iPadifying the Writing Workshop – Part 5

Note: This blog entry is part of a series entitled, iPadifying the Writing Workshop.


#4 – CREATE AN ONLINE WRITING SPACE
Often, writing folders serve as the central repository in a classroom in the throes of a writing workshop. As a writing workshop facilitator, my efforts involved storage of students’ writing folders in crates and/or file cabinet, depending on what was available. All writing resided on pieces of paper. Specific areas of writing workshop can be moved online. If your students are publishing online–whether via a blog, wiki, Edmodo–then an online space to bring all the artifacts together is critical.


“In the mini-lesson,” my mentor teacher explained to me, “someone–usually the teacher, but it can be a student or a guest speaker–introduces a new concept to writers. The mini-lesson, lasting 10-20 minutes, can also be focused on meeting the needs identified in students’ writing. The mini-lesson facilitator models the approach introduced, writing alongside the students.” Using Google Sites, you can create a reference point that can house your mini-lesson content, including audio and/or video recordings. Group content around topics.


Several solutions are available to the problem of creating an online writing space, such as:
    • Google Sites
    • Edmodo
    • Schoology


    Once you know where you are going to put your writing workshop content–where you can share anything, everything you and your students will need for writing workshop–decide what format you will put that information online in.


    iPadify Tip #4: A variety of “learning management systems”–like Edmodo.com–and web sites make it easy to organize content and share it with students. My favorite is GoogleSites because it’s no-cost and can be easy to edit on an iPad.


    Check out Miguel’s Workshop Materials online at http://mglearns.wikispaces.com


    Everything posted on Miguel Guhlin’s blogs/wikis are his personal opinion and do not necessarily represent the views of his employer(s) or its clients. Read Full Disclosure

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