Saturday, September 19, 2009

K-12 Teachers of Writing

If you are a K-12 teacher of writing, please let us know which technology tools you use to teach writing and whether the tools are helping to improve students' writing.

As writers ourselves, we are interested in the strategies teachers use with K-12 students to ignite an interest in writing and to help them learn how to write effectively.

As former teachers of writing at the secondary and college level (pre-Web 2.0) and as online instructors now, we read graduate-level daily discussion postings and weekly papers. We notice that written communication continues to be an area of struggle for many, including teachers. We are not certain why graduate level students who have had at least 16 years of education and practice have not learned to write clearly and concisely.

You may want to take a look at the Bob Costas Grants for the Teaching of Writing to see what your innovative colleagues are doing. This year's competition is over, but you can email to ask about the 2010 competition.

1 comment:

  1. I use PhotoStory to engage my students in writing. Although the final product is a digital story, they have actually written it on a storyboard. They are much more interested in learning what is required for a good story, when they know that they will be using cameras.
    Dianne Tarmann