Discover the   potential of the Internet to engageyour students in the   writing process        (RASA    presentation)    ...
Introducing myself…• Have taught Grades 1 - 7 and was then  appointed as Computer teacher at a local  primary school where...
Background to this   presentation (this is an explanation oflearners not being keen on writing in general and the    impor...
The importance of pedagogy in writing      – they must WANT to write
Our digital learners start young                 these days    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_zzPBbXjWs
The Internet is the teacher’s friend!
Learn from the multitude of resource wikis available       http://cooltoolsforschools.wikispaces.com/Writing+Tools
http://cogdogroo.wikispaces.com/50+Ways
Start aScoop.ithttp://www.scoop.it/t/reading-and-writing-in-primary-school
The Internet is full ofamazing templates for        writing
Poetry templates that     also give an  explanation of the type of poem being        written
Poetry idea enginehttp://teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/poetry/flash_pie.htm
Diamante Poemshttp://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/diamante/
Write a Haikuhttp://www.pbs.org/parents/creativity/ideas/haiku.html
Vocabulary templates   to aid writing
http://www.piclit.com
http://www.piclit.com
http://www.tagxeedo.com
The Internet can beused to encourage all   sorts of writing
Book reviews and  book trailers
http://www.scholastic.com/kids/homework/sandwich.asp
http://www.booktrailersforreaders.com/Home+Student+Book+                           Trailers
10 technology driven alternatives to               book reportshttp://teaching.monster.com/benefits/articles/8529-10-techn...
There are so many of thesetemplate-type sites available
Talking avatars whereyou write the text and  the avatar speaks
http://www.voki.com/
Story starter sites to     aid writing
Use a programme like http://www.wallwisher.com
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/storystarters/storystarter1.htm
http://www.thestorystarter.com/jr.htm
http://www.creativewritingprompts.com/#
Using photos inconjunction with    writing
Older classes like to use fake Facebookand Twitter templates
Fake bookhttp://www.classtools.net/fb/98/i8F3Kf
http://www.myfakewall.com/
http://faketweetbuilder.com/
There are a number of    ways to writenewspapers and then    publish them
http://www.youblisher.com/p/118644-Global-newspaper-March-2011/
Some of Microsoft’sfree tools can help you   produce fabulous   writing from your        learners
Microsoft’s free ‘Songsmith’ – the learners writethe lyrics and Songsmith creates music for them           http://www.yout...
Microsoft’s free ‘Autocollage’The learners could create autocollages and then write poemsabout their pictures. This was do...
Windows MovieMaker can be used in so  many ways using the writing process   http://techblog.stcyprians.net/index/category/...
Grade 4 students create their own  stories with Windows Movie Maker     http://techblog.stcyprians.net/index/grade-4-stude...
Creating video projects involves       plenty of writing
Other sites that can  induce writing
Voicethreads
Glogstershttp://www.sanandres.esc.edu.ar/olivosp/extranet2009/6to/glogster6to/index.htm
• Backchannelling using TodaysMeet when  starting something new
The Internet is full of amazing free story    writing sites
Storyjumper     http://www.storyjumper.comThis is flip-page book with artworkattached. You can enter a wholeclass to have ...
A sample from Tamsyn in Grade 5
A sample from Tamsyn in Grade 5http://www.storyjumper.com/book/index/572294/4c68afedee407
Storybird      http://www.storybird.comThis is a free online writingprogramme where you start withthe pictures and get the...
Storybirdhttp://fionabeal.edublogs.org/2011/05/25/fun-using-storybird/
Little Bird Tales              http://littlebirdtales.com/ http://fionabeal.edublogs.org/2011/05/10/we-loved-             ...
http://www.littlebirdtales.com/tales/view/story_id/22625/ /
Story Makerhttp://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/make-your-own/story-maker?page=3
My Storymakerhttp://www.carnegielibrary.org/kids/storymaker/embed.cfm
Friendly letter creatorhttp://www.abcya.com/friendly_letter_maker.htm
Storyboard generatorhttp://generator.acmi.net.au/storyboard/interactive
Character scrapbook
The Internet is a greatplace for collaborative writing and creating       e-books
We sent codes from school to   school (http://primarypad.com/)
PART 2: THE TREASURE CHEST
The Tooth FairyA collaborative story between three nations Part 1: Kirdup and Geocro in South Africa Part 2: Brandon in Ca...
Part 1: The Loose Tooth
One day a little girl was playing in the garden. Her name was Taylor andshe was playing with her cousin Kirsty. You see, T...
