All Blog Posts Tagged 'writing' (37)

How to manage with writing deadlines


Added by Julie Martin on March 3, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

Giving Students Charge of How They Learn

A concerned parent asked me about a project her son had to do in which he had to research Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural style.…


Added by Michael McPherson on November 26, 2015 at 7:41am — No Comments

5 Best Educational Websites Every Student Should Know

The web is loaded with valuable tools and resources students can use in their academic life. Despite of overwhelming scholarly requirements, difficult subjects, and nerve-wracking exams, you can still make the most of your student life with the help of the latest technology.
In this digital age, learning became more fun, enjoyable and interesting because of the available EdTech tools. Students can simply find the right online resources on the Internet, and they can choose…

Added by gabbie keegan on February 11, 2015 at 10:52pm — No Comments

A Dozen Edu Resources Students Can Use for Essay Writing

Essay writing is one of constant problems for every student. To help them deal with it, educators try plenty of methods and techniques, including the usage of various technologies and mobile applications that have been developed to ease the process of academic writing and make it pleasant for young people. Most of them work good of…


Added by Lesley J. Vos on August 1, 2014 at 1:06am — No Comments

10 ways to better focus on what you write

Staying focused while writing academic papers isn’t something that comes easy for students. Academic curriculums become increasingly challenging as the students advance in their education, and professors not only require them to do well on the exams, but to write excellent papers as well.

When you have an academic paper to write, everything seems more interesting than focusing on the topic, contents and referencing rules of your assignment. Working on a computer with Internet…


Added by Melissa Burns on February 25, 2014 at 9:08am — No Comments

Work of Interns in Chicago focuses attention on poverty neighborhoods

This graphic is from a YouTube video created this month by one of two college students from South Korea who were working with me in Chicago. 

And this graphic is from a Prezi done by a second intern. You can view all six of their presentations here.…


Added by Daniel Bassill on July 3, 2013 at 2:42pm — No Comments

Practice writing in the classroom with Carnigie's MyStory Maker

My Carnigie's story maker is an excellent tool that can be used for teaching creative writing to your students. With this tool, students will be able to create a story in minutes, with animation if desired, and then share their story with somebody else or even create a print…


Added by Brian Weir on June 21, 2013 at 9:39am — No Comments

Using Technology to Teach Language Arts

Today in class, I guided students through the steps of creating their own introductory wikipage for my Language Arts class. On this page, they included a welcome greeting using a “cool” text generator, uploaded a favorite picture using, and added a favorite quote from a quotation site. These pages will be linked from a Student Pages site on our class wiki, and students will be responsible for maintaining them throughout…


Added by Melissa Johnston on September 26, 2011 at 9:23am — No Comments

Quick Formative Assessment of Student Writing

Since reading Bill Ferriter's post on whether or not true formative assessment is possible, I've been wondering how I could make my own formative assessments more efficient. This post features a screencast of me looking at student work for the purposes of formative assessment.


Formative assessment is continuous assessment. In the context…


Added by Janet Abercrombie on September 24, 2011 at 1:56am — 2 Comments

10 Ways to Help Students Create Quality Video and Audio Productions




I shied away from tech productions projects. I was a scaredy-cat. Why? Whenever I gave my students a video project, the products demonstrated fun and engagement, but little learning.


I needed to learn how to help students create quality productions.


Over the past three years, I've discovered a system that helps me help students create media productions that…


Added by Janet Abercrombie on September 19, 2011 at 7:13am — No Comments

#25wordstory Challenge

I happened across the Twitter 25 Word Story writing experiment and challenge a few days ago and thought this would be a great idea to share with my 6th grade gifted class. The goal is to tell a story in exactly 25 words. To introduce them to the concept, I shared Kevin Hodgson’s Prezi  titled “Sixty 25-Word Stories”. I really didn’t do much more than that and hoped that some of them would take interest.…


Added by Melissa Johnston on September 16, 2011 at 11:49am — No Comments

Bookcasts: Podcasts that Demonstrate Reading Comprehension

Podcast Bear
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When you talk to a 10-year-old about a book, the child will most often give you a rundown that includes a string of "And then...and then...and then..." How can…

Added by Janet Abercrombie on September 6, 2011 at 4:29am — 1 Comment

Beginning-of-year Activities

I consciously overplan the first few days. The worst possible first-day scenario is to arrive unprepared. Over the years, I've collected a number of first-day activity ideas - far too many to use.

I've pared down the activities based on the following considerations:

  • My first goal is to build classroom community, making all students feel comfortable and successful.
  • My second goal is to establish routine.
  • My third goal is to formatively assess students'…

Added by Janet Abercrombie on September 2, 2011 at 5:20am — 2 Comments

How to Write “Real Good”

Like it or not we are constantly judged by our writing skills. Whether we are writing a term paper for a class or research report for our boss, the quality of our work will be determined in part by the quality of our writing.  This may not be fair, but there is something we can do about it.

Writing is important because it’s a communication tool. Imagine you had a great song on your MP3 player that you wanted to share with your friends, but every time you played it there was mainly…


Added by Sal P on February 9, 2011 at 10:06am — No Comments

Synchronizing animation with the captivate demonstration

While working withAdobe Captivate, if animation and the demonstration do not play in sync, what can we do to resolve this problem?

Let me share the solution I got while exploring many options in the tool. When you insert animation in the form of SWF file in to your captivate project, many a times it loses its synchronization with the rest of the project. Even if you have created the animation in flash in sync with the voiceover, the pace difference in playing the slides is…


Added by anuja khaire on December 12, 2010 at 1:56am — No Comments

How to find quotes using Google Books

I wrote a blog post on how to use the Books feature on Google to find quotes when writing a research paper. I imagined a freshman English class as my target audience. Check out my post at

If there are any changes or additions you think that I should make, please let me know, either via Classroom2.0 or my blog… Continue

Added by Cassi Nespor on May 20, 2010 at 12:28pm — No Comments

Old is Gold

My class went to Gedi ruins , Malindi, Kenya. Unfortunately due to forseen circunstances I could not make it. I had the great opportunity of going through my students' journals. Wow! Those kids wrote such interesting pieces. The information was detailed and their illustrations were so cute!
I will urge them to share their work on this blog if possible!

Added by Naini Singh on May 20, 2010 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

Kids Are Authors Contest by Scholastic

Authentic Practice with the Writing Process

Scholastic's Kids are Authors Contest is an annual contest for grades K-8 designed to motivate young authors to use their reading, writing, and artistic skills to create and publish their own books. Students are encouraged to work in teams of three or more to write and illustrate their own fiction or…


Added by Amanda Kenuam on April 14, 2010 at 8:30am — No Comments



This ico-term carries two connotations with it.

Keep It Simple Stupid.


Keep It Short and Simple.

This term is normally applied to marketing and engineering type situations but with all the innovation and…


Added by Michael H Sadowski on February 17, 2010 at 8:45am — No Comments

Theme lesson including Wordle

I'm trying out a lesson with my students this week. We just finished reading "The Taxpayer" (from The Martian Chronicles) and we discussed the theme of being left behind. I had the students get into groups of 2 or 3 and each group was given the following multi-step assignment:

1. Make a web/graphic organizer with brainstorming related to the theme.

2. On the computer, write an 80-100 word piece (fiction or nonfiction) utilizing the theme. Save the document.

3. Use… Continue

Added by Jennifer Hall on January 22, 2010 at 5:26am — 6 Comments

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