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
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
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