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Engaging reluctant writers using e- Learning tools. Catriona Pene [email protected]

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Struggling with reluctant writers? Looking for some tools to use to engage them in the writing proces? Use these e-learning tools to engage and empower your writers.

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Engaging reluctant writers using e-Learning tools.Catriona [email protected]

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Reluctant Writers.

● Nothing to write about. (ideas)

● No format to follow. (structure)

● Lack of words. (vocabulary and language)

● No reason to write. (purpose)

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Then along came... technology!

and everything changed.

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What do we want for our students?

● To write with a purpose.

● To write for an audience.

● To experience success.

● To take responsibility but at the same time get the support they need

to improve.

● To be able to see and share their progress.

● To view themselves as writers, authors and publishers.

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Ideas.I don't know what to write!!

We want to:

● Give students something to write about.

● Provide them with an experience, framework, image(s), around which

to base their writing.

● Give students exposure to good models of writing.

● Support them with structures.

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Piclits.

● http://www.piclits.com/compose_dragdrop.aspx

● A resource of images for students to write about.

● Lists of related vocabulary for students to use.

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Storybird.● http://storybird.com/

● A visual storytelling community. A global hub of readers, writers, and

artists of all ages.

● Students choose picture packs to write about and then create books

from their stories.

● Books can be saved and shared, emailed to others or embedded into

a blog.

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The Literacy Shed.● http://www.literacyshed.com/

● A website for teachers filled with ideas for literacy teaching using

visual resources such as film, animation, photographs and picture

books

● Resources are organised into genre. (mystery, fairytale, sci-fi etc)

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Build your wild self. ● www.buildyourwildself.com

● Create a fantasy creature mixing human and animal body parts.

● Describe your creature!

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Digital Storytelling Apps.● Let students write about their photos, their work, their experiences

and then easily publish and share.

Pic Collage, My Story, Scribble Press

● Or allow them to record themselves telling their stories.

Puppet Pals, Quick Voice, Story Robe.

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Using Green Screen - Put the student in the picture.

● Keynote, Pages.● Apps - Superimpose, Green Screen

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Using images, sound files and video to build the imagery before writing.

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Using images, sound files and video to share the imagery after writing.

● Real Rain posts on blog.● http://room10sfx.blogspot.co.nz/2012/03/rain-has-gone-for-now-at-least.html?q=rain● http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=1781310978086000426#allposts

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We want to:

● Give students exposure to varied vocabulary.

● Equip them with tools to access rich vocabulary.

● Teach them about language features in a fun and

memorable way.

Vocabulary.Moving past the "I went to the shop.

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● Wordle.

http://www.wordle.net/

● Taxedo.

http://www.tagxedo.com/

● Word cloud.

● Visual Thesaurus.

http://www.visualthesaurus.com/

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● Onomatopoeia.

● Simile.

● Alliteration.

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Telescopic Text. ● http://www.telescopictext.org/write/

● Expand a simple sentence into a whole paragraph by adding detail and description.

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Audience and Purpose.So why would I want to write anyway?

Communicating. ● Emails, digital postcards, texts, photo stories...

Telling Stories.● Writing books, making movies, puppet shows, online reflections, blog

posts...

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Blogging.

● Authentic Audience.

● Purpose for writing.

● Reason for quality.

● Sharing with family, friends, and the world.

www.room10sfx.blogspot.com

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● A positive class attitude around writing.

● Quality not quantity.

● Students who struggle with handwriting no longer held up in writing.

● While the class is actively engaged in writing activities they enjoy,

you are able to withdraw small groups or individuals to focus on

specific learning areas.

Advantages for you.

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My challenge to you is...That you look to using these tools beyond being just

motivators, to using them to enhance learning by providing deep and meaningful writing experiences.

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Because really it isn’t about the technology, it’s what you do with it that matters.