Our stories with sound projecthttp://fionabeal.edublogs.org/our-stories-with-sound-project/
Blogs have anincredible potential for  encouraging writing
Think about starting a classroom blog or             a subject blog
Think about starting a classroom     blog or a subject blog
Use a blog to write book reports http://josephr4.edublogs.org/2010/07/19/my-report/
Further down in the same blog
http://5bwrites.blogspot.com/
St Cyprians Gr 10 blogging project    http://techblog.stcyprians.net/index/grade-10-english-blog-assignmentThe reading pro...
Romeo and Juliethttp://meinpopularity.edublogs.org/
Writing about slaveryhttp://shelleywright.wordpress.com/2011/12/13/life-in-an-inquiry-driven-technology-                  ...
Smuggling Zeredahttp://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=uj1-IBBO6YY
Price list for the various types of bookshttp://www.blurb.com/create/book/blogbook
Wikis have anincredible potential for  encouraging writing
http://graystonprep-grade6-english.wikispaces.com/The+Write+Stuff
Writing a class novel using a wiki        http://yrps5m.wikispaces.com/Welcome
You can use a wiki to display all your class’s     pieces of writing in e-book format        http://barnowlstories.wikispa...
Grade 6 stories put into Youblisher.com  http://elk-grade6-stories.wikispaces.com – Karen Stadler’s project
Projects and global   projects with other      schools haveincredible potential for  encouraging writing
Flat Stanley travel buddies
Reading the diary as a podcast for      the classroom blog
The Internet can be an  inspiring place for ateacher…find out what    others are doing
Join a global projecthttp://thegloballunchtable.wikispaces.com/
Find out about cell phone projects - Teacher fromthe Leap School starts publishing house (Fundza) andincludes three mobi s...
Find out about the ‘Flipped class’ approachhttp://shelleywright.wordpress.com/2011/12/13/life-in-an-inquiry-driven-technol...
Enter competitions that encouragewriting advertised on the Internet         http://e-classroom.co.za/
Skype in the classroom competition         http://education.skype.com/
Thinkquest competition example
So much is happening in the teaching     world via the Internet. Share your          experiences with other•   Twitter – s...
Discover the potential of the internet to engage your students in the writing process
Discover the potential of the internet to engage your students in the writing process
Discover the potential of the internet to engage your students in the writing process
Discover the potential of the internet to engage your students in the writing process
Discover the potential of the internet to engage your students in the writing process
Discover the potential of the internet to engage your students in the writing process
Discover the potential of the internet to engage your students in the writing process
Discover the potential of the internet to engage your students in the writing process
Discover the potential of the internet to engage your students in the writing process
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  1. 1. Discover the potential of the Internet to engageyour students in the writing process (RASA presentation) by Fiona Beal fionabeal@schoolnet.org.za http://schoolnetsa.blogspot.com
  2. 2. Introducing myself…• Have taught Grades 1 - 7 and was then appointed as Computer teacher at a local primary school where I made writing the hub of the computer room. Now working for SchoolNet SA in professional development in technology-integration. Am a Web 2 fanatic for FREE sites!• Writing is my passion – I am a textbook and story writer, a blogger, a creator of technology integration courses, etc.
  3. 3. Background to this presentation (this is an explanation oflearners not being keen on writing in general and the importance of good pedagogy in writing lessons)
  4. 4. The importance of pedagogy in writing – they must WANT to write
  5. 5. Our digital learners start young these days http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_zzPBbXjWs
  6. 6. The Internet is the teacher’s friend!
  7. 7. Learn from the multitude of resource wikis available http://cooltoolsforschools.wikispaces.com/Writing+Tools
  8. 8. http://cogdogroo.wikispaces.com/50+Ways
  9. 9. Start aScoop.ithttp://www.scoop.it/t/reading-and-writing-in-primary-school
  10. 10. The Internet is full ofamazing templates for writing
  11. 11. Poetry templates that also give an explanation of the type of poem being written
  12. 12. Poetry idea enginehttp://teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/poetry/flash_pie.htm
  13. 13. Diamante Poemshttp://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/diamante/
  14. 14. Write a Haikuhttp://www.pbs.org/parents/creativity/ideas/haiku.html
  15. 15. Vocabulary templates to aid writing
  16. 16. http://www.piclit.com
  17. 17. http://www.piclit.com
  18. 18. http://www.tagxeedo.com
  19. 19. The Internet can beused to encourage all sorts of writing
  20. 20. Book reviews and book trailers
  21. 21. http://www.scholastic.com/kids/homework/sandwich.asp
  22. 22. http://www.booktrailersforreaders.com/Home+Student+Book+ Trailers
  23. 23. 10 technology driven alternatives to book reportshttp://teaching.monster.com/benefits/articles/8529-10-technology-enhanced-alternatives-to-book-reports
  24. 24. There are so many of thesetemplate-type sites available
  25. 25. Talking avatars whereyou write the text and the avatar speaks
  26. 26. http://www.voki.com/
  27. 27. Story starter sites to aid writing
  28. 28. Use a programme like http://www.wallwisher.com
  29. 29. http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/storystarters/storystarter1.htm
  30. 30. http://www.thestorystarter.com/jr.htm
  31. 31. http://www.creativewritingprompts.com/#
  32. 32. Using photos inconjunction with writing
  33. 33. Older classes like to use fake Facebookand Twitter templates
  34. 34. Fake bookhttp://www.classtools.net/fb/98/i8F3Kf
  35. 35. http://www.myfakewall.com/
  36. 36. http://faketweetbuilder.com/
  37. 37. There are a number of ways to writenewspapers and then publish them
  38. 38. http://www.youblisher.com/p/118644-Global-newspaper-March-2011/
  39. 39. Some of Microsoft’sfree tools can help you produce fabulous writing from your learners
  40. 40. Microsoft’s free ‘Songsmith’ – the learners writethe lyrics and Songsmith creates music for them http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oGFogwcx-E
  41. 41. Microsoft’s free ‘Autocollage’The learners could create autocollages and then write poemsabout their pictures. This was done by an 8 year old at a school inJohannesburg.
