Two of the sessions I attended at NCTE in Boston helped me think about ways two digital tools could be meaningfully integrated into early childhood and elementary school classrooms to engage young writers. The “Exploring Collaboration of Multimodal Literacies in Early Childhood: Digital Filmmaking, Designing, and Co-Authoring” panel discussed the way digital video cameras could enhance learning, while two of the presenters in “Writing Workshop Is for All Students: Using Visuals, Oral Language, and Digital Tools to Maximize Success and Independence for English Language Learners” suggested the incorporation of digital cameras.
It’s hard to know which note-taking or journaling app is right for you ’til you give a few a try. After using Day One, Noteshelf, and Penultimate, I have a better idea of which one suits me the best.
I’m looking forward to presenting about online writing relationships at this year’s Keystone State Reading Association (KSRA) Conference, which will be held in State College, PA in less than two weeks. Ruth and I… Read More
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.
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.
Encourage students to snap photos and save on Instagram, which they can revisit later when they need writerly inspiration.
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.
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… Read More
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… Read More
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… Read More
August is here! What are you eagerly anticipating this week, later this month, and this-coming fall?
Reflections on my first Twitter Chat: what worked well, what overwhelmed me, and some silly things I tweeted.
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… Read More
Find out how to bring two classroom routines into the 21st century with QR Codes.
How do we teach kids (and ourselves) to unplug from media in an effort to interact with others, not just screens?
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.
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… Read More
Knowing when to be present helps me think about being more intentional when dividing my time between technology and the people in my life.
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,… Read More
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… Read More