Virtual 4T Conference May 2012 Dude, Can You Please Edit?Experiments with Digital Reading/Writing Workshop
The Students Take Control:Virtual Literature CirclesWhat Are Literature Circles?• Small book club groups• Students read the same book & meet to discussHow Do You Make Them Virtual?Select an online tool or platform for online discussions& other literature circle work traditionally done on paperWhy Virtual?• Student engagement• Builds and reinforces online academic communication skills• Prepares students for future academic experiences
The Students Take Control:Virtual Literature CirclesUsing Edmodo for Virtual Literature CirclesSetting Up the Circles* Book talks and selection* Forming the groups* Establishing ground rules* Making a reading calendarStarting the Conversation* Digital citizenship review* Teacher-initiated discussions* Student-led discussions* Refining discussion skills-(responding & asking follow-up questions)
The Students Take Control:Virtual Literature CirclesAssessment and BenefitsAccountability •Provides opportunities for•Provides a transcript all students to contribute todiscussions discussionsTeachers can- •Focused, sustained discussion•See evidence of students applying mini-lesson skills •Extends literary discussion (questioning, text-referencing) beyond the classroom•Monitor participation•Evaluate contributions •Promotes academic online communication skills•Assess comprehension •Engages students!
I am Arthur Dimmesdale: Character Blogs for Literature ResponseTHE WHAT:• Students take on the role of a character & blog from his/her perspective at various points in the novel• Students remain faithful to the literature through textual evidence, but are allowed creativity by giving the blog several modern twists (music, images,links)THE WHY:• Helps students engage with the literature through a relevant & familiar medium (blogs/wikis)...beyond the "reading guide"• Helps students employ a wide range of reading & writing strategies• Requires students to use a variety of http://www.loudlit.org/image s/scarletletter.jpg technological & informational resources
I am Arthur Dimmesdale: Character Blogs for Literature ResponseTHE HOW:• Blog feature on Blackboard• Other blogging sites, like blogspot• Pre-teach features of blogs through Blog WebQuest• Periodic peer evaluation of blogsTHE RESULTS:• Greater student engagement & comprehension• Exposure & practice with technological literacy• Students demonstrate understanding through alternative assessment
Authentic Voices: publishing student workThe Beginning Stages...Writers Workshop* Brainstorming* Drafting & Editing* Publishing printed workStoryboarding* Identifying and breakingdown scenes in ournarratives* Brainstorming key visualelements to represent thescene
Authentic Voices: publishing student workTaking it One Step Further...Collecting Images* Lesson on permission rights tophotos/images on the internet* Dont get hung up on findingthe exact picture in your mind.Creating in Photo Story 3* Placing images in order* Perfecting our speaking voicesand recording.* Whole class presentations* Student feedback and criticism
Authentic Voices: publishing student workGoing Beyond ourClassroom...Authentic Voices Wikispace* Posting written work* Recording and posting voiceCreating a Global Community* Receiving and responding tofeedback from all over theworldJOIN US ONAUTHENTIC VOICEShttp://authentic-
Dude, Can You Please Edit? Wikis as Digital PortfoliosWhy Wikis?•One organized place to Wikis and the Writing Processstore and access student • Collectingwriting • Rehearsal•Simple peer feedback • Drafting(no need for printing • Revision*multiple copies) • Editing*Getting Started • Publishing•Blackboard orWikispaces•Start one of your own!
Dude, Can You Please Edit?Wikis as Digital Portfolios Revision
Dude, Can You Please Edit?Wikis as Digital Portfolios Editing
Why we do it: • this is how writers write and how readers discuss in 2012 • more students are writing and engaging with text • as teachers, we gain a broader perspective on student strengths and understanding • authentic audiences create authentic writing
Our challenge to you:STEP ONE: make digital writing apart of your classroom•use Edmodo, wikis, blogs or otheronline tools to get students writingonlineSTEP TWO: give your students anaudience•let students comment on each othersworkSTEP THREE: give your students aglobal audience Give students•find ways for students and chances to useprofessionals outside of your classroom digital tools toto comment on student work get their voice heard!
Resources:• The Virtual Circle: When a teacher added online discussions, her literature circles thrived http://www.educationalleadership- digital.com/educationalleadership/201009?pg=52&pm= 2&u1=texterity#pg52• Creating Character Blogshttp://www.readwritethink.org/classroom- resources/lesson-plans/creating-character-blogs- 1169.html• Art, Storytelling, Technology and Educationhttp://www.jasonohler.com/storytelling/index .cfm• The Digital Writing Workshop by Troy Hickshttp://hickstro.org/