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Using Technology to Reach Reluctant Writers at the Secondary Level

We've all heard this line from our students before: "I don't like to write. I'm not good at it" Sometimes all it takes is a change of venue for a student to realize that they can be strong writers, and find their voice.
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Using Technology to Reach Reluctant Writers at the Secondary Level
  • Alexis Roesser says:
    While some of these programs would be best suited for younger middle school or elementary students, you can certainly explore apps like Storybuilder to work on students' organization using the iPad.
  • Alexis Roesser says:
    Consider the WallWisher program as a virtual post-it note where students can post photos, comments, or responses to a question. Each message is limited to 160 characters, so similar to Twitter, students must choose their words carefully.
  • freetech4teachers.com
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    Using Show Me to Create Lessons on the iPad

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    Alexis Roesser says:
    The Show Me app allows students to broadcast what's on their tablets onto your Smartboard. They can draw and record their own slides, then display their work using an Air Server. You can use this as an informal check for knowledge, as part of a flipped classroom, or for displaying a student's work to the class. This gives the child who struggles writing with pen and paper a different modality to express their thoughts.
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    Life Is Writing

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    Alexis Roesser says:
    An excellent article about using 2 apps that work well with reluctant writers. Many students don't realize that the same "voice" they use for telling stories can be translated into written words. These 2 apps allow students to see concrete evidence of their "writing" through their own voice.
  • Alexis Roesser says:
    iMovie is a wonderful app on the iPad that allows students to make short trailers, or longer movies. This is an out-of-the-box approach to a final assessment, and also requires students to write out a detailed script before they begin. Students who may not shine writing traditional essays often thrive writing a "script" for a movie.
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    Alexis Roesser says:
    I am currently using wikispaces in my classroom as a supplement to classroom discussion. It’s a great tool for students to practice using text-based evidence in their writing, and also proper online etiquette. Students must comment on each others’ posts, and you will find some of your more reluctant or shy students coming out of their shell on your screen.
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    For Teachers, Wired Classrooms Pose New Management Concerns

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    Alexis Roesser says:
    As teachers, many of us grew up in a world where the type of pervasive technology that exists today was either a dream, or very limited. This article discusses some ways to manage the technology being used in your classroom.
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Rachel HeatonMiddle School English Language ArtsJuly 07, 2017
AdobeSpark is a wonderful product that allows students to create stories with words, pictures, music, etc. Recently I had an especially loquacious student take on the challenge of using NO words, while another student completed sentence starters. The kids love it!