Real Reasons to Write

Working with Authentic Tools and Authentic Audiences

Dr. Sarah Kadjer

outside writing tools vs in school writing tools

Writing “non negotiables”

  • development of uniques, strong voice.
  • Concise, packed, lively writing (forceful language)
  • clarity and confidence
  • specific examples
  • organization
  • includes writing for authentic audience

Guiding question: “We are doing this in order to do this”

How do we get there?

missed these

James Moffat, 1981: “The three things we do with final versions of writin are post, print, and publish.

Author Quest

Back of Napkin (book)

Storyboard before any visual piece

Flickr 366 project

My Maps at Google

Flip video: Mino has a charger

Prompt” This we believe about the teaching of writing

Invaluable tools:

  • podcasts: A teacher in your pocket interviews and analysis
  • GoogleSchool house share about books
  • Jing

We’re Adopting: 1 Year On

Ewan McIntosh

Every teacher needs a blog for self and peer assessment

What’s going well what do you wish?

Have you written down explicit plans for next steps for learning

Tagged blc08 at go to My Bookmarks

Learning about Learning

short sharp professional development

overplanning: are you allowed to fail?

Emerging practice

  • shared awareness: You don’t have yo be “part of a group” to be part of something bigger. Small passionate groups. Subway freeze video. Find a good name.
  • Find a critical friend: how many “friends” do you really have
  • participation culture: I loveBees

A Day in the Life

Darren Kuropatwa (see The Assignment: To Develop Your Expert Voice

smartboard lessons podcast

Lids use smartboard sotware free download

Kids podcast learning

Workshop class: Questions in advance, Kids in small groups

Free books How people Learn and How Students learn

What kind of perceptions and misconceptions do students have?


Students: Watch It and Do It Teach It: promotes metacognition

Share everything! (I like this in regards to what Joyce said about students sharing and archiving work)

Knowing all these tools they see how they fit together for their work.


Subscribe to another wiki with student work as another resource

tags for blogs: name, class, and topic

Students write their own page in textbook. Scribe post: each student is responsible for the next scribe and they have to figure it out if post isn’t up. Tag is how to review for test. Chat box right ON BLOG and delicios account. Kids also tag. apCalc, topic with description

if you can tap into their good learning, they’ll do more good learning.

Learning Requires Reflection: Actively and transparently reflect on your teaching

Kathy Sierra post:

Reading Blogs: Aggregate by tags

bluetooth to garage band

School Library Websites:

State of the Art Information Landscape for 21st Century Learner

Dr. Joyce Valenza

Who in your school is archiving the student work?

Tools that go in your browser to tell whether that item is in your library

federated search: a search that goes across different webpages, and data bases. Problem is searches goes by language of the time. for a wish list of library books

iGoogle pages with 1 tab for sports or interest. Teaches information consuming.

What is your school library brand/ presense? advertise all over school, ask your librarian button

wikijunior, wikibooks

encyclopedia of life

Asl a Librarian (e-mail) or ask a Librarian or virtual teacher.

Embed the language widget

Link to State Library

Dr. Charles Best Library:

Pathfinders in and WIkis (Joyce likes this better for collaboration and embedding info) in Ebsco now

Free and Open Source tools for equity

Video Tools

Online research guide online Fills in info for you

Diana Hacker and Barbara Fister Research and Documentation online

Have common vocab with teachers

Reading 2.0: Anita Beaman Click on lo-tech labels

Summer reading contest take pictures of the kids reading

Summer reading wiki with video trailers and reviews

International Children’s Digital Library

Fan sites

Lead the kids to author blogs

Student book reviews


Connect through bookshelves on Shelfari and Library Thing

Google Book Search for e-books for public domain. Forget your book for class, use the one from Google Book Search.

Voicethread genre book talks

parking lot for video: Use and empty Ning to get the code

Film Powerpoint to critique for next year The Adventures of Bad Presentation

Student videos on Common Craft video style.

Students make student orientation

Why waste student research? Use it

What can I do now that I couldn’t do before?

Darren Kuropatwa

Live blog

sending picture via cell phone


The hyperlink has revolutionized our society, RSS and tagging

Tag for every class! Tag for every student. So teacher can find content.



  • Go out into world
  • Take pic of probability
  • upload to Flickr
  • Tag it (also time and date stamped)

To Start:

  • Students have to create and Flickr account and uplaod 5 pics (to prime it) 1 has to be your fav number
  • Tag with assignment and course tag

Students created rubric (on Darren’s blog)

KIds submit how they are assess themselves.

Pull in content

  • Art teacher and hot spots in Flickr
  • Here’s a photo and you leave a hotspot

Developing expert voices:

  • What do grades mean?
  • using blogging moving from student voice to expert voice

Projects have life and in blog is set up so the projects live on and kids can comment for years. He is trying to foster life long learning