Slides for an after-school workshop on Interactive Writing led by Dr. Wesley Fryer at Independence Elementary School in Yukon, Oklahoma, on November 14, 2014. Workshop description: Students and teachers today need to practice interactive digital writing. Learn how to setup, use and moderate content on a classroom website where students can post their work and teachers MODERATE content to improve student writing skills. A moderated classroom blog can be an ideal platform to use to share announcements, classroom news, and student work for a public audience. This can permit parents, grandparents, other students, and other classroom “pen pals” in different places to provide feedback to students and serve as an authentic audience. In this workshop we’ll use the free blogging site KidBlog to model the digital facilitation of student writing. We’ll explore how other websites can also be used by teachers and students create “backchannels” for classroom discussions. We’ll have hands-on practice with tools like TodaysMeet, EtherPad, Google Docs and Google Forms to understand ways these tools can be used to amplify student voices, empower student creative expression and fluency with text. The importance and value of MODERATING student posts shared to public websites will be emphasized, as well as options teachers have to amplify student work using PLNs (professional learning communities) with projects like #comments4kids. Teachers will leave this workshop inspired with new ideas to energize their writing classes with students using safe, moderated approaches to digital, interactive writing.
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