
     
     
    • Read the following article on Write to Learn. Then complete the blog activity below.
     
     
     
  • How Can Write to Learn Increase Student Learning

    Posted by LINDSAY SKIDMORE on 5/28/2014
    After viewing the video and reading the article on Write to Learn, reflect on the practices that you already conduct in your classroom and activities that you could include in your classroom. What are some of these activities and how do you think these could help to improve student learning? What are some roadblocks you think your students will face in implementing this strategy?
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    Webpage Blog
     
    • The webpage blog is a great way to get students to share ideas and participate in the writing to learn strategy in a fun and interactive way.
    • Steps to Follow before Implementing a Blog:
      • Educate your users (parents, students, other readers) on proper online behavior
      • Develop guidelines and rules for your students
      • Monitor Commenting
      • Additional Resources

    Google Docs
     
     
    • Google docs allow students a variety for formats to organize and present their ideas through writing that can easily be shared with others. 
    • Activity 
      1. Using the Google Doc, brainstorm "Write to Learn" activities that you currently use in your classroom. 
      2. Using the comments feature in the Google Doc, identify and explain how you have used the activity in your classroom. 
      3. Complete the Google Form below.
     
     

    Lino It
     
    • Lino It is a great tool to use to have students reflect or share ideas in a low stakes writing opportunity.  
    • Great for a brainstorming activity or exit ticket.
    Reflect on why you believe that it is important for students to write in every class, every day.
     
     
     

    Penzu
    • Penzu is a great site that allows students to create their own online journal. Students can reflect on their learning by using this tool.  After creating a journal entry, they can save, print, or email the entry to others. Once they have shared it, others can add comments to the entry.  This is a great way to provide them with feedback on their thinking process. Remember though, that writing to learn is low-stakes writing, which means that there is no worry of receiving a grade. It can lead up to medium or high stakes writing. 
    • Also, as a teacher, you can create a Penzu classroom, which can help you manage your students' journals. However, that features requires a yearly payment.  
    • This site requires students to create an account. There is a special process for students under 13 to ensure they have permission to create the account. 

     Storybird
     
    • Storybird is a great website that allows students to create stories to accompany beautiful artwork.  The site curates artwork from illustrators and animators around the world, which can be used to inspirer students to write.  
    • Along with developing their ideas and furthering their understanding, write to learn also allows students to practice their writing fluency and writing conventions.  Storybird is the perfect tool for this. 
    •  Teachers can create a classroom for up to 35 students for free.  By having a classroom, students are able to easily share and you can provide real time feedback.  Students do NOT need an email account for this site.  
     
     
     
     

    Word Clouds
     
    • Word clouds are graphic representation of words that appear frequently. Word clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in a group of text.  
    • The clouds can be tweaked by changing the font, layout, and color scheme.
     
    word cloud
     
     
    • This blog site gives a great list of how to use word clouds in the classroom, as well as in specific subject areas.
     
     
     
     

    Digital Posters/Infographics
     
    • Students can demonstrate their understanding through the use of Infogr.am, Postermywall, and Smore. All allow individuals to create online newsletters, flyers, posters, advertisements, and info graphics that can easily be shared with other individuals or embedded on a web page. 
     
    Create a Poster using Infogr.am, Postermywall, or Smore that describes the three tools that you would like to use in your classroom to incorporate Write to Learn
     
    Infogr.am
    Poster My Wall
     
     smore
     
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