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  1. 1. The Digital ClassroomYoung Writers Project<br />Essex Middle School<br />Edge Academy<br />August 25th, 2010<br />
  2. 2. What is a “Digital Classroom?”<br />“Our digital writing classroom serves as our community center, our stage, our soapbox, our refuge from the world…It serves as the nucleus of our writing classroom.” <br /><ul><li>Nick Brooks, teacher, Williston Central School</li></li></ul><li>A “Creative Management System”<br />
  3. 3. A Community of Writers<br />“It has changed how my students communicate.”– Sandra Baker, Essex Middle School<br />
  4. 4. Digital Opportunities<br />Student blogs shared with each other<br />Commenting with a purpose<br />No moderation – we trust you will be civil<br />Easy integration of audio and slides<br />Full multimedia integration – slideshows, video, video commenting<br />Web applications easily embedded<br />
  5. 5. Real Writers Doing Real Writing<br />Engage: The technology draws students in and gives them purpose – an audience of peers.<br />Connect: Students gain understanding and respect for each other through a supportive “peer-to-peer” learning environment.<br />Learn: Through regular feedback – given and received – students learn from each other.<br />
  6. 6. Reading Like a Writer<br />Civil constructive response:<br />What you were thinking, feeling when you red the piece – your reaction to the piece.<br />No assessment, just what you experienced<br />What about the piece connected with your reader? What confused you?<br />Learn to do this in a civil way – honestly and frankly – and another skill will be learned.<br />
  7. 7. Exercises, not Assignments<br />In creating community, students need to feel an ownership of the space.<br />“Exercise” instead of an “assignment.”<br />Regular, frequent writing and commenting.<br />Collaborative projects.<br />Risk-taking and greater student control.<br />Incentive to post additional, voluntary pieces.<br />Strong peer-to-peer support<br />
  8. 8. The Art of Revision<br />Are my ideas communicated effectively?<br />What are the gaps?<br />Does the reader understand what I wanted to convey?<br />Does my structure work? Have I enough details? Is it compelling? <br />
  9. 9. The Art of Polish<br />Is my tone consistent? <br />What are the grammar issues?<br />Did I check the spelling?<br />Punctuation?<br />Did it engage me?<br />
  10. 10. Teachers Succeed if:<br />You lose control<br />Your students write more than you can keep up with<br />You rely on student leaders to help<br />You introduce things you don’t fully understand<br />Your students introduce things to you and the class that you don’t understand at all<br />
  11. 11. Don’t Lose Sleep<br />There are safety measures within the site.<br />YWP will help you learn and use the site effectively.<br />So will peers at this school. <br />So will your students.<br />
  12. 12. End Goal<br />Your learning community will prepare students for the responsibility to be civil in the digital world.<br />EMS & Edge Academy are on the frontier of a transformation of schools. It will happen<br />You already have many demands, “go digital.” This opportunity will provide training, mentoring and support to help EMS and Edge Academy grow as an adaptive learning community.<br />