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The MOST updated version of this presentation from the National Conference on Differentiated Instruction, July 12, 2011. (Remember, I'm a writer, so I revise.)

The MOST updated version of this presentation from the National Conference on Differentiated Instruction, July 12, 2011. (Remember, I'm a writer, so I revise.)

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  • 1. A13 Teaching Writing with Technology: Blogs, Wikis & More (Gr. 6-12 - Intro)
    Katie McKnight, Ph.D.
    Twitter: @LiteracyWorld
    Facebook: Katie McKnight Literacy
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  • 3. What We Will Do in this Session
    Learn about blogs and wikis and how these are powerful tools for teaching writing.
    See sample blogs, wikis and web writing from students all over the world.
    Suggestions and tips for getting started with blogs, wikis, and other web writing tools.
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  • 5. What’s a Weblog?
    Weblogs- Known in shorthand as “blogs”, these Web sites are easily updated and can be interactive.
    Blogs have exploded in the past few years.
  • 6. Opening Questions
    How do you feel about using tools like blogs, wikis, or other web based tools for the teaching of writing in your classroom?
    How do you think these tools support the development of student writing skills?
  • 7. Here are some sample school blogs that students have created:
  • 8. From Chicago…
    Global Citizenship Experience
  • 9. What the Teachers Said about First Blog Year
    Positive surprises are that this works. It works regardless of literacy levels. It works despite the fact that we could've been better organized, more tactical in our management of student works online, more committed to encouraging excellence over…merely, completed works. And so on. You can see the potential. We're learning…
  • 10. From New Zealand…
  • 11.
  • 12. Getting Started with Blogs
    Read a wide variety of blogs before you begin. Here are some great teacher blogs that I love:
    Lucy Gray, educational technology expert
    Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano, instructional technology
    Katie McKnight, literacy geek.
  • 13. Setting up a Blog
    There are several great Blogging websites but this is my favorite.
    This site is owned by Google and it’s not difficult to use.
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  • 15. Getting Started with Blogs: Class Blog
    Post class materials
    Post assignments and rubrics
    Provide samples of work expectations
    Post materials to support assignments (i.e. reading materials, web links, web sites, and an area for student comments and postings)
    Class Schedule and Letter
  • 16. Getting Started with Blogs: Student Blogs
    Learning Logs and Reflective Journals
    Reactions to Assigned Reading
    Literature Circles
    Questions and Comments about Current Events
    Math Problem-A-Day
    Posting Projects
    Posting Videos of Lab Experiments
  • 17. Your Turn:How can you use blogs for the teaching of your content area?What are your questions and concerns about starting blogs with your students?
  • 18. Wikis
    From the Hawaiian word, wiki-wiki, which means “quick”.
    Ward Cunningham created the first wiki in 1995.
    He wanted to create a web based tool that would make it easy for people to publish and author.
  • 19. The Most Famous and Best Example of a Wiki: Wikipedia
    • An attempt to present all of human knowledge, for free.
    • 20. Actually more accurate than many people might think.
    • 21. Has over 500,000 edits per day.
  • Wiki: The Basics
    From Wikipedia (
    Each wiki page has a link for editing.
    Click the edit link and “tah-dah” you are ready to add, edit, and create content.
    There are some ground rules that should be set up for the students for the wiki.
  • 22. Sample Wikis
    Mr. Peronis, A Physics Teacher
    Mrs. Atwood’s wiki,
  • 23. More Sample Wikis
    Mr. Telles’s wiki
    Mr. Lee’s Math Project Wiki
  • 24. A Few More Sample Wikis
    The Study Zone Wiki by Andrew Hill
    Ms. Edwards’s Wiki
  • 25. Getting Started with Wikis
  • 26. Tools to Help You Along the Way
    Aims to answer the question, how can I use wikis in education?
    More fabulous educational wiki examples
  • 27. Your Turn:How can you use wikis for the teaching of your content area?What are your questions and concerns about starting wikis with your students?
  • 28. Maybe You Won’t be Wiki-Wiki Right Away with Your Wiki or Blog
    Remember, good teachers tinker.
    Experiment and take baby steps.
    I’m not a techie, but I do think I’m a good teacher.
    Ask questions, there are tons of educational technology colleagues who are eager to draft members to the “other side”.
  • 29. More Technology Tools for Writing
    At teacher shows us three digital storytelling tools for mobile devices:
  • 30. Glosgster
    Teenagers LOVE to talk, so let them.
    140 character limit requires precision and application of editing skills. Use hashtags (#) to label conversations.
    More Technology Tools for Writing
  • 31. Google Docs are the next revolution in writing.
    Allows for collaboration and the applications are extraordinary.
    More Technology Tools for Writing
  • 32. How to Reach Me
    Twitter: @literacyworld
    Facebook: Katie McKnight Literacy
    For more materials and updated powerpoint, see my blog at