• Write to Learn & Collaboration in the Classroom

    Using Web 2.0 Tools


    Participants will gain knowledge in...

    • Effectively integrating technological resources for writing to learn and collaboration in the classroom.

    What is TPACK? 


    Web 2.0 Best Practices

    • Set Boundaries
      • Time Limits
      • Choose 2 to 3
    • Ask for help
      • Identify the FAQ or Help section
      • Join the community of users
    • Passwords
      • Create someway to keep up with all of them
      • Document 

    Overview of Write to Learn (Google Drive) 

    Google Drive consists of...
    • Documents
    • Presentation
    • Spreadsheet
    • Form
    • Drawing

    Group Activity 

    Using the Google Doc, brainstorm "Write to Learn" activities that are used in the classroom.
    Using the comments feature in the Google Doc, identify and explain how you have used an activity in your classroom.  

    Independent Activity

    Complete the Google Form below.

    Word Clouds

    Word clouds are graphic representations of words that appear frequently.  Words clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in a group of text. The clouds can be tweaked by chaining the font, layout, and color scheme.
    word cloud

  • Digital Posters/Infographics

    Students can demonstrate their understanding through the use of Infogr.am, Postermywall, and Smore.  Both allows individuals to create online newsletters, flyers, posters, advertisements and infographics that can be easily shared with other individuals or embedded on a web page. 
                                                                    Poster My Wall

    Create a poster using Infogr.am or postermywall that describes the challenges with getting students to write and collaborate in the classroom. 



    Create a newsletter of Web 2.0 Tools for writing and collaboration in the classroom.  
    Include the three tools that you would like to use in your classroom.



     Blogs can be a powerful technology tool that allows students to write to learn in a low-stakes situation. Blogs can be easily added to your teacher webpage.
  • Blogs in the Classroom

    Posted by Lindsay Lee on 3/2/2013
    We know that low-stakes writing allows our students to express themselves and their understanding of ideas and concepts.  We also know that it helps them develop the skills they need in order to be successful at high-stakes writing. However, how do we as educators respond to our students' low-stakes writing assignments? 
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By Month

  • Today's Meet

    Today's Meet is a great tool to allow you students to provide input or ask questions without having to interrupt current discussion or allowing the timid students a chance to provided input.
    We will use Today's Meet to post comments or suggestions as we continue today. 

  • Tools for Brainstorming & Chalk Talk

    What is your favorite tool?

    Tricider is a social voting tool that allows individuals to post ideas and vote.  
    Comments can be added to discuss the positives and negatives of an idea or topic.
    Click on the Tricider icon above.  Post your favorite Web 2.0 Tool and an idea for how you could use it with writing and collaboration in the classroom.  Respond to one post with a pro or a con.  After everyone has posted an idea, vote for the idea you like the best.  

    Group Activity            Popplet

    Working in small groups, add 2-3 ideas for how writing can be used in each of the subject areas to the Popplet canvas.

    Chalk Talk Activity 

    Chalk Talk is a silent way to reflect, generate ideas, check on learning, develop projects, or solve problems.  It can be used productively with any group.  Because it is done completely in silence, it gives groups a change of pace and encourages thoughtful contemplation. 
    Using the Linoit board above, reflect on the following question;  Why spend time having students write in the classroom? 


    Penzu is a free online diary and personal journal that is focused on privacy and sharing.  Individuals thoughts and ideas can be kept secret or shared with other individuals.

    Activity                                       penzu

    Read the journal entry that has been shared with you via email.  Comment with a suggestion that can help this struggling teacher. 

    Digital Storytelling

    Digital storytelling in the classroom...

    • Develops creativity and critical thinking
    • Gives shy students and those that are afraid to speak in class an opportunity to share whats on their mind 
    • Promotes the notions of life long learning and independent learning
    • Helps students explore the meaning of their own experience, give value to it, and communicate that experience with others
    • Reflective process that helps students reflect upon their learning and find deep connections with the subject matter
    • Develops proficiency with multimedia applications

    Book Creator

    Story Bird -  Great tool to inspire reluctant writers and readers.  Choose the imaginative artwork on Story Bird and write your own imaginative story.  You can easily print, share the stories with others and embed them on a webpage.
    My Story Maker - Create a story using the characters, items, objects and settings in My Story Maker.  Write your story based on the choices selected for your book.  You can print, share and save your book as a PDF.
    my story maker

    Comic/Cartoon Creator

    ToonDoo - Create cartoon strips and cartoon books.  Use your own photos or use graphics on ToonDoo.  You can the embed your work into any web page. 

    Zimmer Twins -  Create an animated cartoon/movie.  You can create your own masterpiece or add to the end of a story on the website. 
    Take a few minutes to play with ToonDoo or Zimmer Twins. Create a short comic or movie of how you came to the field of education.
    Timeline Creator
    Capzles - Timeline tool that allows you to include videos, photos, documents, music and blogs. Completed Capzles can be embedded into a web page.  Create a timeline for an individual related to the area that you teach.  Include at least 4 events from their life. 


    Continue working on your digital newsletter on Smore.  Remember to include 3 of the tools that you plan to use in your classroom.  We will have some individuals share this information at the end of the session.   

    Cool Tools for School 


Last Modified on April 19, 2013