Digital Writing


Essential Question

How has writing changed within the past few year?
  1. Think
  2. Talk – turn and talk
  3. Write - Today's Meet

Read - How Digital Writing is Making Kids Smarter
  1. Think
  2. Talk - turn and talk
  3. Write -

Purpose - why write?

Explain our Purpose

  • JoAnne
  • Donna

Using strategies for:
  • Classroom-based Writing
  • Semi/connected and Connected Writing

Three foci for the day

  • Writing Succinctly
  • Developing Thoughts and Ideas
  • Responding to Ideas and Providing Feedback

Writing Succinctly

  1. Within the classroom
    1. 3 Word ideas
  2. Connected: using a classroom or individual twitter accounts

Twitter is a powerful tool for writers. With its 140-character limit, it’s like an electronic editor that forces us to find a focus and make every word count. It’s a verbose writer’s friend and worst enemy — a constant reminder that it’s often harder to write short than it is to write long. From: What twitter teaches us about writing short and well

Is Twitter a mainstream communication tool?
Activity - At your table generate a list of well-known, mainstream twitter accounts. - 30 seconds...

What makes a good tweet or status update?
  1. Responds to a question
  2. Offers some insight
  3. Shares a link with a comment
  4. Shares a photo with a comment
  5. Retweet with a comment
  6. uses hashtags for clarity

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Activity: Read a series of tweets e.g. #chats and write a response (paper or tweet) add the hastag #lskysd

MrsWsClass (Grade 5 McKitrick)
MrsCassidysclass (Grade 1)
#chemchat (found via #chemchat Chemistry Journal Writing Prompts)
W.Brett Wilson
Susan Orlean (writer)
Alec Couros
Arthur Slade
Sheila Coles
Quirks and Quarks
Dylan William
Alfie Kohn
Margaret Atwood
Grade 7's from Estevan
Saskatchewan Educators on Twitter - List
WWII Tweets from 1941
Canada's History
Compare StatsCanada with Statistics Canada
#cdnpoli #senca

Cool idea...Tweets Like Shakespeare

Think – Talk – Write (TodaysMeet) – Reflection
  1. How might you use twitter in your classroom to meet writing/learning outcomes?

Developing thoughts and ideas

  1. Classroom Written Discussion - Respond to this quote
  2. Closed forums (Edmodo & Schoology)
  3. Connected Writing

There’s Blogging and There’s Blogging…
There’s Blogging and There’s Blogging…

What is Blogging? – posting content or having a conversation?
Blogging Platforms

i. Kidblog
ii. Blogger (for G9+)
iii. EduBlog - Educator Pro (paid $40/year) - Guide to Blogging with Students

Activity: Read a number of student blog posts
  • Note - what is the purpose of the blog, how are student blogs monitored?
  • Are the blogs: individual, classroom, mother blogs, or quad blogging
  • Is conversation encouraged? If so, how?

Grade 5s see the posts and comments on cursive writing
AP Chemistry Post
Uthman's Blog
Lottie's Learning Blog (with 100 Word Challenge Posts)
YIS Student Blogs (9-12)
Mrs. Cassidy's Class (Grade 1)
Mrs. Yollis' Classroom Blog (Grade 3)
Kowhai Conversation (year 4 and 4, NZ) - note the student blogs and the published writing links
The Avery Bunch (grade 6) - note the student blogs on the left hand menu. See also other classroom blogs to view.

Think – Talk – Write (Today's Meet)
  • What are your thoughts about posting student writing when ideas and writing are not completely developed?

Responding to Ideas

  1. Three types of responses:
  • literal – I get what you are saying – reword – this is what you said
  • personal – this is my idea about the ideas
  • critical – structure and craft – analysis of the ideas


  1. What is a good comment? – kids need to be taught
  2. Quality Commenting - Video
  • show video (depending on audience)
  • how should a teacher comment on student’s work?

Feedback - now it's your turn!!
Skim, scan and read one or two blog post from the student blogs below. Choose one or two posts and provide some feedback on the post.

Living Sky School Division Student Blogs

Grade 3
Mrs. Anseth's Grade 3 Class
Mrs. Soloski's Grade 3 Blog
Mrs. Kahl's Grade 3 Learning Blog
McGovarin's Marvellous Three's
Grade 5
Whitbread's Wild Fives
Mrs. May's Grade 5 Blog
Grade 6
Ms. Riddel's Grade 6 Blog

Other Blogs
Primary Preoccupation (Kathy Cassidy)
Post: Why Teachers Aren't Making "The Shifts" (NOT a teacher bashing post - but provocative - 33 comments)
I Teach with iPads
Collection of blogs (G4-7)
Edustange (grade 4 teacher - Moose Jaw)
Driving Me to Think (Saskatoon)
Connected Principals
While Walking (video/audio blog) - please head headphone or move to a quiet spot
Culture of Yes (Director Ed, West Vancouver)
Learning Connections (VP from West Vancouver)
George Couros - Parkland School Division
Teacher Tom (teaching and learning from Pre-Schoolers)

Think – Talk – Write
What is the purpose of the comment? (Today’sMeet)
Responsibility to engage in the dialogue. – asking students to comment is telling them they have voice –

The Elements of Writing: Using Digital Tools (if we have time)
  1. 1. Pre-Writing – using SmartArt in Word
  2. 2. Editing & Revising – using the Review toolbar in Word