  42. 42. Windows MovieMaker can be used in so many ways using the writing process http://techblog.stcyprians.net/index/category/Innovative%20Students Grade 8 Science students were asked to create an HIV Aids Awareness campaign using Microsoft Movie Maker. One of the outstanding submissions was entitled Nandis Story and it tells the heartbreaking story of a teenage girl diagnosed with HIV Aids.http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=hOOFik-nxnE
  43. 43. Grade 4 students create their own stories with Windows Movie Maker http://techblog.stcyprians.net/index/grade-4-students-create-their-own-stories-with-moviemaker Our Grade 4 students have been hard at work creating, illustrating and narrating their own stories using Microsoft MovieMaker.http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_PlSRH34RMM
  44. 44. Creating video projects involves plenty of writing
  45. 45. Other sites that can induce writing
  46. 46. Voicethreads
  47. 47. Glogstershttp://www.sanandres.esc.edu.ar/olivosp/extranet2009/6to/glogster6to/index.htm
  48. 48. • Backchannelling using TodaysMeet when starting something new
  49. 49. The Internet is full of amazing free story writing sites
  50. 50. Storyjumper http://www.storyjumper.comThis is flip-page book with artworkattached. You can enter a wholeclass to have these e-books
  51. 51. A sample from Tamsyn in Grade 5
  52. 52. A sample from Tamsyn in Grade 5http://www.storyjumper.com/book/index/572294/4c68afedee407
  53. 53. Storybird http://www.storybird.comThis is a free online writingprogramme where you start withthe pictures and get the story fromthe pictures
  54. 54. Storybirdhttp://fionabeal.edublogs.org/2011/05/25/fun-using-storybird/
  55. 55. Little Bird Tales http://littlebirdtales.com/ http://fionabeal.edublogs.org/2011/05/10/we-loved- using-little-bird-tales-today/This is a free online writing programmewhich has a place for the learners to eitherdraw or add their own illustrations to theirstory, and also to narrate it their story so thatone reads and listen at the same time.
  56. 56. http://www.littlebirdtales.com/tales/view/story_id/22625/ /
  57. 57. Story Makerhttp://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/make-your-own/story-maker?page=3
  58. 58. My Storymakerhttp://www.carnegielibrary.org/kids/storymaker/embed.cfm
  59. 59. Friendly letter creatorhttp://www.abcya.com/friendly_letter_maker.htm
  60. 60. Storyboard generatorhttp://generator.acmi.net.au/storyboard/interactive
  61. 61. Character scrapbook
  62. 62. The Internet is a greatplace for collaborative writing and creating e-books
  63. 63. We sent codes from school to school (http://primarypad.com/)
  64. 64. PART 2: THE TREASURE CHEST
  65. 65. The Tooth FairyA collaborative story between three nations Part 1: Kirdup and Geocro in South Africa Part 2: Brandon in Canada Part 3: Alan, Jero and Nico in Argentina
  66. 66. Part 1: The Loose Tooth
  67. 67. One day a little girl was playing in the garden. Her name was Taylor andshe was playing with her cousin Kirsty. You see, Taylor had a wiggly tooth,and it was really bothering her, a lot. All of a sudden, POP! Out came thewiggly tooth!!"Hooray!" said Kirsty. "At last your tooth has come out. You will have to putit under your pillow so that the tooth fairy can come and get it and leaveyou some money.“"Oh really?" said Taylor clapping her hands with excitement.
