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    1. Digital Journals & Student Blogging Photo by,

    2. … people said, “… Look at Jane Austen and all her lovely letters! Oh, the children these days: they don’t keep diaries any more …” But what do they do now? They write blogs, which are diaries ... In fact, they’re writing more than Jane Austen could ever have done. - David Crystal Photo by University of Salford,

    3. Ways we read & write

    4. Class blog? Student blog?

    5. No email required!


    7. How do I motivate students to blog?

    8. Send them on journalism missions! Photo by Ross Goodman:


    10. Flipboard Magazine iOS App­‐paly-­‐voice-­‐bL09Sx  

    11. Writing for an audience Photo by Flickingerbrad:

    12. Writing for an audience Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it and, above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light. - Joseph Pulitzer Photo by Flickingerbrad:

    13. Digital Research Photo by Meg Stewart,

    14. With digital tools you…? Curate Aggregate Highlight Bookmark Annotate Scan Tag Geolocate


    16. Curation & Social Bookmarking PearlTrees Diigo Livebinders Educlipper Pinterest

    17. Diigo

    18. Evernote for all devices

    19. EverNote, Twitter, Fb into a blog



    22. Interviews Photo by pasukaru76,


    24. Students brainstorm questions



    27. Storycorps iOS Free App

    28. Comments? Tagging? Widgets? Blogs? Analytics? Embedding? Reblogging?



    31. Comics as writing prompts? 350+ Free Printables?




    35. Word Cloud Story by @Marisa_C Use Word Cloud Tools?

    36. •  Post an image? •  Students create a short poem, haiku, or 6 word story inspired by the image?

    37. •  Describe an event you observed in a series of pictures. Ex. animal in its habitat.

    38. Cell phone camera by L-ines, Flickr

    39. Greta Sandler’s Class,

    40. Change the writing environment!? Salvate l'ambiente: leggete su iPad by, Flickr

    41. Graphic organizers & storyboards! Graphic organizers & storyboards!??

    42. Create a safe environment!?

    43. #Comments4Kids

    44. by @DeputyMitchell?


    46. Connect With Other Classes?

    47. “The blog was awesome. I wrote stories and Marcos, my uncle who lives in Spain, read them and left comments for me!“ “People READ our blog. Greta read our blog too, but we got comments from all over the world” “The blog was the best, I blogged all the time, when I was happy, sick, bored… all the time!“ “I blogged about everything I like: my friends, my pet, my thoughts. I even blogged when I was sick and couldn’t come to school“ “I blogged about my passion: rugby” “I wrote about our country and things that were important to me”

    48. Always educate and include parents!? Macbook by Swansea Photographer Tyson Francis, Flickr