Learning how to write together doing
a shared writing on “How to…”
• My purpose in this writing lesson is found in
standard 8, objective 2, indicator a: Draft ideas
on paper in an organized manner
(e.g., beginning, middle, end) utilizing words
• My objective was that students would be able
to write and describe how to do something to
How to make an airplane!
• We started out by having individual students
show the class how they make paper airplanes.
After the made the airplanes the student would
tell us how they made the airplane.
• Then we put our words into writing on the
promethean board. Students love to use the
board because they can write in any color and
they really enjoy using the technology! It is also
nice because everyone can see the board.
Use of Technology
This is just one of the steps they wrote. They wrote a couple more
together as a class. Then they used the example on the board to go back
to their desks and write how they’d make something on their own.
• The students really enjoyed using the board and
they loved the idea of writing about how to make
a paper airplane because it is something that
they all enjoy doing.
• They loved writing on the board so much that
they took a long time to write and the rest of the
class grew bored at times. Next time I would
need to choose who wrote on the board more
carefully and do some more of the writing myself.
1. Student Use of Technology
• The students were definitely the ones using the
technology in this assignment. I was overseeing
it, making sure that it was used correctly and
picking the people that got to use it, but they
were the ones actually using it. The promethean
board was used to promote ACTIVE learning
because the children were writing and doing the
thinking. I was asking them questions to help
them along or summarizing statements that they
said, then they would write them on the board.
2. Technology Use is Essential
• The technology was an add-on to the real
learning activity. We definitely could’ve done
the activity on the whiteboard or on writing
paper. There were many ways that we
could’ve done the activity. However; using
technology enhanced the children’s learning
through excitement, participation, and active
3. Focus on learning Task
• Technology was used as an enhancer in this
activity and was not the primary purpose of the
lesson. The learning of writing was enhanced
because of the exciting writing tool and active
participation. Everyone could see the
board, which enhanced
interest, participation, and learning. The
students learned to use the promethean board
early in the year and so they did not have to learn
how to do it again. They are learning to write
better using the technology and thus building on
their writing skills in physical writing and
organizing their thought.
4. Added Value
• This activity would be possible without the
promethean board, but it would be difficult to get
the same excitement for writing, access to seeing
classmates work, and ease in using many
different colors in any other way. By using the
board learning is enhanced by getting the
children more interested in writing. As a teacher
it was much easier to help all of the children have
access to what their classmates were writing. I
could also save what they wrote if I wanted to
keep what they did and then continue the activity
on another day!
This video demonstrates how the
Promethean Board works!
Click video to start!