iPadifying the Writing Workshop - Part 7

Note: This blog entry is part of a series entitled, iPadifying the Writing Workshop. New blog entries--which continues focusing on the iPad in the Writing Workshop--will begin to appear soon! Stay tuned!

Did you know that it’s incredibly easy to offer feedback to students on their writing? Make a screencast--less than 5 minutes--that captures critical feedback for students regarding their writing (View an example - http://bit.ly/bsgVQQ). Those videos can be hosted in a variety of locations, such as Evernote, YouTube, Dropbox, Box.net, GoogleDrive and the link easily shared with students.

This kind of feedback can connect with auditory learners who may prefer to get their feedback in another format besides cryptic comments on a post-it attached to their piece of writing. The teacher reviews student writing online, offering specific feedback, recording the feedback as a video recording. The teacher reports taking only 5-8 minutes to record feedback that would normally take 20 or more minutes to write out as feedback. Again, you can easily snap a picture of a piece of student writing, drop it into Explain Everything and then offer critical feedback the student as writer needs to grow on.

If video is not for you, you can also take advantage of digital audio tools. A variety of tools are useful in this category. You and your students can easily record audio on the iPad using free apps like Voice Recorder Pro:

  1. Teacher can record the mini-lesson and post it on class web site (e.g. blog, wiki). This is an ideal tool for field trips or "on the go" recordings where a mobile phone is not desirable.
  2. Students can record a reading of their written piece then email it to the teacher or to other students.
  3. Record audio, then share it via cloud storage (e.g. GoogleDrive, Dropbox) or email it from your iPad.

These are only some of the technology tools available. And, don’t be afraid to only use a few apps. Like some writers only prefer a certain brand of pencil or pen, get to know the apps you rely on to write with.

While iPads are often eschewed as writing machines--often because they do not come with a keyboard--it’s great to imagine that they can be used to “iPadify” the writing workshop process from the teacher’s perspective. This can be a tremendous aid to our work as writing workshop facilitators.

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