Make or Activate Your Google Doc Account • If you do not have a googledoc account make one now. • Search google for google doc • Both will email a confirmation so make sure to check your e-mail for these.
Supporting Writingin the Digital Age Marcia Obukowicz Cesa 9 firstname.lastname@example.org Marciaoat.wikispaces.com
Supporting writing in the digital age: Writing has become more than words on paper, it is a process for sharing what we know with others. Digital tools give us more options for making that process faster, easier, inclusive and collaborative. The audience for student work has moved beyond one teacher, it has the potential to go global! Picking the right support tools depends greatly on the environments we create, the tasks we ask students to complete and the tools we can provide. We will use a phenomenal concept known as SETT to explore ways to build a writing environment that supports the struggling writer along with tools that match the tasks they are being asked to perform. We will look at computer based, portable mobile BYOd, and iPad app options for supporting writing in 4 key areas: handwriting, note taking, finding and organizing information and sharing ideas, thoughts and content knowledge in a media form that fits the message.
The Task of Writing Changed • We still need words to convey a message.. • But how those words can be used, what media can support their understanding… • How we deliver them beyond paper and pencil … Changes with each minute.
SETT: Finding Tools to Match Need • Student • Environment • Task • Tool
SETT • IEP’s focus on Student • Technology implementation requires thoughts about Environment and Task
Task Student: Environment
Struggling Writers Difficulty with… • Assessing what are the key points • Adding detail to key points • Word choice • Handwriting/mechanics • Identifying errors (editing) • Correcting errors • Written Fluency
Struggling Writers • Lack a clear understanding of the purpose • Fail to have a plan for a composition • Lack strategies or procedures for generating and organizing ideas • Over rely on narrative or descriptive text structures – “knowledge telling” • Make more mechanical errors, with spelling errors the most frequent • Make more syntax errors • Show less word & sentence fluency • Correct only mechanical errors, but do poorly in identifying these errors • Do not have or sustain a plan for revising
Struggling Writers • Do not see themselves as writers, therefore… Lack procedural knowledge about the writing process • Have difficulty selecting topics and generating ideas • Are unaware of writing for an audience • Write to put words on paper – not writing for meaning • Need strategies to self assess their own work
Mechanics • Handwriting • Access • Alternatives • Short and long term
Paper • Lined • Colored • Wikki stix • Move to smartboard • Paper lines at exchange or make your own. • Letter tracing in Content area • Watch the funny “a”
Low tech writing • Ferby Pencils • Slick-Stix • Model Magic for grippers
Working Vertical: Increase Grasp Function • Some cool Smartboard lessons at smart exchange • Mazes: http://www.mazes.ws/
Handwriting, Keyboarding, Texting, Voicing • A little discussion • http://www.learninggamesforkids.com/keyboarding_games.html
Access • Alternate Mice • Keyboards: Android, iPad, Phone, Neo • Texting, autocorrect, word predict, add-on, mini/maxi • Alternate Keyboards • iPad’s split keyboard • Online keyboards • Voice
Access Open Source • http://www.udlresource.com/access.html
Words on Paper • Creating a more robust vocabulary • Helping to gain understanding of words • Constructing words and sentences • Dictionary.com (O/iPad) • Visuwords (O/Smart/iPad no) • Symbol Thesaurus • Visual Dictionary online • Apps that target word play (chicktionary, popwords) • Boardmaker: symbolator
Writing • K-3 Trace, letterwriter, abc tracer, kids can spell, sleighwrite, find a word game you like as well, Storypatch, iAuthor, ABCfirst words • 3-5: Write and say, paperport notes, enchanted dictionary • 6-12 Middle school writing, idea sketch, infinote, a novel idea, rapid note, • Art/Music: Facekitfree, kids musicmakerlite
Wordia http://www.spreeder.com http://wordia.com/
Visual Thesaurus • http://www.visualthesaurus.com/ • Like visual words with some audio support • Some features work on a iPad
Word sift: Summary Tool • Website that works with iPad • Paste text in box and submit • Key words come out bigger. Pictures are provided • Helps develop concepts and work with vocabulary • http://www.abcteach.com/directory/reading_comprehension/middlehigh_school/ • Reading sample • http://www.wordsift.com/visualize
Vocab. Support: Flashboard, Talking Flashcards and Quizlet http://quizlet.com/ Flashboard is a free player, talking Flashcards is$3.99 Both allow downloads of Quizlet flashcard sets Editable and can add pictures
Word Prediction • Look for phonic supported options • Software: • Co:Writer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZIoD97EndM • Speak Q • Texthelp Read write Gold • Comparison http://www.spectronicsinoz.com/article/word-prediction-software-comparison-chart
Word Prediction Apps Built in to iPad operating system ios5 and up Autocorrect on Speak select on Abilipad $20.99 Brevity $.99 Typ-o $14.99
Whiteboard Apps • Whiteboard/Doodlebuddy • Showme • Educreations • Inkflow • Paper by fiftythree ($ extra tools) $/ collaboration • Dabbleboard • Syncpad • Be ware sharing options • Look at tool options • Look for Collaboration functions • Storage and sharing options
Online Whiteboard Collaboration • Scribblar (online, no on iPad) • www.AWWapp.com/draw.html Online works with iPad • Make a room, share with collaborators • Get to work • Computer based due to flash
Voice Recognition iPad • Siri: Built into iPad 3 • Dragon • Paperport notes: • Integrated with notepad • All are wifi driven!
Voice Recognition: Siri and Paperport • Built in dictation on iPad 3’s • Tap talk tap writes • Handles a paragraph or two at a time. • Can use Paperportnotes as an integrated dragon writing tool.
Paperportnotes • Free • Voice dictation better than stand alone dragon • Integrated with notes • A little clunky but nice voice alternative • Note: Voice recognition is a part of typing menu
The Shredder Leave bad thoughts about writing at the Shredder
Gathering Data • Post It Notes • Sling Note • Infinote • Notability • Paperport notes • Cruxbot • Challenges: • Keeping track of sources • Credible source Lessons • http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/curr194.shtml (fact or fiction) • https://docs.google.com/a/myhatchets.org/document/d/1wpDm3zSQn8xgfsM4k53MKXopO9YshbFp7og9LZmDN6Y/edit
iPad: Comprehension • Streamline the look of reading with the Reader feature • Search for background knowledge • Track down vocabulary meaning • Keeping track of online finds with Slingnote • Learn through alternate formats like pictures, videos or interactives
Site to generate a writing checklist • http://pblchecklist.4teachers.org/index.shtml
Notability $.99 • Notetaking • Audio Support • PDF fill • Highlighter
Infinote $2.99 • Digital Post-it Notes
Exploring a New Tool: Cruxbot http://www.printfriendly.com/ http://www.cruxbot.com/
Use of Safari • Use reader feature and speak select to support research • Learning may not just come from reading, interactives and videos provide alt. media learning • What type of structures perform best in an earthquake? • http://dsc.discovery.com/guides/planetearth/earthquake/interactive/interactive.html
Educational Videos • Youtube (math) • WatchKnowLearn.org • http://www.watchknowlearn.org/ • Tagged by category • Younger grades • Ted-ed • Lots of HS topics, HOTs thinking • http://ed.ted.com/