  68. 68. Our stories with sound projecthttp://fionabeal.edublogs.org/our-stories-with-sound-project/
  69. 69. Blogs have anincredible potential for encouraging writing
  70. 70. Think about starting a classroom blog or a subject blog
  71. 71. Think about starting a classroom blog or a subject blog
  72. 72. Use a blog to write book reports http://josephr4.edublogs.org/2010/07/19/my-report/
  73. 73. Further down in the same blog
  74. 74. http://5bwrites.blogspot.com/
  75. 75. St Cyprians Gr 10 blogging project http://techblog.stcyprians.net/index/grade-10-english-blog-assignmentThe reading project that they set up involved groups of three students selecting novels with acommon theme and then blogging about these books as they read them, with each member ofthe group paying specific attention to plot, character or theme. The resulting blogs show how thestudents have engaged with the books and reflected on their interpretations of the novels. Thequestions and answers in the discussion threads show that the blogs have become a virtual bookclub in which students can ask one another questions and agree or disagree with one another’sinterpretations in a non-threatening environment. At the end of this project, students wereexpected to have one-on-one discussions with their English teacher about their books, a taskaccomplished with more flair and confidence after having sustained a conversation virtually onthe blog.Examples of student blogs:The Color PurpleRomeo & JulietEngelbyRumoursA million little pieces
  76. 76. Romeo and Juliethttp://meinpopularity.edublogs.org/
  77. 77. Writing about slaveryhttp://shelleywright.wordpress.com/2011/12/13/life-in-an-inquiry-driven-technology- embedded-connected-classroom-englishMy students decided to create Common Craft-styled videos toeducate viewers about slavery. First, students needed to distill allof their “fact” knowledge into a compelling story. Then theyneeded to write the script, create paper characters, and finallybegin to practice moving their papers on the whiteboard. In theend, it took hours to coordinate movement with script, film &then edit our videos.As part of this project, my students have also Skyped intoclassrooms to teach what they have learned, so that otherstudents can begin this enormously important discussion in theirown communities. This is the connected part.
  78. 78. Smuggling Zeredahttp://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=uj1-IBBO6YY
  79. 79. Price list for the various types of bookshttp://www.blurb.com/create/book/blogbook
  80. 80. Wikis have anincredible potential for encouraging writing
  81. 81. http://graystonprep-grade6-english.wikispaces.com/The+Write+Stuff
  82. 82. Writing a class novel using a wiki http://yrps5m.wikispaces.com/Welcome
  83. 83. You can use a wiki to display all your class’s pieces of writing in e-book format http://barnowlstories.wikispaces.com
  84. 84. Grade 6 stories put into Youblisher.com http://elk-grade6-stories.wikispaces.com – Karen Stadler’s project
  85. 85. Projects and global projects with other schools haveincredible potential for encouraging writing
  86. 86. Flat Stanley travel buddies
  87. 87. Reading the diary as a podcast for the classroom blog
  88. 88. The Internet can be an inspiring place for ateacher…find out what others are doing
  89. 89. Join a global projecthttp://thegloballunchtable.wikispaces.com/
  90. 90. Find out about cell phone projects - Teacher fromthe Leap School starts publishing house (Fundza) andincludes three mobi stories via Mxit per month
  91. 91. Find out about the ‘Flipped class’ approachhttp://shelleywright.wordpress.com/2011/12/13/life-in-an-inquiry-driven-technology-embedded-connected-classroom-english “My teaching . . . then and now • Before the technology/constructivist shift in my classroom, I would have taught all of this quite traditionally. We’d read books, answer questions, and then address those questions in class. I’d lecture a lot, with supplemental grammar lessons here and there, and I’d include some type of artistic project to achieve viewing and representing objectives. The whole design would have been extremely teacher centered. And at the end of it all, I’d hope they learned something about writing and thinking. • Instead, inquiry and technology are a natural part of our English classes. It’s what my students have come to expect and have started to design themselves. Instead, of saying, “hand in your assignments,” I say, “publish your assignments and send me the link.” They think about connecting and sharing their learning in the larger world. • That’s the 21st century difference.”
  92. 92. Enter competitions that encouragewriting advertised on the Internet http://e-classroom.co.za/
  93. 93. Skype in the classroom competition http://education.skype.com/
  94. 94. Thinkquest competition example
  95. 95. So much is happening in the teaching world via the Internet. Share your experiences with other• Twitter – sharing ideas and resources• Tablets – are they next? Are they the answer?• Join in TeachMeets around the country• Join a local Twitterchat for teachers http://edchatsa.co.za• Share a Scoop.it (as mentioned earlier) CONNECT ON THE INTERNET
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