As with all these programs, the Student Writer finds the process tedious and repetitive, but the Mentor draws his attention to how much his writing will be improved by the end of the process.
Vicki Davis just wrote a new book called, Reinventing Writing. I asked her if she could contribute a post to The Innovative Educator explaining specifically how social media has reinvented writing.
This is that post. Most of us know how it feels to write an exciting Facebook status update or a powerful tweet. Without delay, we know the impact of our words as they are retweeted, commented on, and liked or ignored.
With this in mind, it stands to reason that students want a response too. Paper essays that are only seen by the teacher with a wastebasket as their final destiny are a needless waste of time and potential.
Notably, social media is impacting writing in the classroom in ten powerful ways. Research shows that audience improves student writing effort and work. It makes sense, writers want meaning. A student without a blog is a student without a voice. Writing in first person is more like writing an editorial for the newspaper.
Set up a classroom blog on a site like EdublogsKidblogsEdmodoNingor another network. See Chapter 8 on p of Reinventing Writing for more best practices. While we need them on paper, footnotes aren't as efficient as hyperlinks.
Teaching students how to correctly hyperlink is an art, but when done well you can quickly see a summary of student findings with their resources. Review my contextual linking tips.
For example, students should link the first mention of a key word and to any research or sources of information they cite.
An often overlooked advantage of hyperlinks is that a teacher can tell at a glance if a student can prove the points they make in their writing. For example, this page my students co-wrote with partners in Iowa on the future of Space Travel includes blue hyperlinks to their sources.
When students write nonfiction online look for dead text as a cue that they may need hyperlinks. Students on the Physics of the Future project used hyperlinks to explain what they were sharing.
Student writing is only as strong as the hyperlinks and references. As seen in Silvia Tolisano 's connection with the poet Taylor Mali teachers and students now have unique ways to connect with authors including SkypeGoogle Hangout and more. Students can attract attention of experts by writing meaningful comments on the blogs of popular people, identifying themselves as a student and hyperlinking to their own work on the topic.
My friend Jamie Ewing had students studying the strength of parachutes connect with experts in the military because Jamie shared their work on Facebook. Early this year, my students Skyped with Bing in Education's lead behavioral psychologist Matt Wallaert for a powerful conversation about search engines and behavioral science.
This happened via few tweets Matt and I exchanged over Christmas Holidays The first step in connecting your students is to connect yourself. When you look at reshares and tweets, you know what your audience likes and reads.
For example, learning to write a good title is art. I take my students through Copybloggers's crafting an effective title download their free ebook. Writing good copy becomes the focus and kids get excited because they can see immediate results.
Every teacher should be thrilled with editing tools like Grammarly and Pro Writing Aid.
I use Pro Writing Aid with my students and my own blog. It will look for things teachers can't dream of seeing like overused words and it will count the words in a sentence and show students every run on sentence.Hookpad guides you to write a great melody.
Sometimes knowing what notes to use in the melody can be the hardest part. Once you've chosen some chords, Hookpad can help you pick notes for your melody by highlighting the notes that are in the chords you've written.
I always enjoy it more to practice my instrument (guitar, bass or piano) to some nice drum backing track.
A metronome is just fine if your mind is fresh and you practice a specific part while fully concentrated, but if you are tired after work and just want to have fun, drum tracks are a great way to go. The Kenefick Center for Learning (KCL) is named in honor of Barbara Kenefick, who founded Berkshire’s Academic Support Program in KCL is a distinctive program that supports students who meet Berkshire’s academic standards and will benefit from additional support to develop the learning competencies that the curriculum demands.
Using ProWritingAid to Become a Better Writer In this snippet of overheard conversation, the Mentor runs the Student Writer through the process of using ProWritingAid, one of many editing software programs available on the market.
6 Automatic Editing Tools That Will Make Your Writing Super Clean. by Amanda Shofner. September 1, I am thinking of trying out Pro Writer Aid for technical writing: requirements documents, progress reports, software design documents and WordPress blogging.
I am . Pro Writing Aid has a free version and a subscription version at $40 per year (with discounts for longer subscription periods, and a lifetime option at $). Like Grammarly, the Premium version comes with a plugin for Word, along with a Chrome extension and a WordPress plugin.