Discover the potential of the internet to engage your students in the writing process

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This was a presentation given at the RASA conference in May 2012

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  • 1. Discover the potential of the Internet to engageyour students in the writing process (RASA presentation) by Fiona Beal
  • 2. Introducing myself Have taught Grades 1 - 7 and was then appointed as Computer teacher at a local primary school where I made writing the hub of the computer room. Now working for SchoolNet SA in professional development in technology-integration. Am a Web 2 fanatic for FREE sites! Writing is my passion I am a textbook and story writer, a blogger, a creator of technology integration courses, etc.
  • 3. Background to this presentation (this is an explanation oflearners not being keen on writing in general and the importance of good pedagogy in writing lessons)
  • 4. The importance of pedagogy in writing they must WANT to write
  • 5. Our digital learners start young these days
  • 6. The Internet is the teachers friend!
  • 7. Learn from the multitude of resource wikis available
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  • 9. Start aScoop.it
  • 10. The Internet is full ofamazing templates for writing
  • 11. Poetry templates that also give an explanation of the type of poem being written
  • 12. Poetry idea engine
  • 13. Diamante Poems
  • 14. Write a Haiku
  • 15. Vocabulary templates to aid writing
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  • 19. The Internet can beused to encourage all sorts of writing
  • 20. Book reviews and book trailers
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  • 22. Trailers
  • 23. 10 technology driven alternatives to book reports
  • 24. There are so many of thesetemplate-type sites available
  • 25. Talking avatars whereyou write the text and the avatar speaks
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  • 27. Story starter sites to aid writing
  • 28. Use a programme like
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  • 32. Using photos inconjunction with writing
  • 33. Older classes like to use fake Facebookand Twitter templates
  • 34. Fake book
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  • 37. There are a number of ways to writenewspapers and then publish them
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  • 39. Some of Microsoftsfree tools can help you produce fabulous writing from your learners
  • 40. Microsofts free Songsmith the learners writethe lyrics and Songsmith creates music for them
  • 41. Microsofts free AutocollageThe learners could create autocollages and then write poemsabout their pictures. This was done by an 8 year old at a school inJohannesburg.
  • 42. Windows MovieMaker can be used in so many ways using the writing process Grade 8 Science students were asked to create an HIV Aids Awareness campaign using Microsoft Movie Maker. One of the outstanding submissions was entitled Nandis Story and it tells the heartbreaking story of a teenage girl diagnosed with HIV Aids.